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5 Weird Guitars from Craigslist!

guitarz.blogspot.com: Hi there. My name is Billy and I’m a writer with Guitartricks.com, where we teach people how to play guitar online! I’m a huge fan of looking for weird, interesting guitars, and one of the best places to do it is on Craigslist. Craigslist is home to a number of interesting guitars. Here are […]

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Emotion and Music Theory in the Interpretation of Music

Music theory is a very broad term encompassing everything from reading music to harmony and voice leading and beyond. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be more on the harmony and form side of thing that the rudiments of reading music. I came across this quote about music theory on a classical guitar forum: […]

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Two Common Ambiguities in Old Scores

I’ve been learning Sor’s Opus 1 and it has two common ambiguities that pop up in old scores. Both these things make it seem like the score is saying things it really isn’t. Quarter Rest or Eight Rest? A quarter rest in older editions tends to look like a backwards eight rest. In the image […]

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Two Types of Left Hand Shifting

The first type of shifting is something we are all familiar with: shifting up (towards the body of the guitar) or down (towards the headstock) the neck. The second type of shifting, however, is one we all do every single time we pick up the guitar, but rarely think much about: shifting between an angled […]

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A Barre is Rarely a Barre

A barre rarely requires that all the strings be pressed down, yet that’s often how barre chords (or bar chords) or barres in general are taught. Take this measure from Yates’s arrangement of the Bach Cello Suites. This is from the Prelude to the Second Cello Suite. The barre at the second fret, indicated by […]

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Very strange Precision and Jazz Bass headless conversions listed on eBay

guitarz.blogspot.com: Here are an odd pair of basses I saw listed in separate auctions from the same seller on eBay. As you can clearly see they are strangely tweaked Fender designs, namely a Jazz Bass and a P-Bass, both bizarrely converted to headless instruments. Well I say headless, but each has a mini-headstock which acts […]

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New Year, New Look

If you’re a frequent visitor around these parts, you may have noticed that ClassicalGuitar.org has a refreshed look. This is the first time this has ever happened since the site started back in 2008. The new look should be a bit nicer to deal with on mobile browsers. Issues? Please reach out. New Year, New […]

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Modify Practice Sessions, Don’t Miss

In addition to guitar, another of my hobbies is fitness — specifically lifting weights. I’ve been lifting since 2006 and am fairly plugged into that world. This post’s title is brought to you from a coach named Matt Wenning who says, “modify, don’t miss” about training. This is a really great concept for practicing just […]

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Give the Repertoire a Break

Often times the solution to a difficult piece of repertoire or passage seems to be hammering on it again and again. Or trying to get as many perfect repetitions in as possible. But our fingers get tired; we make mistakes. Our mind gets fatigued, we loose focus, and we make different mistakes. Sometimes what’s really […]

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How to Handle Mistakes During a Performance

Ignore them. Let go of the mistake and keep going. Performance for an audience, teacher, camera, or even just a practice performance is obviously not practice. There is no stopping or going back unless something goes very wrong. Ignore mistakes and keep going. If you’re at a place of practicing performance in preparation for a […]

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