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 » Public Space • Re: Arabic/Oud-like Music?

Monday 16 April 23:43:55 UTC 2012

Hi ResIpsa,This was probably alright in Search for sheet music, but I've moved it here per your request.Our member "sxedio" has contributed a few such pieces to the forum. Go to Our scores for classical guitar, scroll down to the bottom of the page and sort by "author" – "descending". His compositions will show up on the first page.Hope that … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: String-ties

Monday 16 April 23:34:03 UTC 2012

Hi Arminabd and welcome!I've never heard of string-ties before, but I'm sure someone here has had some experience with them. I'll be looking forward to learning about them!While you're waiting, may I invite you to tell us a bit more about yourself in the "Introduce yourself" section here?You will get a proper welcome and some tips on how to get … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Concerts, Competitions and Conventions • 2012-07-01 Summer Guitar School – Karlovac (Croatia)

Monday 16 April 23:32:57 UTC 2012

This Summer Guitar School in Karlovac (Croatia) is mostly for younger guitarists. It last from July 1st to July 6th and includes a variety of concerts, student performances, masterclasses, guitar orchestra (made out of the participants) concert at the end.The instructors: Miroslav Loncar, Natasha Klasinc-Loncar, Zarko Ignjatovic, Armin Abdihodzic.You can find more info on the websitehttp://mysite.verizon.net/mlonca~ m –>Statistics: … [Link]

About.com Guitar » YouTube: Really Great Gotye Cover

Monday 16 April 23:32:36 UTC 2012

For the few of you who have not already seen this, you owe it to yourself to check out this video of the Canadian-based band Walk Off the Earth playing Gotye's "Somebody that I Used to Know"…Read Full Post [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Paco Castillo Guitars

Monday 16 April 20:51:38 UTC 2012

Hi,do you know how much the model 205 and the 204 differ in terms of sound? I played once both in a shop, and they were very close sound wise, the model 204 even with more bass power and good trebles. But maybe it was just luck ad i got an outstanding guitar from the lot…. Since the shop only … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Search for classical guitar sheet music • Re: Solo pieces for octave classical guitar

Monday 16 April 20:51:21 UTC 2012

Octave guitar! That would be the exact right guitar for this Bach score:viewtopic.php?f=12&t=67668It is the Harpsichord Concert in A and I always think it would even sound nicer when the guitar could play in the same octave as the piano.Statistics: Posted by musikai — Monday 16 April 2012, 20:51 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Opinions on the Alhambra Linea Profesional?

Monday 16 April 20:45:36 UTC 2012

Hello,i am thinking about to buy an Alhambra Linea Profesional Guitar, but would like to know how they compare to a Paco Castillo 205 since they get so good comments.Anyone had the chance to compare them both? Thanks a lot :DStatistics: Posted by el_guitarrero — Monday 16 April 2012, 20:45 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar for Sale • Re: US $.1750 Cervantes Crossover I cedar 2012, Nashville

Monday 16 April 20:37:42 UTC 2012

Supperconductor wrote:Typically a narrower neck at the nut than most classical, in this case 48mm than the traditional 52mm.Correct, most also have a slightly radiused fingerboard as this one does at 16".Statistics: Posted by Dyingsea — Monday 16 April 2012, 20:37 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Question about Alhambra luthier models

Monday 16 April 20:34:00 UTC 2012

Rounie and Irfan – First off, I want to say that I'm not a professional player – just a passionate hobbiest. As before, the guitars you were comparing to the Alhambra Luthier are quite a bit more expensive and the Luthiers may have put more time put in, ie french polish, more detail, ect.. I played many guitars in the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Krylov, Andrei; First Noble Truth

Monday 16 April 20:29:28 UTC 2012

giftson wrote:Beautiful piece …. Thanks for sharingThanks for your nice words !Statistics: Posted by AndreiKrylov — Monday 16 April 2012, 20:29 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 20:22:27 UTC 2012

You mentioned dynamic rtange… Is the action relatively low on your guitar? I have found that on mine, I need a slightly high action (4.2/3.3) to get the range I'm looking for. Any lower than that and it just starts to sound 'compressed' (for lack of a better word). Probably the standard 4/3 action would be sufficient for most guitars … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Search for classical guitar sheet music • Arabic/Oud-like Music?

Monday 16 April 20:21:20 UTC 2012

I was wondering whether there are any composers who've composed pieces with an Eastern sound to them? Somewhat attempting to replicate the general sounds produced by an Oud. Trying to branch out a little in my playing!Edit: I think this may be more suitable in the Public Space, would appreciate it if moved :)Statistics: Posted by ResIpsa — Monday 16 April … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Segovia criticism – secrets people don't want you to kno

Monday 16 April 20:15:15 UTC 2012

Well said paul. The debate about Segovia in many ways is similar to the debate about the Chaconne being better on one instrument or another. Both are subjective debates. Sometimes I prefer guitar, sometimes I prefer violin. It all depends on whose playing it. I've heard versions on both that could make me weep and likewise some I found unbearable. … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Romantic and Modern music • Re: Granados, Enrique; op.37/02 Oriental – D08 Video

Monday 16 April 20:10:54 UTC 2012

I've just listened to this – 5 minutes of reflective bliss. Thanks!Statistics: Posted by ArthurG — Monday 16 April 2012, 20:10 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Choosing a Classical Guitar – English Makers

Monday 16 April 19:13:01 UTC 2012

Thanks for posting the link, always interesting to hear how these sound. Did you find one you particularly liked?Regards TimStatistics: Posted by OldPotter — Monday 16 April 2012, 19:13 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 19:10:07 UTC 2012

but I wanted to know "why" it sounded this way.I would like to know too, but at the moment we only have rough answers. Traditional fan braced guitars don't all have "the" sound. Bernabe doesn't use fan bracing. Sometimes cedar sounds like spruce. Still, good luck and best wishes for your search.Regards TimStatistics: Posted by OldPotter — Monday 16 April … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Question about changing strings to eliminate D string bu

Monday 16 April 18:55:14 UTC 2012

rojarosguitar wrote:I use a macro function of my digital pocket camera (my eyes are not that good) Well that's a great general tip, thanks.Statistics: Posted by Supperconductor — Monday 16 April 2012, 18:55 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar for Sale • Re: US $.1750 Cervantes Crossover I cedar 2012, Nashville

Monday 16 April 18:50:23 UTC 2012

Typically a narrower neck at the nut than most classical, in this case 48mm than the traditional 52mm.Statistics: Posted by Supperconductor — Monday 16 April 2012, 18:50 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Is it spruce or is it cedar? #X

Monday 16 April 18:48:05 UTC 2012

Steve, thanks for posting this beautiful music …Having started this game I should take part from this side, too.I'm not familiar with many other guitars apart from those I'm playing, but I'll take the risk of guessing: I'd say it is a lattice braced spruce top (???).best wishesRobertStatistics: Posted by rojarosguitar — Monday 16 April 2012, 18:48 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Why Getting Excited is a Bad Idea

Monday 16 April 18:47:46 UTC 2012

A common trait shared by sucessful guitarists i have met is the abillity to remain calm and unexcited.Whether their playing goes well or not they simply observe themselves, take mental notes about any areas of concern and then move on.During practice they address weaknesses and enjoy their strengths without any overt emotional response.Good days and bad days no longer exist. … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 18:36:50 UTC 2012

Guitar wrote:"… the public, in spite of paying lip-service to handwork, really wants aesthetic perfection and 'tradition' doesn't make allow it to be economically viable. "Once again, I find myself agreeing with Guitar. The prevailing current aesthetic is based on a 'production' standard of workmanship, not a 'craft ' one. For the 'craft' approach you have to talk to violin … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Narváez, Luys de; Fantasia del quatro tono; Vihuela – Vi

Monday 16 April 18:36:11 UTC 2012

Valéry Sauvage wrote:The tuning is the same as the lute: GCFADG (but can be one tone higher, or lower too, including tuning in EADF#BE), six courses, with or without octaves on the 6th and 5th, and top may be single or double (sources vary a lot, so very open to choose for the musician.) Mine does have octave and single … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: In tune?

Monday 16 April 18:10:10 UTC 2012

I just tried for the umpteenth time Augustine Regals. Love the sound but I seem to spend more time trying to keep the G and B strings in tune than playing them. So frustrating when you play certain things that require the length of the neck. I wish they would find some way of getting more consistency, like the pro-artes.Anyone … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Fernando Sor • Re: Sor, Fernando; op.60/22 – D06 Video – UPDATED

Monday 16 April 18:07:18 UTC 2012

Many thanks to you both for taking the time to listen and comment, it's much appreciated and I'm glad it's to your liking :)Thanks for the feedback on the 'pause', Philip. It's one of those things that I did accidentally one time when I was practising and it seemed to fit nicely so I kept it in.Statistics: Posted by NylonStrung — … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Is it spruce or is it cedar? #X

Monday 16 April 17:29:45 UTC 2012

Pursuant to the threadhttp://www.classicalguitardel~ others in the series, I offer this recording, which just came to me yesterday from a student, recording for a scholarship application.http://ganzguitars.com/~ back and sides are EIR. It was recorded to a computer with a Shure SM57. No reverb or other sound effects have been added.The playing is quite musical. Enjoy!iisoiic?(see topic)Statistics: Posted by Steve Ganz … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Any information please

Monday 16 April 17:28:37 UTC 2012

Here's an article about Paracho:http://articles.orlandosentinel.~ … xican-townAnother from the "Westwind Hardwood, Inc" newsletter. Scroll down about 3/4 way (to "Our Mexican Road Trip…") for their visit to Jesus Fuerte's shop:http://westwindhardwood.createse~ … 38AC4859C/Statistics: Posted by Wesjr1 — Monday 16 April 2012, 17:28 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Is Classical Guitar dead?

Monday 16 April 17:27:31 UTC 2012

When I said the growth is in the rest of the world, take into account, one of the problems of how we perceive a certain type of music as popular or not is in comparing it to "pop" music. If you go by market share, then yes the classical music world is small, and classical guitar even smaller. But if … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 17:12:14 UTC 2012

Praeludium wrote:…particularly when you hear the vinyl scratches on historical recordings…File a little notch in the nail of your right hand middle finger and you can emulate those as well.LesStatistics: Posted by Les Backshall — Monday 16 April 2012, 17:12 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Is Classical Guitar dead?

Monday 16 April 17:05:20 UTC 2012

No I don't think its dead, it still has a large following given the fact that the Guitar is the most popular instrument in the world, there would be millions of people playing and a sizable percentage of them play CG maybe not at a high level. Usually a CG is the first Guitar a parent buys their child to … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Played A Miguel Rodriguez

Monday 16 April 17:01:16 UTC 2012

Recently I had a chance to play that Miguel Rodriguez again (made in 1980, judging from the little I know about wood cedar/EIR). It has undergone a repair which basically consisted in reinstalling a brace that was frivolously removed by a not so competent local luthier for whom it deemed unnecessary :twisted: What a big change. The guitar has come alive … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Narváez, Luys de; Fantasia del quatro tono; Vihuela – Vi

Monday 16 April 16:49:02 UTC 2012

Valery,Very nice. Beautiful instrument. I am curious – what is the tuning of the vihuela and how many courses does it have? I am somewhat familiar with the music but not the original instrument the music was played on.Statistics: Posted by Kenbobpdx — Monday 16 April 2012, 16:49 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: is playing without nails harder than playing with nails?

Monday 16 April 16:44:43 UTC 2012

Praeludium wrote:… BTW, McKillop has made a video about his technique where he explains everything (including what guitar he plays without nails), search for "balcarresguy guitar technique"….i just watched this and really enjoyed it. thank you.Statistics: Posted by mc1 — Monday 16 April 2012, 16:44 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 16:44:20 UTC 2012

Thanks for the suggestions !I don't know if I'm myself an old school player lol. At least I can say I don't use the very flat (and tense) wrist many "new gen" guitarists use and that I use rest stroke and tonal shadings. The fact that it was recorded with an other technology than today is pretty apparent (particularly when … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Händel, G. F.; Sarabande – D08 Video

Monday 16 April 16:39:50 UTC 2012

Thank you for posting your video. I enjoyed it very much. Well done.Statistics: Posted by Traveller — Monday 16 April 2012, 16:39 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of J. S. Bach • Re: Bach, J. S.; BWV 1007 Prelude

Monday 16 April 15:34:34 UTC 2012

Hi Ramsey,I'm trying to add this piece to my portfolio, although I still don't quite yet have it mastered. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed your fluid performance.Regards from Dallas, TXKenStatistics: Posted by kvormwald — Monday 16 April 2012, 15:34 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Segovia criticism – secrets people don't want you to kno

Monday 16 April 15:28:19 UTC 2012

But if you see the Chapdelaine's moment with Segovia in another perspective. In part, Michael Chapdelaine's notoriety owes it tho the incident with Segovia. He himself, you would conclude, takes it now, in retrospective, with a much calmer attitude. He must know that the incident with Segovia did not destroy his career but rather added to it.Statistics: Posted by carlos … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: How much practice is required to be a skilled player?

Monday 16 April 15:26:16 UTC 2012

Nice dictum on practicing contributed to the famous cellist Pablo Casals: I practiced 30 years, 4 hours a day – now they call me a genius…By the way Casals autobiography "Joys and Sorrows" is a great read. In this book Casals reveals, how much stage fright he had. He was so nervous before his gigs, that he temporarilly even quit … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings From North Carolina

Monday 16 April 15:12:23 UTC 2012

Hi Chuck,I spent some time, really wonderful time, living in the small town of Waxhaw, NC just south of Charlotte near the SC border. My wife and I really enjoyed spending time both in the NC mountains as well as traveling to the beaches. Now, sigh, my career relocated me to Dallas, TX. I'm making the best of it even … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: New Book about biomechanics and psychology

Monday 16 April 15:12:15 UTC 2012

hahaha ok, I just remembered that I had put a link to one review! ;)Statistics: Posted by jeffdesrosby — Monday 16 April 2012, 15:12 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: How does kind of back-side wood change sound timbre&qual

Monday 16 April 14:57:58 UTC 2012

Isn't that what Extensions are for? Still have to send money, but hey, it's only money! :DStatistics: Posted by Waddy Thomson — Monday 16 April 2012, 14:57 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: New Book about biomechanics and psychology

Monday 16 April 14:55:30 UTC 2012

jeffdesrosby wrote:@ Kent, where did you read the Review? Just to be sure it's not one I missed…From your link above.Statistics: Posted by Kent — Monday 16 April 2012, 14:55 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Any information please

Monday 16 April 14:48:24 UTC 2012

Jesus H. Fuerte is a Paracho, Michoacán, México, luthier, with plenty of followers for his guitars.Statistics: Posted by carlos — Monday 16 April 2012, 14:48 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Sound ports

Monday 16 April 14:47:55 UTC 2012

I reinforced the inside with some spruce or basswood (2mm to 3mm thick and same grain direction as the side)Then I drilled the holes and use the coping /fret saw to cut to the pattern that I wanted ImageImageStatistics: Posted by senunkan — Monday 16 April 2012, 14:47 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Members' Compositions • Re: Bottai, Fausto; Certaldo (for flute and lute) Video

Monday 16 April 14:42:08 UTC 2012

KeMe wrote:roses.jpgAnother wonderful duet, Fausto. I really love the melody of this piece. :casque: Thank you for sharing the music of your heart with us again, we shall treasure it. :merci: Kay :sorride:Thanks for your usual kindness, KeMe :bye:Statistics: Posted by fausto bottai — Monday 16 April 2012, 14:42 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: New Book about biomechanics and psychology

Monday 16 April 13:36:00 UTC 2012

Let me know what you think about it! If you need more information or reference on something, don't hesitate to ask your questions! It will be a pleasure for me to try to help you or to give you the right references! :D Cordially,Jean-François DesrosbyStatistics: Posted by jeffdesrosby — Monday 16 April 2012, 13:36 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: New Book about biomechanics and psychology

Monday 16 April 13:35:15 UTC 2012

Let me know what you think about it! If you need more information or reference on something, don't hesitate to ask your questions! It will be a pleasure for me to try to help you or to give you the right references!Cordially,Jean-François DesrosbyStatistics: Posted by jeffdesrosby — Monday 16 April 2012, 13:35 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our favourite websites • Mark Romero's new age guitar music

Monday 16 April 13:09:13 UTC 2012

This guy has some interesting compositions very new agey.Below is his website sampleshttp://markromeromusic.com/o~ Posted by Jay — Monday 16 April 2012, 13:09 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Choosing a Classical Guitar – English Makers

Monday 16 April 12:57:02 UTC 2012

Hey, I play a Stephen Frith guitar, definitely in the 'excellent but not well known' category – could you possibly PM me his contact details, I need an accurate valuation for insurance purposes.(How did you manage to find him, I kept coming up with out of date websites that looked like they'd been built and forgotten about years ago. He … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Deposit

Monday 16 April 12:54:15 UTC 2012

Did you have a written specification?Do you have a copy of that specification?Is it objectively different to that specification or subjectively different?Statistics: Posted by jnb — Monday 16 April 2012, 12:54 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Deposit

Monday 16 April 12:48:24 UTC 2012

You are in Malasia and the builder is in the US. Did you go to the USA to pick up the guitar, or did he send it – and where is the guitar now?Statistics: Posted by pogmoor — Monday 16 April 2012, 12:48 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Choosing a Classical Guitar – English Makers

Monday 16 April 12:43:30 UTC 2012

Hello guitarzebu,Welcome to the forum; that's a very interesting selection of English makers you've managed to visit. This country is lucky to have so many good makers – and there are more!You can find out a lot about the Delcamp forum by looking at this welcome page and a description of forum rules here. I'm sure other members would appreciate … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: The prime of Miss Jean Brodie and the guitar

Monday 16 April 12:33:30 UTC 2012

Chronologically it's a real stretch, but it may be a continuation of the teaching tradition for young ladies mentioned here; http://www.sorstudies.co.uk/prelude~ of Horestky in Edinburgh may have "begat" 2nd or 3rd gen teachers in the city)Statistics: Posted by PaulHardy — Monday 16 April 2012, 12:33 pm [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Choosing a Classical Guitar – English Makers

Monday 16 April 12:16:36 UTC 2012

I recently spent a week in England visiting a number of well-known and a couple of excellent but not-so-known makers. Here is the result in the form of a blog for all to see and hear:Guitars:http://guitarzebu.tumblr.com/Sound files:http://sound cloud.com/francis-montocchioOn the sound files site, click on "Sets" to get to the comparisons of the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Deposit

Monday 16 April 11:57:17 UTC 2012

Hi guys,I have paid a $1000 deposit to a luthier in Amherst MA about 15 months ago to build a guitar for me but at the end he built different guitar…which is totally not according to my specification and my liking. Do I have the rights to ask for a refund for my $1000 deposit? Well actually I did ask … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Segovia and his Legacy!!!

Monday 16 April 11:42:10 UTC 2012

Vlad Kosulin wrote:OK, speaking about 5 names which defined the CG through the 20th Century, let's make our bets!Mine: Segovia – created CG world as we know it, Bream – great player with a lot of great recordings, who revealed the huge amount of new music for CG (surpassed only by Segovia on this), Barrios – virtuoso, composer, and great … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 11:41:38 UTC 2012

My suggestion is to go to a very good dealer, someone who has a variety of guitars in stock that you can try. If you can't get to a dealer then spend a few hours looking online. You can listen to numerous sound samples at kent guitar classics, almost all recorded in similar circumstances. This will never be the same … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Practice Fatigue

Monday 16 April 11:31:45 UTC 2012

[quote="pmiklitz"]I admire musicians who can just pick up the guitar and play with hardly any warm-up at all, but they may be rare?I agree. I once attended a concert given by my old teacher, the late Robin Pearson. His arrival was delayed by fog but when he did turn up he went immediately on stage, tuned up, and delivered an … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Segovia criticism – secrets people don't want you to kno

Monday 16 April 11:27:26 UTC 2012

Vlad Kosulin wrote:Dillan_S wrote:Related to this point, I would like to add a comment about Bach on the guitar made to me by Yehudi Menuhin, the great American violinist, in Jerusalem in March 1979. He said, "the Segovia playing of the Bach Chaconne in D minor was, in a word, thick;"Who made this comment? Violinist? Of course, it is thick … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: How Do You Handle Butterflies?

Monday 16 April 11:09:30 UTC 2012

TomPage wrote:2) Truly believe that it is not about you; it is about the music (easy to say intellectually but ego is a tough monster). TomThis has been extremely helpful. At first, I could only intellectualize it, but over the past month I''ve gotten to the point where I can actually feel it. I can tell because when I'm playing … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Use of nails in playing the classical guitar • Re: Ping pong ball material changing after Olympics

Monday 16 April 10:09:27 UTC 2012

Oh forgot to mention, there are only effectively 3 factories in the world producing balls. Two in china (double fish and dhs), which OEM for everybody else. One in japan (certain types of nittaku premium).Most of the cheaper 2* balls from reputable manufacturers like double fish and double happiness are actually 3star balls (same process), but fail some roundness or … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Use of nails in playing the classical guitar • Ping pong ball material changing after Olympics

Monday 16 April 10:04:00 UTC 2012

As a table tennis player and therefore connoisseur of pingpong balls, I thought you guys might want to know that the ITTF (table tennis governing body) is intending to change the ball material after the Olympics to a non-celluloid material, apparently due to safety reasons in the ball factories. The new material should approximate the old one very well, and … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Segovia criticism – secrets people don't want you to kno

Monday 16 April 9:36:50 UTC 2012

I think I agree with rever.I have a few Segovia CDs (bought years ago when my interest in classical guitar started). I never listen to them now as there are so many technically perfect and virtuosic guitarists out there that, as a guitar player, I prefer to listen to.But I speak as a guitar player. The remaining 99.9% of the … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 9:34:17 UTC 2012

James Lister wrote:…even I use a router for a couple of jobs…The illusion is shattered!!LesStatistics: Posted by Les Backshall — Monday 16 April 2012, 09:34 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar technique • Re: Practice Fatigue

Monday 16 April 9:32:00 UTC 2012

It's kinda strange but I don't usually put the guitar down during a practice session. Instead, after about 30 to 45 mins, I usually stop practicing the piece I'm working on and play something just for fun for like 5 to 10 mins :) So most of the time people may catch me playing some Roland Dyens while practicing Spanish dance … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hello from Anchorage Alaska!

Monday 16 April 9:26:44 UTC 2012

Hi Cameron,Welcome to Delcamp!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 recording sections, all members' scores and levels 1 – 3 of the Delcamp … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Hello from Anchorage Alaska!

Monday 16 April 9:24:55 UTC 2012

My name is Cameron and I am finishing up my four year degree in Music Education, and of course I play and study the classical guitar. I've been doing so for almost ten years and five years of that was spent learning classical. I've been visiting this forum for a couple of months and enjoy the community because it seems … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Ratio of lessons to practice?

Monday 16 April 9:16:32 UTC 2012

I don't really think we can ever practice something "too much". So it depends on the person's interest on playing the guitar.Statistics: Posted by vinhngo — Monday 16 April 2012, 09:16 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: Gitaar Cirkel Leiderdorp (Netherlands)

Monday 16 April 9:13:45 UTC 2012

Hi Diana I would like to attend and even play something – but 22 April is impossible for me. Perhaps next time? Interested in the program for 22 April though,CheersRutgerStatistics: Posted by kloeten — Monday 16 April 2012, 09:13 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Music theory on CD?

Monday 16 April 9:04:50 UTC 2012

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I have purchased the great courses program on music theory and am finding it very interesting.Statistics: Posted by Whiteagle — Monday 16 April 2012, 09:04 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 8:56:43 UTC 2012

You're probably looking for a lightly built, fan braced guitar, and there are still plenty of makers building those. As lagartija says, it's then just a question of playing, and listening to, as many guitars as you can to help you come to a decision.I wouldn't worry about whether the guitar is entirely "hand-made" – very few are these days … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: African Music on Guitar

Monday 16 April 8:42:20 UTC 2012

Thank you for your positive responses! I am busy finishing up a short description of and argument for using tablature in certain instances and also how teachers could use tablatures as an indirect preparation for reading staff notation. I will post it here when its ready. I am also slowly preparing one of the kora pieces as a step by … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: New Book about biomechanics and psychology

Monday 16 April 7:25:42 UTC 2012

this is exactly the book I have been looking for for years! I suffer from near crippling performance anxiety at times and have been pretty baffled what to do (I have sought advice in many places but have yet to find an effective strategy), I am looking at your book on amazon right now, thank you!Statistics: Posted by strings911 — … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: African Music on Guitar

Monday 16 April 7:17:37 UTC 2012

Beautiful! Absolutely remarkable … I was always reluctant to go into tabulature reading, because it's so unfamiliar to me, but this is convincing … thanks for sharing!best wishesRobertStatistics: Posted by rojarosguitar — Monday 16 April 2012, 07:17 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: New website

Monday 16 April 7:12:07 UTC 2012

Lovely playing on that Baden Powell samba and a very nice looking site, thanks man!Statistics: Posted by strings911 — Monday 16 April 2012, 07:12 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: Sight reading – random notes exercice. html5 application

Monday 16 April 7:05:42 UTC 2012

That's a cool (and helpful) program man, thanks for sharing!Statistics: Posted by strings911 — Monday 16 April 2012, 07:05 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: African Music on Guitar

Monday 16 April 7:02:19 UTC 2012

wow man, that's beautiful! It'll be quite awhile before I work my way around to the scores, but I'll buy the album when it comes out! Your hard work and excellent playing are remarkable and impressive, thank you!Statistics: Posted by strings911 — Monday 16 April 2012, 07:02 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Question about Alhambra luthier models

Monday 16 April 7:01:13 UTC 2012

Hi rounie,Kolya Panhuyzen also make: French polish of shellac finish on the soundboard for optimum acoustic response, thinly applied lacquer finish on the sides and back for durability.Stay away alhambra, i know this brand guitar very very well, many of my friend (3 are india rosewood, 1 is the rio) using the luthier model, Not a real work shop guitar, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Narváez, Luys de; Fantasia del quatro tono; Vihuela – Vi

Monday 16 April 6:58:06 UTC 2012

Very beautiful sounding, Val. :)Statistics: Posted by JQ. — Monday 16 April 2012, 06:58 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Segovia criticism – secrets people don't want you to kno

Monday 16 April 6:50:16 UTC 2012

Well said, rever :bravo:. Your country friend has a better understanding of music than all of the Segovia critics put together :lol: I've heard many enjoyable performances of La Maja de Goya, but a listening of the particular Segovia recording I have (from the 'Deja Vu Definitive Gold' compilation set) instantly confirms there can be no comparison with Andres Segovia at his … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Händel, G. F.; Sarabande – D08 Video

Monday 16 April 6:37:08 UTC 2012

Hi Andreas,nice piece, nice interpretation and nice sound. :bravo: PetrStatistics: Posted by petr — Monday 16 April 2012, 06:37 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Opinion on Antonio Carvalho- 5S

Monday 16 April 6:24:29 UTC 2012

Good. I did a little homework but didn't have time to post. It turns out that you can pick them (antonio Carvalho5s) up (at a reduced price) brand new for mot much more than the one on E-beigh. And used from a very good salon dealer for about the same. I hope you enjoy the C9. I have eyed a … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Opinion on Antonio Carvalho- 5S

Monday 16 April 5:33:20 UTC 2012

Moot point now. Picked up a Cordoba C9 floor model for $424. I am so stoked. The Carvalho is still on e – b a y fo $449.Statistics: Posted by vognell — Monday 16 April 2012, 05:33 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Any experiment with "jumbo" size classical guitar bodies

Monday 16 April 5:31:44 UTC 2012

Wow… detailed explanation Alan. Thanks. Very imformative.Statistics: Posted by vognell — Monday 16 April 2012, 05:31 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Last chance to see – Transit of Venus

Monday 16 April 5:25:36 UTC 2012

The next transit of Venus is 5 or 6 June this year depending on where you are. If you miss is you'll have to wait until 11 December 2117!Some facts from Nick Lomb's book, Transit of Venus 1631 to the present.Transit of Venus, Nick Lomb wrote:* A transit occurs when a planet crosses the disc of the Sun as seen … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Public Space • Re: Segovia criticism – secrets people don't want you to kno

Monday 16 April 5:13:51 UTC 2012

Recently, I took a short trip with a country guitar player. I had various pieces down loaded on a USB, just for fun, I down loaded some of the same pieces played by different guitarists. My country friend criticized every version of Granados La Maja De Goya until Segovia came on, then he said "Quiet, turn that up. Now that … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Strings • Re: Question about changing strings to eliminate D string bu

Monday 16 April 5:13:28 UTC 2012

I use D'Addario strings and when new the D string will have a little buzz when played hard. Goes away after some playing time. However I agree with pvg, different brands and tensions work better on different guitars.Statistics: Posted by Dave1947 — Monday 16 April 2012, 05:13 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Early music • Re: Narváez, Luys de; Fantasia del quatro tono; Vihuela – Vi

Monday 16 April 5:12:25 UTC 2012

Thanks David ;-)Statistics: Posted by Valéry Sauvage — Monday 16 April 2012, 05:12 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bubinga

Monday 16 April 4:53:28 UTC 2012

Gotta agree about red guitars. I made a really nice sounding guitar using East Asian rosewood (D. bariensis), placed it with my favorite local retailer, and it seemed like it took forever to get out the door. And bariensis isn't anywhere near as red as bubinga. With regard to density and tone, it lines right up with Honduras rosewood.BobStatistics: Posted … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Word games • Re: Word chains

Monday 16 April 4:52:10 UTC 2012

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Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bubinga

Monday 16 April 4:46:11 UTC 2012

Brad Heinzen wrote:It's really, really red.My Kenny Hill Estudio 45S uses laminated bubinga for the back and sides. Just stain it on the dark side. Mine reminds me of highly-figured palo escrito.Statistics: Posted by GuitarVlog — Monday 16 April 2012, 04:46 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bubinga

Monday 16 April 4:41:49 UTC 2012

I've used bubinga for CG's, and I liked it a lot. It worked well, sounded great, and is quite reasonable in terms of cost. I don't mind the look, but it's definitely not something that I'd expect to be readily accepted in the CG marketplace. It's really, really red.Statistics: Posted by Brad Heinzen — Monday 16 April 2012, 04:41 am … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Bubinga

Monday 16 April 4:12:07 UTC 2012

I would think Bubinga would be pretty close to Honduran R. Both have a Janka scale hardness of between 2000-2500 and a high density… .9 specific gravity. EIR is harder at 3100 and lighter at .7-.8 specific gravity.Statistics: Posted by Dave1947 — Monday 16 April 2012, 04:12 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Classical music • Beethoven; Ludwig; Symphony No. 5, First Movement – video

Monday 16 April 3:54:04 UTC 2012

I recently recorded the first movement (minus the development) of Beethoven's 5th for my new CD. Recorded on a steel string! "blasphemy" with a cedar top though..lol. Great overtones but less tonal contrasts.Thought I might find a receptive audience here on delcamp.cheers,-Kel target="_blank">object YoutubeStatistics: Posted by kellyvalleau — Monday 16 April 2012, 03:54 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Self-Promotion • Re: New studio!

Monday 16 April 3:50:30 UTC 2012

I finally got a half day off to get my office together. Happily I can get my wi-fi from the bakery next door so I can ditch Verizon, they can't do my site anyway and the other option sucks… Suddenlink. I got my collection of vintage electric guitars hanging on one wall, I need more guitar hangers to put my … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Classical Guitar Classes • Re: Ratio of lessons to practice?

Monday 16 April 3:45:37 UTC 2012

When I was in music school (undergrad program) the expectation was about 2 hours of practice per day per credit hour of applied lesson time. A 1 credit lesson allowed you a half hour lesson per week thus 2 hours of practice per day, a 2 credit lesson (a one hour lesson per week) would require 4 hours of practice … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Who is Making Stauffer Replicas?

Monday 16 April 3:39:22 UTC 2012

If anyone can bang out some dimensional drawings, I could look into having a run done of perhaps 100.They wouldn't be cheap, but they would be high quality (and at least they'd exist). I don't know how the engraving issue would be handled. It could be acid-etched for cost savings, but it wouldn't have the hand-done appearance of the originals, … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Brazilian Rosewood versus alternatives

Monday 16 April 3:16:29 UTC 2012

Peter, check out bacsidoan's article he posted. Was quite useful. I think the customs officers have been trained in these matters and can tell the difference enough to know. Still, what I hear from a few friends of mine who tour internationally with their guitars, they have never been opened up and inspected. Word is that they have loosened up … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Advice on buying a guitar • Re: Brazilian Rosewood versus alternatives

Monday 16 April 2:58:03 UTC 2012

bacsidoan wrote:It's not that simple. You still have to apply for a permit which will take 60 days even if your luthier has CITES documentation that the BRW in your guitar was harvested prior to June 11, 1992 (June 1, 1947 for ivory)Check out this article in Fretboard Journal:fretboardjournal dot com/features/magazine/guitar-lover%~ I said, travel at your own risk or find … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: How does kind of back-side wood change sound timbre&qual

Monday 16 April 2:35:54 UTC 2012

Here in the States, the Internal Revenue Service gets really gets I-don't know-what-the -Aussie-word-for-overly-assertive-i~ if we don't send them something in the post with money included by April 17th. In this season, all else pales compared to getting this right. Mine is done and in the mail and, thankfully, the tariff was relatively merciful.BobStatistics: Posted by Robert Webster — Monday … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings From North Carolina

Monday 16 April 2:29:09 UTC 2012

Welcome Chuck!I see you've already discovered our stellar Luthier's forum. It's very active and our luthier members are quite willing to share their knowledge. :D If you have a website, please take a moment to put the address in your profile. If you would like to join the luthier's group, you'll need to request a name change to your full name … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hello from Tennesse, USA

Monday 16 April 2:21:13 UTC 2012

Welcome juney – where in Tennessee are you located? I'm in Chattanooga.Statistics: Posted by carlwestman — Monday 16 April 2012, 02:21 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: YellowCedar Flamenco Back ?

Monday 16 April 2:17:37 UTC 2012

Hey Ernie,My first couple of flamencos were barbero copies, and the back and sides were yellow cedar. Back then I was making the backs 2mm thick. It helps you get a warm, bassier sound. On later blancas I made my backs thicker (about 2.5mm) and the sound was a bit more focused and powerful.It's hard to prescribe a thickness unless … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hi from Ooltewah, Tennessee

Monday 16 April 2:17:34 UTC 2012

Hi Sammy – I live in nearby East Brainerd! I plan to start the online lessons this fall. I did a semester of classical guitar at Chatt State; we covered Julio Sagreras' first book, and I later got a bit into the second. I'm not sure if I'll start at the beginning again this fall or try to start at … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Mauro Giuliani • Re: Giuliani, Mauro; op.015 Sonata in C – 1st Movement

Monday 16 April 2:15:03 UTC 2012

Thanks all for the positive responses :)singvomblatt wrote:wow, very impressive!!!how long do you play guitar already ?take care: singvomblattI started to learn around 14-15 years ago but I had a long break from the classical guitar like about 6 years and have been starting to pick up again during these three years.Statistics: Posted by quixilver — Monday 16 April 2012, 02:15 … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 2:08:01 UTC 2012

How to get that "old school sound?"-Use cheaply obtained tonewoods, but make sure they're atleast split, quartered, and air dried.-Build in a non humidity controlled shop so that the humidity levels are in a constant state of flux as the guitar is assembled. (Hopefully the guitar woods will shrink a bit as they fully dry over the first few years … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Our recordings of Mauro Giuliani • Re: Giuliani, Mauro; op.015 Sonata in C – 1st Movement

Monday 16 April 2:07:06 UTC 2012

Erik Zurcher wrote::bravo: Bravo and thank you, I enjoyed that!Terima kasihTerima kasih kembali :wink:Statistics: Posted by quixilver — Monday 16 April 2012, 02:07 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: Your best sounding guitars had what wood combination?

Monday 16 April 0:39:19 UTC 2012

Spruce top, BRW back & sides, African blackwood one-piece neck (no fingerboard)Statistics: Posted by bacsidoan — Monday 16 April 2012, 00:39 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Greetings From North Carolina

Monday 16 April 0:22:18 UTC 2012

Welcome to the forum, Chuck. I stayed at Carolina Beach near Wilmington two years ago…loved it. We do have several here with a bluegrass background… :wink: You are right…construction and landscaping will hurt your hands…I know. :) Enjoy the forum…CaryStatistics: Posted by Cary W — Monday 16 April 2012, 00:22 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 0:16:53 UTC 2012

Ribbon microphones too… :)Statistics: Posted by Cary W — Monday 16 April 2012, 00:16 am [Link]

Classical Guitar » Luthiers, Classical Guitar Makers • Re: What makes the "old school" sound ?

Monday 16 April 0:16:17 UTC 2012

Like others have mentioned the guitar is a starting point but there are a lot of other factors involved. I also strive for that oldschool tone and I have found that Augustines or Hannabach strings have more of an oldschool sound than d'adarios on my guitar at least. And nail shape too makes a big difference on tone. Perhaps no … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Re: Hello from NC

Monday 16 April 0:15:11 UTC 2012

Hello Michael. I had the pleasure of visiting your beautiful state two years ago, and stayed at Carolina Beach, just outside of Wilmington.Of course, bluegrass requires a group to make it happen…I'm a fan too.If you haven't done so already, read our Welcome Page for essential Forum guidelines.Of course, after posting more than 2 times you have access to our … [Link]

Classical Guitar » Introduce yourself • Hello from NC

Monday 16 April 0:07:03 UTC 2012

Hello all. My name is Michael Dixon, and I am just starting out with classical guitar. I have played guitar since I was young in the traditional style of NC, which is bluegrass. As I am sure the gentleman below me can attest, Bluegrass is both a music style and a strong social and cultural exercise in this region meant … [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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