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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #068 - More Flamenco Fun & Techniques
December 04, 2009
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1. NewsHi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the November 2009 issue.
Last month we had a traditional piece with a Flamenco flavor - Malaguena. We continue the skill building with another Flamenco flavored traditional Spanish piece called Andalucia. It's a bit tricky at first but a lot of fun when you get it.
Next, I came across a youtube video recently that is very instructive about what to do if you make a mistake when playing live to an audience, which is very helpful.
And we're nearly at that time again. Yup, it's nearly Christmas already! There's a link to some great Christmas music so you can prepare to delight your loved ones this festive season.
Also, as usual, there's the fr/ee music so... let's go!
2. New PagesThe new lesson page this month is again about Flamenco techniques. We know from last month that the malaguena is a folk-dance form which originated in Malaga in Southern Spain. Andalucia also was inspired by a southern region of Spain because this region is actually called Andalucia or Andalusia. It's Spain's largest region comprising 8 provinces, each named after its capital city.
Like in Malaguena you get to practice some flamenco techniques you wouldn't always get playing pure classical guitar, such as rasgueados for barre chords and the like. You can see more
3. Study Point - If...No, WHEN you make a mistake!I was looking at some youtube videos lately when I came across an amazing occurence. John Williams, guitar God, making a mistake in an actual concert! Surely not? Well, all jokes aside, John Williams is known for his precision, accuracy and total clamness in the "heat" of a concert.
What was more interesting, and even highly instructive was his reaction. That is to say - there was no reaction! At least not until some ten seconds later (perhaps) when I thought I detected a slight disappointment flash across his face.
The point of this is to see a total professional in practice. The mistake is glaring, if you know Villa Lobos' music, but Williams doesn't even flinch. It's really impressive and a pointer for all of us of what to do when a mistake inevitably occurs when playing in public, or even to our friends and family for that matter.
I've seen students of mine time and time again stop their performance and apologize or even start the piece again. Many times the audience wouldn't have known there was even a mistake made but they "give themselves up" by stopping or apologizing. What you need to do is, like John Williams, just go on and act as if there was no mistake.
Have a look at how
John Williams reacts here...
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4. Recommended Resource - Christmas Music for Classical GuitarIt's that time again. Boy, doesn't Christmas come around quickly? If you want to be playing some fairly easy pieces at a good level by Christmas you should get your music and start practicing now. There's a farly easy book with Tab called "A Classical Christmas" that's readily available.
You can get your copy of
A Classical Christmas here...
5. This Month's Fr/ee MusicThis month's extra fr/ee music is a Moderato in D major by Anton Diabelli that should add nicely to your repertoire.
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