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October 07, 2009

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September 2009 Issue #066 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos - Carulli Waltz in 3/8 time and another Renaissance piece

3. Study Point - The difference between "Perfect" & "Plagal" cadences

4. Recommended Resource - Tone "Finger Ease"

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

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

There's lot's to see, hear and learn this month. To begin with there's a new lesson page centered around a Carulli waltz in D major. It's in 3/8 time and presents a few interesting challenges. I've also added a new Renaissance piece for the Guitar Sheet Music page with accompanying video.

Also there's a discussion on the difference between a perfect and plagal cadence and a great resource for getting your fingers moving easily on the guitar. So, let's go...

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is about a Carulli waltz in D major. It's a charming example of his work for the beginning to intermediate guitarist. But be careful, In this particular piece, that being a waltz in 3/8 time, you play faster than you would say a waltz in 3/4 time. This is the generally accepted practice as the 3/8 time is shorter in duration and thus played quicker throughout. Because of this it is necessary to "anticipate" where your fingers need to be and to move quickly and accurately to that position.

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 19 in the "Beginning to Intermediate" section of that page.

3. Study Point - The Difference Between Perfect & Plagal Cadences

First of all, a cadence is (usually) a succession of two or more chords at the end of a section of music. It's similar to the use of grammar where you have either a comma or a full stop at the end of the sentence. The cadence has a similar effect in music. Without a proper cadence most music sections wouldn't make sense.

A perfect cadence then is a two chord progression from chord 5 of the particular scale being used to chord 1 of that scale. For instance, if you're using the scale of C major and you want to end the section of music with a perfect cadence you'd use chord G followed by C (the "home") chord. Similarly, if you were using the key of A major a perfect cadence would be an E chord followed by an A chord.

A plagal cadence differs from a perfect cadence in that it uses chord 4 followed by chord 1 of the particular key being used at the time. For instance, if you were using C major again you'd play an F chord followed by a C chord. And if you were in the key of A again you'd use a D chord followed by an A chord.

The plagal cadence is often referred to as the "Amen" progression because it's the progression most often used in church where they get to the end of the Hym and sing...."A---men". I'm sure you can hear it in your head if you've had any experience at all in a Christian church setting.

These are just 2 of the cadences that we use but there are more. But I suppose that's a discussion for another day :)) I hope I've done enough to "whet your appetite", as it were and you can discover more for yourself by doing some research!

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4. Recommended Resource - Tone "Finger Ease"

I've had a few emails recently about stopping the "screeching" sound you get when moving your fingers along the strings at times. Apart from lifting them slightly (sometimes it's not possible) I've recommended people get some Tone Finger Ease. It's a great product I use myself but it doesn't only stop the screeching. It helps you to move across the strings more effectively and even protects your strings from wear somewhat.

It's also quite inexpensive and lasts a good while so it's really value for money. You can get your own Finger Ease here...

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's music is the anonymous Renaissance piece "What if a Year or a Month or a Day?". It's a good follow up to last month's "Packington's Pound".

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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