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Are graded examinations essential?

Graded instrumental exams provide a stable learning process for a lot of pupils. The carefully...
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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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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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Book Recommendation for Classical Guitar

I recommend all of my students buy the book 'Pumping Nylon' by Scott Tenant. This is a great...

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  • What Guitar To Buy?

    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

    Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) 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

    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

    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...
  • The Importance of Listening Editor's Pick

    Nedelina Zheleva Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture We, as musicians, need to spend many hours practicing our instruments and developing our musicality in order to master our craft. Focusing on the physical side of things, we often forget to listen. Truly listen. From an early age we are taught how to read and write, but never how to really...