CGC 071 : Member Q&A with Michael Clunn

//CGC 071 : Member Q&A with Michael Clunn

CGC 071 : Member Q&A with Michael Clunn

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon sits down for another Q&A session with CGC Academy member Michael Clunn. Michael recently submitted his Level 1 Certificate Course submission and has been a member for a little more than two years now. He’s an active member of the community and is helping to pass on his passion for music to his young daughter, which is quite admirable. Simon and Michael get into some great questions here that I think you’ll really enjoy! Thank Michael in the comments below for being willing to have this conversation!

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  1. Roger June 3, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I have really enjoyed hearing about the other members at CGC Academy. It was great to learn more about Michael and to hear the Q&A. Keep that hunger for knowledge Michael.

  2. THANE PITTMAN June 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Very interesting discussion, thanks Simon and Michael!

  3. Richard Croad June 4, 2018 at 12:22 am - Reply

    As another CGC member, it was great to hear more about your story and interests Michael, and the Q&A. I listened this morning whilst flying between Australia and PNG (after downloading beforehand, of course). The podcast provided an interesting and welcomed interlude.

  4. Roger Scott June 4, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Very informative as are all the podcasts and the birds were cool too,

  5. Scott Brandenberg June 5, 2018 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Great conversation! Michael, I look forward to someday hearing one of your compositions on the Academy website!

  6. MichaeC June 5, 2018 at 7:10 am - Reply

    It was a great conversation to take part in and I hope everyone got something out of the questions I had. I don’t think any of the magic of guitar is lost by knowing more of what a highly skilled guitarist and educator sees and understands. If anything I’m more excited to find that deeper knowledge to be able to interpret and create better music myself. And yes I will post my first composition soon. I have the music as done as I can make it, now to edit it for playability on guitar!

  7. Drew Burgess June 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Once again an interesting conversation, Michael has offered good ideas to reflect on. I look forward to one of his compositions. Well done!

  8. Jeff Peek June 6, 2018 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Michael–I really enjoyed your interview and the questions you posed to Simon. I look forward to hearing your first composition and also your thoughts on the experience. Thanks.

  9. Linda Tsardakas June 6, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the interesting discussion. I look forward to hearing one of Michael’s compositions in the future,

    I also loved the birds chirping in the background!

  10. Julie watson June 6, 2018 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Great to hear more about you and your guitar Michael and I admire your perseverance deapite having an insanely busy life!

  11. Donna Zitzelberger June 7, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Thank you for another wonderful podcast. Michael – you may enjoy exploring the compositions of Andrew York. His peices are quite beautiful and complex. He has written peices from beginner level up to very advanced. Andrew is a Grammy award winner, was a member and composer of the LA Guitar Quartet, and is now a solo performer/ composer.

  12. Gino June 13, 2018 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Thank you guys for this interesting conversation. As for the repertoire, there is so much to discover, and so much from the 20th century as well, and a lot from non guitarist composers who composed for the guitar. Just with youtube, if you scratch just a bit, you will discover great music through great guitarists, and great guitarists through your favorite music. And then, you might start like me to become frustrated because so many good guitarists do not record on CD or even mp3 anymore. In this era of “progress”, there is not much of a market for recordings anymore, unfortunately. By the way, you can find contemporary music on Simon’s album Departure. It is an amazing album!
    All the best,

  13. Rpberto Guerra June 18, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Great episode. What were the `composition` resources he mentioned? I’m interested in composition as well, but have had a hard time finding resources.

    • MichaelC June 18, 2018 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Here is a link to the site I was using to learn basic composition skills:

      All I’ve done is check out the free course he offers and listen to the podcasts. Those things were enough to get me through writing my first short piece (posted in my progress journal on the forums)! I feel like I could write other short pieces and I’m understanding music in general a lot better with only a little bit of practice. I think this is something I’ll continue to practice to help with my guitar studies.

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