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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #061 - 2 New Pieces for Your fingers!
July 01, 2009

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May/June 2009 Issue #061 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News - Sorry I've been out of action lately

2. New pages/videos - Etude in A Minor on Lessons Page + Andante by Aguado on Extra Music Page

3. Study Point - Damping

4. Recommended Resource - Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the May/June 2009 issue.

Firstly, sorry I've been out of action for a while. I've had a few technical problems getting the Guitar Study Course up and running (It's driving me crazy! And if you're waiting for some more updates for the Guitar Study Course it won't be too long). Also I had to write many student reports and I'm getting over a month long bout of a horrible flu virus (not swine! :))

As they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger! Anyway, I hope to get back to normal and get you music monthly again - NOT bi-monthly! :))

So let's go!

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is an Etude in A minor by J. K. Mertz. This Etude by Mertz contains many lessons. Firstly, the multitude of sixteenth notes (semi-quavers) are good practice for alternation of the fingers and could be said, a good pre-cursor to the more difficult technique of tremolo.

You can get you copy 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 "Intermediate and Beyond" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Damping

Damping is used when you want to cut off a note completely at a particular point in a score. In classical guitar we mostly use either the fleshy part of our outer hand i.e. outside of little finger to wrist or the fleshy part from the tip of the thumb to the wrist, again on the side of the hand.

To give you a practical example I've prepared a little Andante by Aguado as the "Extra" music piece this month which has a "liberal" use of the damping technique. Don't forget it has a corresponding video on the video page (see below).

It's not particularly hard but because of this it let's you focus on the technique in question i.e. damping. You need to be relaxed and definitely NOT rushed as the music still needs to "breathe" as it were. As usual, my advice is to practice slowly to really "get" the technique before you move on.

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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)
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4. Recommended Resource - Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory

I get many emails about wanting to learn theory. Although I'm including a theory section in my upcoming Guitar Study Course, there's always room for another theory book with perhaps a different "point of view".

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is one book I like recommending. As it says on the site...

"Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age, whether listeners or performers, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music.

In this all-in-one theory course, you will learn the essentials of music through concise lessons, practice your music reading and writing skills in the exercises, improve your listening skills with the available ear-training CDs (sold separately), and test your knowledge with a review that completes each unit."

You can get your own copy here...

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's music, as mentioned above, is an Andante by Aguado . It's great for practicing damping techniques.

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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