ARTIST FEATURE: We are joined this week by classical guitarist and Instagram influencer Hannah Murphy. With more than 112 thousand followers she has paved the way for modernization of social media presence for classical guitar, so we cannot be more happy that she agreed to answer a few questions for us:

1) Why is rhythm important?

Rhythm is one of the first things we subconsciously notice about music. It tells us so much about the music, so the musician needs to be intentional.

2) How often do you practice with a metronome?

I use a metronome most days, even if just for a few minutes. I like to practice technical exercises and scales with a metronome to make sure they’re even and steady. I also like to use a metronome on the beginning stages of learning a new piece.

I use a metronome most days, even if just for a few minutes.

3) Why is it important to practice with a metronome?

I think while practicing it’s so helpful to have, because you’re focusing on so many things going on in the music. It’s a great reminder to stay on tempo.

4) Can you name one thing that you like about the metronome on

I like how it gives the range of the tempo markings. This can be really helpful to students who might not remember exactly what bpm moderato, allegro, or presto is. The website is also really accessible, so I can tell my students that there’s no excuse not to practice with a metronome now.

VIDEO: Check out her video of playing the beautiful Julia Florida by Agustín Barrios Mangoré: