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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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Are graded examinations essential?

Graded instrumental exams provide a stable learning process for a lot of pupils. The carefully...
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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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Mel Bay's Complete Method For Modern Guitar

I recommend Mel Bay's Complete Method for Modern...

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  • Choosing a guitar

    Classical Guitar Teacher (West London) Picture Perhaps the world's favourite guitar is the Classical / Spanish guitar, sometimes known as the 'acoustic' guitar, as it doesn't need amplification because it is hollow-bodied. It amplifies itself. These guitars are far more versatile than the solid-bodied electric guitars, which are wonderful...
  • The Road to Happiness in Playing Music Editor's Pick

    Classical Guitar Teacher (Exeter) Picture We hear a great master of the guitar, and say to ourselves, "I want to be able to play like that!"  This is perfectly natural, and if we didn't have those inspiring role models to follow, we would achieve far less. The problem with this approach, however, is that we may feel that true...
  • Practice and Inspiration

    Classical Guitar Teacher (South East London) Picture Whatever the music you decide upon learning, practice is going to be an inevitable part of the process. As a source of inspiration I have often thought of the famous Pablo Casuals who, when aged 93, was asked why he continued to practise the cello three hours a day, replied "because I'm...

 

  • Mel Bay's Complete Method For Modern Guitar

    Joel Sopel Classical Guitar Teacher (North West London) Picture I recommend Mel Bay's Complete Method for Modern Guitar: http://www.melbay.com/product.asp?ProductID=93396 This is the book I tend to work from for classical-based lessons i.e. those wanting to learn to read music. It introduces you to the very basic of music theory and notation and then...
  • Warm ups and Techniques

    Classical Guitar Teacher (North West London) Picture Well for my first article I should start with warm ups and techniques. Visit Delcamp for some more on this. It is essential to warm up when preparing for a practice session. Cold fingers = cold sound, and potential damage also. I start with left hand warm ups - say (using im and am...
  • Splitting Practice Time

    Classical Guitar Teacher (Manchester) Picture Playing music that you are inspired by is a massive part of being a musician, whatever the standard. However, it is also very important to set some practice time aside for technical and music theory study. This line of study may seem unduly difficult and time consuming to begin with, but trust...