"The packaging may be important, the content should be."
"I practice the guitar eight to ten hours a day, trying to find myself, or find the kind of music that suits where I am going with the guitar"
"Although I am convinced that nothing changes, for me is important to play like you do not know"
"When you see a good guitarist, stay close and take the pressure. Don't run in a fit. Don't get together with those who play less well to be the best amonst the worst. You must get together with the best and learn from them, that way you will stay true to yourself."
"I live happily because I have my family, my wife, my daughters and I'm still in love flamenco, which is the most important."
"I consider myself a musician open to the avant-garde, but without losing my classicism."
"The guitar and singing have to maintain a dialogue."
"One cannot be a guitarrist without having been drenched by the fountain of culture"
"I was playing a fandanguillo and I lifted one hand and I continued with the other; what ensued was a revelation!"
"I am very much a traditional player but at the same time I am very modern and contemporary"
"Playing alone, is how I conceive my music and how developed as an artist"
"In Spain you have flamenco, it’s there, it’s yours…and that’s why I think you don’t value it so much… on the other hand the flamenco guitar has a feverish following all over the world"
"I don’t free-hand too much, but I try to stay sincere. Within my limitations try to maintain the flamenco feel."
"Flamenco guitarists must strive to earn respect."
"A song is an experience: you do not have to understand the words to understand the experience"
"I am very demanding, I think a bit too demanding."
"The evolution of 'el toque' follows the three A's: agressive, accelerated, arrogant."
" the guitar constructed the ´cante jondo´. [...] The guitar westernized 'el cante' and created beauty without par and made positive the beauty of the Andalusian drama..."
" I fought hard to define my own style, to strum my own way, to pluck the bases my way, and I have achieved it."
A very particular guitarist...
"Music is my life, it is a reflection of what I go through."
"Often referred to as a “poet of the guitar,” Merlin’s guitar pours out magical, musical elegies about his own personal journey, which has been marked by moments of love, loss, longing, sorrow, joy and hope."
"I always played the guitar for singing, because I always loved the singing more then the guitar itself."
"Plangent and creator of little flamenco glories..." - Luís Caballero
"It feels like the end of history in pop music."
"Comoposition...is my passion, it has always been that way..."
"The fundamental mission of the guitarist is to know how to give everyone what they need.."
"The guitar can become the soul of a country. In Venezuela we have a great tradition in embracing the music of our land."
"I let my heart guide me..."
"My mother was singing when she bore me."
"I couldn’t define from where and how my music comes about, I have never done anything premeditated"
"The purest thing there is about flamenco is that it's alive."
"He was the first to begin with tremolos, and in this way he has enriched the way the guitar is played."
The sound of the Torres copy guitar is always a new revelation, and a moment of happiness, that each of us wants to experience every day.
A guitarrist of a unique quality acquires technique by playing in a way that awes everyone, his fingers caress the strings and make one feel inmense emotion, all the notes glide through your body like a current taking the pure transmission through the blood that runs in your veins.
"For me the guitar is a vehicle of expression with which I am in constant strife, in it I find overcoming and quietude, it is my second self."
"My first Conde guitar was a Christmas present from my wife..."