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Productive Practice Sessions by Gohar Vardanyan

A nice little article about productive practice by Gohar Vardanyan via the Mel Bay site. Here’s an excerpt: One of the questions asked most frequently when talking about practicing is “how much do you practice?” I have heard answers that range…

An Amusing Song by Vittorio Reggianini

Vittorio Reggianini’s (Italian, 1858-1938) painting “An Amusing Song.”  It appears that guys have been trying to pick up the ladies with guitar from early on. Also see my page: Artwork with Guitar or Lute Vittorio Reggianini (Italian, 1858-1938) An Amusing Song…

The Guitar Player (1894) by Paul Gauguin

Also see my page: Artwork with Guitar or Lute Paul Gauguin: “The Guitar Player” Date: 1894 Location: Paris, France Period: Paris period oil on canvas Gallery: Private Collection Image Credit: wikipaintings.org Excerpt via Wiki: Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (1848 –…

Julian Bream: “I’m a better musician now…”

There was a rumour going around that Bream was dead, but worry not! He’s alive and kicking! Here’s a recent interview via the Guardian. Here’s an excerpt: How much are you playing these days? “Not at all. There’s nothing sad…

Francesco Trevisani – Young Woman Playing The Lute

I have to remember that the tagline of the site is exploring classical guitar through multimedia. I haven’t kept enough to the ‘multi’ media part. So here’s some Baroque era artwork by Francesco Trevisani. His Wiki: Francesco Trevisani (April 9,…

Andrea Tacchi Interviews Daniel Friederich via GSI

There is a really nice interview with luthier Daniel Friederich over at the GSI Blog. Go check it out. Here’s a small excerpt: AT: Maestro, I can’t help but ask you to comment on the technical questions regarding wood, dimensions and…

David Russell interviews via his website

I just found out that guitarist David Russell posted a number of interviews up on his website. Russell’s opinions and perspectives are so down to Earth. Love it. Plus, he really gives a good deal to the interviewer. Here’s just…

Tariq Harb plays guitar at TEDGlobal 2013

Classical guitar virtuoso Tariq Harb had a surprising major in college: finance. The Jordanian-born musician moved to Canada in 1999 to study at Concordia University. But after a few years in the financial sector, he found himself deeply unfulfilled. He decided to…

William Kanengiser masterclass notes

Just found these rather detailed notes on William’s guitar blog that cover a William Kanengiser masterclass. Some interesting points such as: The shape of phrases follow the strength of the harmony. Harmonies are used for specific reasons, and especially so in classical period music…

Sculptures of Guitars by Armand Pierre Fernandez

Some really interesting sculptures made mainly from bronze. In keeping with the multimedia theme, please comment below and suggest more art and multimedia for guitar. ARMAN BIOGRAPHY (1928 – 2005) “I specialize very much in… everything,” the French-born American artist…

Recording Classical Guitar: Basics

This is a pretty decent intro article on recording classical guitar or other quiet acoustic instruments.  It’s pretty long and comprehensive but is all general information rather than telling us specifically what to buy. Good though. Here’s an excerpt: When…