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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #006 -- Information Packed Articles About Guitar
April 29, 2004

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Great Guitar Tips - The World's Most Useable Guitar E-Zine ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A free, monthly E-Zine dedicated to providing you with useful information and tips for your guitar playing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ April 29th, 2004 Issue #006 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you like this E-Zine, please do a friend a big favor and pass it on.If a friend DID forward this to you and if you like what you read, please subscribe by visiting... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Table Of Contents

1. News

2. Spotlight ~ Frank Martin

3. Music Theory - Irrational rhythms

4. A Quick Look – Dotted Notes

5. Recommended Resource – Acoustic Guitar Magazine

6. Recommended Listening

7. Free Music ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Welcome to the 6th edition of my E-Zine/Newsletter Great Guitar Tips! I hope you find it helpful and enjoyable...

1. News

1. News – Guitar Forum

Have a look at the Forum if you haven't seen it yet. You can see it here.. (forum no longer active)

2. Composer Spotlight - Frank Martin

Born in 1890 in Geneva, Frank Martin was playing and improvising on the piano before he was old enough to attend school. Indeed, without any formal training of any significance, he could write beautiful melodies and pieces.

Although his parents wanted him to study to be a scientist and mathematician, the Swiss composer was attracted strongly to the musical arts. At the age of twelve he was awe-struck by a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and it left an indelible mark on the young musician.

Although he did study mathematics at the University Of Geneva later on, ostensibly to please his parents, Martin started studying both piano & instrumentation with Joseph Lauber.

He founded the "Société de Musique de Chambre de Genève" in 1926 of which he was leader. He played piano and harpsichord and taught improvisation and theory of rhythm at the "Institut Jacques-Dalcroze" and chamber music at the Geneva Conservatory of Music. During the years Martin lived in Italy and France he became a founder and the director of Technicum Moderne de Musique, a private music school. At about the same time he became interested in Schoenberg and twelve-tone music.

In the 1950’s he ceased all teaching activities to compose at home. He made occasional tours with the Swiss cellist Henri Honegger and even conducted his own music around the world.

In 1933 he wrote his most important work for guitar in 1933 called Quatres Pieces Breves. The style was unmistakably 20th Century. It was later revised in 1955 and had even been arranged for orchestra by Martin at the suggestion of his friend Ernest Ansermet. Although not a major composer for guitar, Martin has an interesting connection with our wonderful instrument and is becoming more appreciated as the years pass.

3. Music Theory - Irrational Rhythms

Irrational rhythms are nothing more that irregular rhythms or even better, tuplets. A tuplet is where more notes are “squeezed” into the bar that the time signature indicates. How is this achieved?

David Braid, writing in Play Classical Guitar says this is possible by…”speeding the beats up by a certain ratio…the most common tuplet is a crotchet triplet which has three crotchets played in the time of two.”

Of course, tuplets can be played in any type of note value other than crotchets, such as quavers etc.

4. A Quick Look - Dotted Notes

A dot placed behind any musical note increase the time of that note by half of its original value. Let’s look at the time signature of 4/4. For instance if a whole note or semibreve has a dot placed after it, its length is increased from 4 beats to 6 (4+2=6). If a half note or minum is dotted it lasts for 3 beats (2+1). A quarter note becomes 1 & ½ and so on. The resulting rhythms give music both interest and charm.

5. Recommended Resource

Acoustic Guitar Magazine - An inexpensive magazine. Great value for money. Features reviews, workshops, sheet music etc. Check it out here...

6. Recommended Listening

Check out the Segovia Collection. It's a 4 C.D. set with music from Milan to Rodrigo to De Murcia and much, much more. Check it out here...

7. Free Music

Here's your music for this month.It's another Study by Sor (No.24 Opus 44). It's a real "doozy" and takes a bit of work. Hope you enjoy it!

Well that's it for the 6th issue! Please let me know what you think or if you would like a particular topic covered in the future and I'll try to help out.

See you next month!

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