Archive for July, 2012

Quote, Unquote.

Posted by Brian on 22nd July 2012 in General Music, Musicianship, Practice, Quote Unquote, Technique

Quote, UnquoteThis quote was referred to in a discussion of great rhythm guitarists at GuitarsCanada.com:

“A lot of cats don’t work on their rhythm enough, and if you don’t have rhythm, you might as well take up needleoint, or something.”

— Prince in an interview with Guitar Player Magazine


Video-of-the-Month: Fragile Balance

Posted by Brian on 15th July 2012 in Fingerstyle Guitar, Guitarists, Video of the Month, Youth

Video-of-the-MonthAs is my custom, I will be doubling up on videos-of-the-month for the summer months, when it is a bit harder to sit in front of a screen writing about playing guitar when I could be outside playing guitar. The second video-of-the-month for July features a young duo from Texas…

Fragile Balance consists of two young guitarists who met in high school two years ago, Nick Cooper and Cruz Lujan. So far, they have released two full length CDs and have shared a stage with the likes of Antoine Dufour and Michael Chapdelaine.

Here they are playing “Elements of Emotion”:

 

Once again, I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for these talented young men…

Fragile Balance’s website: www.Fragile-Balance.com

Fragile Balance’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/user/fragilebalanceband

Video-of-the Month: Maja Radovanlija

Posted by Brian on 1st July 2012 in Classical Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Video of the Month, Women

Video-of-the-MonthSummer is here, so in keeping with past tradition I will start presenting two videos each month to try to offset my reluctance to sit at my computer writing new posts during the summer weather.

The first video-of-the-month for July features classical guitarist Maja Radovanlija. Following my post about the lack of female guitarists, Maja wrote me a note suggesting that, at least in the classical world, there are more female guitarists than many of us realize. She suggested that it may be that women just aren’t as aggressive at promoting themselves.

Here Maja plays “Lento from Jazz Sonata” by Dusan Bogdanovic:

Originally from Serbia, Maya is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Maja’s Fandalism (a FaceBook affiliate) page: www.Fandalism.com/mayaradovanlia

Maja’s YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/user/folkofolkas

Maja’s website was down at the time of writing, if it’s back up, it should be here: www.MajaRadovanlija.com