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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #067 - Are you ready for some Flamenco Fire?
October 31, 2009

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October 2009 Issue #067 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos - Malaguena: A look at some traditional Flamenco skills

3. Study Point - More Cadences: Imperfect & Interrupted Cadences

4. Recommended Resource - Flamenco Guitar Method

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

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

The new lesson page contains a traditional piece with a Flamenco flavor - Malaguena. It concentrates on some fun techniques so be sure to have a look. The other free music is a piece called Tranquillo by Anton Diabelli. A very charming and fun piece to play indeed!

If you remember last month we had a discussion on the difference between a perfect and plagal cadence. We continue that discussion this month with two further cadences, namely: The Interrupted and the Imperfect cadences.

Also, because we have a slight "Flamenco" flavor this month I'm recommending a book I have in my personal library on that very subject. I know you'll like it. And of course, there's the fr/ee music so... let's go!

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is all about the Flamenco inspired Malaguena. The malaguena is a folk-dance form which originated in Malaga in Southern Spain. This type of music is both a song to be sung or an instrumental piece and often incorporates a bass pattern of AGFE which you can see I've included within the piece. (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 6 in the "Intermediate & Beyond" section of that page.

3. Study Point - Imperfect & Interrupted Cadences

If you remember from last month, 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.

The defining point about an imperfect cadence is that the last chord of the Imperfect cadence always finishes on the "dominant" of the scale. So, if you're in C major and you come to the end of a section of music you can go from any chord to the dominant chord e.g. Chord IV to chord V or chord II to chord V. You get the feeling or sense that another phrase needs to be played after this cadence, unlike the perfect cadence where you feel the music has come to a successful resting point or even an end. I suppose that's why it's known as the Imperfect cadence.

The Interrupted cadence is similar to the Imperfect cadence in that you still feel there is "something more to come", as it were. The difference though between these two is that interrupted DOESN'T finish on the dominant or chord V e.g. chord V to chord VI is a common form of Interrupted cadence. It adds interest to the music via a slight "diversion", if you will.

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4. Recommended Resource - Flamenco Guitar Method

We can all, as classical guitarists, improve and expand our technique & repertoire. This includes the techniques of Flamenco which helps to give us more expression and character to our playing.

Here is part of the description of Flamenco Guitar Method by Gerhard Graf-Martinez...

"Gerhard Graf-Martinez is a passionate flamenco guitarist and teacher. The wealth of his knowledge is captured in this work, which also reflects valuable experience gained from his activities as a tutor at national and international seminars and workshops. The CD included with volume 1 contains all the pieces and musical examples..."

You can get your copy here...

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's extra fr/ee music is the lovely "Tranquillo" by Anton Diabelli.

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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