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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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How to Listen

When was the last time you listened to music? I mean, really listened? In our contemporary urban...
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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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  • 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...

 

  • Beginners Guitar Book

    Classical Guitar Teacher (Manchester) Picture For a young beginner, I would recommend Debbie Cracknell's 'Enjoy Playing the Guitar'. It advances at a steady pace with some great tips on posture. I like the clear, straightforward layout of the book and that it is relatively inexpensive. I also like the Usborne book 'Easy Guitar Tunes,'...
  • Materials for teaching children to read music

    Classical Guitar Teacher (Liverpool) Picture Working as a classical guitar teacher with many young school children I have worked hard to find inventive methods for teaching new students how to read music. In recent times I have made rhythm the focus of early lessons and have found it very beneficial for students to develop a good...
  • Do Not Practice Your Mistakes

    Emilio Saev Classical Guitar Teacher (Slough) Picture It is a general belief that when you make a mistake in playing you should repeat this place hundreds of times until you play it correctly. But if you continuously repeat your mistakes you only become better at doing the same mistake, since you are just practicing doing it again and again. When...