Luca Stricagnoli: "I want to leave a mark for the new wave of guitar players. Maybe one day a guitarist says, ‘I play this weird way because of Luca Stricagnoli’"

Luca Stricagnoli
(Image credit: Meg Pfeiffer)

In the crowded field of internet guitar players, standing out has become increasingly difficult. But for 29-year-old Luca Stricagnoli, getting noticed has meant being true to himself.  

The Italian-born acoustic fingerstyle virtuoso picked up the guitar at age 10 and studied classical guitar until age 16, before putting it away entirely to focus on judo. When friends at the gym found out he used to play guitar, they introduced him to modern fingerstyle players on YouTube, with Andy McKee, an artist on CandyRat Records, forever shifting the paradigm.  

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