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João Luiz Plays Chôro No.1 by Villa-Lobos

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 09:48

João Luiz plays Chôro No. 1, “Chôro típico brasileiro” (1920) by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). This comes via his YouTube channel. You might already know João Luiz from the amazing Brasil Guitar Duo or from last week with his premiere of a new Brouwer work. Great playing and rhythmic feel by Luiz. I love all these at-home recording sessions going on, it’s casual but also up close and personal. Plus, I feel people are posting repertoire that they might not have otherwise posted if they were busy with concerts. There is a pretty good wiki entry on this piece if you want to learn some more background. You can find the sheet music for Choro No.1 in the Eschig Collected Works of Villa-Lobos.

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Lesson: Basic Rasgueado Exercises

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 11:00

No. 9 – Basic Rasgueado Exercise for Classical Guitar – From my pdf book 20 Favorite Exercises for Classical Guitar for beginner to intermediate classical guitarists. Includes: notation, TAB, fingerings, practice tips, video lessons. YouTube Lesson Link.

This exercise, No. 9 – Basic Rasgueado Patterns for classical guitar, is not intended to train you in the art of flamenco. Instead, they give your right-hand a good workout, strengthen the fingers, and increase the reflex-oriented ‘return to start’ direction of finger movements. I’ve also found that rasgueado practice is excellent for the right hand position of students. You need a certain amount of clearance as well as having to move the fingers from the upper knuckle joint. Therefore, it’s similar to regular playing but in reverse. I’ve noticed that student’s right hands are more secure, relaxed, and dexterous if they’ve practiced both classical exercises and rasgueado.

Check out more free video lessons at the lesson archive.

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ARTIS GuitarDuo Play Bach

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 16:58

ARTIS GuitarDuo (Julia and Christian Zielinski) play Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo (Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother) BWV 992 B-Dur by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).  This comes via Open Strings Berlin and their amazing Youtube Channel. You can also follow the duo on their YouTube. Great location filming and sound. Beautiful and significantly large arrangement. Nice ensemble playing with solid rhythmic flow and counterpoint. This work is also part of their most recent album Baroque Masterpieces which you can get from Amazon and other services. Below are the movements and timings.

  1. Ist eine Schmeichelung der Freunde, um denselben von der Reise abzuhalten – Arioso. Adagio
  2. Ist eine Vorstellung unterschiedlicher Casuum, die ihm in der Ferne könnten vorfallen. (2:04)
  3. Ist ein allgemeines Lamento der Freunde  – Adagiosissimo (3:46)
  4. Allhier kommen die Freunde, weil sie doch sehen, dass es anders nicht sein kann, und nehmen Abschied (6:44)
  5. Aria di Postiglione – Allegro poco (7:20)
  6. Fuga all’imitatione di Posta (8:03)

 

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Moderato, Op.192 by Carulli (Free PDF, Lesson)

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 19:28

Moderato, Op.192 by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841). From Supplément à la Méthode, Op.192. Free PDF Sheet Music and TAB for classical guitar. Comes with a notation edition, TAB edition, and unfingered edition at the end. Print only what you need. The level is easy or beginner (post-method book). PDF download.

Free Sheet Music, Tab, and Unfingered (All in One PDF)

This is an excellent little study or etude for any student who has already worked through one or both of my method books. It has a little of everything from scale melody, bass melody, arpeggios and more. All in first position and great at slow or fast tempos. YouTube Lesson Link.

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Cecilio Perera Plays Dowland

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 10:27

Cecilio Perera plays Lachrimæ Pavane (Flow my Tears) by John Dowland (1563-1626) on a replica Renaissance lute made by Renatus Lechner. Recorded in Salzburg, Austria. This comes via his YouTube channel. I love Dowland and Elizabethan music in general. Lachrimæ, or Seven Tears is part of a set of variations on a theme by Dowland outlining different types of tears. The title page of Lachrimæ has the Latin epigram: “Aut Furit, aut Lachrimat, quem non Fortuna beavit” (He whom Fortune has not blessed either rages or weeps). Perera has a nice flowing pulse and arched phrasing here. Plus, that ominous statue! It’s called Pietà (Coat of Peace) in Salzburg by the cathedral, part of a series of numerous depictions of a faceless figure hooded and shrouded in cloth, Cloak of Conscience by Prague artist Anna Chromý.

Dowland sheet music on the site so far:

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Review: HB Guitar Supports

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:37

HB Guitar Support & HB Lite Guitar Support
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YouTube Review Link

I am very excited and pleased to receive the HB Guitar Supports all the way from the Ukraine. I’ve been looking for a trustworthy support for performance using clamps instead of suction cups for a long time. I used to love my Murata but because the clamps are so wide they don’t work on my raised fingerboard guitar because the top slopes down. Luckily, both the HB Support and the HB Lite support both work on my guitar since they attach lower on the instrument and the clamps are closer together.

The Good Stuff

  • Durable construction – Made from light-weight and strong aluminium and leather these are durable and solid, they will probably last a lifetime.
  • Secure and reliable – They feel super solid and securely situated and will not come off. I talk about the pros and cons of clamps in the video but they work great for me.
  • Small – The HB Lite is super small and light and easily thrown in your bag or case for on the run gigs.
  • The tubing on the clamps does not slip on the top of the guitar, this allows you to only tighten the clamps very lightly which is an important fact for your expensive guitar.
  • Great for youth and adults alike. For youth, you could attach the HB Lite and leave it on the guitar permanently if they have a soft shell case.

Concerns

  • The larger HB Support was great for me but some people might want it to raise up higher.
  • A future upgrade on the HB Lite would an adjustable strap as the Tenuto has but, that said, I love the leather as it doesn’t slip.
  • I think the clamps are perfectly safe for your guitar but you should ask the luthier of your guitar to make sure.

Recommended

  • Get some non-adhesive protection if your guitar uses French polish. I’ve been using a non-guitar one called Grafix ClingViynl which is super cheap and you get so much. There is a guitar specific one too called Kling-on which you can find around. Maybe you don’t need it but I feel more comfortable with some protection between the support and my guitar.
  • Don’t push super hard on the guitar or the clamps can slip in the tubing, this never happened when I was using them but I did a ‘stress test’ and it happened a bit. You shouldn’t be pressing hard anyway so it’s not a concern. Also, don’t tighten the clamp too hard, only very lightly is needed.

Suction cups are fine for practicing and I’m happy to use some devices for performance as well. The GuitarLift never comes off due to the side to side pressure. Even my Tenuto or Gitano generally stay on, especially if I clean the suction cups but I’m always a bit hesitant to perform with suction cups despite how reliable they are. Clamps are a great solution and I’d perform with either of the HB Supports. I don’t love the idea of the clamps pressing on my guitar’s thin top but I think it’s safe. I can see myself still using suction cup support for practice due to their ease and the HB Supports for performance. Great product and an important step forward with guitar supports.

 

For more reviews on guitar supports see my Guitar Supports page.

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Variations on a Theme by Handel, Op. 107 by Giuliani

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:32

Variations sur un Thême de G. F. Handel pour la Guitarre, Op. 107 by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829). Sheet Music & Tab for Classical Guitar with both a Notation-Only Edition and Notation + TAB Edition. Left hand fingering. PDF Download. Depending on your tempo I’d say the level is late-intermediate (Grade 7) in terms of basic playing but performing the whole work at a pro tempo is advanced (Grade 9-10).

Sheet Music or Tab (PDF)

Variations on a Theme by Handel Op.107 is one of Giuliani’s most popular set of variations. The theme comes from popularly nicknamed The Harmonious Blacksmith, the final movement, Air and variations, from Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430, for harpsichord by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). Giuliani does not follow Handel’s variations but simply uses the theme and writes his own set.

Bradford’s Performance Video – Coming 2020

Other Performers

Alex Park offers a nicely balanced approach to the work. A good starting model and solid overview of the work.

Stephanie Jones’s casual video offers some excellent alternative fingerings to my own.

I grew up listening to John Williams play this piece so I’m very settled into his tempos and articulations. The musical ideas are clear and exaggerated.

Pretty clean and clear playing with a rushed feel (not in a bad way). Almost a Glen Gould approach! Some intense tempos in the later variations!

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Artyom Dervoed Plays La Campanella by Paganini

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 09:59

Russian guitarist Artyom Dervoed plays La Campanella by Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840). This comes via his great YouTube channel. Transcription for the guitar by W. Lendle / A. Dervoed. Recorded live from Tchaikovsky Concert Hall: Moscow Philharmonic Society. An exciting and extroverted performance with lots of twists and turns and interesting articulation. What a rhapsodic and crazy piece and Dervoed doesn’t not hold back on the virtuosity!

 

 

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João Luiz Plays Los Guardianes de La Magia by Brouwer

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:18

João Luiz Rezende premieres a new work Los Guardianes de La Magia by Leo Brouwer (b.1939). This comes via his YouTube channel. You might already know João Luiz from the amazing Brasil Guitar Duo. Great to hear a new work from Brouwer and played with such energy, care, and virtuosity. Here’s what he had to say about the work in the YouTube description:

I am thrilled to share with you the world premiere of maestro Leo Brouwer’s piece “Los Guardianes de La Magia” written for and dedicated to me. It is my great honor to be the dedicatee of such a wonderful work by our esteemed maestro! The premiere took place this morning as the closing performance of the online graduation ceremony at Hunter College, NY where I am faculty. I was so happy to be part of this great event celebrating the accomplishments of Hunter College’s students during this difficult time.

 

 

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Virtual Guitar Orchestra Fundraiser & Support Effort

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 12:46



The Virtual Guitar Orchestra is at it again with a second edition, Scient, Safe and Sane by Sergio Assad with organizers Mak Grgic and Uros Baric. The including the world’s greatest professional guitars and enthusiastic community members. The first edition Kaleidokithara by Sergio Assad (above video) with 144 players from over 50 countries turned out beautifully. This new edition will include 200 players! I was very happy to be able to take part in the orchestra section last time and just submitted my part for this round. 

Fundraiser and Support Effort

It’s such an amazing project and will bring so many people together during this fragile time in our history. I just donated to their fundraiser. Maybe you will too?

Scient, Safe and Sane

 

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Lesson: Prelude en A mineur by Molino

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:14

From Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2 – 15 Authentic Pieces from the Renaissance to Romantic era. All works from guitar and lute sources. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar. Includes both: Notation-Only edition & TAB edition, left hand fingering, some right hand fingering, online video lessons for each piece. The level is easy-intermediate or post-method book to Grade 3. Composers include: Anonymous Lute Works, Negri, Calvi, Kellner, Sor, Carulli, Molino, Mertz. An authentic collection from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Prelude by Molino Lesson Link.

Prelude en A mineur (Prelude in A Minor) by Francesco Molino (1768-1847) from his method Nouvelle Méthode pour la Guitarre. Molino was an Italian guitarist, violinist, and composer. This is an exciting little work filled with a variety of musical textures and a few small challenges. It’s the final piece in the book so I wanted to add a work that has a bit more complexity.

 

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Lesson: Romance (Andantino) by Molino

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:29

From Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2 – 15 Authentic Pieces from the Renaissance to Romantic era. All works from guitar and lute sources. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar. Includes both: Notation-Only edition & TAB edition, left hand fingering, some right hand fingering, online video lessons for each piece. The level is easy-intermediate or post-method book to Grade 3. Composers include: Anonymous Lute Works, Negri, Calvi, Kellner, Sor, Carulli, Molino, Mertz. An authentic collection from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Romance by Molino Lesson Link.

Romance (Andantino) in A minor by Francesco Molino (1768-1847) from his method Nouvelle Méthode pour la Guitarre. Molino was an Italian guitarist, violinist, and composer. This is an excellent little work filled with musical complexity but relatively easy shapes. I mainly discuss how to isolate the melody and shape the phrasing as well as some of the specific fingering required for the piece.

 

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Lesson: Andante in C by Mertz

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 16:07

From Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2 – 15 Authentic Pieces from the Renaissance to Romantic era. All works from guitar and lute sources. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar. Includes both: Notation-Only edition & TAB edition, left hand fingering, some right hand fingering, online video lessons for each piece. The level is easy-intermediate or post-method book to Grade 3. Composers include: Anonymous Lute Works, Negri, Calvi, Kellner, Sor, Carulli, Molino, Mertz. An authentic collection from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Andante in C by Mertz Lesson Link.

Andante in C by Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) from his method Schule für die Guitarre. This is an active piece with a nice melody but also some active accompaniment. Once you’ve learned the chord shapes and understand the fingering it is fairly easy and secure. Make sure to keep your left hand aligned so the C sharps in the bass don’t catch you off guard.

 

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Lesson: Exercise No. 13 by Mertz

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 16:09

From Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2 – 15 Authentic Pieces from the Renaissance to Romantic era. All works from guitar and lute sources. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar. Includes both: Notation-Only edition & TAB edition, left hand fingering, some right hand fingering, online video lessons for each piece. The level is easy-intermediate or post-method book to Grade 3. Composers include: Anonymous Lute Works, Negri, Calvi, Kellner, Sor, Carulli, Molino, Mertz. An authentic collection from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Exercise 13 by Mertz Lesson Link.

Exercise No. 13 by Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) from his method Schule für die Guitarre. This is a nice easy arpeggio work serving as a possible intro or prelude to the Mertz work that follows in my book. In my lesson I mainly discuss how to practice vs play smoothly when working on a piece that is mainly arpeggios.

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Interview: Stefan Schmidt and the Art of Teaching

Sun, 05/24/2020 - 13:04

An interview about the art of teaching with German musician, guitarist and pedagogue Stefan Schmidt, February 2020, Friedberg, Germany. This comes via the Kordiuk Guitar Platform via their YouTube channel. Just a shout out to those to made the film via Schmidt’s Facebook “Many thanks to Ihor Kordiuk for his energy and dedication! Thanks for the perfect synchronization to Julian Schmidt! Many thanks, too, for the nice words at the end of the video by Nadja Jankovicc, Jessica Kaiser and Sixstringmusic Frankfurt Frankfurt (Markus Paichrowski)!”

Stefan Schmidt has helped develop some of the world’s most amazing profession and emerging guitarists. From youth students to young adult professionals and adults he creates musical artists with refinement at every level. I’ve been so curious to hear more about his teaching, he gives workshops on it and hopefully one day I can attend one. Enjoy this 36 minute interview. So many great tips, this is essentially how to teacher properly with care and respect.

“The focus is on the work of a teacher rather than the work of a student. If a teacher is the one who is responsible for the success of a lesson then teaching is much more fun. You have it in your hands and are no longer dependent on whether the student has practiced or not. The student comes in, delivers, and I am the one who can change everything. So as a teacher I have to set myself a goal, where do we want to be at the end of the lesson. Make yourself comfortable, design your teaching in such a way that you enjoy every lesson you give.”

 

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Lesson: Waltz, Op.241, No.21 by Carulli

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 10:50

From Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2 – 15 Authentic Pieces from the Renaissance to Romantic era. All works from guitar and lute sources. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar. Includes both: Notation-Only edition & TAB edition, left hand fingering, some right hand fingering, online video lessons for each piece. The level is easy-intermediate or post-method book to Grade 3. Composers include: Anonymous Lute Works, Negri, Calvi, Kellner, Sor, Carulli, Molino, Mertz. An authentic collection from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Carulli Op.241. No.21 Lesson Link.

Waltz, Op.241, No.21 by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841). This is a nice and exciting arpeggio work with a strong melody embedded in the texture. The first section is in E minor and the second in G major. The shapes are fairly easy but it sounds more advanced since it is very active. In the lesson I talk about the melody, balance, texture, right hand fingering and phrasing.

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Rene Izquierdo Plays Preludios Epigramaticos by Brouwer

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:26

Rene Izquierdo plays Preludios Epigramaticos by Leo Brouwer (b.1939) at the Altamira Hong Kong Guitar Symposium. This comes via Izquierdo’s great YouTube channel. I was searching the site and I can’t believe I’ve never featured the amazing Rene Izquierdo before so this is long overdue. Fantastic playing with a refined sense of space and pacing in these meditative works. Bursts of virtuosity contrast with beautiful phrasing. Originally from Cuba, he studied with a long list of great teachers including Brouwer. Izquierdo now teaches at Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee.

Here’s a nice writeup on the preludes from Steven Thachuk via this NaxosNaxos Album. “Preludios Epigramaticos (1981-1983) are a set of six short preludes based on lines from poems by Miguel Hernandez: 1.Desde que el alba quiso ser alba, todo eres madre. 2. Tristes hombres si no mueren de amores. 3. Alrededor de tu piel áto y desato la mia 4. Rie que todo rie: que todo es madre lleve. 5. Me cogiste el corazón y hoy precipita su vuelo 6. Llego con tres heridas, la del amor, la de la muerte, la de la vida. The pieces are extremely concise in musical structure and compositional elements. There are shared musical themes between these Preludes and the Retrats Catalans (1981) for guitar and chamber orchestra.”

Sheet Music via Amazon: Preludios Epigramaticos by Brouwer

 

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Lesson: Andantino, Op.241, No.20 by Carulli

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 12:31

From Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2 – 15 Authentic Pieces from the Renaissance to Romantic era. All works from guitar and lute sources. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar. Includes both: Notation-Only edition & TAB edition, left hand fingering, some right hand fingering, online video lessons for each piece. The level is easy-intermediate or post-method book to Grade 3. Composers include: Anonymous Lute Works, Negri, Calvi, Kellner, Sor, Carulli, Molino, Mertz. An authentic collection from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Carulli Op.241. No.20 Lesson Link.

Andantino, Op.241, No.20 by Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841). This solid work in the key of A minor hits the all right spots musically. It has a nice melody but also some great harmonies and opportunities for accents and resolution of non-chord tones. In the lesson I mainly discuss the melody, right hand fingering, and some phrasing and articulation ideas.

 

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Stendler & Antigüedad Play Letter from Home by Methany

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:10

Karmen Stendler and David Antigüedad play Letter from Home by Pat Methany, arranged by Antigüedad. This comes via Stendler’s great YouTube channel. beautiful little arrangement of this classic tune by famous jazz and all around amazing guitarist Pat Methany. Great lyrical playing and sweet tone by both players. Maybe Methany will see this!

Out of interest here is an old interview with Methany and performance of Letter from Home, the songs starts at 3:11. It’s been almost 10 years since I listened to my Methany albums, I’m digging them out today if I can find a way to play a CD!

 

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Lesson: Sor Study Op.31, No.6

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:08

From Easy Classical Guitar Volume 2 – 15 Authentic Pieces from the Renaissance to Romantic era. All works from guitar and lute sources. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar. Includes both: Notation-Only edition & TAB edition, left hand fingering, some right hand fingering, online video lessons for each piece. The level is easy-intermediate or post-method book to Grade 3. Composers include: Anonymous Lute Works, Negri, Calvi, Kellner, Sor, Carulli, Molino, Mertz. An authentic collection from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. Sor Study Op.31. No.6 Lesson Link.

Leçon Op.31, No.6 by Fernando Sor (1778-1839). This is an excellent arpeggio study with a melody in the top voice. It is fairly straight forward in terms of chord shapes and fingering, however, it is active and morphing constantly so requires some extra practice and knowledge of what’s coming next. I give some tips about getting the shapes together and how the melody sneaks its way across and through the harmonies. Take it slow and give it time.

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