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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…

Why do we love repetition in music?

TED-Ed on YouTube explores the question: Why do we love repetition in music? Here’s their Youtube blurb: “How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music…

Dilbert on the ten thousand hour rule

Dilbert on the ten thousand hour rule. Works well for music! Link/ Source: You can check out this Dilbert comic and more of Scott Adams here: www.dilbert.com

Hotlink: Douglass Scott Rosette Tribute to Manuel Velazquez

Fellow Vancouver Islander and luthier Douglass Scott has a nice little article about making some rosettes in tribute of Manuel Velazquez who passed away in April. Via his blog. I love his updates, he always includes some personal reflections and…

New Guitar Concerto by Clarice Assad

New Guitar Concerto by composer Clarice Assad via guitarist Marc Teicholz. Read the full article on newmusicusa.com. Here’s an excerpt: I am commissioning a guitar concerto from the well-known Brazilian composer Clarice Assad. Clarice is a uniquely qualified composer for…