John Gordon Ross

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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 • resonant buzzing in my Schaller tuners

Saturday 10 March 21:06:08 UTC 2012

I have an odd problem on one of my guitars. It has Schaller Hauser style tuning machines with ebony buttons. I'm finding that the sleeve over the shaft between the button and the worm gear is loose on the high e string machine, and the sleeve resonates whenever I play the f# on the 1st string, second fret. It's pretty … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Weather, Art and Guitar Music

Saturday 10 March 20:57:34 UTC 2012

GerardCousins wrote:Yes, I thought it would might be worth forming a duo or quartet to expand the possibilities.There's also Clumber Rain by Steve Marsh for duobut really, Cuban Landscape with Rain would be the best – maybe I can do something with my loop pedal!Doesn't the UK have enough rain? How about " Here comes the sun" by the Beatles?Statistics: … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Logy, J. A.; Aria – D04

Saturday 10 March 20:52:29 UTC 2012

Another nicely done gem. You play the pieces you share with such a nice musical touch.Statistics: Posted by Kenbobpdx — Saturday 10 March 2012, 20:52 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Two New Bach CDs

Saturday 10 March 20:49:27 UTC 2012

elhombre wrote:Thanks so much for posting this, Tocatta. Here's a youtube link of part of BWV 826http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z~ m –>The Naxos footage stops just before the fugal section. Here's the complete movement recorded in his house! (The fugue starts at 3:30.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q~ … re=relatedand the Capriccio:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5~ … re=relatedStatistics: Posted by Toccata — … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: D´Addario Dynacore VS Savarez Cantiga basses

Saturday 10 March 20:47:15 UTC 2012

Thanks for the comparative review. My spruce top did not like the Cantigas. They seemed dull and thuddy. I liked the J45 Composite basses and used J45s for years. I have a set of the Dynacores in the string box and look forward to trying them out in the near future. BTW, I liked the T2 trebles but found that … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Two New Bach CDs

Saturday 10 March 20:47:09 UTC 2012

elhombre wrote:Thanks so much for posting this, Tocatta. Here's a youtube link of part of BWV 826http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z~ m –>The Naxos footage stops just before the fugal section. Here's the complete movement recorded in his house! (The fugue starts at 3:30.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q~ … re=relatedStatistics: Posted by Toccata — Saturday 10 March 2012, 20:47 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Are there different types of Cedar trees?

Saturday 10 March 20:43:12 UTC 2012

The name "cedar" gets applied to a number of largely unrelated species. Spanish Cedar is a hardwood. The wood that has become popular for tops (both classical and steel string) is Western Redcedar, a softwood in the Cedar/Cypress (Cupressaceae) family. (Spanish or Mediterranean Cypress is in the same family). It's growth range is coastal Oregon to Alaska, with some inland … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Saturday 10 March 20:39:19 UTC 2012

Leo wrote:I was thinking of trying Augustine bass with Dogal regular tension treble. Does anyone have any opinion on them matching well, and if so what Augustine tension would match with regular tension Dogals?I will be stringing up Augustine Black basses (low tension) with the Dogal regular tensions this weekend. I think this combo will present a nice balanced tension … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Famous tunes inspired by classical pieces

Saturday 10 March 20:39:19 UTC 2012

Aryeh wrote:Malcolm Kavalsky wrote:I always get a kick out of recognizing when songs have been "remixed" from the classics, some that I can think of are:[*]God Save the Queen – Sor Etude 10 op.6 (Maesto section)[/*]Any others ?I'm pretty sure the melody to God Save The Queen was around long before Sor used it, there's a keyboard suite by Handel … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Fernando Sor • Re: Sor, Fernando; op.35/17 Exercice, Segovia no.6 – D04- Vi

Saturday 10 March 20:36:40 UTC 2012

So full of tension, especially the right hand pinky.Your rhythm is also odd and unmusical.One must be able to play well before they dare to call themselves a teacher.HStatistics: Posted by Hybrid — Saturday 10 March 2012, 20:36 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Are there different types of Cedar trees?

Saturday 10 March 19:32:03 UTC 2012

What Continents are Cedar trees found? They must vary in characteristics. Are they abundant in Spain? What does Luthier look for in cedar top for excellent sound? Tight grain, density? Once a piece is cut how long does it have to sit to dry and let moisture escape? Is this drying process closely monitored and controlled?Statistics: Posted by cool09 — … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Dogal strings…. WOW!

Saturday 10 March 19:28:41 UTC 2012

I was thinking of trying Augustine bass with Dogal regular tension treble. Does anyone have any opinion on them matching well, and if so what Augustine tension would match with regular tension Dogals?Statistics: Posted by Leo — Saturday 10 March 2012, 19:28 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Madrid vs Granada

Saturday 10 March 19:20:25 UTC 2012

Michael Thames wrote:There is a leaf from a tree that grows on the north side of the Alhambra, that when mixed with the French polish, on the new moon, imparts to every guitar that world famous Granda school sound…… this leaf when used properly distinguishes between two spruce guitars made identically one will possess the world famous un-mistakable Granada sound, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Two New Bach CDs

Saturday 10 March 19:00:30 UTC 2012

Toad wrote:I agree, so disappointed with this CD because of the sound. Haven't played it since the first listen.Well, I wouldn't go that far since I like the music so much, but it would be far more enjoyable if I liked his tone.Statistics: Posted by Toccata — Saturday 10 March 2012, 19:00 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: What changes when the Key changes

Saturday 10 March 18:45:38 UTC 2012

granadina wrote:Can we deny that it perceptibly alters the feel of music once it is shifted to another key ?Well, assuming the listener doesn't have perfect pitch and assuming the music is played on an instrument whose tonal characteristics are neutral, like the piano, then no, transposing a piece from one key to another will have no effect whatsoever on … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Logy, J. A.; Aria – D04

Saturday 10 March 18:44:59 UTC 2012

Very pleasant! :-)Statistics: Posted by ArthurG — Saturday 10 March 2012, 18:44 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: technique modification after all these years

Saturday 10 March 18:41:52 UTC 2012

Tom Poore wrote:LFP wrote:Changes to technique are actually easier than most realise.At the risk of coming off as a curmudgeon, I have to disagree with this. Of course it depends on whether one is making a fundamental change or merely tweaking. But in my experience, both with other players and with myself, changing one's technique is a long, painstaking, and … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: La Catedral…

Saturday 10 March 18:32:13 UTC 2012

Google docs allows you to share documents with people directly, or anyone who has the URL. I recently shared an mp3 of my playing with friends that way.Statistics: Posted by adrianh — Saturday 10 March 2012, 18:32 pm [Link]

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

Saturday 10 March 18:22:13 UTC 2012

An indirect soulution to some of these issues (ie you know what to do but the the fingers are not yet 100% obedient ) is to take a few weeks away from the piece (no matter how much you love it :wink: ) And work at a couple of new pieces. On returning to it the fingers will have learned new … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Two New Bach CDs

Saturday 10 March 18:17:01 UTC 2012

Toccata wrote:Cincy2 wrote:Toccata wrote: The only downside for me is the hideous tone of his Smallman. The nasal/plastic tone all but ruins his performances. I've noticed the young players who choose this instrument tend to have virtually no tonal variation–there's little sense of sul tasto or ponticello. Are Smallman guitars incapable of such tones, or is it a coincidence that … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Happy 125th birthday, Heitor Villa Lobos

Saturday 10 March 16:52:08 UTC 2012

Erik Zurcher wrote:In my opinion he hasn't composed an uninteresting piece.Etude #4 comes close….. Only a scant few players can make this one sound good, otherwise it's a snore-fest.Statistics: Posted by David_Norton — Saturday 10 March 2012, 16:52 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Musical Games • Re: D03, X players, 5 notes in one measure, 3/4 time, 2 voic

Saturday 10 March 16:49:26 UTC 2012

Nice one Ned! No rules broken :)Statistics: Posted by Marko Räsänen — Saturday 10 March 2012, 16:49 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Happy 125th birthday, Heitor Villa Lobos

Saturday 10 March 16:46:39 UTC 2012

mae wrote:cool09 wrote:Did he play the guitar?Yes.Yes, he did enough to compose for Andres Segovia! If anyone is interested in knowing a little bit more about Villa-Lobos, here is an interview conducted by Andy Summers with Turibio Santos, the director of the museum Villa-Lobos, about the master himself!http://www.andysummers.com/villa~ m –>Statistics: Posted by msilva12000 — Saturday 10 March 2012, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: strength of spruce top

Saturday 10 March 16:44:03 UTC 2012

With a digital tuner takes less than a minute to tune up into the note and if you play with other people you've got to tune anyway. My concern is for the CG's neck over time…maybe decades, but it will happen if you plan on keeping your guitar and storing it without detuning and I'm talking 2 turns not unwinding … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings from the 'Burgh

Saturday 10 March 16:43:20 UTC 2012

Hi Wil,Welcome to the Delcamp Classical Guitar forum.There are lots of late starters here, and lots who started early, had a break, then re-started in retirement. I am sure you will find plenty in common with many of our members. You probably know that this forum is a great resource for everything to do with classical guitar, but do read … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings from the 'Burgh

Saturday 10 March 16:33:04 UTC 2012

Welcome aboard Wil. Lots of great resources and people on this Forum–from around the world!Statistics: Posted by FHC — Saturday 10 March 2012, 16:33 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Good to be back!

Saturday 10 March 16:30:55 UTC 2012

Welcome back! I also took about a 20-year hiatus from the guitar. I focused on the steel-string back then. But when I returned I fell in love with th CG and have not looked back since–about four years now.Statistics: Posted by FHC — Saturday 10 March 2012, 16:30 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: M. Guo Yuling guitar any experience

Saturday 10 March 16:27:29 UTC 2012

I have been impressed with Frederich Holtier's Double-Top guitars.Statistics: Posted by FHC — Saturday 10 March 2012, 16:27 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: What are the best mics to record CG?

Saturday 10 March 16:23:17 UTC 2012

The NT4 is just as good as the NT5's but a little less flexible due to the fixed xy setup. I think you will hear a bigger difference by recording in a nice space than you will from buying more expensive mics. Something like a zoom H4N with 2 XLR inputs would be more portable and let you experiment with … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings from Costa Rica

Saturday 10 March 16:01:02 UTC 2012

Hello Andy,Welcome to the Delcamp classical guitar forum.You seem to know a lot about the forum already, but please be sure to have a look at our welcome page for more information about the forum and its rules. Your enthousiasm is already evident so I am sure you will enjoy your time here!Statistics: Posted by George Crocket — Saturday 10 … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: M. Guo Yuling guitar any experience

Saturday 10 March 14:18:47 UTC 2012

Andre,I played one of his double top in China few months back. To be honest with you, I don't feel it has that kind of power, dynamics range, projection and tonal color of that you can expect from a true double top guitar.I always tell people. You pay peanut you get monkey. Very simple rule in the open market.If you … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Things are different on the forum than in real life …

Saturday 10 March 14:18:46 UTC 2012

Well said, Mr DeCamp. Mean, angry words are like nails pounded in a board. You can apologize and pull them out, but that hole remains. Even if patched with an apology, you can still see the visible wound. Thank you for being the one forum moderator/owner that I have ever seen to say something about this. :bravo:Statistics: Posted by 22Frets — … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Good to be back!

Saturday 10 March 14:18:45 UTC 2012

I'm not familiar with Skywatcher. I've got the Edmund Scientific Astroscan and the ES 2.4 in refractor. I'm currently in the building of a 10" Dobsonian.Statistics: Posted by Jackson Hewitt — Saturday 10 March 2012, 14:11 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: strength of spruce top

Saturday 10 March 14:18:44 UTC 2012

Sounds like a real pain to have to pull guitars out and tune them before playing. My guitar sits out on the stand, stays in tune… I just pick it up and play it. To each their own I guess.Statistics: Posted by AdamX — Saturday 10 March 2012, 14:10 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Musical Games • Re: D03, X players, 5 notes in one measure, 3/4 time, 2 voic

Saturday 10 March 14:18:43 UTC 2012

Hi folksHere is my effort. I hope I followed the rules! target="_blank">object YoutubeNedStatistics: Posted by Ned Henderson — Saturday 10 March 2012, 14:08 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: My Guitar Project I

Saturday 10 March 14:18:42 UTC 2012

Finn wrote:HNLim wrote:Some one highlighted this to me before I started the project, but as I have said I am not afraid to give it a try. This is what makes life interesting.Lim, If you have made due diligence before buying, then there is nothing to lose. We learnt from experience.tony soprano wrote:Finn wrote:If you google, here is some discussion … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: My Guitar Project I

Saturday 10 March 14:18:41 UTC 2012

HNLim wrote:James Lister wrote:If there are any issues that the customer is not happy with, it is best to take these up with the maker before discussing them in detail on a public forum.JamesI am not mentioning the maker neither am I going to make a claim. It is only some money spent. In Hokkien there is another famous saying…Jia … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • M. Guo Yuling guitar any experience

Saturday 10 March 14:18:40 UTC 2012

Hello everybody,in a view to remain active, here is my question .. any concret experience of the new double top guitar from M. Guo Yulong.Best regardsAndréStatistics: Posted by dadsb — Saturday 10 March 2012, 13:58 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Madrid vs Granada

Saturday 10 March 14:18:39 UTC 2012

There is a leaf from a tree that grows on the north side of the Alhambra, that when mixed with the French polish, on the new moon, imparts to every guitar that world famous Granda school sound…… this leaf when used properly distinguishes between two spruce guitars made identically one will possess the world famous un-mistakable Granada sound, and the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: My Guitar Project I

Saturday 10 March 14:18:38 UTC 2012

HNLim wrote:chelson wrote: If the luthier over in Washington is not a Chinese, then I really admire how he can understand exactly on the headstock design, especially the Chinese character. Despite the subjective design, personally felt the headstock was impressive in term of workmanship.I'm also anxious about its sound, which personally felt is the most important part of a guitar.I … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Giving away sheet music

Saturday 10 March 11:49:24 UTC 2012

HiSuccessfully despatched all of the packages now, with one exception*. Estimated delivery outside the UK – about 5 days. I hope you all enjoy them, and thanks for your kind comments in PMs*Brian99 – please PM me; your postal address slipped out of my inbox (it draws the line at 10 items) so I need it again to be able … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: What changes when the Key changes

Saturday 10 March 11:45:15 UTC 2012

byronz wrote:I think the guitar sounds different when you play a piece say in Eminor and then in D minor. In Dm it sounds grave, and sombre where as in Em it is more 'luminous'. There was a version of the Bach Ciaccone in Em. It sounds more guitaristic.(And it solves the problem of the unresolved flattened seventh in first … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Search for classical guitar sheet music • Sheet music shop in Buenos Aires

Saturday 10 March 11:44:42 UTC 2012

My wife and I are in Buenos Aires for vacation. I am in the habit (whenever we go away on vacation) of dropping in to a music store and buying a piece of sheet music as a souvenir. I have had a difficult time finding ANY stores that sell guitar sheet music. Even Casa Nunez, who had many guitars, had … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • What are the best mics to record CG?

Saturday 10 March 11:32:30 UTC 2012

A pair of Neumann km184 is next step after a Rode Nt5 pair. I dont think adding an extra nt5 will give you any significant change to the nt4-stereo mic, so I would save the moneyThey are close to 800£ I think….Statistics: Posted by Kristian Nøhr — Saturday 10 March 2012, 11:02 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Search for classical guitar sheet music • Re: Score book with pop tunes arranged for 2 guitars ???

Saturday 10 March 11:13:26 UTC 2012

Hi Yasmine, I have a score book titled "Solo, Duo, Trio" with music arranged by Nigel Paterson for sole guitar, accompanying guitar and bass. "ISBN 0 86359 073 X" published by International Music Publications. The book contains 12 pieces including "Feelings", "Cavatina" and "Memory (Cats)". Nicely arranged with scores for solo guitar, accompanying guitar and bass. My partner and I use … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Graf, alessi or rodgers tuners????

Saturday 10 March 10:40:13 UTC 2012

erictjie wrote:…Has anyone own any aluminium based tuners before?Look at the pictures of Toccata's Hilhorst guitar. The tuners shown are Gotoh 35AR510AM tuners with hard aluminium base plate, gold finish and aluminium anti-friction rollers. Their weight is specified with app. 130 grams.Statistics: Posted by es335 — Saturday 10 March 2012, 10:10 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Greetings from Cologne

Saturday 10 March 10:26:20 UTC 2012

Hello,My name is Yuval, I'm studying guitar since october at the highschool for music in Cologne, Germany, with Ansgar Krause. I'm mainly interested in music from the Renaissance and Barock, along with contemporary music and music from the early 20th century, like Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Moreno-Torroba, Ponce etc.Looking for a big guitar forum I found this one, which really seams to me … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical guitar recording and amplification • Re: What are the best mics to record CG?

Saturday 10 March 10:21:13 UTC 2012

I didn't say I had any problem personally. I'm just raising the question "what is the best mic', set up to record the CG. I'm always trying to improve the sound.The preamp I get with the focusrite soundcard is actually very good indeed. The only problem is that it only has two XLR inputs, and one stereo Rode NT4 needs … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Contemporary music • Re: Stewart, Peter; In Dance She Dreams

Saturday 10 March 10:11:33 UTC 2012

Amazing matthew. Really stunning musicality, you play with such delicacy and that really comes out in your playing. Its like your telling a story. Thanks for posting this.Statistics: Posted by dmcharg — Saturday 10 March 2012, 09:41 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of S. L. Weiss • Re: Weiss, S. L.; Fantaisie – D08 – Video

Saturday 10 March 10:06:08 UTC 2012

Very nice. As you say, not perfect – but it does look like quite a challenging piece, your timing is very good.I expect that very soon you will have it absolutely spot on, Well done!Statistics: Posted by davidmoutrie — Saturday 10 March 2012, 09:36 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • La Catedral…

Saturday 10 March 8:50:44 UTC 2012

I can't see it, says 'this video is private'Statistics: Posted by Kristian Nøhr — Saturday 10 March 2012, 06:31 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: What are the best mics to record CG?

Saturday 10 March 8:45:25 UTC 2012

Maybe there should be a relevant section on recording. I must say I find this forum quite user unfriendly.Budjet could vary from £200 to £800 or more.If one knows the options one can save to achieve the desired goal.Statistics: Posted by byronz — Saturday 10 March 2012, 08:45 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Saturday 10 March 8:41:36 UTC 2012

Yes, Mark Delpriora's transcription of the double fugue that closes Haydn's Creation.I sincerely hope someone takes the trouble to record the entire Rekhin cycle some day. :) I don't think Rekhin is a guitarist, which would mean Koshkin's set will be the first contrapuntal cycle that I know of to have been composed by a guitarist. I don't think Koshkin plays … [Link]

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

Saturday 10 March 8:39:42 UTC 2012

On a kind of related note…but not in the same way. The piece I have been rattling on about in the above posts requires me to use the little finger on the left hand a lot and I have noticed that when moving from one position to another I often get, instead of a nice clean tone, a rather muted … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Saturday 10 March 8:33:03 UTC 2012

I didn't thought of Rekhin's P&F ! I've got them, and he's done a good job. They're not that hard to learn and well written (I don't think Rekhin is a guitarist). It's nowhere near Bach's or Shostakovtich's Preludes and fugues but they're nice pieces.Now that I think of it, there's, at Editions Orphée, a sheet of a reconstruction of … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Why not a classical guitar with a Tailpiece?

Saturday 10 March 8:32:01 UTC 2012

A Jazz guitar is attempting to mimic the engineered principles of the violin, think of violin pizzicato and acoustic jazz guitar whilst not amplified. Do you want an acoustically amplified version of that sound?As the strings of the classical guitar vibrate they pull up on the top and push down alternatively, this is because the strings are rooted into the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Graf, alessi or rodgers tuners????

Saturday 10 March 8:27:36 UTC 2012

Hi Delcampers,Using Alessi on my guitars….flamenco style…for my next guitar i would choose high end Alessi as many luthiers prefer these-not to take anything awayfrom any other tuners of course 8)Statistics: Posted by rounie — Saturday 10 March 2012, 08:27 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: What are the best mics to record CG?

Saturday 10 March 8:14:24 UTC 2012

Indeed, it has been covered in numerous threads. Anyway, what is your budget?Statistics: Posted by Toccata — Saturday 10 March 2012, 08:14 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: What changes when the Key changes

Saturday 10 March 7:22:02 UTC 2012

Over the centuries concert pitch has changed by as much as one tone and a half. Bach who worked in different cities used to play on organs that were tuned one whole tone apart. Today A=440 which is higher than the A in Mozart's or Beethoven's time. This means that as long as you play a piece a semitone or … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • What are the best mics to record CG?

Saturday 10 March 7:07:15 UTC 2012

Maybe this has been covered already, but the question is what is the best microphone(s) to record the classical guitar?I use a rode NT4 which is a stereo mic, and which I place about 250mm away from the guitar. My preamp is a Focusrite Saphire PC soundcard.You can listen to the results on my website.What do you use?Do you record … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: Free Bass Strings

Saturday 10 March 6:19:25 UTC 2012

pogmoor wrote:As an aside I can say I've become a fan of Dave Hepple's Oasis GPX strings – I've used several sets on my Les Backshall guitar (cedar top, lattice braced) and find them excellent. I shall certainly try these new basses!That's a comment I can embrace. Dave is doing something here at Delcamp that I really admire: he's spending … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: What changes when the Key changes

Saturday 10 March 6:01:36 UTC 2012

When the key gets changed, it often means you are no longer living in that house. This can be confirmed by a quick lookaround. if your stuff is in boxes, well OK, maybe there's room to discuss a peaceful settlement. If your stuff is strewn all around the yard, that's a definite sign things are not going at all well. … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: What changes when the Key changes

Saturday 10 March 5:20:39 UTC 2012

Listening to the same piece played in a different key will almost always have a different effect on me, and I'd say the difference is almost always annoying :evil: [But: If a piece is played in the same key but at a materially different tempo, the difference can sometimes provide the more enjoyable listening experience. So my conclusion is that key ... [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • How do you practice?

Saturday 10 March 4:29:41 UTC 2012

I was wondering how much variation there is in practice techniques amongst classical guitarists. I warm up for 10 mins with some familiar piece, playing it at differing tempos, starting with slow. Then I find a more difficult part of another piece that I am working on, and set a short term goal to play it perfectly, entering and exiting … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Saturday 10 March 4:28:44 UTC 2012

Fabio Rizza wrote:Tiago wrote:Thank you Fabio. I've noticed now that Boije has the Orgelfuge arr. by Mertz, very nice fugue and easy too. It's a pity the ending…Boije? No, the manuscript is in the Rischel & Birket-Smith collection.http://img.kb.dk/ma/RiBSms/RiBSm~ m –>A 1908 engraving of this piece is available from the Petrucci music library: http://imslp.org/wiki/Fugue_in_A_mi~ Posted by Nick Payne — … [Link]

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

Saturday 10 March 4:16:27 UTC 2012

Tonyyyyy wrote:Important (for me) is understanding the structure and chord patterns. It helps perhaps most to add another layer of security to Larry's three tiers of 'muscle memory'Most definitely. Motor memory is only one of the strategies I employ. Here is Simon Salz 15 tips on memorization again. They have worked for me, anyway.http://books.google.com/books?id~ … &q&f=falseAll … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: strength of spruce top

Saturday 10 March 4:06:04 UTC 2012

I respect the luthiers on this site for technical info but I also own a 1976 Sakurai No.10 (great guitar!) cedar top that the previous owner used high tension strings and never detuned even when storing! By The time I acquired the guitar the neck had pulled up moderately and now requires some work so I do the 2 turns … [Link]

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

Saturday 10 March 3:27:57 UTC 2012

KevinCollins wrote:….Considering that the Noad book was written in the 70's, many things have changed since then, in regard to sound. Namely, we play with an articulated sound. If you listen to or talk to the top five players in the world, they will agree on the importance of an articulated sound. And surely the top five players in the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Tension and Weather

Saturday 10 March 3:24:29 UTC 2012

Not only does the temp/humidity fluctuations affect our beloved instruments-It also has the same effect on our ears and the way we perceive sound. This can help explain why sometimes our guitars just don't sound as good as other times.Many guitarists have two different saddles for their guitar. Seems like a good solution to me!Statistics: Posted by mikfik — Saturday … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Tom Prisloe and Pavan guitars still around?

Saturday 10 March 2:12:02 UTC 2012

Hi Wil, welcome to the forum. Could I invite you to introduce yourself here?GeoffStatistics: Posted by GeoffB — Saturday 10 March 2012, 02:12 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Fretless Guitar

Saturday 10 March 2:10:17 UTC 2012

Hi seyfulislam, welcome to the forum. Could I invite you to introduce yourself here?GeoffStatistics: Posted by GeoffB — Saturday 10 March 2012, 02:10 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: guitar music by jewish composers

Saturday 10 March 2:08:21 UTC 2012

Hi Yuval, welcome to the forum. Could I invite you to introduce yourself here?GeoffStatistics: Posted by GeoffB — Saturday 10 March 2012, 02:08 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: My Guitar Project I

Saturday 10 March 1:55:46 UTC 2012

HNLim wrote:Some one highlighted this to me before I started the project, but as I have said I am not afraid to give it a try. This is what makes life interesting.Lim, If you have made due diligence before buying, then there is nothing to lose. We learnt from experience.tony soprano wrote:Finn wrote:If you google, here is some discussion that … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Saturday 10 March 1:20:10 UTC 2012

It's a pragmatic consideration to make the pieces more likely to get some performances. I've made a point of making sure all of my Ps & Fs are worked out as much on the guitar as on the page so I know they can be played. That said, I understand that some guitarists may find them less physically demanding as … [Link]

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

Saturday 10 March 0:54:53 UTC 2012

[quote="Luis_Br"] Famous memory specialist Tony Buzan shows an interesting memory retention trend over 1 hour of study, and it is interesting to understand this concept (I recommend reading his "The memory book") …..- Use visualization (mental practice) together with real practice;- Use as much memory senses as you can (muscle, visual, musical, logical etc.) and develop visualization practice of them … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: strength of spruce top

Saturday 10 March 0:38:39 UTC 2012

Alan Carruth wrote:Forgive the rant…Go ahead…have another one for me!Statistics: Posted by Trevor Gore — Saturday 10 March 2012, 00:38 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Fugues

Saturday 10 March 0:17:37 UTC 2012

Great! Tell us when you post them.Why are you reworking them into duets? Because of the difficulty?edit. ok i've found your preludes and fugues.Statistics: Posted by Tiago — Saturday 10 March 2012, 00:17 am [Link]

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

Saturday 10 March 0:07:01 UTC 2012

Soltifefa, your post hits the spot. I've been thinking that I need to enter a phase of focusing on a smaller number of pieces, and my teacher has been counseling the same. But your comments on the Jobs policy is additionally insightful and persuasive. Thanks!Statistics: Posted by 7snider7 — Saturday 10 March 2012, 00:07 am [Link]

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    • 1 Richard Corr // Feb 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

      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 11:34 pm

      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 7:53 pm

      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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