John Gordon Ross

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Guitar

I don’t claim great skill as a guitarist, though I have a diploma of sorts and have earned a living from the guitar in the remote past – an even more precarious one than the one I have now, though. The guitar, particularly the classical guitar, still claims a good deal of my time and mental energy, so it had to be represented on this site. Unfortunately, apart from the indispensable forum run by Jean-François Delcamp, there is not a great deal of very useful stuff on the Internet related with the classical guitar – here are some feeds which I hope are of more use to you than to me, and towards the bottom of the page you’ll find a few links mostly related with classical guitarists. Drop me a comment if you know a feed or link which might fit (or just to say hi).

Guitar Feeds

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Question about chip repair at soundhole (photo added)

Wednesday 7 March 23:56:38 UTC 2012

lagartija wrote:I had a chip like that on my plywood Giannini and I used clear nail polish on a very fine artist's brush. I applied in three applications, letting each dry 24 hours. Then using a very fine buffer (like the kind that people use on their nails, I leveled it and buffed it. It was totally invisible when I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Wednesday 7 March 23:51:57 UTC 2012

Do you happen to know exactly which fugues by Bach have been arranged for guitar?Statistics: Posted by sgraham924 — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 23:51 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Wednesday 7 March 23:23:46 UTC 2012

Each of Bach's three Sonatas for Solo Violin has a fugue. They are difficult but playable. Some of his keyboard fugues have been transcribed, but they are extremely difficult and playable only by very gifted guitarists. (At least anywhere near a typical keyboardist's tempo!)Statistics: Posted by Toccata — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 23:23 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bridge – how many holes?

Wednesday 7 March 21:15:28 UTC 2012

I really don't wamt to convince anybody. All I can say is that since I'm using the abovementioned knot no string vere came any close to slipping, so I always have these cute little ball ends in sage distance from the knot.See the picture. You can recognize the making of the knot on the g string best, but it is … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Whats the name of these cords and how to play them

Wednesday 7 March 21:15:04 UTC 2012

lagartija wrote:In this case, you pluck each of the three strings indicated at the same time (using pim or in this case, ima).In Matthew's video, it's pretty clear that he uses pia. :) AlanStatistics: Posted by Tarbaby — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 21:15 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Whats the name of these cords and how to play them

Wednesday 7 March 21:11:37 UTC 2012

andrjor wrote:Thanks, but i think in this case i am supposed to strum.I don't think so. At least, I've never seen anyone strum that chord. Check out Matthew McAllister's video. :wink: If you were to strum a chord like that one, you are correct in suspecting that you would have to dampen the inside string(s) somehow. Sometimes that's difficult, sometimes not. … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Whats the name of these cords and how to play them

Wednesday 7 March 21:10:07 UTC 2012

andrjor wrote:Tarbaby wrote:Hi andrjor,That link has a filter on it because there is copyrighted music on that site, but it looks like you're referring to the first chord in Julia Florida.You've answered your own question: andrjor wrote:Actually play the 4,3 and the 1 string without muting.Yes, pluck each string individually – don't strum the chord. :wink: AlanThanks, but i think in … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: I've still NEVER broken a guitar string … what gives?!

Wednesday 7 March 21:04:12 UTC 2012

Dyingsea wrote:I hadn't until I started messing with GPX carbon normal tensions. High E is a tossup whether it's going to pop on the way up. I don't think these strings like a steep break angle at the bridge.I had no problem with GPX. May be, they do not like your saddle?Statistics: Posted by Vlad Kosulin — Wednesday 07 March … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Whats the name of these cords and how to play them

Wednesday 7 March 20:57:57 UTC 2012

Tarbaby wrote:Hi andrjor,That link has a filter on it because there is copyrighted music on that site, but it looks like you're referring to the first chord in Julia Florida.You've answered your own question: andrjor wrote:Actually play the 4,3 and the 1 string without muting.Yes, pluck each string individually – don't strum the chord. :wink: AlanThanks, but i think in this … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: I've still NEVER broken a guitar string … what gives?!

Wednesday 7 March 20:51:16 UTC 2012

I JUST HAD ONE BREAK! It was the D string and I wasn't even touching the guitar! Hannabach string too!Statistics: Posted by glassynails — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 20:51 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: A. Solar Gonzalez ???

Wednesday 7 March 20:51:14 UTC 2012

Thank you , George for warm welcome.Such an outpouring of love for this extraordinary man and his phenomenal instruments.My A.S.Gonzalez ( God, I just love saying that ) has just been superbly restored and so beautiful. I am very new to computers, and will try and post more info and pics anon.Regards to all . If music be the food … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Wednesday 7 March 20:31:00 UTC 2012

Praeludium wrote:I actually tried to learn the first fantaisie, written by an enigmatic (for me (because I couldn't find any music from him and he seems rather obscure)) Diomède…..This probably refers to a lutenist called Diomedes Cato, who is quite well described in this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diomed~ Even more enigmatic is the composer of the second fantasie in the collection … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Archives of past "Classical Guitars for Sale" • Re: GB £..650 Camps CL20 spruce 2008, Norwich

Wednesday 7 March 20:22:24 UTC 2012

Congratulations Sean! :ivresse: I'll move your thread over to archives.AlanStatistics: Posted by Tarbaby — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 20:22 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Classical music • Re: Anon; Aye Waukin O

Wednesday 7 March 18:34:37 UTC 2012

Thank you, Erik! I really had it wrong didn't I? :oops: And to think that English is my native tongue! :lol:Statistics: Posted by lagartija — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 18:34 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Muscle Memory. What Is It? Does it Actually Work?

Wednesday 7 March 18:23:41 UTC 2012

fatwarry wrote:What Is muscle memory and how does it actually work? It doesn't seem any different to any other form of memory from my experience.Muscle memory is a form of procedural memory, in other words the way we remember how to do things. A lot of tasks we encode in procedural memory include a major element of muscle memory. Good … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Whats the name of these cords and how to play them

Wednesday 7 March 18:19:01 UTC 2012

I'm not sure what you mean by the numbers next to the string numbers. Could you provide a sample of the music so we can better assist you?Statistics: Posted by sgraham924 — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 18:19 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: No footstool/support

Wednesday 7 March 18:14:19 UTC 2012

Kenbobpdx wrote:[..... My guess is that there are a lot arguments for and against specific alignments. In my mind what really matters is how an individual player can maximize their playing given a host of variables. At any rate, learning the guitar requires positional tradeoffs and physical adaptation to address those variables. Sometimes I think we can be a bit ... [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Does everyone always announce their new guitar purchase?

Wednesday 7 March 18:04:09 UTC 2012

If you announce the purchase of your new guitar very likely everyone will be encouraging to support your progress with the new instrument regardless of the cost. Positive feed-back always is encourged in this forum. Another matter would be if you phrase your notice as an inquiry such as "what do you think of guitar "X" as a good instrument … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of John Dowland • Re: Dowland, John; Preludium 98

Wednesday 7 March 17:55:28 UTC 2012

That was fantastic! I often get quite nervous too when playing even for a small group of people…sometimes my hands will shake so badly that I can't even play a simple piece of music. It is true that's it only in your head/mind…but we must remember that our brain is also what controls our hands that are playing the music … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Outgrowing a guitar

Wednesday 7 March 17:51:07 UTC 2012

Price alone does not determine a "better" lmstrument. For us CG players I thing that sound projection, sustain, and oveall playbility would be a better defining factor in selecter a "better" instrument. It is important also to recognize the playing skills of the performer. My $800. guitar will sound richer and better if a John Williams-class player would play it … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Ergonomics and Posture for Classical Guitarists • Re: You know you need a 640 scale when…

Wednesday 7 March 17:39:48 UTC 2012

My stretch is only 5 inches and I play a 650 mm scale guitar with a 48mm nut width and radius fret. I am wondering if I could benfit a lot more from a 640 or 635 scale length guitar with the same not width. Time will tell.Statistics: Posted by ceddia — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 17:39 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings from Malvern UK

Wednesday 7 March 17:30:12 UTC 2012

Hi Malvern.Welcome to the forum. That's an interesting way to come to classical guitar. Joining this forum is a wise thing to do because there are so many useful resources here. I think you are right in concluding that you need to learn to read music notation. It really is not as hard as many people imagine. It's a bit … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Muscle Memory. What Is It? Does it Actually Work?

Wednesday 7 March 17:13:50 UTC 2012

Hi fatwarry are you talking about memorising the piece without the music so your fingers 'just play' or about needing to read the music and your fingers 'just play'. I started to write a reply then realised that I wasn't quite sure what you mean by muscle memory.Statistics: Posted by muirtan — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 17:13 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: How do you judge someone's interpretation

Wednesday 7 March 15:51:02 UTC 2012

freestroke wrote:Like my mother told me, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.Bah! Where's the fun in that?Statistics: Posted by Mark Clifton-Gaultier — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 15:51 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: noad's Solo Guitar Playing, arpeggio technique

Wednesday 7 March 15:47:07 UTC 2012

thanks Ralfewiz,I am practicing and it is indeed getting more natural with time. steStatistics: Posted by stefano — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 15:47 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: ABRSM scale speed.

Wednesday 7 March 15:44:04 UTC 2012

David_Raleigh_Arnold wrote:I have no respect for a school or organization that uses performance of scales to grade students.Are there any that do so except as part of a balanced assessment of one's overall command of the instrument?David_Raleigh_Arnold wrote:Their primary purpose is to practice making notes, tone production …Which is precisely how they are marked. However, as you seem to be … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Classical music • Re: Anon; Aye Waukin O

Wednesday 7 March 15:38:48 UTC 2012

lagartija wrote:But in this case, I think Burns meant "walking"?It means 'awake'. This is the translation in English:Always Awake, OChorusAlways awake , O,Awake still and weary:Sleep I can get naneFor thinking on my dear (darling).Summer is a pleasant time:Flowers of every colour,The water runs over the hollow,And I long for my true lover.When I sleep I dream,When I wake I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: new member

Wednesday 7 March 15:26:00 UTC 2012

correction…Sunday 11 March 2012…!Statistics: Posted by malvern — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 15:26 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Romantic and Modern music • Re: Arcas, Julian; Tango no. 4 from Collection of Tangos

Wednesday 7 March 15:16:54 UTC 2012

Thanks for the tips Kenbobpdx :)You’re right about bringing the cows home. I'll try to imagine that I'm playing for the couple that's passionately dancing with the rose in the ladies mouth haha (is that cliche?)Anyway…it is a cool little piece with a lot of potential. If you can get your hands on Stefano Grondona's recording of collection of tangos I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: new member

Wednesday 7 March 15:16:04 UTC 2012

Hi Ramon,I see you're from Worcester, UK. I've just joined and am from Malvern, UK. I'm intending to join the Worcester Classical Guitar Society if it suits me and intend to go this Sunday 7 March 2012 at 6.30pm. I'm new to classical music, but want to learn this style and build up a repertoire of pieces to play. I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greeting from Phoenix

Wednesday 7 March 15:11:10 UTC 2012

Hi Curtis,Welcome to Delcamp – glad you've finally taken the plunge and decided to become a member.To learn more about this forum and its rules, please have a look at our welcome pageWhen you have submitted 2 posts, you will automatically become a member of the 002 group, which gives you access to the mp3 files and videos in our … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings from Malvern UK

Wednesday 7 March 15:08:52 UTC 2012

Hello malvern,Welcome to Delcamp!malvern wrote:…but then married and it ground to a halt! I took it up again in my forties..That's a common story here!A few tips to get you started:To learn more about this forum and its rules, please have a look at our welcome pageWhen you have submitted 2 posts, you will automatically become a member of the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Muscle Memory. What Is It? Does it Actually Work?

Wednesday 7 March 15:01:13 UTC 2012

Dear Fatwarry,Yes I believe muscle memory works. The larger question of how to hold it and develop ones skills is another matter. Lagartija expresses a common experience very well. I find losing muscle memory frustrating as we all probably do. I have found that both memory and skill development increase by practicing a small repertoire of pieces chosen for their … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar for Sale • Re: US $.7500 Robin Moyes Cedar 2007, Albany NY

Wednesday 7 March 13:56:11 UTC 2012

Hi, a note to Wayne S. — in your signature quotation, M. Segovia's name is misspelled; it is "Andres." I'm surprised nobody caught that!Statistics: Posted by pjn — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 13:56 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: glassynails

Wednesday 7 March 13:36:59 UTC 2012

Just learned to play 1/2 of Granada in about 2 days. Search "glassynails" on Youtube. Thanks :) I'll update as soon as I learn the entire piece.Statistics: Posted by glassynails — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 13:36 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Classical music • Re: Aguado, Dionisio; Lesson 6 in A Major – Video

Wednesday 7 March 13:35:21 UTC 2012

rogerinchina wrote:Beautiful sound. What guitar do yo play?Alhambra 7p spruceStatistics: Posted by glassynails — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 13:35 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Is memorising good?

Wednesday 7 March 13:28:43 UTC 2012

In the first few years of my studies way back in the 70s I could memorise pieces quickly. I found that by improving my sight reading it enabled me to memorise much more difficult pieces. It was also the best way to play with other musicians, Flautists and Violinists Etc.So yes Memorising is good but there are always two sides … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Neck weight

Wednesday 7 March 12:55:35 UTC 2012

I believe Dr Casha has a similar theory that if the head stock is weighted it reduces energy loss from the strings, so maybe the neck being heavier could have a similar effect. Having heavier back and sides can also reduce energy loss from the strings.There are also very good guitars with light but rigid necks. I suppose if there … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Madrid and Granada

Wednesday 7 March 12:49:43 UTC 2012

Thank you so much. That sounds incredible. I'm excited to tell her.Statistics: Posted by Sprucetop — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 12:49 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Tarréga, Francisco; Etude in E minor – Tremolo

Wednesday 7 March 12:24:48 UTC 2012

:bravo: Congratulations on posting your first recording, and well done. You seemed to manage the tremolo very well.I am not sure about the quality of your recording. For me it was a little thin and quiet.Please post more. :merci:Statistics: Posted by George Crocket — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 12:24 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Gary Hearn guitars

Wednesday 7 March 12:17:30 UTC 2012

Hello Elgar's neice,Welcome to the Delcamp classical guitar forum.If you have not already done so, please have a look at our welcome page for more information about the forum and its rules, then please introduce yourself here for a proper welcome.Statistics: Posted by George Crocket — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 12:17 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: A philosophical question on repertoire

Wednesday 7 March 12:06:33 UTC 2012

I think David poses a really good question. As far as I'm concerned A is by far the best route for enjoying playing music on the guitar (or any instrument)Here's why-I give workshops and open lessons with a local guitar circle and some members frequently play material that's way too advanced for their current level of technique. They find playing … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • dng; Tremolo variation on Tárrega Etude in E minor

Wednesday 7 March 12:05:48 UTC 2012

hello everyone.this is the famous tarrega's etude that a while ago dng made a tremolo of it:viewtopic.php?f=12&t=63023it is my first recording post in this site and i hope it isn't very bad.please feel free to comment about anything specially my playing and the sound."Best" :wink:Statistics: Posted by boooom — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 12:05 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Alternative to silent guitar?

Wednesday 7 March 11:30:32 UTC 2012

When my dearest/nearest start saying: "this is already too much for playing that piece", I move to the sauna. In Finland we have very thick isolation all over the sauna-room and a massive glass-door. The fresh air comes to the room and used air goes away from another tube – it works with a motored machine, so the ventilation works … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Muscle Memory. What Is It? Does it Actually Work?

Wednesday 7 March 11:22:19 UTC 2012

fatwarry wrote:However, I almost invariably find that if I don't play the piece for a few weeks and then come back to it I struggle again with the same passage. This raises some questions in my mind :- Am I doing something wrong or missing out some vital stage in the process?' Few weeks ' is enough for the memory … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Classical music • Re: Aguado, Dionisio; Menuet – D03

Wednesday 7 March 10:37:40 UTC 2012

Beautifully played.Statistics: Posted by rogerinchina — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 10:37 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Virtual duos, trios and ensembles • Re: Carulli, Ferdinando; op.096 Sérénade, Largo Maestoso – D

Wednesday 7 March 10:07:45 UTC 2012

nice work homayoun ,thanks for sharing.i got to know you from some month ago .i'm a big fan of yours.traditional iranian music was inspiring for me.nice duo , god bless carulli for making such fine pieces for guitar.what is the recording tool that you use? and please if possibletell me about your guitar and the strings too. :D“best”Statistics: Posted by boooom … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Homage to Roshanak Maghsoudlou (Performed by homayoonsal

Wednesday 7 March 9:51:22 UTC 2012

after 6 years i thank you too Vito Simplicio :Dtoo bad roshanak is not active in this forum these daysStatistics: Posted by boooom — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 09:51 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Muscle Memory. What Is It? Does it Actually Work?

Wednesday 7 March 9:49:18 UTC 2012

It's usual in any piece I want to learn for there to be a passage that I find difficult. So, I practice that section very slowly, concentrating on accuracy so that I don't "practice my mistakes". I gradually speed up and eventually can play it well enough to play it up to tempo. I've always understood that the process of … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our scores for classical guitar • Re: [PDF] Maghsoudlou, Roshanak; Romantic Song 11

Wednesday 7 March 9:47:51 UTC 2012

yes there is :viewtopic.php?f=116&t=5213&a~ l –>there are other nice pieces from roshanak maghsoudlou too :viewtopic.php?f=1&t=40286i like cage and traditional Iranian music the mostgoodluckStatistics: Posted by boooom — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 09:47 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Jean-Noël ROHÉ

Wednesday 7 March 9:14:04 UTC 2012

It appears that Rohe spends most of his time making guitars and visiting master luthiers, instead of wasting his time on forums, debating value and worth. Some makers can achieve success after building only 50 guitars, while others who have built hundreds will never quite make it. Good luck to him and the dealers who have landed him!To the OP- … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Neck weight

Wednesday 7 March 8:58:07 UTC 2012

Nick Payne wrote:In Trevor Gore's design book. he states (p. 4-82) that a heavy headstock is good as it increases the impedance mismatch between string and headstock, resulting in more of the string energy being reflected back down the string to the bridge/soundboard.That sounds reasonable, but does Trevor explain why that's "good"?JamesStatistics: Posted by James Lister — Wednesday 07 March … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Baron, G. Ernst; Bourree

Wednesday 7 March 8:31:19 UTC 2012

Thanks.Statistics: Posted by dmcharg — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 08:31 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Baron, G. Ernst; Bourree

Wednesday 7 March 8:27:12 UTC 2012

Thank you for posting . :bravo:Statistics: Posted by Figolo — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 08:27 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: How much string noise/squeak before it becomes irritatin

Wednesday 7 March 8:08:09 UTC 2012

Steve,I guess the difficulty of that shift depends on the fingering. Taking the G with little finger means that you will have no guide finger for the shift, and as the shift needs to happen between the two successive 16th notes, it will be very difficult to make it sound smooth even at slower tempo. You probably will find the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Great Julian Bream Collection

Wednesday 7 March 7:57:15 UTC 2012

Based on this recommendation I bought it. An excellent buy, despite already having some of them. So I am grateful to calexan5. :DStatistics: Posted by George Crocket — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 07:57 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our scores for classical guitar • Re: [PDF] Maghsoudlou, Roshanak; Romantic Song 11

Wednesday 7 March 7:16:41 UTC 2012

Thanks for putting this up. I just got it copied and will start working on it tomorrow. Is their a video or a mp3 version of this piece?Statistics: Posted by joegun — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 07:16 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Hauser I, which strings?

Wednesday 7 March 7:03:11 UTC 2012

What was wrong with the Augustine classic?Try the labella 2001 or 427 (only available in low), but I quite like Augustine blacks (silver basses)Statistics: Posted by strumalong — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 07:03 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Hauser I, which strings?

Wednesday 7 March 6:40:17 UTC 2012

Thomas Köthe wrote:I would like to improve the trebles concerning the flexibilty. The strings should more come to sing!I then strongly recommend Dogal Diamante 127b regular tension. They feel softer then other regular tension strings and the trebles are about the best I ever played. I bet you'll love them! :wink:Statistics: Posted by es335 — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 06:40 am … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Guitar repair in San Francisco Bay area

Wednesday 7 March 6:27:40 UTC 2012

Mel Wong does amazing work. Don't let the lute talk scare you he has a lot of experience with classical guitars as well.http://www.blackbirdstringarts.c~ m –>Statistics: Posted by Scot Tremblay — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 06:27 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Neck weight

Wednesday 7 March 6:18:43 UTC 2012

In Trevor Gore's design book. he states (p. 4-82) that a heavy headstock is good as it increases the impedance mismatch between string and headstock, resulting in more of the string energy being reflected back down the string to the bridge/soundboard.Statistics: Posted by Nick Payne — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 06:18 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Madrid and Granada

Wednesday 7 March 5:49:42 UTC 2012

There's a little tiny flamenco bar off plaza mayor in madrid. It's on a street called Cava Baja. There is a flamenco concert hall connected to the tiny bar where a house guitarist plays and if you stay late enough the performers from the concerts will come sit in with him. Truly an amazing experience sitting in an intimate setting … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Jean-Noël ROHÉ

Wednesday 7 March 5:40:32 UTC 2012

hyz wrote:Rohé likes to compare the making of a guitar to wine-making, in that the vintner's personality is present in the final product in much the same way as the luthier's does. Grape varieties and scents blend in the similar fashion as do wooden framework and sound structure. One can appreciate the tonal qualities of the note as one can … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Baron, G. Ernst; Bourree

Wednesday 7 March 5:08:04 UTC 2012

Thanks for sharing. I for one had never heard any tunes by this composer. A nice recording and you did a fine job bringing out the dance element.Statistics: Posted by joegun — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 05:08 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Neck weight

Wednesday 7 March 5:02:27 UTC 2012

jim watts wrote:I curious on the opinions , facts would be even better :D, of what impact neck weight has on the guitar. I know Richard Schneider believed that a mass loaded peghead was a good thing, I'm not so sure. I think I'm more interested in explorering what happens with a neck that's a little lighter and stiffer than a … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Matteo Carcassi • Re: Carcassi, Matteo; op.60/13 Etude – D06 Video

Wednesday 7 March 4:43:12 UTC 2012

One of my favorites from this Opus. Nicely played!Mike :merci:Statistics: Posted by mverive — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 04:43 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Neck weight

Wednesday 7 March 4:30:16 UTC 2012

I curious on the opinions , facts would be even better :D, of what impact neck weight has on the guitar. I know Richard Schneider believed that a mass loaded peghead was a good thing, I'm not so sure. I think I'm more interested in explorering what happens with a neck that's a little lighter and stiffer than a normal neck. … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Question about chip repair at soundhole (photo added)

Wednesday 7 March 4:29:54 UTC 2012

If it's a new guitar, and it's really bothering you, then return it.Statistics: Posted by AdamX — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 04:29 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Outgrowing a guitar

Wednesday 7 March 4:15:06 UTC 2012

I want to thank all of you. Before I joined the forum, I was content to plug away at my old C-1 (50 plus years old) and get enjoyment out of it. I've learned a lot of very interesting things from all of you, and have now started to yearn for a better instrument. I don't think my limitations are … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Four Common Sense Ways to Keep Your Nails Safe

Wednesday 7 March 4:14:50 UTC 2012

I started playing guitar hoping to impress girls. I ended up talking about my nails with a bunch of middle-aged guys Part fetishism, part necessary evil, and part endless source of embarassment, the fingernails are both a guitarist’s trusted companion and their crux. Although mother nature blessed me with some reasonably strong claws—I often perform on steel-strings and the nails … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Guitar repair in San Francisco Bay area

Wednesday 7 March 3:28:48 UTC 2012

I'd also add John F Mello in the Berkeley area, a real perfectionist. He also builds some of the best guitars I've seen. I'm getting the neck repaired on one of my guitars there now. A Google search will get all the info.Statistics: Posted by Dave1947 — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 03:28 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Best classical guitar for under $2,500?

Wednesday 7 March 3:23:57 UTC 2012

My luthier builds a student model for $2,500. For that price you cannot have a better guitar! :mrgreen: http://www.lutherieraby.com/http://~ Posted by Tomzooki — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 03:23 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Question about chip repair at soundhole (photo added)

Wednesday 7 March 3:12:57 UTC 2012

Bob,Yes, I'll probably leave it alone for now at least. I don't know of a luthier in my area, but even if I did, I'm not sure that I'd be willing to trust that he could do a perfect job on it.LouisStatistics: Posted by LBrandt — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 03:12 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: mixing buisness and pleasure

Wednesday 7 March 3:12:22 UTC 2012

If you can deal with the phone call or email that comes in a month or tow after you've sold an instrument that you've laboured over, and the message basically says that "you've screwed up now fix it!" and you can live with that, then you're ready to go pro. If that call scares the bejessus out of you, then … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: How to Practice 22 hours a Week

Wednesday 7 March 2:57:55 UTC 2012

22 hours isn't all that much IMO. That's only like 3 hrs a day. I was doing 6 hrs a day with a rest day for a month last summer. That's 36 hrs a week. Even with a full-time job that's only 76 hrs now. There are 168 hours in the week. So, we're down to 92 hours now. Let's … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Scarborough Fair (flute, guitar and lute)

Wednesday 7 March 2:57:04 UTC 2012

:bravo: What a beautiful arrangement! I love the slide show, where were the photos taken?I love old architecture and these old buildings are wonderful.Thank you for sharing your music with us, It was very enjoyable. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 02:57 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Famous composers you have met?

Wednesday 7 March 2:53:28 UTC 2012

RareVos wrote:Some excellent responses out there and great stories. In the realm of composers, I've had the pleasure of meeting Toru Takemitsu and Christopher Rouse (don't think he has written any guitar music but some fun orchestral stuff).Rouse wrote a guitar concerto for Sharon Isbin.Statistics: Posted by Toccata — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 02:53 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Is guitar top a hinge joint

Wednesday 7 March 2:52:34 UTC 2012

Maybe it would be more productive for you to envision the nodal line as a pivot rather than a hinge. In a hinge, the plates that straddle the pin move toward each other and so there is actual bending going on at the "pin". That is not the case for the nodal line. If the top is moving up on … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Baron, G. Ernst; Bourree

Wednesday 7 March 2:50:32 UTC 2012

:bravo: I truly enjoyed hearing you play this delightful little piece.Thank you for performing for us. :merci: Kay :sorride:Statistics: Posted by KeMe — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 02:50 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Question about chip repair at soundhole (photo added)

Wednesday 7 March 2:45:41 UTC 2012

LBrandt wrote:Bob,Thanks again. But I still can't imagine myself sanding the area, because I will no doubt be sanding into the "good" area too. I assume that you recommend using the finest sandpaper that I can find? There is a paint supply store here that sells sandpaper (I think that it's intended for automotive use) that goes up to about … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Wednesday 7 March 0:22:47 UTC 2012

Very interesting, thank you all. I'll take a look at everything that was mentioned.Statistics: Posted by Tiago — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 00:22 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Sarabande Suite No 11 – Notes inegales

Wednesday 7 March 0:10:52 UTC 2012

Of course eights and dotted eights were just an exemple. It could be sixteenths or whatever. Still one more thing: I was also thaught that the notes were 'unevenly uneven'…Maybe the French are crazy!Statistics: Posted by mikoguitar78 — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 00:10 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Sarabande Suite No 11 – Notes inegales

Wednesday 7 March 0:06:15 UTC 2012

Mozart once said that he astonished poeple because, when he was playing a slow movement as an adagio, he would use a tempo rubato, but his left hand remined strictly in measure, steady. How could this be possible without the use of uneven notes? How else can you create the illusion that the rythm is flowing, somethimes dragging, sometimes rushing, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Great Julian Bream Collection

Wednesday 7 March 0:04:29 UTC 2012

Looks like great deal. Thanks for the info!cheers,MatthiasStatistics: Posted by Matthias Bober — Wednesday 07 March 2012, 00:04 am [Link]

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    • 1 Richard Corr // Feb 11, 2010 at %I:%M %p

      To dmslabbert:

      Glad you liked the quality of the paper used in my books. You may be interested to know that the paper used was 105gsm Matt Art for the interior pages, with the cover printed on gloss 1/s lamination artboard at a weight 260gsm.

    • 2 John Hall // Apr 15, 2011 at %I:%M %p

      Thank you for the endorsement of my book of etudes. I have a new web site and hope you will find the blog interesting.

    • 3 Jorge al Najjar // May 28, 2011 at %I:%M %p

      Hi, and thanks for the post :) My work might not be the ‘Classical Guitar’ people are expecting, but somewhere in my head I did these videos with the aim of causing a sensation on the viewer similar to the one that might happen if you are a Tom & Jerry fan (as I am) and watch Beavis & Butthead with usual cartoon expectations in mind, and then ponder if that is a “real” cartoon (as I did). (And, yes, B&B is a great(est) cartoon ;) . Hope you enjoy, and there is a lot more coming.

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