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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #044
December 08, 2007

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November 2007 Issue #044 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New Page Additions - Guitar Lesson Page - Etude by Napoleon Coste

3. Product Review - Classics of the Great Composers (for Classical Guitar)

4. Join In - Give YOUR Opinion!

5. Background to this Month's Music

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the November 2007 issue of Great Guitar Tips.

Sorry to be a little late this month but with a full time job, a part time job and this website there doesn't seem time to scratch myself! :))

Anyhow, we'd better "crack on" and get going...

I've got a new lesson page up focusing on a fantastic Etude by Napoleon Coste. It's a great piece for learning the notes on the first "E" string further up the neck of the guitar.

For the product review I'm looking at books and arrangements by Jason Waldron of... "Popular Classics of the Great Composers" fame. I've also made a little youtube video of one of the pieces I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Next, the page on your "Top 3 Classical Guitar Players" continues to swell. You can give your opinion if you haven't done so already.

Then there's the background to this month's music and its composer - Mauro Giuliani.

And don't forget the password to the video page for this music which is at the bottom of THIS ezine!

Well, we had better get a move on then...

2. New Page Additions - Etude by Napoleon Coste

I've added a new lesson page this month that focuses on an Etude by Napoleon Coste. It is really useful for those wanting to learn the notes on the first "E" string right up to the 12th fret. You can see it at the Lessons Page here...

3. Product Review - Jason Waldron Books

Jason Waldron is an Australian who has written quite a few classical guitar books. He has mainly concentrated on a series of volumes on "Popular Classics of the Great Composers." There are at least 6 volumes to my knowledge.

I find that he is a very talented arranger and many of the pieces are a lot of fun to play on the guitar. Of course, no one's perfect but the only complaints I have is that some of the pieces are too short and some just plain twee.

But he has indeed arranged some "gems' that "sit" really well on the guitar even though the music was written for other instruments. For example, I think he did a superb job of the Nocturne by Chopin

Just click on the highlighted text above and it will open in a new page on Youtube with the video of the Nocturne by Chopin. I hope you like the video!

If you want to know which volume it comes from just click here...

4. Join In - Give YOUR Opinion!

Thanks to all those that have joined in and given their opinion about who YOU think are the greatest 3 classical guitar players for whatever reason you decide.

There's been some great responses which you can see here... Top 3 Classical Guitar Players

Feel welcome to give your opinion while you're there. After all, that's what the page is for :))

5. Background to this Month's Music

This month's music is an Etude by Mauro Giuliani. It helps with playing arpeggios and especially with the use of the right hand thumb (if you're right handed of course). The left hand plays rather "tight" as it revolves around a few chords basically in the first several positions of the fretboard. The thumb plays the bass strings almost "hectically" but it's a really good workout!

Giuliani was a master at using arpeggios. You can read more of his bio here...

An etude is..."a musical composition, usually instrumental, intended mainly for the practice of some point of technique." (

Giuliani certainly achieves this goal with his etude. I hope you enjoy it.

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

Let's get on with the Etude by Giuliani. It's a lot of fun to play.

You can get a copy 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 don't forget the new video page just for YOU. Yes, that's right subscribers to this ezine ONLY get videos of the monthly music.

***IMPORTANT: I change the password monthly so that I can keep the page just for you. This month's password is...


Just copy and paste the password into the password protected page here...

And that's all for this issue. See you next month:))

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