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Why injury prevention is so important via The Strad

Check out the great article on preventing injury in music practice via The Strad. You are can read the article here.   Some tips include: 1. Keep moving, 2. Be prepared and stay in shape, 3. Warm up slowly and thoroughly, 4. Examine your…

Tariq Harb on Faculty at Concordia University

Just a quick Canadian update from our friend Tariq Harb who has been featured on the site plenty of times for his great playing. I am happy to share the news that I have been appointed Professor of Guitar in…

Frank Wallace Summer Video Contest

Head over to frankwallace.com to check out his Film Scores Summer Video Contest. Wallace is a very respected composer and guitarist and has some great prizes lined up for players who record and make a video for his works. Here’s…

Xavier Jara’s Program at Boston GuitarFest 2014

Here is Xavier Jara’s performance at the Boston GuitarFest IX (2014) final round in which he won first prize. It’s been fun watching this young player since seeing videos of him from years ago at GFA. Program: A Fancy, P5…

Practicing via Stephen Aron

Nice article about practicing via Stephen Aron Guitar Studio. He gives us context about practicing and also outlines what types of things make up a balanced practice session. Here is the intro paragraph: Serious students of the guitar generally regard…

Hamilton International Guitar Festival & Competition

Below is a review of the 2014 Hamilton Festival in Ontario, Canada. But first, some info on 2015: 2015 Hamilton International Guitar Festival & Competition June 19-21, 2015 Concerts:  Gaelle Solal (France), Rene Izquierdo (Cuba), Miodrag Zerdoner (Canada), Will Douglas…

Becoming your own teacher | Nina Fourie-Gouws

Classical Guitarist Nina Fourie-Gouws, based out of South Africa, has a new blog (with a great title!), check it out: p i m a DONNA | Classical Guitar Blog. Her first blog post is titled “Becoming your own teacher – Part…

Before & After Finishing: A Sound Comparison

Luthier Douglass Scott explores the sound of his guitars before and after applying French polish (Oil varnish back, sides & neck, French polish on soundboard). Read his notes and listen to samples here. To my ears it might sound a…

Hector Quine Obituary | Telegraph

Saw this nice article in the Telegraph about the passing of Hector Quine. Hector Quine, who has died aged 88, was a classical guitarist who helped to transform public attitudes to the instrument. He combined an understanding of its interpretative possibilities with…

Bartolomeo Veneto: Lady Playing Lute

It’s been awhile since I posted any artwork. I originally started this blog as a tumblr and posted random stuff all the time. This is Lady Playing Lute by Bartolomeo Veneto (active 1502 – 1546), an Italian painter who worked…

Hotlink: Classical Guitar Insider with Bret Williams

If you are not already familiar with Bret Williams, he is a fantastic guitarist but also has an excellent podcast called Classical Guitar Insider. Bret left a comment on a post of him playing the other day explaining the program:…