Penguin Life has bought The Way of the Guitar by Stewart French, a virtuoso classical guitarist
Fred Baty, commissioning editor at Penguin Life, Portfolio and Viking, acquired world rights at auction from Jaime Marshall at JP Marshall Literary Agency. Publication is planned for autumn next year.
Stewart French is a virtuoso classical guitarist and a lecturer on guitar technique at the University of London. He has toured as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, has been broadcast repeatedly on BBC Radio and Classic FM, and is the founder of the Draft Classical music media company and co-founder of Classic FM’s 'A Fly on the Wall' film format.
According to Penguin: 'The Way of the Guitar is French's manifesto for the life-changing physical and psychological benefits of playing guitar. Drawing on the latest scientific research, interviews with prominent guitarists, and his own story of growth and success, he explains how training the body – and quieting the mind – is the only enjoyable, effective and fast way to begin the journey into a life of guitar playing. He also offers a complete, detailed blueprint for how to hack the guitar with his radical five-step 'BASIS' system.'
Baty said: "I'm thrilled to be publishing Stewart on Penguin Life. As a lifelong guitarist myself, his voice, enthusiasm and clear mastery of his art immediately resonated with me. I'm sure that The Way of the Guitar will be an inspiration for budding guitarists worldwide, as well as giving those who've always wanted to pick up the instrument the tools to jump-start their learning."
French said: "Pretty much everyone I meet wishes they could play guitar or at least play it better. And they're usually not just after the skills – they're after the feeling of being a musician: that feeling of release, of empowerment, of creative possibility. I can't wait to share my experience and my secrets for mastery, and I am so happy to have found a wonderful partner in Penguin Life."