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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #055
December 30, 2008

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December 2008 Issue #055 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos

3. Study Point - Performance Anxiety

4. Recommended Resource - Classical Guitar Performance by Carlos Bonell

5. Tell us YOUR story!

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the December 2008 issue. I hope you've enjoyed yourself on guitar since we last met and that you had a great Christmas or Hanukkah or other festive celebration :))

In this issue there's a new lesson page about the Country Dance by Ferdinando Carulli. It's great for practicing simple or simplified arpeggios amongst other things.

I've also built a page so that you can tell "Your Story". Just how did YOU get into classical guitar and how has it affected your life?

Additionally, I've included an easy duet for you to play along with me by Joseph Kuffner. It's a lot of fun!

There's also information on performance anxiety, a question I get asked about frequently on this site and to consolidate that knowledge, all about classical guitar performance by Carlos Bonell.

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

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is about Ferdinando Carulli's Country Dance. It's a wonderful piece for practicing simplified arpeggios amongst other things. Read more on the Country Dance by Carulli here...

Look for the red colored "NEW" next to the actual new piece. To help you more it's actually lesson number 3 in the "Beginner to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety is one question I get on my site quite frequently. Be certain, everyone suffers from it to some degree. I must admit mine has decreased with age and experience but I’m not totally free of it and probably wouldn’t want to be. You see, I think some nerves add to a performance. In other words, if you’re a little nervous your performance is probably going to be a little “heightened.”

It’s the management of those nerves that’s the important thing. Anthony Glise, writing in Classical Guitar Pedagogy explains...

"When anyone is nervous, the blood draws from the extremities (hands, feet, etc.) to the center of the body. This is part of the “fight or flight” mechanism instilled in us by nature. This trait was an important survival element for our ancestors as they were trying to outrun lions, tigers and bears (oh my…).

It meant that, if caught – with the blood drawn to the center of the body – the chances of bleeding to death from a wound to the extremities were lessened. For better or worse, we still have this physical reaction when we are nervous. What this means for us as performers, is that the blood draws to the center of the body and the hands get cold before a concert…

Remember to tell the student to keep the fingers warm, (mittens or gloves are not a bad idea) and keep the fingers moving. Everyone gets nervous before they play. As a student becomes more familiar with this feeling, they will usually grow to enjoy the feeling…"

I must say I concur. Even the great Segovia used to put his hands into a dish of warm water just before he went on stage. He also stated that just before he played he wished he could run away. And after the concert, he wished he could start all over again.

I suppose if someone of his stature, skill and experience feels nervous then we can’t expect to be free of them. It’s all in the management!

4. Recommended Resource - Classical Guitar Performance by Carlos Bonell

This month’s recommended resource is a great interactive DVD on classical guitar performance. Mr Bonell is a much respected classical guitar player of many years experience.

You can get the DVD here...

Here's what the blurb on the website says...

"In this fully interactive DVD, one of the world's leading classical guitarists, Carlos Bonell, performs 1 hour of the most recognized and loved pieces from the classical guitar repertoire. Pieces include "Lagrima", "Lute Suite in E Minor BWV996", "Recuerdos de la Alhambra", and more.

Interactive menus allow you to view the performance by choosing to watch right hand or left hand in addition to the main footage, which allows a close-up perspective of the techniques employed! Carlos also gives a unique insight into his approach towards interpretation and performance of the pieces in both English and Spanish, as well as some advice on the techniques required to play each piece."

5. Tell us YOUR story!

I've built a new page so that you can tell your story of how you got into classical guitar and what it means to you in your life.

I must admit I feel blessed to be able to have this website and it's great to share it with people like you who have the same interest and passion.

It struck me, in this festive period of goodwill, that I should include a page where people who come to this site can share their story, their passion and their feelings about classical guitar and perhaps get to know one another better. I feel it's like a little positive corner of the world where everyone that's interested can share good stories and times and learn and grow as a result.

I've started the page with my own short story to give you an idea of just what I mean.

I must stress though that I look at each and every submission personally and ask of you to keep to the submission guidelines. These are simple and relate to common sense, courtesy and respect for others.

With that said, and as I mentioned above I regard this site a little "positive corner of the web", I won't tolerate any nastiness or negative input. As I review all submission none of that would get past anyway.

In all the time this site has been up there has been very little of that but I intend to keep it that way. So with that...

Let's hear your story! Go here... now to have your say!

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

And now for the music! Because I've had quite a few people ask me about playing duets this month's music is duet by Joseph Kuffner. I've provided both tab and notation and have "extracted" each part so you can have each separate part (Guitar Part 1 or Part 2) in front of you when you play along with the video. I count out loud so that you can be ready to play.

The second guitar part is more difficult of course but you can work up to it. It's not that difficult. I've also recorded Part 1 a little slower so you can practice along and Part 2 faster so that when you're ready you can play Part 1 at a faster tempo against the 2nd guitar part. It's only slight so don't worry.

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 and the final edition of this newsletter for the year. I'll see you in the new year, 2009 with another brand new edition including music, videos and fun!!! :))

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