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Guest Artist Yishai Fisher

The University of Arkansas Guitar Program hosted Guest Artist Yishai Fisher (Israel) in a masterclass and concert that featured nylon, electric and steel string guitars. New music for two guitars was premiered by Yishai and U of A faculty Jake Hertzog.

Student Spotlight

We believe in a complete and versatile approach to the instrument – in this photo U of A guitar program freshman from Rogers, Arkansas, Bryce Holcomb (classical) and Joey Vanderslice (jazz), perform with their hard rock group off campus!

Recommended Listening

Curated playlists from the faculty.

Jazz Guitar Sampler

Classical Guitar Sampler

Commercial Guitar Styles

Deep Cuts: Jazz

Deep Cuts: Classical

Recommended 20th Century


Works of art make rules, Rules do not
make works of art.

Claude Debussy

To achieve great things, two things are needed;
a plan, and not quite enough time.

Leonard Bernstein

Competitions are for horses, not artists.

Bela Bartok

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.

Johannes Brahms

I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.

J.S. Bach

A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with his previous one.

Dmitri Shostakovich

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

John Cage

I'm an adventurer. I like invention, I like discovery.

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Sometimes you have to play a long time
to be able to play like yourself.

Miles Davis

Do not fear mistakes. There are none.

Miles Davis

All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.

John Coltrane

There are two kinds of music. Good music,
and the other kind.

Duke Ellington

There is no art without intention.

Duke Ellington

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.

Andre Segovia

Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.

Jimi Hendrix

A good solo is like a book. It will start out in a phrase, it will go on in paragraphs, and then it will have a great ending.

Steve Vai


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