Guitarists are cheap: we try to avoid spending money on things where ever possible. Except for that new guitar, of course. So when it comes to sheet music, we try to find the free options first. Sometimes this means finding a facsimile or getting someone’s arrangement. Either way, if the piece you’re looking for is […]

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The Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition was held at Appalachian State University April 1-3, 2011. The competitors’ programs were all free choice. 15 people advanced to the semi-finals, and four competitors went to the finals. The Competition Winners 1st Place: Christopher Adkins 2nd Place: Colin Fullerton 3rd Place: Jesse Freedman 4th prize: Genevieve Leitner Photo […]

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Enno Voorhorst plays Barrios

Monday Motivation

Today we feature Enno Voorhorst, a fantastic Dutch guitarist. Here is Voorhorst playing Barrios’ Las Abejas. If you like what you hear, there is an entire CD of Voorhorst playing Barrios.

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The Best Fingernail Tool You’ve Never Heard Of

Please note: these are out of stock for the foreseeable future. A should work. About two months ago, I received a mysterious envelope in the mail. It was from a friend — I recognized the return address label — and inside were four multi-colored, 2″ x 2″ pads. I had no idea what they were. […]

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One of the biggest problems with the guitar community is a lack of marketing. Sure we have our various online communities and forums and blog, but it’s hard for a nation or international community to tell you about local concerts. You could head to your local news sites and search for “Classical Guitar” every day, […]

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The 2011 Indiana Guitar Competition was held March 26 and 27, 2011. The competition had two divisions: an open division (for ages 17-35) and a youth division (for ages 11-17). Open Division Winners First Prize: You Wang (China) Second Prize: Lars Rosvoll (Norway) Honorable Mention: Ivan Resendiz (Mexico) Youth Division Winners First Prize: Xavier Jara […]

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The Tremolo Standards

Classical Guitar Repertoire

Tremolo gets a lot of focus in the various classical guitar forums and online communities. Tremolo is really one of the ultimate tests of a guitarists arpeggio technique. Just sustaining an even, balanced tremolo is hard, but making it musical? Another level of difficulty. There are a few standard tremolo pieces most guitarists play. Here […]

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Bradford Werner points out that having musical friends is just as important as practicing. I agree. Most college guitar programs make use of the first benefit of having musical friends: a low-stress environment where people can perform for each other. Having a regular performance opportunity will make you a better player. There are quite a […]

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John Williams in Morrow, GA [Concert Review]

Classical Guitar Concert Reviews

This is a guest review by Christopher Jenkins, a classical guitarist based in Columbia, South Carolina. Chris also performs with The Coda Duo. It goes without saying that John Williams has enjoyed a reputation and career that is matched by few guitarists. There are also few performers who have been able to sustain a career […]

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Productive people often use to do lists. Sometimes using a to-do list is a great way to create a practice schedule. But super-efficient guitar practicers don’t just have to do lists. They have stop doing lists. Good practicers know that some things eat away practice time, and they avoid them. Here are three things nearly […]

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