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28 April, 2022
Zoomed Guitars Workshop: Villa-Lobos: Prelude n1 Bach: prelude from cello suite n1 BWV1007 Bach: 6 cello suites, 6 movements each;...  
9 April, 2022
Dates confirmed!     Workshops   1   Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May / Rep Intermediate   We will concentrate on these works:  Villa-Lobos: Prelude...  
29 March, 2022
These are very much hands-on workshops and you get to choose the rep. See below…. To book your place as...  
19 March, 2022
Dress Disasters Waiting To Happen And How To Avoid Them The default line is that it matters not how artists...  
12 March, 2022
Like many, I feel there is so little I can do about the war in Ukraine. For myself, I have...  
5 March, 2022
My Week On Jersey This week I have spent delightful days on the Island of Jersey in the English Channel....  
25 February, 2022
17th December 1944 – 23rd February 2022 -A Complete Artist- I am saddened to read of the death of Carlos....  
18 February, 2022
Image courtesy of www.wikihow.com There’s an old joke doing the rounds that contains a sad truth. This is how it...  
11 February, 2022
There was a time when concerts happened in concert halls. Not anymore. As concerts gradually begin to pop up on...  
3 February, 2022
– It might just turn you into the real thing – 1 Make a good sound by playing a lot...  
28 January, 2022
Could this be the moment to change The Classical Guitar Concert Experience? Rarely, if ever, has the entire human race...  
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....  
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