Anyone who happens to have connected with me on Facebook may have seen that I recently took a full time job. This effectively put my doctoral school “career” on hold for a while (perhaps indefinitely). In the past six months I’ve been learning a ton very nerdy computer stuff: programming with Python and PHP, WordPress […]

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Let’s Get Louder: Amplification Solutions for the Classical Guitar (Part One)

The contemporary guitarist is destined to encounter performance situations in which amplification is necessary—from the vast majority of orchestral concerti to TV and radio shows, in addition to less formal (but equally lucrative!) settings such as weddings and background-music gigs. Fortunately, technology has improved considerably in the past dozen years or so, leading to a […]

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2011 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition Winners

The Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition was held September 26 – October 1, 2011. First Prize: Cecilio Perera (Mexico) Second Prize: Kyu-hee Park (South Korea) Third Prize: Jonathan Bolivar (Venezuela) Watch Winner Cecilio Perera Play source

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The 2011 edition of the Guitar Competition Francisco Tárrega was held August 29 – September 2, 2011. First Prize: Srdjan Bulat (Croatia) Second Prize: Andras Csáki (Hungary) Other Finalists: Mircea Stefan Gogoncea (Romania) & Marko Topchii (Ukraine) Watch Winner Srdjan Bulat Play source

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How to Structure Your Next Recital Program

Musical Interpretation and Musicianship

Omitting the Intermission Having warned about the dangers of excessively long programs in the first installment of this series, let me backtrack and suggest that sometimes a program might work better without an intermission at all. Some venues (either the most “sophisticated” ones, or those not accustomed to classical recitals) have a dispiriting tendency to […]

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Free Guitar Method from Classical Guitar Canada

A while by ClassicalGuitar.org featured a review of the Guitar Victoria Method, a book by fellow classical guitar blogger Bradford Werner of Classical Guitar Canada. Bradford has decided to give the PDF version of this book away for free, and you can get it here. All that’s required is a name and email.

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Kithara Duo in Fort Worth, TX

Classical Guitar Concert Reviews
Kithara Duo in Fort Worth, TX

Kithara Duo opened Guitar Fort Worth‘s 2011/12 concert season on September 9th, 2011. Fernand Vera and Olga Amelkina-Vera make up the husband/wife duo. Their concert opened with a short work by Olga: Prelude and Bagatelle. It was a restrained work, with a lot of beautiful harmonies. The next work, Los Buzos, was a originally a […]

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Austin Pictures is a huge, multimedia concert which includes one string quartet, one guitar virtuoso, a new piece of music, 100+ young guitarists, and artwork by high-school artists (including a video about their work). It all happens October 1, 2011 The whole concert is put on by the Austin Classical Guitar Society, and opens with […]

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Three Ways to Build a Program

Musical Interpretation and Musicianship

We’ve talked about some guidelines to keep in mind when crafting a new program — but what are some criteria to actually make a good one? 1. The Ecumenical Approach Also known as the Senior Recital Program: a bit of everything, with selections from all major stylistic periods (for the uninitiated: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, […]

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Sharon Isbin released a new CD on August 30, 2011 titled Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions. As the title implies, it’s not just Sharon Isbin. She reached outside the classical guitar realm to pull in the likes of Steve Vai, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Stanley Jordan and others. The video below includes a bit of […]

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