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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #035
April 02, 2007

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March 2007 Issue #035 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. Theory Notes - Rubato

3. New Additions to Lessons Page

4. Product Review

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the March 2007 issue of Great Guitar Tips.

I have some good music and a new lesson for you this month. The new lesson is a popular mazurka by Francisco Tarrega which is about intermediate level. I also have a piece by Giuliani for you.

I've been experimenting with my new camera in terms of close-ups and different angles to capture the hands a little more clearly. Let me know if you like this way of filming by contacting me via a form here...

I hope you're not adverse to using the form. I use a form page to cut down on spam email (so the spam email farmers can't "harvest" my email). I don't like receiving spam and won't send it. We really need to cut down on this nuisance on the web.

Anyway, let me know what you think of the video.

I hope you enjoy it...Let's go!

2. Theory Notes - Rubato

I've written about rubato before but as I talk about it in the new Tarrega lesson I thought I'd give you a little refresher. Rubato literally means "robbed time" in Italian. The catch is, if you ever rob something, is to pay it back :))

It is achieved by a slight speeding up, then slowing down of the tempo or speed of a piece.

Rubato was used as far back as C.P.E. Bach but used extensively in the romantic period of which Chopin was a main "player". The use of rubato gave an emotional edge to the music rather than a lifeless playing of just the black and white notes.

The "trick" to playing rubato successfully in my opinion, is to do it stylishly but unobtrusively. If you've ever really listened to the late, great Frank Sinatra phrasing a song he uses rubato brilliantly. Sometimes he speeds up and at other times lays just behingd the beat but always balances the song perfectly. He was a true master of his genre and form.

In terms of classical guitar playing one of the best in terms of playing rubato is Julian Bream. I remember him playing in a concert at the Sydney Town hall back in about 1989 or 1990 and although a little "rough and ready" in patches his playing was brilliantly warm and emotional and a lot of this was due to him being a wonderful exponent of rubato.

Listen closely to players of this ilk and you'll be sure to learn a lot. They're professionals for a reason!

3. New Addition to Lesson Pages

The new lesson is Adelita, a mazurka by Francisco Tarrega. The mazurka is supposed to be played in a moderate to fast triple time, although most people play Adelita "lento". I tend to play it as a traditional mazurka, faster than most, though with some rubato. Read more on the lessons page


4. Product Review - Mahogany Guitar Stand

Here's a beautiful little mahogany guitar stand for your guitar's protection. You can get it by clicking on the text link below at Musician's Friend, who said...

"The Taylor Sapele Mahogany Guitar Stand was first produced for a trade show, but people began demanding these unique guitar stands and Taylor came through.

Beautifully crafted in solid sapele mahogany, the stand features a laser-etched Taylor logo, rich satin finish, and rubber pads to protect your guitar's finish."

(No longer available)

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's fr/ee music is an Allegretto in A minor by the continually surprising Mauro Giuliani. Even in these little practice pieces he always manages to surprise you with little musical "twists and turns" that take you in a direction you don't always expect, even if only briefly.

You can find 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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