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21 January, 2022
image: by Jonathan Borba Acoustic Guitars Rule – For Now… Jo Fender was putting his new model guitar through the...  
14 January, 2022
…Has This Happened To You? Image: Me showing off my brand new ivory suit 1 The taxi driver asks whether...  
7 January, 2022
And how I said hello good-bye to my stage clothes Having spent much of the past two years hung up...  
24 December, 2021
Image : illustration for The Owl and the Pussycat by Julia Hartling The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear...  
17 December, 2021
Image: Bach manuscript of a page from his Christmas Oratorio For the second year running old JS proves the most...  
9 December, 2021
10 Great Quotes 1 “My way towards God has been to write music. I think there will always be a...  
2 December, 2021
Guitarists, Don’t Panic! This week the British press has been full of the rise of the ukelele among children learning ...  
26 November, 2021
History Comes To Life When We Hear Their Stories I was having coffee with some friends in a bar in...  
18 November, 2021
Image: detail from Goya’s painting “3rd Of May 1808” in El Prado Museum, Madrid Chaos, War, and How Aguado’s Guitar-Playing...  
13 November, 2021
Which comes first, technique or musicality? Pose the question and a discussion can quickly become animated. Put more bluntly, but...  
5 November, 2021
Remembering Guy Fawkes, John Dowland the spy, and Girolamo Montesardo the guitarist. Who? Fishing disputes between neighbouring countries, extreme politics,...  
30 October, 2021
The Friday Blog – short read The basic elements of guitar technique are based on natural movements. On this basis...  
23 October, 2021
1 Consider the style and period of the music. 2 Discover the life, times and personality of the composer. 3...  
15 October, 2021
– short read – Photo selfie: arriving at the Royal College of Music after 19 months’ absence I have just...  
10 October, 2021
I heard the sound of live guitar playing by someone else on Thursday. It was the first time in 19...  
1 October, 2021
– short read- Image: supposedly of Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829) Within the small confines of classical music there is a sub-section:...  
24 September, 2021
Quote and photo: G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) September is a great month, children back at school, students at College, and with...  
17 September, 2021
Caricature by Brazilian artist Mario Mendez (1907-1996) 1 Play through the piece slowly or fast. Mistakes don’t matter. 2 Play...  
10 September, 2021
– a man possessed, by a note obsessed For YouTube link click here to my own recording of the work....  
3 September, 2021
The Inspector Morse theme music has been voted the number one TV theme of all time in a UK poll...  
27 August, 2021
short read Photo: Taylor Swift (photo courtesy of Vanity Fair magazine) My friends turned into the girls who stood in...  
20 August, 2021
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August My online course for Benslow Music – an intensive programme of solo playing, spiced...  
20 August, 2021
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August My online course for Benslow Music – an intensive programme of solo playing, spiced...  
12 August, 2021
short read Keen readers of dates may have noticed the time lag. Villa-Lobos composed his concerto for guitar and orchestra...  
6 August, 2021
– short read – Photo: Living in Los Angeles – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (left) and Alexandre Tansman (centre) with fellow composer Ernst...  
29 July, 2021
short read Provided they could afford to travel between Europe’s musical capitals, the 1720s were a great time for music...  
23 July, 2021
short read Albert Einstein once wrote that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion....  
15 July, 2021
Zoomed Guitars Live Every Monday from Europe and the Americas *Free to view!* For 12 months from the beginning of...  
9 July, 2021
– short read – Tuesday this week was my first live recital of 2021. After, I got to thinking what...  
6 July, 2021
Live In Concert! Solo recital – Tuesday 6th July 20.00 hrs Festival de Guitarra de Gandía, Spain – Casa de...  
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