Guitar Lecture

Announcement Courtesy of Professor Stacy Arnold:

Everyone is invited!

This Friday, Sept. 28th [2103] at Dallas Baptist University’s Music Dept. in Horner Hall (The Music Bldg.), room 210, from 2-3:30, we will have a visiting lecture/demonstration by Classical guitar builder (Luthier) Joseph (Joe) Slack (

Joe will discuss the history of the modern Classical guitar and it’s connection with Antonio Torres (Spain), and the history of the steel-string acoustic guitar and it’s connection with C.F. Martin. Joe began his guitar-building history in the construction of steel-string guitars and later began to build nylon-string classical guitars through the inspiration and encouragement of the famous and well-known Texas Luthier Tom Blackshear.

The demonstration will include samples and sound demonstrations of the raw materials (different types of wood) of the tops, backs, sides, and rosettes of both Classical guitars and steel-string acoustic guitars.

Professors (and students) of guitar programs at local Universities and community colleges in the D/FW area who are looking to build or strengthen their classical guitar programs are encouraged to attend.

This special lecture and demonstration will be entertaining, informative, and enlightening. We look forward to seeing you this Friday at Dallas Baptist University!

– Stacy

Stacy Arnold
Professor of Classical Guitar Studies
Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas

February 6th, 2014

Hi Joe,

It was great to see you again and to meet your wife. Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your expertise, experiences and instruments with the students. Everyone enjoyed it. I know of a couple of guys that would have played for another three hours if you had let them.

You would be more than welcome to come back in the future. We’ll keep in touch.

All best,

– Jeff

Dr. Jeffrey L. George, Professor of Guitar Studies
School of Music and Performing Arts
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

February 6th, 2014


Thank you very much for your fine presentation to our Advanced Classical Guitar Seminar class last week.
The students and I enjoyed your lecture and getting to hear your fine instruments as well. I found it very informative and well done! I wish you a wonderful spring and end of winter! I hope to visit your workshop in the future.

Best Wishes,
 – Robert

Robert Thompson
Instructor of Guitar
Belmont University, Nashville Tenn.