6. A Master's Hand
Playing the Spanish guitar demands the same huge range of virtuoso manual skills—fingering, plucking, strumming, knocking—that Picasso's art is about. Playing a guitar is like painting, drawing, collaging, and then combining all three. Guitar playing also has the intimacy felt in Picasso's art at this time. Picasso wasn't making grand public statements—he barely showed his work during these years—but instead was in an intimate, Segovia-like contact with his materials. Much of what he did was like a guitarist noodling in search of new melodies and effects. And yet, as with the guitar, Picasso's modest means yielded an extraordinary range of effects, from crashing chords to the quietest pizzicato.