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February 09, 2009

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January 2009 Issue #056 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos

3. Study Point - Simple & Compound time

4. Recommended Resource - Updated Fretboard Memory cards

5. Tell us YOUR story! - Some great examples to date

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music


1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the January 2009 issue, a little late but here nevertheless. Apologies, but the new teaching year has been pressing on my time.

In this issue there's a new lesson page on an Andantino by Mauro Giuliani. It's great for... "using a variation of right hand fingers playing two notes simultaneously (in a quasi slow introduction) and playing arpeggiated chords, also with a variation in the right hand fingering."

The other free music is a Gigue by Johann Anton Losy which is great practice for doing p.i.m.a. chord rolls.

The study point is on Simple & Compound time usage, the recommended resource is the updated and fr/ee guitar fretboard cards and then there's the great stories in "Your Story". There have really been some inspiring ones to date!

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

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is an Andantino by Mauro Giuliani It has both arpeggios and a "slow introduction" that, while only two notes at a time, is played in a chordal fashion. The balance in the writing is quite pleasing to play and testament to Giuliani's skill in writing for the beginner to intermediate player. He really understood the instrument. Read more on the Andantino by Giuliani here...

Look for the red colored "NEW" next to the actual new piece. To help you more it's actually lesson number 10 in the "Beginner to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Simple & Compound time

Simple time is where the beat note is a normal or plain note rather than a dotted one. The value of the beat in simple time is divisible by 2. Examples of simple time are: 2/2, 2/4, 2/8, 3/2, 3/4, 3/8, 4/2, 4/4 & 4/8.

Don't be confused, it's not the number of beats in the bar divisible by two but the BEAT itself. That's why you can have something like "simple triple time" for example.

Compound time on the other hand is where the beat note is a dotted note. In other words, the note is divisible by 3. Examples of compound time are: 6/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/4, 12/8, amongst others.

I hope this brief discussion has made the subject a little clearer and will inspire you to learn more.

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4. Recommended Resource - New Fretboard Learning Cards

Thanks to those that pointed out to me that the fretboard learning cards I provided some time ago were partially incorrect. I decided to update and revise them so that they are more applicable and easier to make and use. Let me know if they are helpful.

You can download your copy here...

5. Tell us YOUR story!

When I decided to build a new page about your story, that is, of how you got into classical guitar and what it means to you in your life, I didn't realise just how inspiring the stories would be.

For instance, there's the story of Mike Hare who said... "After the death of my oldest boy (age 15) I lost my passion to play guitar. It has been some years now and my passion for classical guitar has returned. It's not as easy as riding a bicycle but I have more determination than ever before."

Or Gouranga from India who said.... "As I grow older with every passing hour I hope sincerely that my guitar teaches me something new. All along there hasn't been a single day that I haven't played my guitar. This is my story, my passion for music and truly my life. Without the classical guitar I would never have been so complete."

And Bob from Knoxville, Tennesse who said... "I didn't start guitar until I was 69 years old. I was looking for something that would challenge me in several ways, concentration being one of them."

Then there's David Heap from the U.K. who incredibly said... "In 2002/3 following a 16 week period that I suffered 2 strokes that left me with a lot of problems some mental but most physical but with a right side paralysis I eventually began to get rid of things that I could no longer use, coming across the guitar I began to dream, and I still do."

Don't you admire courage like that?

These are just a few of the incredible stories comimg in but please don't feel your story isn't worth telling because it is. People like reading about and enjoying the success of others like them because it inspires them. I know it has inspired me.

So don't be shy, click over to the page

here... and tell us your story and...ENJOY!

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's music is a gigue by Johann Anton losy and it's great for practicing p.i.m.a. chord rolls. It's not too difficult but is sounds delightful. 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 later in 2009 with another brand new edition including music, videos and fun!!! :))

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