Sight-reading, déchiffrage (French), or prima vista (Italian) is the ability to read and simultaneously play/sing the music notation. This practice is more common for classical musicians. Just like any other skill, one needs the practice to improve this skill gradually (Click Here to learn how to improve your sight-reading). However, pianists, flutists, vocalists, and many… Read More Why it’s harder for guitarists to sight-read
People around the world like to listen to music for different purposes – for relaxation, running, studying, unwinding or just enjoying the art of music. But when we listen to music regardless of the purpose, we are completely unguarded and defenseless. Different people feel related to different genres and different artists for various reasons. To… Read More Colonization and Exploitation in music’s clothing
Which one is more important? Which one is more challenging?
Which one do you care more about?… Read More Musicianship or techniques, which one’s more important?
Hello everyone, I have started teaching Guitar/Music courses in Istanbul city (private and group classes). I offer Guitar lessons in English, French and Farsi languages. I teach Classical, Flamenco and Acoustic Guitars, and I am open to all kind of musical styles. I have a Licentiate Diploma (BA) in Teaching Classical Guitar from the University… Read More Study with me
In this post I would like to introduce a book by Philip Toshio Sudo. This is a book based on zen philosophy, published in 1997. Even though, it is called Zen Guitar, all musicians and students (both amateurs and advanced) can find it beneficial. As in the introduction he writes: “Welcome to Zen Guitar Dojo.… Read More Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo
One of the obstacles in playing an instrument is to memorize pieces. The next concern is how to make sure we won’t forget the piece during an exam, a performance or a recording session. Anyhow, memorizing the music is an important skill, regardless of the genre and the style of music. Certainly, one can play… Read More Strategies to Memorize Music
In order to explore the various standard types of repertoire for classical guitar, we need to categorize the repertoire into two holistic categories as pieces which are originally written and pieces that are arranged/ adapted for the classical guitar (from piano, violin, etc.). It is also important to consider the changes the the guitar and… Read More The Various Standard Types of Repertoire for Classical Guitar
Musicians like athletes, can develop physical problems as a result of their practice. It doesn’t matter what musical instrument you are playing. You should make sure you prevent physical injuries, by being aware of the injury symptoms and knowing how to deal with them. Though musicians were and still are told to “play through the… Read More Prevent Physical Injuries Playing Musical Instruments
“Eyes are organs of temptation and the ears the organs of instruction”, said Aristotle. Music has made big changes throughout the history of this world or maybe big changes happened through music. Though, some may underestimate music and its power. Mankind used to listen to music, even before he learns to play it. The music… Read More Understanding Music
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… Read More Music Suggestion No. 3