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Guitar tip: sightreading

Guitar tip: sightreading

Sightreading is a skill like all others. It needs to be practiced everyday to get better, and it must be practiced for its own sake. https://youtu.be/fK1QxRLhO18 www.ismlp.org www.alvarohenrique.comSubscribe:...

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(inter)nationalisms online

(inter)nationalisms online

Complete video of a concert at Musical Fridays Online Concert at Casa Thomas Jefferson, streaming version of the tradicional concert series that happens in Brasilia for decades, organized by the cultural binational USA-Brazil center Casa Thomas Jefferson....

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Guitar tip: sightreading

Guitar tip: crossing

Crossing is a technical challenge that happens often when playing scales (but can also happen in other occasions). It consists of placing the right hand fingers temporarily on a non-ergonomic position. The a finger can solve most of crossing problems. Get a fast tip...

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(inter)nationalisms online

(inter)nacionalismos at Casa Thomas Jefferson online

It's online the streaming concert I recorded with flutist Diana Mota for the Casa Thomas Jefferson, a USA-Brazil binational cultural center in Brasilia. The repertoire features music from Spain, Brazil, Argentina for flute and guitar and a special surprise at the end....

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Guitar tip: sightreading

Guitar tip: figuetta

Figuetta is a right-hand technique used in early music (vihuela, lute, teorbo, etc) that creates an unique swing. Learn how to play the figuetta and how you can achieve its sound qualities even not using it. https://youtu.be/zQBfk3jiq-4

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Guitar tip: sightreading

Tip of the day: repairing nails

Nails are the main source of sound production on the classical guitar, so if a nail brakes, cracks, or have any damage, they need to be repaired in order to mantain a good tone in any circumstance. This tip shows how to make fast and durable repairs with fake nails...

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Guitar tip: sightreading

Tip of the day: nail shape and length

Finding the right nail shape and length for guitar playing is a treasure hunt without maps. But this quest may be easier if you consider how the guitar strings "see" the nail, not how you see it. Your nails are grown to sound well, not for fashion purposes. Learn how...

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Guitar tip: sightreading

Tip of the day: right hand sleeve

You have invested on a handmade guitar. You wish to keep it new and to enjoy all its tone qualities. Using a right-hand sleeve will allow you to protect your guitar soundboard from sweat on the top, and will help your right-hand technique to reach different regions...

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Guitar tip: sightreading

Tip of the day: left hand positions

Beggining June 1, 2020 and as long as the quarentine lasts in Brasilia, Brazil, I'll post tips for you, in English, on Mondays and Thursdays. Today's video was about how to reach all the regions on the guitar, as Abel Carlevaro describes.Check them...

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Recommendation: Abel Carlevaro Library

Recommendation: Abel Carlevaro Library

Materials, such as sheet music, scores, arrangments, manuscripts (in several versions, in some cases), editions, among others, from Abel Carlevaro's personal archive are now avaiable free and online. Abel Carlevaro was the most important guitar teacher in the 20th...

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Where are you, Alvaro? – part 1

Where are you, Alvaro? – part 1

It's true, I've been missing from the social media - to some extent, from my website as well - since late 2018. But I will explain, in parts, why I was away. In early 2018 I was working in the Distrito Federal State Government, in governor`s Rodrigo Rollemberg...

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Video Guitar Through the Ages COMPLETE (free)

Video Guitar Through the Ages COMPLETE (free)

It was very special for me making the DVD "Guitar Through the Ages". This project allowed me the opportunity to show pieces of music from the arrival of Europeans in the Americas to present day on the instruments of each era. The project, funded by the DF's Culture...

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How melodies are composed (part 2) (video)

How melodies are composed (part 2) (video)

In this "Music Talks" I expand one of the ideas I mentioned on our first video, about how melodies are composed (watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSevH-nSTvQ). On the first video, I focused on "universal" features that lead to the creation of melodies, such...

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Music Talks… what’s the “classical” guitar (video)

Music Talks… what’s the “classical” guitar (video)

What is the classical guitar? Why is it called so? Because it is "classical", is it a different instrument from a guitar? Get answers to those questions and also know a little bit about the classical guitar and its curiosities: did you know it used strings made of gut...

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