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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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ September 2005 Issue #020 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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. The Baroque Suite

3. Guitar Timeline

4. D Drop Tuning

5. My Site Is Now RSS!

6. New Fr/ee Lessons Page

7. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

There's a few new pages since our last meeting. You can see the links below for D drop tuning & the guitar timeline plus a few other interesting links.

That includes some info about RSS. Don't worry, I'll explain below.

So I hope you enjoy this month's newsletter. So let's go...

2. The Baroque Suite

The baroque suite originally consisted of a number of dance movements all in the same key.

Baroque dance music played an important part in courtly life and was one of the chief leisure activities of the day.

According to the Baroque...

"describes an era and a set of styles of European classical music which center between approximately 1600 to ca 1760. This era is said to begin in music after the Renaissance and to be followed by the Classical music era..."

Here is the accepted and conventional order of the Baroque suite (whether on guitar or other instruments) and a brief explanation of each one...

Prelude – Regarded as an introduction to the suite as it is usually in non-dance "free-style" form.

Allemand – A moderate dance usually in 4/4 time with several repeating sections. These sections often modulate from tonic to dominant keys and back again.

Courant – A lively dance the courant is often in 3/2 & 6/4 mixed time but doesn’t necessarily have a fast tempo. Saraband – Slow in tempo but grand in character the saraband contained the "emotional intensity" of the suite.

Gigue – Fast moving and lively and often in 6/8 time the gigue was often the finale of the baroque suite. Optional dances consisted of:

Minuet - A slow, stately pattern dance in 3/4 time for groups of couples, originating in 17th-century France;

Bouree - The bourree was a dance in quick double time, somewhat resembling the gavotte;

Gavotte - A French peasant dance of Baroque origin in moderately quick duple meter; Chaconne - A slow, stately dance with a form consisting of variations based on a reiterated harmonic pattern;

Passacaille - musical form of the 17th and 18th centuries consisting of continuous variations on a ground bass and similar to the chaconne.

Reference based on Fred Noad Solo Guitar Playing Book 2

3. Guitar Timeline

The Guitar Timeline starts at 1500 BC and continues right up to Slava Grigoryan. Ive tried to include as many important guitarists as possible over that time but it is a "work in progress" as I'm sure you'll appreciate. There are many entries I'll need to include over time.

But for now you can see the guitar timeline here...

4. D Drop Tuning

To learn D Drop tuning, otherwise known as drop d tuning or d open tuning, is very simple indeed. It is one of my favorite alternate guitar tuning methods.

Read more about D Drop tuning here...

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5. My Site Is Now RSS!

What Is RSS? You may have been seeing those little orange RSS or XML buttons around the Internet. If you were wondering what they are...

It's "the next big thing" -- you can use it to get newsfeeds from CNN or BBC, as well as just about anything else, including news on upcoming movies, DVD releases, your favorite musician's tour updates, etc.

Once you get started, it's like having your favorite parts of the Web come to you. No need to go out and check for updates all the time.

"RSS" means "Really Simple Syndication." What it means to you is that when you subscribe to a site that has an RSS feed, you can keep up-to-date without having to check the site every day or week.

How do you get started? Easy!

Download a free RSS Reader first. This is special software that reads the RSS feeds. Click here for a windows reader... or here for for a Mac RSS reader...

6. New Fr/ee Lessons Page

And if you haven't seen it yet I've built a new lessons page with study notes, PDF files and videos to help you with working out the music and improving your sound.

Just click here to check them out...

7. Fr/ee Music

And now for the music!

I know that logically I should've prepared a piece from the Baroque suite but I've been working on getting the fingering right for a piece for quite a while that I need to "get it off my chest" as it were.

It's a traditional Spanish piece called Solea and uses a few Flamenco techniques. You can read up on Flamenco techniques here...

You can get a copy of the Solea in both normal notation and Tab here...

(It's down the bottom of the page)

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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