Tag Archives: Performer

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 […]

Benefits of playing a musical instrument

Playing a musical instrument promotes happiness and joy to you and everyone around you. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”, Plato. Studying music or learning an instrument: Can help you concentrate better Playing an instrument is simultaneously taking care of many factors […]

Study with me

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 in Teaching Classical Guitar from the University of […]

Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo

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. […]

Strategies to Memorize Music

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 […]

Teaching Music (Part 1)

Even though there is a defined path toward becoming a musician (both technically and theoretically) there can’t be a single method that works for everyone. People are different and have different goals. Therefore, they learn by different methods and using different approaches. Especially when working with children, a teacher needs to be extra flexible and […]

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 […]