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Favorite South American Guitar solos

When I think of South America, I think of Leo Brouwer (Cuba), Maximo Diego Pujol (Argentina), Heitor Villa Lobos (Brazil) and many other contemporary and modern composers that have written some of the most distinguished and game changer music. South America is very rich, musically. The rhythm, melody and even harmonies of South America have […]

Tárrega, Paco de Lucia & History of the Guitar

Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909) was the influential Spanish composer and guitarist of the romantic era. Back in those days, not everybody believed in the potentials of the guitar and it was more common to compose for instruments like piano and violin. Francisco Tárrega has greatly influenced the development of the “classical” guitar by the etudes, studies […]

Paco de Lucia passed away

Sadly, the great Francisco Sánchez Gómez (Paco de Lucia) passed away at the age of 66 today. He was born in Algeciras in south east Spain and has been known as one of the history’s greatest guitarists. After his travel to America at a very young age, he met Jazz musicians such as Larry Coryell, […]

10 String Classical Guitar & Narciso Yepes

Even though 10 string guitars are not very popular among classical guitarists, playing a 10 string guitar can bring some advantages to the classical guitar world, a wider range is the most remarkable one. Moreover, on a standard guitar, guitarists face some so called “unusual fingering” sooner or later. But on a 10 string guitar, […]

The Transformative Power of Classical Music

I would like to share with you this wonderful TED presentation by Benjamin Zander, about “the transformative power of classical music”. Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership — and he’s been known to […]

Music Suggestion No. 3

The third music suggestion is a 15th century (Renaissance) work, called “L’homme armé Mass” (The armed man Mass) written in 1460s by Guillaume Du Fay. “The Story of Music (part 4)” post talks about this era and the composer more. “L’homme armé” was used so widely by the composers of the Renaissance era, and that’s […]

Music Suggestion No. 2

The second music suggestion is a late 13th century dance song in genre of troubadour dance (as talked about in “The story of music part 2” and “The story of music part 3“), called Kalenda maya (The first of May) by Raimbaut de Vaqueiras. It has a strophic poem text and the familiar ABC musical […]