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Classical Guitarist Malcolm Johnstone

Malcolm Johnstone, a native of Santa Barbara CA, was one of millions of young people who saw the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. He was 11 years old. Inspired to play the guitar, his mother signed him up for lessons, but the only available teacher was a classical guitar teacher named Grove Becker. Learning initially by rote, Malcolm quickly mastered Malaguena. By the age of 15, he was able to play complete recitals and by 16 he got his first paid gig: $5 to play in the company of naked models for a group of artists. Malcolm later studied with such notable teachers as Michael Lorimer, Emilio Pujol and Ronald Purcell. In 1975, he graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Malcolm has performed throughout the US and Spain and has recorded with Savant Records.

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