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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #070 - Classical Guitarists: Get the best pieces to improve your playing..
February 01, 2010

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Great Guitar Tips - The World's Most Useable Guitar E-Zine ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A free, monthly E-Zine dedicated to providing you with useful information and tips for your guitar playing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

January 2010 Issue #070 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos - Minuetto in E Minor by Scarlatti: Theory Sheets from Finale

3. Study Point - Don't Flatten Your Wrist!

4. Recommended Resource - The Musician's Way

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the January 2010 issue and hopefully you had a wonderful Christmas & a happy New Year.

Well, it's time...I'm getting ready to roll out the course that'll give you all the best study pieces you need to improve your playing. Yes, it's the "Classical Guitar Study Course Grand Opening!"

Over the last 6 months or so I've had subscribers testing the first year of the course (bare bones really) and getting the feedback on what needs to be improved and included etc. Thanks to those guys I really did get some great feedback and now, over the next few weeks, I'm uploading the second year of the course...and then some!

This course will really enhance your skills and make all the free stuff on the site make even more sense as your finger skills and musicianship skills start to improve.

Because there's not enough room in this newsletter to give you all the information you need I've got a sign-up page where you can get all the information, news and even bonuses for the course as there will be a higher frequency of emails and correspondence.

You can get all the updates and advance notice of when the course is available by going here...

Additionally, especially if you're new to this ezine and my site, you can go take this very short survey if you have any questions you want answered about the course and its contents...

Click here to take survey

We've taken up a bit of time so let's get going on the latest edition of Great Guitar Tips...

2. New Pages

The new lesson page this month is an "intoxicating" little Minuetto by Alessandro Scarlatti but don't be fooled! It's not as easy as it sounds and there's some work to be done in mastering it.

You can see it 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.

Also this month I've built a new page that incorporates free theory worksheets provided by Finale software, which is the software I use to actually notate all the pieces on my site. It really is very cool software, and the theory sheets are really handy. If you haven't already discovered them on the site you can download them here...

3. Study Point - Don't Flatten Your Wrist!

On so many occasions when I was teaching a new student their body would tense up and one of the outcomes of this would be for their wrist to also become tense and "flatten out". By this, I mean it would draw inwards towards the guitar and their body.

This meant when they were trying to play a note or a chord in particular they would demonstrate a sort of pulling motion with their fingers which made the strings snap back towards the guitar with a horrible "thwacking' sound that render most performances awful.

Often, as a new student, they wouldn't even notice this technique faux pas as they had their "head in their music rather than the music in their head" so to speak.

To correct this bad habit you need to be aware of both your body (tensing up or being relaxed) and of the music itself and how you're producing the sound.

We all get a little tense when playing, especially in performance, but you need to increase your awareness and make it "second nature" if you're to overcome technique flaws and produce a fine, warm tone.

Your wrist, along with being relaxed, should be bent slightly outwards rather than inwards as the ideal position to play comfortably and with good tone.

4. Recommended Resource - The Muscian's Way by Gerald Klickstein

I've been reading a great book on "Practice, Performance and Wellness" called "The Musician's Way" by Gerald Klickstein. It really has some great insights for musicians (he's a classical guitarist himself) and I'm picking up a lot of things I've never even thought of myself.

There are three sections to the book, namely: Artful Practice; Fearless Performance; Lifelong Creativity which contains 14 chapters of both creative and practical ideas and methods.

It's really one for all musicians in my opinion and I highly recommend it. You can get your own copy here...

Another good little resource is of course Twitter...if you want some more great stuff you need to "follow me" on Twitter. I'm adding some really great stuff, articles and the like for classical guitar from other classical guitar sites for you. It'll save you a lot of time. Also, it's another way to get advance notice of the "Classical Guitar Study Course Grand Opening" in a few weeks time. Just go to my Twitter profile to follow me...

You'll obviously have to open an account if you haven't got one but it's fr/ee and easy.

Hope to see you on Twitter soon :))

5. This Month's Fr/ee Music

This month's extra fr/ee music is the Emperor Theme by Haydn. It's always been a favorite tune of mine and it should add nicely to your repertoire.

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 February 2010 with another brand new edition including music, videos and fun!!! :))

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