@chrishmilleractive 1 day, 23 hours ago
I am so sorry Simon. I know I expressed a keen interest in attending the Summer School. But events has overtaken me and I will in all probability be moving back to the UK when the School is running. I hope there will be other events that I may attend once everything has settled down.
Interesting question, so I will do my best here. Clearly if you look at the development of the classical guitar the ancestry of its’ forbears uses a flat fretboard (in most cases). The thing is easier to make for a start, and as a laminate construction is quite strong, certainly strong enough for gut or plastic strings, with out loosing the…[Read more]
Strewth!! I never thought that we are such a bunch of old crocks!! :-)
I dropped using a footstool many years ago now after . . . yes you guessed it . . . getting back pain (but not through playing the guitar though, an old injury haunting me again after many years). Yoga certainly helps as does a guitar support, I use a J. Tabbert design…[Read more]
Gosh! This is actually difficult to answer, as so much depends on your likes, perceptions ( or is that misconceptions ), competency and physical characteristics. Oh, and the type of music you want to play. (My assumption here is classical and probably some jazz/folk music)
I am not sure where you live, but talking to Adrian and Selena Copley…[Read more]
The composer is Gary Ryan, who has written a fair amount of contemporary music for the classical guitar. He is also an accomplished guitarist along with his friend Craig Ogden. This piece is from his ‘City Scenes’ collection, if you like it you will also like Lough Caragh from his ‘Songs from Erin’ music book. Last I heard he was a visiting…[Read more]
I think Tarrega was reputed not to develop his nails for playing, so your in good company. I must confess that my nails are quite short as I like working with wood, and mainly because I do not like that sharper sound of nails alone. But perhaps that’s just an excuse for my laziness :-)
I use a ‘Hiscox’ hard case when I travel by plane, but unlike Linda every time I fly I have always had to put the guitar in the hold as a fragile item. The case ( and guitar ) have gone back and forth to the UK and NZ couple of times now ( Air Singapore, Air New Zealand, Virgin Atlantic ), and although nerve wracking both seem to have…[Read more]
The venue looks great, and the facilities, from the website, look impressive. It is too early for me to say that I can attend the summer school right now so . . .
a) Will there be a cut-off date for acceptance?
b) I would be coming from NZ and as my wife would almost certainly like to accompany me given the proximity to Boston are…[Read more]
I found this podcast enthralling. I really enjoy listening to musicians of Frederic Hand’s quality talk about how they perceive the music they write and what inspires them, and I wasn’t disappointed . . fantastic!
I liked the informal format, which made for easy listening.
PS I felt sometimes that the style of music,…[Read more]
This was a good video which neatly complemented our early discussions via the Forum. I still feel a bit nervous (hesitant??) over the use of the CAGED system, but with a bit more study I think I will get there. My problem at the moment is that I do not recognize the chord shape when I am fingering the scale, apart from when the scale…[Read more]
Hi Simon, I have completed the level 3 theory course on the CAGED system which helped me understand the concepts behind the method much better than the explanations I read yesterday. The one point that made it gel for me was the concept of ‘linking’ the chord shapes as you progress, also towards the end you showed how the scales connect together…[Read more]
I was intrigued when I downloaded Simon’s ‘Technical Routines for Level 3’ to find on page 3 the C scale presented as ‘CAGED Scales and Arpeggios’. Knowing nothing about the ‘CAGED System/Method’ I searched for and explanation, and downloaded 3 articles on the subject. One of which was set out as a tutorial with quizzes ever so often, which I…[Read more]
Chris replied to the topic "Mainstream guitarists" comments about classical guitar in the forum General Discussion 6 months, 3 weeks ago
I read a book called Classical Guitarists Conversations many years ago, but I cannot honestly say that they ran a critique on each other. Indeed I would be surprised, and saddened if they had, much more usual is a critique of the genre of music that they play; or perhaps, some comment that you will also find a similar structure…[Read more]
If you like Baroque music, and are interested in variations and embellishments on a theme watch Enrike Solinis play Canarios on YouTube. This is a lively example, played with passion, and flair on a Baroque Guitar. The piece is focused on an historically accurate performance of Gasper Sanz’s work based on original manuscripts. It makes you wonder…[Read more]
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