Texas Guitar Quartet Album Review: “Red”

A few months ago the Texas Guitar Quartet — Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel, and Joseph Williams — launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance their debut recording. I received the album for which I pledged in mid-March, and after a bout of repeated listens I knew I had to review it. The reasons are […]

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2012 Parkening International Guitar Competition Winners

The Parkening Competition isn’t really your average guitar competition. First off, the prizes are large. Second, the screening process is intense. The competition took place May 30 – June 2, 2012 in Malibu, California. International Competition Winners First Place: Petrit Ceku Second Place: Rafael Aguirre Third Place: Florian Larousse Fourth Place: Solomon Silber Fifth Place: […]

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2012 Louisville Guitar Competition Winners

The Louisville Guitar Competition was held May 24-28, 2012 at the University of Louisville. Next year there won’t actually be Louisville festival as the 2013 GFA convention will be at the UofL in Louisville, KY — the Louisville competition and festival will be back on schedule in 2014. Solo Artist Division Winners (all ages) First […]

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Learn to Count (and Play!) Cross-Rhythms

Cross-rhythms—the simultaneous sounding of two different rhythmic grouping—are a predominant feature of much instrumental music since the mid-nineteenth century. In the guitar repertoire, you’re bound to find cross-rhythms in contemporary and modern pieces; perhaps the most famous example is the third movement of Britten’s Nocturnal, which features 2-against-3 and 3-against-4 patterns pretty much throughout. The […]

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The 2012 Koblenz Guitar Festival was held May 21-28, 2012. There were three rounds of free choice music — 10, 15, and 30 minutes. Competitors could not repeat pieces from round to round. The Competition Winners First Place: Not Awarded Second Place: Chia-Wei Lin (Taiwan) Third Place: Anton Baranov (Russia) Giuseppe Zinchiri (Italy) won the […]

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2012 Appalachian GuitarFest Competition Winners

The Appalachian State GuitarFest was held April 12-15, 2012. There were three division in the competition — Division I being the main event: open guitarists born on or after April 1, 1982. There were three rounds of free choice music. Division I Competition Winners First Place: Silviu Ciulei Second Place: Joseph Palmer Third Place: Max […]

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What I Learned in Guitar Ensemble

Musical Interpretation and Musicianship

Many guitarists roll their eyes at the prospect of another semester of Guitar Ensemble—a requirement in most academic music programs. Granted, a large numbers of under-rehearsed guitarists trying to time their attacks (more often than not resulting in an annoying “slapback” effect) can be a dreadful thing to experience, but in retrospect what I have […]

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2012 Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition Winners

The 2012 Montreal Classical Guitar Festival & Competition was held April 27-29, 2012. The competition itself was open to all ages, provided the competitors weren’t under major management. There were three rounds (Qualification, Semi-finals, Finals) of all free choice music. International Division Competition Winners First Place: Brendan Evans Second Place: Max Zuckerman Third Place: Brent […]

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Enjoy Your Progress

Classical Guitar Practice Tips

Musicians generally share the idea that they are never done; there is always one more piece, another technique, an alternate phrasing etc… These ideas coupled with the selfish nature of learning an instrument the tendency can be to focus on deficiencies instead of what we have accomplished. Why is this? I know that I am […]

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Home Recording for the Classical Guitarist

Classical Guitar Recording

With the constant innovation of digital recording systems, putting together a full-fledged home recording setup has never been easier—or cheaper. Let’s see what options are available to the guitarist who wants to start exploring the wonderful (or terrifying) world of audio recording. All in One Solutions An easy way to get one’s feet wet without […]

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