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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:…

Classical Guitar Weekend in Calgary

Over the weekend I was honoured to be able to adjudicate the MRU Fall Guitar Festival, a program presented by the Mount Royal University Conservatory as well as the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary who combined the weekend with their concert…

Eliminate the Hard Parts: Editing the Score

Over at Stephen Aron Guitar Studio he talks about eliminating the hard parts and editing the score for performance. I think the main point behind this discussion is the question: what is best for the music? Now, we can’t go too…

Yo-Yo Ma 9 opinions on performance and career

9 opinions on performance and career by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, via The Strad. I thought the last point on performance was particularly good. Here’s a little excerpt: On performance ‘Leon Fleischer put it well when he suggested that a performing…

Hotlink: Stephen Aron on Music Competitions

Over on Stephen Aron Guitar Studio blog he writes a great article regarding competitions in music. Stephen is fantastic guitarist and teacher over at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Here is the intro but read on at his site: It is perfectly…

Hotlink: Interview with Jorge Caballero via Gerald Garcia

Over on Gerald Garcia‘s blog he interviews Jorge Caballero on “subjects such as technique, learning, focal dystonia and why he chose to transcribe a very difficult Mozart Sonata for solo guitar.” The interview was conducted at t the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium back…

John Williams & John Etheridge Review | The Guardian

Check out this hotlink: William’s solo classical career is retired but he’s not finished performing or making music. The nonchalantly virtuosic British guitarist John Etheridge is making his regular pilgrimage to Soho’s Pizza Express Jazz Club – to curate that annual…