It may surprise you to know that I did not start playing at the age of four, and I didn’t encounter a good teacher for the first nine years of my studies.
I was eleven when the guitar first grabbed my attention. It wasn’t a classical guitar, but rather an electric guitar in a band. In the early days I was listening and trying to imitate Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani all virtuosi in their own rights and more or less instrumental in their playing. In my mid teens I felt myself wandering aimlessly without any structure so I became attracted to the classical style. It had tradition, lineage and a canon of educational materials.
But, unfortunately I was paired with some poor teachers from the beginning. Teachers that gave me music beyond my abilities and teachers who did not have a structured approach. Then, I met Raffaele.
Raffaele and I worked together at the Sydney Conservatorium, and he had the conviction to say no to me. He took away the pieces that were too difficult, took away the huge variety of pieces, and made me focus on a small selection of pieces that were at my level, and he made me do them properly.