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But then, on a fall day inHill was driving in the mountains of northern California when he experienced a seismic shift—both literally and figuratively. Classical guitar players throughout Kenny hill player series world have that fateful day to thank for the fine concert instruments that Hill has designed and made during the last three decades—models both traditional and innovative, with double soundboards and upper-bout soundports.

The instruments of the Hill Guitar Company are seen in the hands of many formidable performers: Hill, 66, was a teenager in the s, and like many of his generation, his first forays into music-making involved learning songs by Bob Dylan.

Unlike the typical folkie, though, Hill branched out into playing pieces by J.

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Bach on a church organ. He eventually tired of the instrument and its culture, which he found staid, but not the Baroque. The same housemate bought a guitar store and eventually hired Hill as a repairman. After about six months of this work, Hill moved Kenny hill player series the sunnier climes of Santa Barbara, California, and set up his own repair shop.

One day at the shop, Hill encountered a Kenny hill player series who had intended to build instruments in retirement, but had dropped this plan. Then I made another, and another. Rather, they were a kind of cobbling together of ideas by masters like Torres, Hauser, and others—construction aspects that were readily apparent on the guitars that Hill had seen in his work as a repairman.

Parallel to his making guitars, Hill blossomed as a musician. Though he never studied classical guitar at a university or conservatory, he got a Kenny hill player series education through attending master classes of the players who came through Southern California.

That Hill thinks of his early instruments as pathetic, speaks more about his high standards than his level of craftsmanship at the time. Inhe was awarded a California Arts Council grant—a real boon for his work both as a luthier and musician. Around the same time, Hill returned to his place of origin, Santa Cruz, California. He focused on performing, and though his credentials as a classical guitarist were modest, on the strength of his musicianship, he was appointed as a guitar instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Hill played in concert regularly during this time, but a livelihood as a performing artist eluded him.

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In the mids, Hill focused professionally on his automotive shop, while playing guitar casually on the side. This caused Hill to work using much different methodologies than he had as a luthier.

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I took this approach with me when I came back to luthierie—looking at making a sound-board not as such a naval-gazing, meditative experience, but as something that would take a certain amount of time to craft into a good guitar component.

Previously, building guitars had been a solitary pursuit for Hill, but in three years of working with the program, he came to enjoy building instruments collaboratively.

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