On this year’s annual guitar event of Primorska region music schools (ZPGŠ), we were joined by Maria Linnemann for a series of concerts, masterclasses and an interview. In this interview we’re discussing her work “Scenes From Don Quixote”, her transition from composing for orchestra and piano to composing for guitar and finally her experience on … Read More
Making Music Videos on Your Smartphone
Talking about using your smartphone and a portable audio recorder to produce good quality videos for YouTube and how to sync audio/video directly on the phone via iMovie app. Below you can see the quick sample I made for this purpose. Enjoy!
Spruce vs. Cedar Guitars (Michele Della Giustina)
Quick demonstration of a new solid spruce top and walnut back and sides guitar built by Michele Della Giustina and comparison to my 2001 double top guitar. Enjoy!
Ultimate Classical Guitar Microphone Shootout – ep8
*To jump from sample to sample use these times: 1. R. Towner: Green and Golden – 1:32 / 1:55 / 2:18 / 2:39 / 3:01 / 3:24 2. F. Sor: Variations on a theme by Mozart, Op. 9 – 3:47 / 4:19 / 4:55 / 5:26 / 6:00 / 6:33 3. J. Polak: Gagliarda – … Read More
Editing Classical Guitar in Reaper – ep6
The two extensions mentioned in the video are: SWS Reaper Extension, which adds hundreds of advanced functions and features to this DAW Pelleke’s custom actions for 3-4 point editing. I also wrote a tutorial on how to install these in this blog post. You are also very welcome to read my free, detailed blog posts … Read More
Changing Strings On Classical Guitar – ep5
Tips and tricks for restringing your classical guitar: Protect your guitar by taping a thick piece of paper or a bookmark onto the bridge Consider changing strings one by one to avoid any tuning problems Avoid making knots at the tuning peg’s roller end Use a string winder (without a screw in the middle) to … Read More
Q&A episode 2 – How to eliminate squeaking noises on classical guitar
Second episode of Guitarise Q&A section, this time with Gert asking about how you can eliminate squeaking noises when changing positions on classical guitar. I feel like the squeaking noises are a big issue for classical guitarists. The example you chose, the Prelude nr. 1 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, is a good one, as … Read More
How to play acciaccature on classical guitar – Giuliani: Andantino n.4 op.1
Today I’ll take a look into acciaccature, note ornaments commonly found in guitar music of the classical period. Typically, in classical guitar repertory, an acciaccatura is notated with a slash through and is therefore easily recognisable. The word acciaccatura comes from the Italian verb schiacciare, “to crush”. Contrary to appoggiatura, which comes from the Italian … Read More
15 minute warm-up routine for classical guitar
This is my typical daily warm-up routine, consisting of three types of exercises: right hand, left hand and a combination of both. They are all basically adapted exercises from Abel Carlevaro’s books 2-4 from his Serie didactica para guitarra. To download the score free of charge just add it to cart below.
Q&A episode 1 – Michael and Le Candeur by F. Sor
My first Q&A session trying to find the best way to play a fast section from Le Candeur by Fernando Sor.