Hyderabad: Playing guitars is one the most beautiful ways to create and showcase music since it has various forms to it. One such form is ‘Percussive Fingerstyle’ — a solo band style which involves the musician to play guitar and percussion at the same time.
Akram Ul Haq is one of the first guitarists in the city to embrace this style and showcase it on an international platform. He is the only person from India to participate in a competition held at Fingerstyle Feeling Festival in Kaliszi, Poland, held earlier this month.
Speaking to Tabloid Today, Akram said, “It has been an overwhelming experience to perform at such level. I was able to not only witness the extent of varieties of this form but also showcase something fresh by performing a western and eastern kind of style.”
Akram was absolutely blown away with the audience’s response. “The response that I got from the audience gave me a validation to whatever I’ve been writing and practising, and that seems to be precise. Such international exposure gave a boost to my confidence to finally release my album and widen my perception on how to grow in this particular style,” he shared.
Speaking of his struggles and inspiration, he said, “It was very difficult to reach to that level since it’s a solo band and every thing — smallest to the biggest — takes a solo effort as well. However, I was lucky enough to find people like Krzysztof Kieslowski who inspired me and Michael Szczeny, the organiser of that festival, whose hospitality I can never forget. I’m extremely thankful to Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Principal Secretary, IT and Commerce, Government of Telangana, for helping me out with my visa in the final moment.”
Along with performing, Akram also teaches guitar of various styles including classical,blues, metal and his favourite — Percussive Fingerstyle, to more than 20 students in a ‘one student at a time’ manner. He believes that every musician has his/her own style of playing an instrument which is associated with their personality.
You can get to know more about Akram and his percussion on his website