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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #033
November 30, 2006
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November 2006 Issue #033 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. Range of Guitar Notes

3. New Addition to Lessons Page

4. New Video Addition to Guitar Stringing Page

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

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1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the November 2006 issue of Great Guitar Tips.

Thanks all of those who sent me the wonderful comments about last month's ezine. I really appreciate the positive feedback. You can contact me here...

http://www.learnclassicalguitar.com/learnclassicalguitar-sitesearch.html

...via the contact form halfway down the page.

I've been toying with a new video player over the last month but I probably won't display it untill next month. there's still a few tweaks I've got to learn with it yet.

I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. Let's go!

2. Range of Guitar Notes

While perusing my music bookshelf recently I came upon an old, almost forgotten version of Treatise On Instrumentation (written by Hector Berlioz first published in 1843 and "updated" by Richard Strauss later on) that I'd bought many years ago for the princely sum of $8:95 and proceeded to file away in my bookshelf and duly forget. It has lain there collecting dust for nigh on 20 years only briefly glanced at and again quickly tucked away among the dust and smell of old wood and paper.

It caught my eye recently and I got to thinking about old Berlioz. His many attempts at the Prix De Rome, the mostly unrequited love of the unsuitable Irishwoman Harriet Smithson and of course Berlioz's second instrument - the guitar. I say second instrument as his first instrument was really thought to be the orchestra itself. He was a true master musician and composer able to extract colors and sounds from the orchestra like no other. Strange, magical sounds that were other-worldly even eerie. Think the harp sequence in the Symphonie Fantastique.

But it was highly interesting and instructive to see what he had written about the Guitar in the treatise itself seeing that was the instrument he played and often composed music on. Although only a short extract of writing and musical examples Berlioz's love and knowledge of the guitar shines through as well as his disdain for those who would misuse the instrument...

"The guitar is an instrument suitable for accompanying the voice or for taking part in instrumental compositions of intimate character: it is equally appropriate for solo performance of more or less complicated compositions in several voices, which possess true charm when performed by real virtuosos."

Ouch! Those dilettantes of his day must have been squirming! And further...

"It is almost impossible to write well for the guitar without being able to play the instrument. However, the majority of composers who employ it do not posses an accurate knowledge of it. They write things of excessive difficulty, weak sonority and small effect for the instrument.. we shall at least try to indicate here how simple accompaniments should be written for it..."

Gee Hector, tell us what you really think! He certainly wasn't backwards in coming forwards but I guess in those days he was probably right. It really makes a good read though. There's all manner of instruments discussed and most of it is still current today. Well worth a read if you're so inclined.

3. New Page Additions

The new addition this month (with video and sheetmusic) is an Aria (originally for lute) by Johann Anton Losy who was a lutenist whose background is somewhat clouded but believed to have had his ancestry in Switzerland. The family had moved to Bohemia and by the time Losy had become semi-famous they had "appropriated" him as one of their own.

You can read more by scrolling down the free guitar lessons page...

4. New Video Addition to Guitar Stringing Page

I've added a little video to the Guitar Stringing page that you might find useful. It's basically an edited video of how a string change is explained on the page including tying at the bridge and how you secure the string at the tuning pegs. you can view it here...

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

And now for the music! This month's music is a wonderful little Gavotte originally for lute by Johann Anton Losy that is from the same Partita as the above Aria. You can download it here...

Don't forget to right click and use "Save Target As" to your desktop (if you're using Windows). I hope you enjoy the music!



And that's all for this issue. See you next month:))

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