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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #064 - New Renaissance Music for You
September 05, 2009

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August 2009 Issue #064 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News - New Member Site Underway!

2. New pages/videos - Renaissance Piece "Packington's Pound" & Anglaise by Molino

3. Study Point - Finding the Related Minor Key

4. Recommended Resource - Online Metronome

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the August 2009 issue.

The Guitar Study Course is now in "Beta" mode. I hope over the next several months to get some good feedback to make it even more appropriate and helpful and then I'll open it up to the general public.

Indeed, I've already got a lot of feedback in the few weeks it's been open (closed for now while in Beta) and I'm working away in the "background" trying to make the necessary changes and additions. I'll let you know when it's open again.

Also there's some great new repertoire this month to help you develop your technique and knowledge. Let's go...

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is a popular Renaissance guitar piece called Packington's Pound. It is probably at least 400 years old and was written in the Renaissance era. It reputedly first appeared around 1596 in the "New Book of Tablature" by William Barley.

You can get your fr/ee PDF copy and lesson notes here...

Look for the red colored "NEW" next to the actual new piece. To help you more it's actually lesson number 18 in the "Beginning to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Finding the Relative Minor Key

Every major key has what is known as its "relative minor" key. Often a piece of music will modulate (change) from the major to its relative minor and back again during the course of the music.

Because the notes of each scale are similar there is a "symbiosis" between the two. Music can modulate to other related keys of course but the way to find the relative minor of a major key (and vice versa) is to count down 3 semitones (frets on the guitar) from the home notes of the major scale.

For example, in C major if you count down 3 semitones you get A minor. D major you get B minor, F major you get D minor. Keep in mind that the structure of the major and minor scales are different too so you need to learn the pattern of tones and semitones that make up the structure of each scale.

If you already know this then finding the relative minor of a major scale (and vice versa) becomes quite easy. One other thing you should be aware of is that if the major key has sharps or flats in the key signature then it's also going to affect the relative minor.

For example, in A major you have 3 sharps: F#, C# and G#. The relative minor is not F minor but F# minor, with its distinctive pattern of tones and semitones of course. Just knowing this little "trick" (3 semitones down for the minor and 3 semitones up for the major) makes it easy to locate relative keys.

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 - Online Metronome

If you haven't got a metronome handy when practicing scales, speed drills and dotted rhythms etc then you can go online to access the fr/ee metronome. It's a really good quality one that you don't have to download and it's easy to operate. You can find it


It's so simple to use and doesn't cost you a thing :))

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's music is the Anglaise by Francisco Molino. Molino was born in Florence. He often traveled to Spain to give concerts. In 1820 he settled in Paris, where he lived out the remainder of his life...

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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