The Pluck: a simple newsletter designed to inform composers, guitarists, and producers about the latest guitar discoveries.
A Solution for ♭ and ♯ Keys on the Guitar
Ever struggle with composing, arranging, or playing in flat or obscure sharp keys on the guitar?
I found a solution I'd like to share with you. By retuning the guitar and applying a capo system, a guitarist can now access any key with ease.
Read further on my fully barred blog post.
Similarly, check out Thalia Capo’s post called, “How to Use a Guitar Capo Chart.”
Women of the Classical Guitar
In my pursuit to find like-minded people, I stumbled upon a fantastic project entitled, “Women of the Classical Guitar.”
Likewise, Dr. Candice Mowbray, author of the thesis, Ida Presti as a Solo Performer and Composer of Works for Solo Guitar, is hosting a series of guitar history videos. Dr. Mowbray and I are each Shenandoah University alum (2012 and 2020, respectively).
There is no one comparable to him. The guitar, when Tarrega plays it, is something more than an instrument; it is a living being which vibrates in accordance with the feelings of the musician. Tarrega knows the secrets of his instrument in such a manner that not a single chord, harmony, sonority, hidden nuance or unaccustomed sound escapes his marvelous genius. — J.D. Roberts
Heike, Candice, and many other female guitarists are paving a richer and well-needed history for women of the guitar. Find both of them contributing to Women of the Classical Guitar on Instagram, Twitter, and Spotify.
Bossa Nova #2 — à la Jobim
Antônio Carlos Jobim and his Bossa Nova style has been a huge part of my repertoire and listening playlists for many years. Something about this particular style feels timeless.
See my latest Soundslice where I play the chords to The Girl from Ipanema along with chordal, rhythmic, and tabulated notations. On the site, you have options to play, pause, change tempi, and transpose with easy controls.
- Bossa Nova Style
- Chordal Accompaniment to The Girl from Ipanema
- à la Jobim
- Key of F Major
- Brazilian, Jazz, and Latin jazz.
/The Pluck, Wrap Up
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