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Dr. Jonathan L. Smith

Authenticity in Music

Authenticity in music is not only how a musician performs but is also how a listener perceives the performance.

Dr. Jonathan L. Smith

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

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

Dr. Jonathan L. Smith

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.”