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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #070 - Classical Guitarists: Get the best pieces to improve your playing..
February 01, 2010
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January 2010 Issue #070 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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1. NewsHi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the January 2010 issue and hopefully you had a wonderful Christmas & a happy New Year.
Well, it's time...I'm getting ready to roll out the course that'll give you all the best study pieces you need to improve your playing. Yes, it's the "Classical Guitar Study Course Grand Opening!"
Over the last 6 months or so I've had subscribers testing the first year of the course (bare bones really) and getting the feedback on what needs to be improved and included etc. Thanks to those guys I really did get some great feedback and now, over the next few weeks, I'm uploading the second year of the course...and then some!
This course will really enhance your skills and make all the free stuff on the www.learnclassicalguitar.com site make even more sense as your finger skills and musicianship skills start to improve.
Because there's not enough room in this newsletter to give you all the information you need I've got a sign-up page where you can get all the information, news and even bonuses for the course as there will be a higher frequency of emails and correspondence.
You can get all the updates and advance notice of when the course is available
by going here...
2. New PagesThe new lesson page this month is an "intoxicating" little Minuetto by Alessandro Scarlatti but don't be fooled! It's not as easy as it sounds and there's some work to be done in mastering it.
You can see it
Also this month I've built a new page that incorporates free theory worksheets provided by Finale software, which is the software I use to actually notate all the pieces on my site. It really is very cool software, and the theory sheets are really handy. If you haven't already discovered them on the site you can download them
3. Study Point - Don't Flatten Your Wrist!On so many occasions when I was teaching a new student their body would tense up and one of the outcomes of this would be for their wrist to also become tense and "flatten out". By this, I mean it would draw inwards towards the guitar and their body.
This meant when they were trying to play a note or a chord in particular they would demonstrate a sort of pulling motion with their fingers which made the strings snap back towards the guitar with a horrible "thwacking' sound that render most performances awful.
Often, as a new student, they wouldn't even notice this technique faux pas as they had their "head in their music rather than the music in their head" so to speak.
To correct this bad habit you need to be aware of both your body (tensing up or being relaxed) and of the music itself and how you're producing the sound.
We all get a little tense when playing, especially in performance, but you need to increase your awareness and make it "second nature" if you're to overcome technique flaws and produce a fine, warm tone.
Your wrist, along with being relaxed, should be bent slightly outwards rather than inwards as the ideal position to play comfortably and with good tone.
4. Recommended Resource - The Muscian's Way by Gerald KlicksteinI've been reading a great book on "Practice, Performance and Wellness" called "The Musician's Way" by Gerald Klickstein. It really has some great insights for musicians (he's a classical guitarist himself) and I'm picking up a lot of things I've never even thought of myself.
There are three sections to the book, namely: Artful Practice; Fearless Performance; Lifelong Creativity which contains 14 chapters of both creative and practical ideas and methods.
It's really one for all musicians in my opinion and I highly recommend it. You can get your own copy
Hope to see you on Twitter soon :))
5. This Month's Fr/ee MusicThis month's extra fr/ee music is the Emperor Theme by Haydn. It's always been a favorite tune of mine and it should add nicely to your repertoire.
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