One of my favorite movies is The Red Violin [wiki, imdb]. It’s an exquisitely told tale of a haunting and perfect violin with a mysterious quality that enchants various possessors over centuries and continents to eventually end up in the hands of Samuel “Snakes on a Plane” Jackson in modern day Montréal. Wonderfully told… this movie is a must-see for any violin player… no exceptions. It features the talents of Joshua Bell.
In the story, the main character (said red violin) was the perfect creation of a master Italian craftsman named Nicolo Bussotti. However, every search I do for him only comes up with information on this movie. Is he a fictional character? I’m so ignorant… I just thought he was like Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri.
For my instrument, the modern guitar, there are no grand movies spanning centuries… nor could there be, unless to unfold an epic featuring an ancient lute or oud from Biblical times that gets smashed by… I dunno… a meteorite and is unknowingly rebuilt by a drunk luthier into a Fender Stratocaster. Weak… very weak. So instead, let’s just munch on a few guitar wallpapers for Wallpaper Wednesday. I have no idea where the one on the right came from (but it does tie in a Biblical reference to the guitar!)… but the one on the left is from guitare-nstructor.com.