Q&A Lesson: Practicing Music & Reaching Higher Levels

Q&A Lesson: Practicing Music and Reaching Higher Levels on guitar or any instrument. Thanks to all my Patreon supporters that submitted questions. You can also visit my Support Page. Times & Questions 0:55 – Reaching Higher Levels (Ralph) 4:52 –…

Napoli 1810: Italian Romantic Music by Pascal Valois

Napoli 1810: Italian Romantic MusicBy Pascal Valois (romantic guitar) Analekta, 2021 Buy or Listen on Spotify, Amazon, Apple, and more. Great to hear this new album of solo works played by Canadian guitarist Pascal Valois on a Romantic guitar by Cabasse-Bernard (c.1820). Composers include Niccolò…

João Luiz plays Fandango by Rodrigo

João Luiz plays Fandango from Tres Piezas Españolas by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999).  This comes via his YouTube channel. Luiz has posted a number of semi-causal yet virtuosic home performances that I previously featured. Fantastic musicality with sharp articulations and virtuosic figuration and rhythmic drive. His…

Lesson: Giuliani Arpeggios No.1-3

Lesson: Giuliani Arpeggios No. 1-3 and How they Relate to Repertoire Practice – From 120 Arpeggio Exercises for the Right Hand, Op.1 by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829). My lesson covers some technique tips, how they relate to practicing repertoire, planting practice,…

Mari Mäntylä - Guitar

Mari Mäntylä plays Orfeo by Koshkin

Finnish guitarist Mari Mäntylä plays Orfeo (I.Adagio, II.Allegretto, III.Adagio) by Russian composer Nikita Koshkin (b.1956) on a 10-string guitar (decacorde). This comes via her great YouTube channel. Great playing by Mäntylä with an excellent dynamic range, phrasing, and long form…

Lesson: Etude No.13, Op.100 by Giuliani

This performance and lesson comes from my book Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 6 – Five pieces at the grade six level with dedicated lessons preparing you for each piece. Jump to a section: Intro (1:46), Arpeggios (3:02), Slurs (4:17), Barre (5:36),…

Bach: Complete Lute Works on Guitar by Andrew Wilder

Bach: Complete Lute Works on Guitar by Andrew Wilder

Bach: Complete Lute Works on GuitarBy Andrew Wilder, Classical GuitarDecember, 2020 Buy or Listen on: Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, or iTunes Bach: Complete Lute Works on Guitar by Andrew Wilder is an incredible accomplishment filled with brilliant interpretations and virtuosity. From…

Raphaella Smits Plays Elegie by Mertz

Raphaella Smits Plays Elegie by Mertz

Raphaella Smits performs Elegie by Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) on a period instrument, Mirecourt 1827. From a recent concert in Drongen, Belgium. This comes via her sponsor Strings By Mail and their YouTube channel. Great playing by Smits and interesting to…

Using Large Technique Books Maintenance & Exploration

Using Large Technique Books: Maintenance and Exploration – Large technique books have hundreds of exercises, so how can you use them in a constructive way without feeling aimless? The key is to separate them into two sections: Maintenance and Exploration. Maintenance: Remember…

Lesson: Study No.15, Op.35 by Sor

This performance and lesson comes from my book Classical Guitar Repertoire Lessons Grade 6 – Five pieces at the grade six level with dedicated lessons preparing you for each piece. Study No.15, Op.35 by Fernando Sor (1778 – 1839) for classical guitar…

Tengyue Zhang - Guitar

Tengyue Zhang Concert via Omni Foundation

Tengyue Zhang performs a live concert at St. Marks Lutheran Church in San Francisco, CA on February 22nd, 2021. This comes via the Omni Foundation online series and their Youtube channel. Opening act is Conor Padmanabhan and Zhang is later joined by…