Left Hand Horizontal Alignment Exercise

A lesson on my Left Hand Horizontal Alignment Exercise (1-4-2-4-3-4) – From Horizontal Exercises (Page 57) in my technique book. I’ve notated the exercises on the third string, but play the pattern on all six strings. You don’t need to…
Vienna Duo (flute and guitar)

Vienna Duo Play Toward the Sea by Takemitsu

Vienna Duo with Desislava Dobreva (flute) and Bozhana Pavlova (guitar) play The Night from Toward the Sea (海へ, Umi e) by Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996). The work is divided into three sections: The Night, Moby-Dick, and Cape Cod. This comes via their new…

Chopin for Classical Guitar

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) never composed any guitar music but he is famous for saying “Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two.” However, a number of period composers and guitarists did make arrangements of his music which I will…

Matthew McAllister Plays Orlando Sleepeth by John Dowland

Matthew McAllister plays Orlando Sleepeth (Poulton No.61) by John Dowland (1563-1626). This comes via his amazing YouTube channel where he’s recently been featuring a number of student level works. It’s great to hear professional players play right from my edition. Charming…

Lesson: C Major Scale in 6ths for Guitar

A lesson on a C Major Scale in Sixths – Scales in 6ths follow the pattern of the harmonized major scale (same as the scale in 3rds). In this lesson I talk about the technique involved in playing the scale,…

CARisMA Guitar Duo play La Danza by Rossini

CARisMA Guitar Duo (Magdalena Kaltcheva and Carlo Corrieri) play their arrangement of La Danza, Tarantella Napoletana by Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868). La danza (1835) is a patter song by Rossini, in Tarantella napoletana time, the eighth song of the collection Les soirées…
Jack & Elle Davisson

Jack & Elle Davisson Play Ginastera & Dyens

Jack Davisson (14) plays Sonata for Guitar, Op. 47 by Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) and Elle Davisson (11) plays Songe Capricorne by Roland Dyens (1955-2016). Jack’s video comes from their Davisson Guitar Duo Youtube channel and Elle’s video comes via  Siccas…
Stubbs Mobley Performance Johnson

Reginald Mobley and Stephen Stubbs Perform Robert Johnson

 Absolutely charming. Reginald L. Mobley (countertenor) and Stephen Stubbs (lute) perform Full Fathom Five, composed by Robert Johnson (c.1583–1633) with text by William Shakespeare (The Tempest). This comes via the Pacific MusicWorks on their YouTube. I’ve seen both Mobley…
Lesson: Alignment & Slur Exercise with Fixed Fingers

Lesson: Alignment & Slur Exercise with Fixed Fingers

Alignment and Closed Slurs (using fixed fingers) – This is from page 84 in my technique book (link below). Place the indicated fixed fingers on the third string and hold down for the entire line. Do not play the fixed…