Listen to audio clips of Ronald Ott performing on his classical guitar:
Common Chords By Randall Hill
Tungsten colored light fills the room, which is illuminated by a large gold plated chandelier overhead.
Clad casually with black suede tennis shoes, Ott perches one foot on a folding guitar footrest. The angle allows for a perfect resting spot for his beloved guitar as he plays “Gavotta Choro” by renowned Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.
The backdrop and instrument are in direct contrast to the surroundings that led the 27-year-old
“I was in Iraq and the guitar was what helped me to fall asleep,” says the senior music major as his hand, with its sharply trimmed nails, rests lightly against the strings of his instrument.
From March 2004 to March of 2005, Ott was in the Army, stationed in
Ott attributes many things to his love of music. “When I was Young? Ozzy Osbourne,” he says with a laugh. “I loved the guitar solo from ‘I Just Want You’ from his ‘Ozzmosis’ album.”
“Then I got into blues guitar learning off of CD-ROMs. Later I learned rock. I always wanted to play ‘Freebird’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Jazz was next and then I found the classical guitar and I was hooked.”
But his time in
Gavotta Choro by Heitor Villa-Lobos