Monday Motivation: 1/19/09

Monday Motivation

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” —Sir Winston Churchill Today […]

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Question on Scales

Classical Guitar Technique

Got a question from Rich on another post: “I have been really practicing scales recently as many people have told me of the importance of this… and from what you have said here that seems like good advice. “I have a question though as I read in one guitar book that constant repetition of a […]

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Chord Inversion

Music Theory

In previous installments of Music Theory Fridays we’ve gone over the chords in a major scale and gone over how every chord except vii functions. So far each chord has been in what’s called “root position.” That is, the lowest note of the chord is the root or scale degree from which the chord is […]

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Finding a Guitar Teacher

Guitar Teaching

Finding a guitar teacher is easy. Finding a classical guitar teacher is more complicated. Very few guitarists pursue and teach classical guitar. As Lee F. Ryan Says in The Natural Classical Guitar, “Of course the guitarist should leap at any chance to study directly with a fine player. There is nothing like being in the […]

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Slow Fast Alternation

Guitar Practice Techniques

Slow-Fast alternation is an extremely useful practice technique. And it’s exactly like it sounds: play something slow, then play it at tempo and continue alternating the two ideas. When starting to work on a rough bit, it’s important to spend more time on the slow part. Something like a 4 or 5:1 ratio of slow:fast […]

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Active Music Listening

Musical Interpretation and Musicianship

I’ve talked before about the importance of listening to music. This includes listening to all sorts of music: jazz, pop, symphony, metal, etc. The idea is to actively listen to what you’re hearing. Not an easy task considering the numerous distractions available to us! I had a jazz theory teacher who always liked to say, […]

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School starts up again this week, back the “grind.” Considering my job is to play guitar…I’m excited. Excited for the semester, and excited to play a recital (and finish learning all the music!). “Say what?” asked Pooh, opening his eyes. “Music and Living-” “The same thing,” said Pooh. -Benjamin Hoff in The Tao of Pooh […]

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How to Read Classical Guitar Music

Musical Interpretation and Musicianship

Like any other instrument, classical guitar music is written on a staff. There are great resources all over the web that teach and train reading on the staff. Notation reading should be fluent and effortless. Starting from the bottom line of the staff, a sentence can be used to figure out each of the notes […]

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Using Jazz to Expand your Repertoire

Classical Guitar Repertoire

Using jazz is a great way to add variety to the music you play. There are a few options on how to do this. Composers like Roland Dyens have released arrangements of jazz standards. There’s a book by Dyens called “Night and Day” (available from GSP) containing the arrangements found on the CD of the […]

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Daily Links

Guitar Related Links

Kevin Gallagher has posted an excellent video lesson dealing with the popular guitar piece Lagrima by Francisco Tarrega. Want to promote your symphony? The best way, it seems, is to use Guitar Hero. The Modesto Symphony Orchestra is doing just that to help promote a concert featuring guitar soloist Manuel Barrueco. Here is the article […]

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