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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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Are graded examinations essential?

Graded instrumental exams provide a stable learning process for a lot of pupils. The carefully...
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We Can All Be Excellent Musicians

I think everybody is born with natural talent that can be nurtured and encouraged into a...

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  • Are graded examinations essential? Editor's Pick

    Thomas Emery Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture Graded instrumental exams provide a stable learning process for a lot of pupils. The carefully selected pieces and exercises mean that a pupil can progress through each grade knowing that they will not be attempting anything wildly beyond their abilities. For some children the structure and...
  • Great reading materials for the guitar

    Classical Guitar Teacher (Cardiff) Picture I recommend the following reading materials for guitar: Method for the Spanish Guitar by Fernando Sor GUITAR MUSIC FROM THE STUDENT REPERTOIRE by John Mills and the following website: http://www.classicalguitarmagazine.com/
  • The Guitarist as Musician Editor's Pick

    Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture Is there a difference between being a guitarist and a musician? The answer is of course no, but the question is important in order to understand some of the difficulties faced by many classical guitarists. The fact that we spend so much time on our own with the instrument makes us easily blind...

 

  • Sight Reading for the Classical Guitarist Editor's Pick

    Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture I believe sight reading is an important skill for almost any musician to have. We guitarists often have a bit of a bad reputation for learning things through finger movements and fretboard patterns rather than through reading sheet music and understanding the nature of music's harmonic language...
  • Improvisation and Learning the Guitar Editor's Pick

    Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture There is a common misunderstanding that to create ‘classical’ music, one must first have studied many masterpieces and already be a master of their instrument. This delusion is perhaps not so common in the realm of ‘popular’ music, and I am certain that many budding guitarists first pick up the...
  • Noad: Solo Guitar Playing

    Classical Guitar Teacher (Oxford) Picture The most important book I could recommend for any serious student of the classical guitar is the outstanding tutorial book, Solo Guitar Playing Book 1, by Frederick M. Noad. It is designed to help a student reach their potential within a period of two years. In my opinion it is the best...