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Welcome to Classical Guitar SA

 

I have tried to bring together some of best classical guitar music, lessons and articles available from around the world.  My aim is to provide a one-stop go-to site for amateur classical guitarists both in South Africa and abroad. Please look around and feel free to contact me with any queries or observations. If you have material to contribute I would be delighted to consider publishing it on this site.

Please scroll down to find other ways to connect with me, subscribe, or search the site, or click HERE if you are interested in buying a hand-crafted guitar.

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The Dr Peppler classical Guitar range provides a unique offering to South African enthusiasts.

After a long search, I managed to source hand-crafted guitars of exceptional quality and value for money.   My criteria were that the instruments had to look good, sound good, and play well. They also had to be well constructed and affordable. The Dr Peppler classical guitar range has surpassed even my expectations. Have a look at what I mean HERE!

Why this website?

Why this website?

After returning to classical guitar in early 2015 after a layoff of nearly four decades I found that the first problem I encountered was the very limited range of available reasonably priced but good quality instruments. The South African dealers focus mainly on providing cheap guitars suitable for young beginners.

My second challenge was to find good strings at a reasonable price, and the third challenge was to find quality articles, lessons, videos, sheet music and so on. This information is all over the internet but I had to be selective and build up a collection over time.

So, I decided to create a site aimed at serving South African classical guitar enthusiasts, like myself. I have chosen to structure this site in an innovative way from a player’s perspective.

I have designed the main sections to meet the needs of Basic, Transitional, and Intermediate players.

In each section, you will find appropriate lists of graded pieces, music scores, videos, technical lessons, and articles of interest.

Dr Peppler Classical Guitars

There are also sections featuring a limited range  of imported guitars that you can purchase from me. In the guitars sections, I have provided pictures, full specifications, an expert report on the build quality and playability, and videos of pieces played on the instrument in question.

Throughout the site, I have linked to the sources of the material and in addition, I have provided a list of the sites that I recommend .

I will be constantly updating and adding to this site and I hope that you too will submit articles, videos and other items of interest. I want this site to become the go-to location for classical guitar enthusiast all over our country, but I am sure that international visitors will also find much of interest.

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About (who I am)

Who I am

Dr. Christopher Peppler portraitMy name is Christopher Peppler and was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. I worked in the banking industry for over 20 years and then pastored the Lonehill Village Church in Sandton for another 30 years. In 1996 I founded the South African Theological Seminary and although I am now retired I am still on the academic faculty.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric (Jesus-centred) Principle, which is an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus.

I am a husband, father and grandfather and so I spend quite a bit of my time with my family. I am also still involved in the life of the local church, particularly in preaching and mentoring. In addition to this, I have a site called Truth is The Word where I post every week and which acts as a repository for the books, articles, and sermons I have produced over the years.

I am a classical guitar enthusiast and play every day. In 2015 I built my own instrument under the teaching and supervision of a master craftsman located in George. I also own and play a 1970 Yairi 700 and a Yamaha NCX900FM. But now I am very involved with the range of classical guitars I have imported and am selling under the Dr Peppler brand name.

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Special thanks

Special thanks to…

I have used the following sites extensively in producing the Lessons and Articles for Classical Guitar SA. They are all excellent teachers and performers and I recommend that you visit their sites for the vast amount of information and inspiration there that I have not selected for this site.

Simon Powis https://www.classicalguitarcorner.com/

Bradford Werner http://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/

Gohar Vardanyan http://www.goharvardanyan.com/

Allen Mathews https://www.classicalguitarshed.com/

Matthew McAllister http://www.matthewmcallister.com/blog/