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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #045
January 01, 2008

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Great Guitar Tips - The World's Most Useable Guitar E-Zine ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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December 2007 Issue #045 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. Updated pages/videos

3. Tips on Practicing

4. Recommended Resource - Another great YouTube app.

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the December 2007 issue and may I say I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoy a happy new year!

It's been a hectic month and I've got some further HUGE plans for the site in 2008.

But before that I'm in the process of changing all the old videos and replacing them with new "close-ups" that I think you'll find are much better for learning the actual monthly music I provide for you. See below for pages in question.

There's some excellent tips on practicing classical guitar by Anthony Glise I think you'll really appreciate AND...

The recommended resource for this month is a great little video site with unbelievable applications. It's even better than the other youtube app. I mentioned in my second to last edition of this ezine. I have included some of the FAQ's directly from the site and yes, it's a fr/ee application too! See below for details.

And this month's music is an anonymous piece. See below for details of the sheetmusic and video (Don't forget the new password!).

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

2. Updated Pages & Videos

As I mentioned above, I've beed replacing the old videos on my site with newer (hopefully better!) versions that are in a close position so that you can really see what my hands are doing. The videos are on the pages...

Barcarolle by Coste page


Aguado Allegretto page...

I hope this helps you to play more effectively. Let me know if this has helped you. You can use the contact/feedback form on my contact page...

3. Tips on Practicing

A lot of people contact me via the website and ask questions about practicing i.e. How much? When? What type? etc. I almost always refer them to Anthony Glise's excellent publication, Classical Guitar Pedagogy, where he has some very pertinent and accurate advice on practicing. For example...

" is important to stress to the student that when one practices, it is a matter of isolating sections, phrases, even separate notes, and obsessively working and reworking these areas over and over from a technical standpoint..."


"It's as if the student becomes two people: a "player" and a "listener", both sitting there at the same time."

As you can see it's a complex topic that requires more thought and application than just a brief "going over". I highly recommend you get the book as it has many other "pearls of wisdom" throughout the entire book. It's one publication that I would never be without.

4. Recommended Resource - Another Excellent YouTube App.

If you remember about two editions of this ezine ago I recommended you get a little youtube video downloader from this YouTube Downloader page...

Well, I think I can out-do even that App.!!! I found a little site called

It costs you nothing in any way shape or form but saves you heaps of time - which I love! How? Well, If you want your videos in a much, MUCH easier form then this site's for you.

Rather than blather on about it, and send you there "blind", so to speak, I've included some of the info. about the site & some of the FAQ's I think you'll appreciate...


So what is is an incredibly cool dynamic web 2.0 application, with a terrific modern design, that brings you a better way to search and watch YouTube videos. Not only but you can download YouTube videos! This is basically adding functionality and experience to what "should be" there. The possibilities of the site reach far beyond that. It gives you the chance to create your own environment for watching video clips, saving them and sharing them with friends.

What makes unique?

Designing we followed one primary idea - to bring normal desktop application experience to the browser - windows that can be dragged, resized, minimized in a tray, drag'n'drop of videos between players and results, standard menus - all with one goal - to make the richest web application for viewing and managing video content! You will be amazed by the flexibility and fabulous design of the website. It is user friendly and easy to navigate but also has great functionality.

Why we created

The main goal of is to provide users a convenient way of browsing through the enormous amount of online videos and to improve the experience - help them manage their favourite ones by saving them in playlists, downloading them onto the PC and many, many other options.

We believe the best way to please our visitors is to give them the freedom to choose and manage as much as possible. Giving them a completely new point of view on a web application - something never seen on the internet!

What does it cost? is fr/ee!

Why should I register? I can view the videos anyway!

Because you will be able to download unlimited, to organize your collections of videos in playlists and other features, available only for registered users.

How can I download videos?

When you press the Download button as EXE, ZIP, etc on the thumbnail, a small thumbnail appears in the bottom left corner, indicating the video is processing on our servers. Once processed you can select the file type you want to download by right clicking on the thumbnail. Then the video is converted dynamically and it's ready to download. Try it.

I want to download some videos but I am not sure what format is best for me ?

We have implemented the common video formats, used for different devices:

AVI - the most common format for watching videos on PC, using Microsoft MPEG4v2 with MP3 quality audio on almost any device

MP4 - Apple video format, supported by iPod, iPhone and other video playing devices and software

MOV - Apple Quick Time video format

WMV - Microsoft Windows Media Video - old video format supported by all Microsoft Windows operating systems.

3GP - video format, supported by most mobile devices, such as phones, but with low audio and video quality.

3GP2 - version of 3GP with better audio and video quality, supported by most mobile phones and other devices

FLV - flash video format - suitable for the web, for example - embedding the downloaded video in your own site EXE - standalone EXE player with the downloaded video built in it. For PC's only. No additional software or player required. Good for presentations.

ZIP - this is actually the EXE, but compressed in ZIP archive


Pretty remarkable hey? I hope you get something out of it.

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

And now for the music! This month's music is an anonymous piece called Trezza. You can get a copy (including Tablature) 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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