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Video-Of-The-Month: Fernando Sor

Posted by Brian on 1st November 2012 in Classical Guitar, Journal, Songs You Should Know, Technique, Video of the Month

Video-of-the-MonthNovember’s Video-of-the-Month features a tune that I have just started working on.

I started guitar lessons a month ago (after not having formal lessons for over 30 years) and this is the second tune that my teacher gave me to work on. It’s a tough one! The thing that I like about this piece is that it is forcing me to use voicings that I would not typically use on my own. It also has some very cool counterpoint (bits that complement the melody and harmony).

Here is Stephen Kenyon playing his interpretation of the tune, which differs from the version that I am learning in the way that he approaches the grace notes.

If you would like to learn the piece, here is a free transcription.

And here is another video that better represents the version that I am learning:

Fernando Sor on Wikipedia:

Video of the Month: Andres Segovia

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

Video-of-the-MonthThis month’s Video-of-the-Month is one that gives me hope for my future.

Andres Segovia, who pretty much single-handedly brought the modern guitar out of obscurity and put it centre-stage for classical music lovers all over the world, recorded this tune in his native Spain fairly late in his life. (He died in 1987 at the age of 94.)

While he is certainly not at his best in this video, his lifetime of virtuosity is in full view. As I understand it, he suffered from severe arthritis in his hands by this point in his career, and yet he was still able to keep his audiences enthralled.

I just hope that if I live that long, I’ll still be able to play for my own enjoyment – let alone someone else’s!

Wikipedia: Andres Segovia

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:

Maja’s¬†YouTube channel:

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