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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #046
January 31, 2008

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

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January 2008 Issue #046 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. Updated pages/videos

3. Study Point - The Alberti Bass

4. Recommended Resource - Free Online Metronome

5. Don't Forget to add YOUR opinion!

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the January 2008 issue and may I say I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!

I've almost completed 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 and lessons I provide for you.

I've also added some new videos to old pages that didn't have any before so I hope you get something out of them too.

There's also two brand new pages of information to help you learn your instrument more effectively (see below).

And of course, there's the usual recommended resource for this month and the free monthly music. It's really enjoyable to play...

See below for details of the sheetmusic and video (Don't forget the new password!).

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.

Indeed, there are two brand new pages & six page changes with seven new videos. Namely...

Slur Study in C by F. Carulli

How to Use a Metronome...

Arpeggio - Close-up of the right hand movement...

Rest Stroke & Free Stroke...

Playing a Trill...

Playing Vibrato...

Playing Pizzicato...

Playing Staccato...

Site Build It!

3. Study Point - The Alberti Bass

The Alberti bass is basically a repeated arpeggio and was used by Domenico Alberti who lived a very short life from 1710 to 1740.

He is not one of the well-remembered or popular composers but was a singer, harpsichordist and composer who hailed from Venice in Italy.

Indeed, Alberti used to sing and accompany himself on the harpsichord and was even the Venetian ambassador to Spain in 1736. He studied with another Italian, Antonio Lotti (1667-1740) who became the first organist of St Markís Cathedral.

So just what is the Alberti bass? Specifically it is an arpeggiated chord accompaniment that has a repeating pattern of notes of lowest, highest, middle, highest usually in the left hand of the piano but is used in other instruments, including the classical guitar.

Another way of describing the Alberti bass is "Homophonic", which simply means a melodic line supported by a slightly more rhythmic pattern of broken chords.

To say Alberti overused this repeating pattern in his compositions was an understatement. In fact, he didnít even invent this particular style of harmonisation but it became associated with his name because he used it almost exclusively.

It mustíve made an impression though as musical luminaries no less than Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven employed the Alberti bass in some of their famous compositions.

So how and when is it used in classical guitar?

Well, it was quite popular with the early classical guitarists and composers of the 19th century for example Giuliani in his Divertissement (Opus 78) and Sor often used the Alberti bass as a rhythmic device in his studies, Opus 35, No. 13 is one that springs readily to mind.

Of course, the Alberti Bass is closely related to the arpeggio which is also known as a broken chord and is not that difficult if you follow a proven method of procedure that has stood the test of time.

A common way to perform it is to begin with the thumb and then the fingers used in succession from index to ring finger. But, a guitar arpeggio can have many different finger combinations.

Indeed, it is one of the more frequently used items in the finger style guitar arsenal.

I hope this short discussion of the Alberti bass has made it a little clearer for you.

4. Recommended Resource - Free Online Metronome

If you didn't see it in the page about the fr'ee online metronome you can see it with this link here...

It's really handy if you don't yet own your own metronome.

5. Don't Forget to add YOUR opinion!

The "Name Your 3 Favorite Classical Guitarist's" page continues to swell. It you haven't already given your opinion you can do so here...

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

And now for the music! This month's music is Tanz Der Washerin by Hans Neusiedler. You can get a copy (including Tablature) here...

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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