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Luis Motta da Silva
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  • Lisboa
  • Portugal
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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar, Bass guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
I make my own guitars (Portuguese guitars, classic, steel-string and others); this gives me the privilege of playing custom-made instruments...
What type of music do you like to play?
I use classic guitars mostly to play tangos, boleros, popular waltzes and some classics; I play blues and folk songs in the steel-string; In the portuguese guitar, I play Portuguese folk tunes, some fados and Beatle songs; and I make my own music for those instruments.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar



Luis Motta da Silva's Friends

  • Reggie Witty
  • Rick Carlton
  • Eike Jung
  • Mau Lao
  • Johan Dahlberg
  • jon rubin
  • Manuel Magro da Silva Ribeiro
  • Rob Darby
  • Steve Frank
  • Vincent Vittoria
  • Sharon Peterson
  • Jez Broun
  • Calliope
  • Roar Vangen
  • Patrick Dodd

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Luis Motta da Silva

Best things in life are free!

Some times we play for free, sometimes we get paid, we may even get very well paid but, in the end, it is not about money. It's about the pleasure and satisfaction we get from playing, giving our very best, sharing our music with an audience, enjoying the little details of one particular performance, collecting stories we will share with our grandchildren. I guess that is what being an amateur musician means...

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Luis Motta da Silva replied to Harry Lindahl's discussion Frail nails in the group Fingerstyle players
"Hi, Those Alaska picks are an acceptable solution. They work well on the upstroke for index, middle and ring fingers, but are very tricky on the downstroke: rasgueado is out of question, of course. Besides, they wear out real fast and, depending on…"
Apr 15
Luis Motta da Silva commented on Luis Motta da Silva's video

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"Rob Thank you for your kind comment! I must tell you, however, that the instrument in the Yes song is a Spanish Laud, not a Portuguese guitar. There's some similarity, but they are indeed very remote cousins: The Laud comes from Moorish Lutes,…"
Mar 20
Rob Darby commented on Luis Motta da Silva's video

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"You are a very talented player, and this is a very interesting instrument. Until now, my only exposure to the Portuguese guitar was one Yes song on which Steve Howe played it I really like what you do with…"
Mar 19
Rob Darby commented on Luis Motta da Silva's video
Mar 19

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At 3:58pm on October 15, 2013, Vincent Vittoria said…

Beautiful Music Luis. As fate would have it I just returned from Lisboa last week. I really enjoyed the live music in Alfama and Barrio Alto and the high quality musicianship. Your video posts are great.

Muito Obrigado!

At 10:43am on May 6, 2013, Michael S. Jackson said…
I'm honored, Luis. Take care - m
At 8:42am on December 31, 2012, Mike Nepper said…

Luis, thank you. Not to worry about the guitars over the fireplace. They are in no danger, since they only decorations - not very good guitars, and also, we almost never make a fire!


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