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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #057 - Two NEW pieces for your personal guitar library!
February 28, 2009

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February 2009 Issue #057 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos

3. Study Point - Repeat Signs

4. Recommended Resource - Guitarra - A Musical Journey Through Spain

5. Youtube Treat - John Williams & Julian Bream: C.Debussy-Clair de Lune

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the February 2009 issue.

In this issue there's a new lesson page on Rujero by Gaspar Sanz. It'll really help with your playing and execution of grace notes amongst other things.

The other piece of fr/ee sheet music is an arpeggio study that I composed myself. I hope you like it and it helps you to practice your arpeggio patterns and control. It's a simple piece in C major (no sharps or flats!:)) to let you just concentrate on the arpeggio patterns.

The study point is on "Repeat Signs", and there's another recommended resource suggestion and a youtube treat!

So, let's get on with it!

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is the Rujero by the famous Baroque guitarist Gaspar Sanz. Rujero is a dance form that is similar to the pavane (usually a slow court dance of the 16th & 17th centuries, often in duple time) but often played at a more "hectic" pace.

Actually, I have recorded this piece a bit slower than is normal in keeping with the "beginner" theme of this site. Feel free to speed up the tempo because it still sounds great! Read more on the Rujero by Sanz here...

Look for the red colored "NEW" next to the actual new piece. To help you more it's actually lesson number 9 in the "Beginner to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Repeat Signs

Passages of music are often repeated, mainly to save space, but it also gets your eyes to focus on the different sections within the music. This then allows you to phrase the music with more accuracy and expression.

There are a few ways of writing repeats in music and these varying ways have varying functions. The first and easiest way is, of course, the double bar line with the two dots in the "A" & "C" spaces on the ledger line.

Another way of showing repeats in music is via the "Da Capo" & "Dal Segno" signs. Da Capo, often abbreviated to D.C., is an indication to go back to the beginning of the music to repeat it again. If, however, you only need to repeat part of a passage you'll often see..."da capo al fine". This means to begin the music again but only continue as far as the word "Fine" (meaning the end).

Dal Segno means not to go back to the beginning but from some other "later" point in the music. There is usually a sign which looks like two large bold S's with a slash through them. Once you've gone back to the sign you then proceed to "Fine" as in da capo.

Look at this page that has some examples of these and other repeat signs here...

Improve your classical guitar skills now with...

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Pumping Nylon (Book and DVD) - sheet music at
Pumping Nylon (Book and DVD) (The Classical Guitarist's Technique Handbook) Edited by Nathaniel Gunod, written by Scott Tennant. Instructional book and instructional video: DVD for classical guitar. Series: National Guitar Workshop. 95 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AP.20417)
See more info...

4. Recommended Resource - Guitarra - A Musical Journey Through Spain

The Julian Bream DVD, Guitarra - A Musical Journey Through Spain, is a must for us classical guitarists. There's a wealth of information, music and wonderful exotic locations to pique everyone's interest. Indeed, the editorial review said...

"This musical journey through Spain with Julian Bream traces the evolution of the Spanish guitar from 1500 to the present. Bream tours and performs in some of Spain's most magnificent locations including Seville, Toledo, Madrid and Barcelona. This is the most complete video ever produced on the history of the Spanish guitar. Includes a bonus performance of Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez."

I first saw this particular DVD way back in the late 1980's when it was only available on VHS tape. I loved it then and I never tire of pulling it out to watch it all over again - a wonderful production! I highly recommend it.

You can get your own copy here...

5. Youtube Treat - John Williams & Julian Bream: C.Debussy-Clair de Lune

Talk about Julian Bream... I was looking on youtube the other day and came across this classical guitar gem of John Williams & Julian Bream playing Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune. It must have been a while ago as John Williams seems relatively "fresh-faced" and even has most of his hair! :))

But seriously, click over to youtube because you'll really enjoy it.

6. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's music is an Arpeggio Study composed by yours truly. Hopefully it helps you to practice the "Alberti Bass" method, which is basically a repeated arpeggio pattern designed by Domenico Alberti (1710-1740).

The Alberti bass attempts to have a..."melodic line supported by a slightly more rhythmic pattern of broken chords." It's not too difficult to play and I hope you like it. Let me know if you do :))

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. I'll see you later in 2009 with another brand new edition including music, videos and fun!!! :))

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