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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #049
May 06, 2008

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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 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

April 2008 Issue #049 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos

3. Study Point - Ponticello & Tasto

4. Recommended Resource - Segovia Scales

5. Thank You & A Favor

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the April 2008 issue. Firstly, I must apologize for being several days late with this issue but "life" has got in the way and conspired against me! :)) No matter, we can get on with it now...

One thing you will find very useful this month is that I've re-arranged the guitar lessons page by dividing it into a "beginners to intermediate" section and an "intermediate and beyond" section which should help you to plan your practice in a more linear and step by step fashion.

There's a new lesson on the fr/ee lessons page. A Minuet by Henry Purcell and it's a great piece because it has a lot of learning points contained within it.

Also, I want to say thanks for the comments about the new video style and also I need to ask a favor of you but I'll get to that below.

There's the usual study point and a lot more so let's go...

2. New Pages

There's a new lesson page with a Minuet by Henry Purcell that has some great learning points. Read more on the Minuet by Henry Purcell here...

Because I've re-arranged the page you'll need to look for the red colored "NEW" next to the actual new piece. To help you more it's actually lesson number 7 in the "Beginners to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Ponticello & Tasto

"Ponticello" and "Tasto", often known as sul ponticello & sul tasto, are directions given in music to give your playing more "color" and to add interest via being more musical.

Specifically, ponticello means to play with the hand towards the bridge of the guitar which has the effect of making the notes more "metallic" if that makes sense. You could also describe it as producing a "brighter" tone in the bars in question.

Contrary to this when you play tasto it is directing you to play more towards the fretboard, which has the effect of producing a "warm" sound if I could describe it as such.

You can see in this month's music (Moderato by Giuliani) on the videos page that I do move my right hand around to achieve the above mentioned effects. Try it yourself and see if you can produce a more interesting performance in your music. It's pretty easy to do and it's fun.

4. Recommended Resource - Segovia Scales

The Segovia scales are widely recognised as almost the "bible" of guitar scales for any self-respecting classical guitar player.

In them, Segovia includes all the major and minor diatonic scales including sharp and flat scales. He recognised that playing thes scales would both improve your sound immeasurably by improving your touch and shifts from position to position and at the same time help you to learn the notes of the fretboard more fully.

Segovia cleverly worked out how to negotiate the entire fretboard with a minimum of patterns which helps you to learn the entire group of scales more quickly.

And the best point is they're really inexpensive. I think they're less that $5 at this point in time. You can get your own copy and start to improve your sound immediately by clicking here...

5. Thank You & A Favor

I'd just like to take the time to thank the many people who responded to my request to tell me if the new style of videos were of use to you.

I was really bowled over with the response and it took me a while to get through them all and it really helped me to get a clearer picture of what you need and want.

I'd like to ask a favor of you now. I was wondering if you could take just a few minutes to write me a testimonial that I could put on my home page and ezine page.

It would be great if you could. Specifically, if you could mention just how this site has helped you to improve your playing. Additionally, if you could add your name and country that would be great.

I won't need your email address because in today's climate on the web with those dreaded spam bots everywhere they might "harvest" your email address and hit you with stupid email that you don't want or need.

So anyway, if you could hit the reply button now and send me your testimonial I'd very much appreciate it.

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

And now for the music! This month's music is a Minuet by Giuliani. There are many practice points in this piece including the Ponticello and Tasto as mentioned above.

You can get a copy of the music here...

I hope you enjoy the music!

Now go here...

And that's all for this issue. See you later in the month:))

P.S. Don't forget to hit the "reply" button on your email and tell me your opinion on the new style videos...

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