Amateurs, Autodidacts, and the First Decade of Classical Guitar-Making in Britain

Winn, Joss (2020) Amateurs, Autodidacts, and the First Decade of Classical Guitar-Making in Britain. Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, 46 . pp. 262-313. ISSN 0362-3300

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This article explores the first decade of classical guitar-making in Britain (1948 – 1957) and discusses the efforts of amateurs and autodidacts in the recovery, codification and instruction of craft knowledge and skills. The research for this article draws on two sources of primary data: guitar magazines and the first three attempts in the English language to codify the practical knowledge of classical guitar-making into instructional texts. I begin by identifying the instrument in its historical context. Next, I present biographical summaries of key advocates and outline the work of the first luthiers. I then discuss the Do-It-Yourself texts and argue that classical guitar-making at that time gradually gained cultural legitimacy through the efforts of autodidacts who established the requisite knowledge and skills that were later adopted and validated by educational institutions.

Keywords:autodidactism, amateur, craft knowledge, classical guitar, lutherie
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W730 Wood Crafts
W Creative Arts and Design > W360 Musical Instrument History
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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Deposited On:14 Aug 2020 13:49

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