About Narayan Kumar

Narayan Kumar of nylonplucks.com

I am an intermediate to advanced player of the classical guitar. I interact almost every day with players of all levels in one of the most alive discussion forums and teaching portals for our chosen instrument: Classical Guitar Corner Academy.

It’s an international body of students of all ages, including a couple of folks over eighty years old! Talk about the passion that we are capable of.

To know more about my passion for the guitar, you can check out my podcast where I was interviewed to talk about my guitar background, influences, and such.

The CGCA did a 2-minute video feature on me to highlight my contributions to the classical guitar community. Got two minutes? Check it out.

I am one half of the classical guitar duo DuJu along with Mark Cohen, a classical-guitarist out of Cleveland. Together we perform online duets – with virtual-journey videos as a backdrop – as also trios and quartets inviting other colleagues to fill in.

Check out our videos on the DuJu channel on YouTube. Here is a sample video of us in action:

I have owned a few guitars, sold some (even burnt one!), tried almost every type of string there is, seen a guitar bridge fly off the soundboard, argued about cedar over spruce tops, taught myself the basics and a lot of the advanced stuff (wrongly!) and bought a million compilations, Sor studies, the Noad and Sagreras methods and tons of sheet music.

I continue to own and love my earlier Alhambra 7P, but usually play my Amalio Burguet Concert 1A, which I bought at the luthier’s on a holiday in Valencia, Spain. I may also be the new owner of a German Vasquez Rubio shortly.

As you can tell, I am your ordinary, regular classical guitarist who flounders as much as he succeeds!

I’m hoping to create a special place here with Nylon Plucks for well ordered, helpful content on matters relating to the classical guitar.

A permanent repository of helpful information for all of us classical guitarists (at every level) is the goal. There are many issues that concern us from purchase to upkeep to technique to health hazards to books and methods to sheet music and more.

True, I have not played every classical guitar out there. I have not read every guitar book. Nor have I tried every brand of strings or guitar supports. I’m certainly no know-it-all expert.

But this much is a promise: On any topic that concerns us, I will embark on a thorough research mission to ferret out the best resources and authorities and put together for our collective benefit the most relevant and up to date information I can find.

Nylonplucks.com is the direct result of such thinking. I truly hope you find the endeavor useful.