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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #053
October 07, 2008

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September 2008 Issue #053 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos

3. Study Point - Anacrusis (Upbeat)

4. Recommended Resource - Solo Guitar Playing

5. Classical Guitar on the Web

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the September 2008 issue. I hope you're playing has been fun-filled and enjoyable.

In this issue there's a new lesson page on a Carcassi Waltz in E Major. There's a lot of study points in there to improve your playing.

Because the piece begins with an anacrusis our study point this month is just what an anacrusis is.

The recommended resource is a classical guitar standard but high in excellence and of great value for you to improve your playing.

Also, I've been collecting some great articles from around the web about classical guitar for your interest and perusal so I hope you enjoy them. You'll even see that Harry Potter's Dumbeldore (Michael Gambon) is indeed a lover of classical guitar. Now that's magic!

And don't forget the fr/ee music and videos of course.

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

2. New Pages

The new page this month is a lesson on Carcassiís Waltz in E Major. There are many study points on the page including: using the thumb to play a melody line; playing the beats correctly; playing different sections in a "masculine" and "feminine" fashion; playing a "shifting melody" on one particular string. Read more on the Waltz in E Major by Carcassi here...

Look for the red colored "NEW" next to the actual new piece. To help you more it's actually lesson number 1 in the "Intermediate and Beyond" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Anacrusis

An anacrusis is also named an upbeat. It is a note or notes "taken" from the last bar of the music and placed right at the beginning of the music. As you can imagine this is not then a full bar of music (and neither is the last).

The effect of the anacrusis or upbeat is to accent the first (and some say subsequent) note(s) of the next bar(s) to give it an even stronger feel.

You can see that it would work well in a waltz as in the one I've provided this month (Waltz in E by Carcassi) because the first beat of a waltz is, of course, the strongest.

It just gives the music more character, flair and interest.

4. Recommended Resource - Solo Guitar Playing

This monthís recommended resource is the Solo guitar Playing by Fred Noad. I've had it in my own personal library for quite a few years now and it's a great book to consolidate your learning.

Itís inexpensive and there's now a C.D. to give you aural examples from the book exercises and pieces. I highly recommend the book and indeed, the series to you. You can get your own copy by clicking on this link...

5. Classical Guitar on the Web

I've been searching out and collecting interesting articles that relate in some way to classical guitar lately. I try to keep in mind if the article would be of interest to you, the classical guitar enthusiast so I hope the ones I have selected are indeed of interest to you.

For instance, here's a series of 4 articles on building a classical guitar at a site called Lumberjocks, which is a great play on words and quite humorous...

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Then there's an article called... The Spanish Guitar: The Descendent Of The Middle Ages

And in this one Michael Gambon a.k.a. Harry Potter's Dumbledore, says...

"I'm very flower-like. I love classical music. I go to ballet and I cry. There's nothing so beautiful." And the guitar? "I don't play classical guitar. But I do in my mind. I've got it on a stand. If David Hare would write a play with a bloke in it who plays the guitar, and he comes on at the beginning of every scene, he says a few lines to the audience; he says, 'Ladies and gentlemen, in this next scene you're about to see, Jeremy falls in love with Daphne, and I think you'll enjoy this section. But first of all, listen to this."

You can read the whole article here...

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

And now for the music! This month's music is an Andante by Anton Diabelli. It's great for practicing an open string "drone" bass. 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 :))

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