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A blog designed to help composers, producers, and plucked string instrumentalists create music in simple, creative, and collaborative ways.
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Dr. Jonathan L. Smith
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TP #3: Capos, Women, and Jobim

Composition techniques, Women of the Guitar, and a Jobim transcription.

Dr. Jonathan L. Smith
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A Solution for ♭ and ♯ Keys on the Guitar

A concise outlook on how retuning the guitar and applying a capo, when necessary, is an excellent solution to ♭ and ♯ keys.

Dr. Jonathan L. Smith
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TP #2: Bossa Nova, Rock Heroes, and a Voice-Guitar Arrangement

“Long regarded as the song which launched the modern music publishing industry, ‘After the Ball’ was the first to sell five million copies.” -Stephen Aron

Dr. Jonathan L. Smith
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Bossa Nova #1 - a la Machado

Nothing is more comforting than a Bossa Nova rhythm on a nylon-string guitar.Celso Machado is the guitarist from Brazil. He has a large output of works for classical (nylon-string) guitar by itself or in combination with other instruments, particularly the flute. One of my students is a big João

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My Rock Heroes Show Up Again

These four guitarists have appeared on the cover of Guitar World Magazine 79 times!

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TP #1 — The Pluck

Welcome to the first issue of my newsletter, The Pluck. It is a new adventure to write in this format, so don’t be surprised if I change style from time to time. If you have feedback along the way, please let me know! Each newsletter has 5 parts: Personal

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5 Reasons Why Composers Avoid Writing for the Most Popular Instrument: The Guitar (And What to Do About It)

“Although composers avoid the guitar for complicated reasons, the answer to fix the problem is simple.”