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Why play scales and arpeggios?

To many students, scales and arpeggios are seen as a chore; the boring bit before playing...
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RSI, the musician's enemy, and how to deal with it

RSI. Three letters that can send shivers down any musician's spine. An affliction that can cause...
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Practise the classical guitar tremolo

I'm sure many of you will have heard the beautiful guitar piece by Tarrega entitled Recuerdos...
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The Importance of Listening

We, as musicians, need to spend many hours practicing our instruments and developing our...

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  • The Importance of being creative

    Rob Guitar Classical Guitar Teacher (Chelmsford) Picture I have taught alongside many great players/teachers, many of whom studied music at prestigious universities, and I have learned a great deal from them. However, take away the sheet music and ask them to improvise and a surprisingly large percentage of them freeze up! This is because formal...
  • What Guitar To Buy?

    Nick Jones Guitar Classical Guitar Teacher (Harrow) Picture People often ask me what type of guitar to buy for their child as a first/beginner guitar. Unfortunately, some parents don't ask me this before taking lessons and end up buying an unsuitable guitar. So heres my opinion... I think most children, if they are a beginner, should start with a 3/4...
  • Posture and Classical Guitar

    Gareth Parker Classical Guitar Teacher (Bromley) Picture I would highly recommend that any study of classical guitar also entails a study of how one holds oneself. Over the years, classical guitarists have always sort to find the best position in which to sit and whether to use a footstool, A-frame, cushion or any other support device. Having tried...

 

  • Making arrangements for the classical guitar Editor's Pick

    Antero Pellikka Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture Making arrangements and transcriptions for the guitar and other plucked instruments is a long established tradition. Already in the 16th century there were arrangements of polyphonic vocal music for vihuela and lute, possibly the most famous example being the arrangement of Josquin’s motet Mille...
  • Purpose of Music

    Miguel C. Classical Guitar Teacher (South West London) Picture "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent" Victor Hugo Music is for the soul. It is a form of art that comes as a story of waves, a story of vibration. Music is inside us throughout our daily lives. It comes out when we shave in the morning, when...
  • What is the best way to start learning the guitar?

    Filipe Monteiro Classical Guitar Teacher (Kingston upon Thames) Picture This can be an interesting subject; how to start learning the guitar? Based on my own musical and personal experience I have developed a very effective way to start learning this instrument, which consequently will allow the student to evolve into a musician if desired. I strongly believe in...