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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #060 - Study Course Proceeding & More Music for You
May 02, 2009

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April 2009 Issue #060 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News - Study Course Proceeding & More Music for You

2. New pages/videos - New Study in E Minor on Lessons Page + Country Dance on Extra Music Page

3. Study Point - The Minor Scale - Continued

4. Recommended Resource - New Harvard Dictionary of Music

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers!

Welcome to the April 2009 issue.

If you're new to this ezine and you missed the last issue I've developed a Classical Guitar Study Course. I've been working on it for quite a while now and I'm almost ready to release it.

I've just had a few technical issues and "learning curves" with the software I'm using to deliver the material but everything is proceeding well.

If you want to follow the conversation (and get the bonuses) so far you can see them here:

Post 1...

Post 2...

There's also another update coming (with another bonus video) within the next day or so so look out for it.

If you want the updates and to be notified when the Study Course becomes available go to...

And for those of you who were worried that this monthly ezine was going to stop when the course comes out DON'T worry. I plan to continue this service for as long as my website is up and running - which I hope is a very long time :))

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is a Study in E minor that I wrote myself. Amongst other things, it highlights the fact that the melody can be expressed from both treble notes and bass notes combined.

That is, the melody doesn't always have to reside in the treble notes alone but can be "inter-twined" with the bass notes. You can see more 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 - The Minor Scale - Continued

In last month's "Great Guitar Tips" we spoke of the minor scale and how it is arranged in terms of its tones and semi-tones. This month we’ll specifically look at the harmonic minor scale.

The harmonic minor scale is descended from the "Aeolian Mode" of the 17th century. Music was often written in modes then rather than the scales we know today. The modes formed the basis of polyphonic music. Our major (Ionian mode) and minor scales came out of those modes and by the end of the 17th century they were really the only two in use.

The Aeolian mode was the "natural minor" scale and by raising the 7th note of the scale it became the Harmonic minor scale. As was stated last month this made the scale look like this: Tone; Semi-Tone; Tone; Tone; Semi-Tone; Tone & a Half; Semitone.

The A Minor harmonic scale, because it has no sharps or flats in the key signature would thus be: A B C D E F G# A. E minor, being related to G major, has one sharp in the key signature – F#. The other sharp, D sharp, is not in the key signature but is written in each bar it occurs, as an "accidental" throughout the music. So, the notes of E harmonic minor are: E F# G A B C D# E.

The interval between the 6th and 7th notes of the scale thus becomes an "augmented 2nd". Its distance is seen as either 1 ˝ tones or 3 semitones. The structure of the whole harmonic scale is: Tone; Semi-Tone; Tone; tone; Semi-Tone; Tone & a Half; Semi-Tone.

This tone and a half, or raised note, is one of the main ways of telling if a piece of music is in the minor as opposed to the major key.

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4. Recommended Resource - New Harvard Dictionary of Music

It is said of the New Harvard Dictionary of Music... "It is the single most indispensable reference work for musicians, students of music, and music lovers. Seventy scholars have contributed nearly 6000 specially commissioned entries to produce what is simply the best one-volume music dictionary available today."

I must say I agree as it's a book I reference almost daily in my continuing study of music and the guitar. I'd highly recommend you get it for your own personal library.

You can get your own copy here...

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's music is an anonymous Country Dance in C Major. It's quite simple but good practice for your arpeggio playing and a lot of fun! :))

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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