The Wizard and The Grand Lady
This chapter focuses on the role of Vahdah Olcott-Bickford and William Foden in the history of guitar in America. It explains that Olcott-Bickford was considered the Grand Lady of the Guitar and Foden The Wizard of the Guitar. The chapter suggests that Foden’s overwhelming technical mastery of his instrument served as an awe-inspiring model for America’s guitarists, while Olcott-Bickford’s sensitivity confirmed for guitarists that their instrument met the highest aesthetic standards of America’s musical culture.
Keywords: guitar, Vahdah Olcott-Bickford, William Foden, America, guitarists, aesthetic standards, musical culture