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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #051
July 10, 2008

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June 2008 Issue #051 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos

3. Study Point - Using Guide Fingers

4. Recommended Resource - Dictionary of Music

5. Your Questions Continued

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the June 2008 issue. They say things happen in three's. I hope not! First it was my dad who had a heart scare - and thanks to all of you who sent good wishes for his speedy recovery. He's doing fine with a "stent" in place so all's well.

Now I'm recovering from the worst influenza I've ever had in my life. It really knocked me around but I'm up now and ready to continue. That's why this newsletter is a little late again but I hope the "third" thing doesn't come along and knock me off my perch, as it were.

Anyway, as the Aussie's say...No worries mate!

So down to business. You'll find a new page and video in the guitar lessons section by Giuliani which is great practice for your left hand slur technique.

Also there's a study point section about using your guide fingers smoothly which is graphically highlighted in the music and video of the month, an Andante by Joseph Kuffner.

The recommended resource I think you'll find very useful and we continue with the "Your Questions" page which continues to swell daily. You'll find the monthly music well worth practicing and it'll really help your developing technique.

O.K. Let's get on with it!

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is Andante in D major by Giuliani. This piece is great for developing your left hand slur technique. You need to play the slurs in a "clean", "crisp" manner. All in all there are 12 slurs within this piece if you include the repeats.

Read more on the Andante by Giuliani 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 16 in the "Beginner to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Using Guide Fingers

You'll notice in the video of this month's fr/ee music, especially the "slow section" at the end of the video, of the correct way to move from fret to fret using guide fingers.

This is where one or more fingers stay in contact with the strings of the guitar, but is sufficiently loosened to not make a sound on the string when moving. The technique helps to guide you where the notes are being fingered in an expedient manner.

When it's quick and smooth you have less chance of making a mistake or making any unwanted string noises, noises that can and should be prevented.

You'll notice my fingers in the video sliding back and forth from the first to the third and fourth positions (frets) and back again and my fingers are still in touch with the strings. The reason they make no noise is that I have momentarily let off all the tension and am in fact "GLIDING" along the string length.

It takes a while and plenty of practice to master this technique but anyone can do it with regular practice and commitment.

Here's a page I wrote some time ago about using guide fingers...

4. Recommended Resource - Dictionary of Music

The Dictionary of Music is one book I find I'm always referring to for one thing or another. I don't think any musician, whatever instrument they play, should be without a good reference book. I think I bought mine in the late 1980's so I'm probably due for an update! :))

When I think about it, I have probably looked at this book more than any other over the last twenty years or so.

It's a great idea to have your own personal copy. You can do that by clicking here now...

5. Your Questions Continued

Because I get a lot of monthly email with questions about classical guitar and learning classical guitar last month I create a new resource page where everyone can benefit.

There were quite a few questions asked and answered and it's good to see others contributing their knowledge as well. You can scroll down the page and browse through the questions already asked. You may even want to respond yourself - that's great if you do because that's why the page is there.

If you do have a question yourself on anything about the classical guitar then go over to this page now and ask your question...

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

And now for the music! This month's music is an Andante by Kuffner. It's really great for practicing the use of guide fingers as mentioned above but it's also great for playing "thirds" on the guitar. Thirds are a common technique especially on classical guitar. Not only do they sound good but are wonderfully suited to classical guitar and legato playing.

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

I hope you enjoy the music!

And for the video of the piece go here...

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

P.S. If anyone else wants to send a testimonial that would be great. Just hit the "reply" button on your email and send me one. It'll be hugely appreciated.

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