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Great Guitar Tips, Issue #078 - Re: Finally! Your dream of playing Classical Guitar is achievable...
February 01, 2011

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January 2011 Issue #078 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Table Of Contents

1. News

2. Recommended Resource: The Classical Guitar Study Course - Get it NOW in 1 easy payment!

3. New piece & video: Andantino by Carulli

4. Study Point: What makes a Minor scale?

1. News

Hi to all new and old subscribers! Welcome to the January 2011 issue.

Finally, your dream of playing classical-finger style guitar is achievable because I've now completed organizing The Classical Guitar Study Course for the general public. I really think you're going to like it! Check it out below...

The new piece this month is an Andantino by Carulli and is a bit of a challenge if you're a beginner. It will even challenge many intermediates but don't worry, there's the usual video and study notes to help you out...

The study point this month is how to recognize the three types of minor scale. Check it out below...

2. Recommended Resource The Classical Guitar Study Course - Get it NOW in 1 easy payment!

Well now everything's finally ready. There's no reason to put off your dream of learning classical finger style guitar - all in one place.

You see, I've finally finished organizing the Classical Guitar Study Course and it will save you heaps of time and money because I've brought so many resources together in one place for you. And now you can get it in one easy and inexpensive payment - yes that's right, the COMPLETE course!

All you need to do is log in and let the "Dream" begin :)) Check it out here...

3. New piece & video Andantino by Carulli

Andantino by Carulli is a great little study for both hands as it requires a good deal of co-ordination. The tempo of the piece is around 64-66 M.M. but seems a lot faster because of the 16th notes (semiquavers) throughout most of the piece.

Being in 2/4 time also means you need to accent the first beat of the bar. In fact the dynamic of the beat is "strong -weak, strong-weak" and generally you can hear that in the video. Additionally, you'll notice a slight rubato, especially running down the "falling line" in bars 4, 8 etc. Rubato literally means "robbed time".

In practice it's a slight but deliberate slowing down & speeding up at certain points in the music.

This technique adds interest and "color" to the piece. If it's played just as the black and white notes suggest then you'll get a very "black and white" performance. Indeed, it's a very subtle but important point. If you practice playing rubato you'll eventually get the "hang of it" to where you're able to perform it (with taste!:)) subconsciously. Read more here...

4. Study Point What makes a Minor scale?

There are three different minor sclaes in our our musical sytem i.e. Western music. These are the: Pure Minor; Harmonic minor; Melodic minor. The thing that differentiates the three from each other is a slight variation in their construction of the tones and semitones.

A semitone is one fret on the guitar neck whereas the tone is two frets. In comparison a semitone on a piano is from a white key to a black key or a black key to a white key. A tone is from a white key to a white key or a black key to a black key.

For the following T = tone & S = semitone...

* The Pure minor scale is made up of the following: T S T T S T T

Thus the scale of A Pure minor is: A B C D E F G A

* The Harmonic minor scale is made up of the following: T S T T S T1/2 S

***Special note: Notice the Tone & a Half in the Hamonic minor scale. That's why the 7th note of the Harmonic minor is always "Raised"

Thus the scale of A Harmonic minor is: A B C D E F G# A

* The Melodic minor is made up of the following: T S T T T T S T T S T T S T

The Melodic minor has the 6th & 7th notes raised when the scale is ascending and return to their "natural" when descending.

Thus the scale of A Melodic minor is: A B C D E F# G# A G(natural) F (natural) E D C B A

The two minor scales most in use are the Harmonic followed by the Melodic.

I hope you enjoy the music!

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

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