Odair Assad Concert Report

Classical Guitar Concert Reviews

I just got back from a solo guitar concert given by Odair Assad. I’ve seen the Assad brothers in concert before, and they are both monster players and musicians. But Odair as a solo artist is phenomenal. He began the concert with Choro de Suadade by Barrios, then onto a few Waltzes by Lauro, Villa-Lobos […]

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Ascending Slurs

Classical Guitar Technique

Ascending Slurs or Hammer-ons have always given me trouble. At some point I figured out simple slurs (between two fingers), but am still working on compound slurs (two ascending slurs in a row). Here are some tips that may help your slurs. It’s Not About Distance A hammer on is not about distance from the […]

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” -Albert Einstein Guitarist Denis Azabagic and flautist Eugenia Moliner make up the Cavatina Duo. The duo has recorded several CDs, and plays some great music. Check out their youtube page for more music. Denis Azabagic also has some instructional videos on there.

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7 Things About Me

Updates & Activities

Emon at Guitarkadia tagged me. The Rules: Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog. Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs. Let them know they’ve been […]

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Form in Music- Rondo

Music Theory

Form in music is the structure that holds up a piece. The big idea is that stuff repeats. Some forms have more repeated material that others. Rondo form is one of those. Rondo Form Rondo form comes in several different flavors. Five-part rondo, as the name suggests, has five major sections outlined as ABACA. In […]

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The Fourth Finger Approach

Classical Guitar Technique

Yesterday in Larry’s interview yesterday he mentioned the fourth finger approach. Sor and other guitarists from the 19th century used this approach to fingering, as did earlier composers–perhaps as far back as Milan. Most guitar methods begin with single melody line material. The logical choice seems to be using 1 finger per fret. So as […]

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An Interview with Larry McDonald- Part 2

Interviews with Classical Guitarists

Part 1 – Larry McDonald ——– You’ve released a guitar method as well. Can you tell us a bit about it? What makes your guitar method different? The Conservatory Tutor is the first modern method published that teaches the Sor’s 4th finger approach1 (I guess there were earlier authors but Sor gets my nod). This […]

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An Interview with Larry McDonald- Part 1

Interviews with Classical Guitarists

Larry McDonald is a guitarist and composer based in Wisconsin where he runs a successful lesson studio and music store. In addition to his business and musical activities Dr. McDonald is the author of The Conservatory Tutor, a unique, innovative method book. Most importantly, he’s just a really interesting guy with a lot of great […]

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

“Even the great get greater by doing more of it.” —Colleen Wainwright** Italian guitarist Lorenzo Micheli was the winner of the ’99 GFA competition. In addition to his solo engagements, Micheli is half of the the guitar duo Soloduo. If anyone is in the Nashville, TN area Soloduo will be giving a free concert at […]

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The producer Tettix recently released an album that took the entire original score of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and sampled it to create a unique new sound. Frankly, I think it’s creative and awesome. I love Stravinsky and I really enjoy techno music. Check out the article and listen to a bit here. If you […]

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