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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #015
March 23, 2005

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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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ March 2005 Issue #015 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 On Theory - Alman or Allemande

3. Composer Focus

4. New Forms For Guitar Lessons - Tell me what YOU want!

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Sorry to Mr Segovia. I missed your birthday on the 21st of February. I should have mentioned it on my Blog Home Page

Really though I'm glad the great man is still in our thoughts after passing away 18 years ago. My! Is it really that long ago? If you have forgotten about Segovia you can read up about him here... But now we should get "on with the show" as they say...

2. Spotlight On Theory - Alman or Allemande

There are several versions of the alman or allemande. Following are two:

An alman, commonly know as an Allemande these days, is a moderately slow dance of German origin in duple time. Duple time is where the number of beats in the bar is a multiple of 2 e.g. 2/4, 4/4, 2/2. If the beats are divisible by 2 the time is simple, if they are divisible by 3 the time is compound.

The full title in French is "Danse Allemande" and although it has its antecedents in Germany, the allemande was "adopted" by the French around about the 16th century.

From there it was further "adopted" by the English. English names for this stately dance form are: almain; alman; almand.

During the 17th & early 18th centuries the allemande was incorporated into the "suite' where it was usually the first of four contrasting dance styles. Although it was pretty much unchanged from the prior period composers started to experiment with the form. For instance, some composers started to vary their allemande tempos from largo & adagio right up to allegro & presto!

The other version of the alman, or allemande, is the brisk dance version in triple time. Triple time is where the number of beats in the bar is three e.g. 3/8, 3/4, 3/2. If the beats are divisible by 2 then it is classed as simple time. If the beats are divisible by 3 then it is known as compound time. The alman or allemande in this particular instance was the precursor to the waltz.

3. Composer Focus - John Dowland

As you may have guessed the fr/ee music this month is going to be an alman or allemande by John Dowland.

John Dowland was the composer of some of the most exquisitely melancholic music that has ever been written for the lute (and by default - the guitar) of all time read more here...

4. New Forms For Guitar Lessons - Tell me what you want!

I've added some new forms on my site for you to contact me and removed some email links. This is because I want to stop viruses and other nasties from getting on my site. To view one of these forms and perhaps suggest some new fr/ee guitar lessons you'd like to see just go to the Guitar Lessons page...

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5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

Now for the fr/ee music. It's a stately alman or allemande by John Dowland. You can download the PDF file & the Midi File 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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