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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #073 - A Challenging Spanish Guitar Piece For You
July 04, 2010

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April 2010 Issue #073 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. New pages/videos Noche De Estio

3. Study Point Three Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Musicianship

4. Recommended Resource Essential Classical Guitar Collection

5. This Month's Extra Fr/ee Music - Larghetto by Carulli

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the June 2010 issue.

There's much to see in this issue including some great new pieces for your repertoire including the "Spanish flavored" Noche De Estio and a Larghetto by Carulli + information on the soon to be re-opened membership site and a new product called the Classical Guitar Collection. You can see the box shot here...

If you want to get advanced notice make sure you get on the list here...

I've got some good advice for you on musicianship and a product to expand your repertoire. So let's go...

2. New Music/Videos

The new lesson this month is the "intoxicating" Noche De Estio (translated to Summer Nights). It is an evocative piece reminding us of the beauty, romance and richness of old Spain. This is achieved via the variation of minor (1st section) to major (2nd section) and the use of 3rds and 6ths throughout the music. You'll also notice that I use the technique of rubato (deliberate speeding up and slowing down of phrases) to add interest and to make the piece more musical. Variation in the dynamic range always helps in a piece like this too :)) I hope you enjoy it even though it's a little more challenging than the beginner pieces on this site.

Please make a comment on the Youtube site (just double click on the video and the Youtube site will open out into another page). You can even give me the "thumbs up" sign if you're of a mind :))

You can get your copy here...

3. Study Point - Three Things You Can Do to Improve Your Musicianship

Musicianship is defined as... "knowledge, skill, and artistic sensitivity in performing music". There are three things you could do right now to improve your musicianship:

1. Read Widely - It might be obvious to say but the more you read about a topic the more informed you become. It's amazing how much you can learn if you read just one or two facts and a little history per day.

It really builds your knowledge over time and fills in many "gaps" people have in their stylistic interpretations of classical music. It's also amazing how many of my students in the past had to be goaded into reading up on their history of the classical guitar.

Actually, the more you do it the more you enjoy it and it feels good to know your really coming to grips with your topic and getting a much clearer view of how the classical guitar and its music have developed over time.

2. Practice Regularly - Regular practice, if it's intelligent aware practice, will help you to improve your skill. Set a time or practice at regular intervals throughout the day on technical drills such as ornamentation and you'll find the quality and tone of your playing improve noticeably.

3. Watch the masters play the guitar. I'm sure watching Segovia, Bream, Williams, Romero et al over the years has "seeped" deep into my consciousness, almost like osmosis, and influences my approach and playing on the instrument. The more you listen to others the faster you'll improve. It's like the saying "standing on the shoulders of giants" and I know it's so true of many things in life. I suppose with the accumulating years that's what they call wisdom :))

4. The Essential Classical Guitar Collection

As a guitar player I'm always looking to buy more and more books, sheet music and the like that will both improve my playing and expand my repertoire. Although I've got many, many books in my personal library I know I'll never stop buying more, probably until the day I die! :))

With that in mind there's a book you'll enjoy and improve your repertoire with. It's called The Essential Classical Guitar Collection...

The difference with this book is that it's not your usual classical guitar book in that many pieces were transcribed for guitar from instruments such as the piano and were by composers not usually associated with guitar such as Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Camille Saint-Saens. Playing such music "stretches" our capabilities and knowledge and therefore improves musicianship, which as we've seen above, is very important.

5. This Month's Extra Fr/ee Music

This month's extra fr/ee music is Larghetto by Carulli. You can get a copy of the music and expand your repertoire


I hope you enjoy the music!

And for the video of the piece go


And that's all for this issue. I'll see you later soon with another brand new edition including music, videos and fun!!! :))

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