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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…

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:…

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…

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…

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: Paul Galbraith Concert Review

Check this review of Galbraith in the Santa Barbara Independent. Who plays two Mozart piano works followed by double Bach cello suites in attacca? He’s a wild man, out of control! …Finally, Galbraith stacked together two favorites for guitar —…

Practicing and the iPhone | Stephen Aron

Some pros and cons of the digital era via Stephen Aron. Here’s just an excerpt. Sometimes I wonder if the current generation of music students simply get less out of their practice time than previous generations. Its not that they…

Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía dies at 66

Very sad news via the BBC. I remember as a kid taking classical guitar lessons and hearing “Friday Night in San Francisco”  thinking, hey there are rock stars in the nylon world after all. I later saw him live in…

Liberating students from reading troubles

I previous wrote this article back in 2009 but wanted to republish it here and update it. It’s about my two volumes of teaching methods, Classical Guitar: A Method for Students & Teachers Volume 1 which is free and Volume 2. These books, contrary to popular…