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The Learning Zone

The Learning Zone

!0th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I'm revisiting some of my best older posts on learning guitar. This was originally posted 10 years ago. Here's a little piece for anyone who practices but doesn't seem to...

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The Classical Guitarist With No Bad Habits

10th Year Anniversary Edition: I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! Have you heard the legend of the guitarist with no bad habits? It goes like this: "there was this guy, who my friend used to go to school with, a monster guitarist, who'd...

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Music Theory? Why Should I Care?

Music Theory? Why Should I Care?

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I was never much of a music theory whiz. Music theory was required for music majors---lots of music theory---and it always felt like I was cramming a toolkit into my brain...

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Learning Music Theory on the Guitar is Just Crazy

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I'm reading a book called Guitar Zero, by Gary Marcus, a cognitive scientist who decided he was going to fulfill his dream of playing guitar at the age of 40, no matter...

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Breaking Through The Technical Obsession Barrier

Breaking Through The Technical Obsession Barrier

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! Playing classical guitar is technically demanding. There are a lot of hurdles even if you want to play a relatively simple piece well enough for it to be satisfying.  The...

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Knocking “eye-to-hand coordination” Off Its Pedestal.

Knocking “eye-to-hand coordination” Off Its Pedestal.

10th Year Anniversary Edition:I'm revisiting some of my best old posts on playing guitar. Enjoy! I've been thinking about about the difference between what I say here on this blog, and how I actually teach most of the time. In a guitar lesson, we're working on...

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Archipelago for Solo Guitar

Archipelago is an adventure told mostly through music. There’s light narration in between movements while I retune the guitar for the unique musical ecosystem of each new island. As an experiment, I’m creating a series of drawings and paintings to illustrate the progress of our hero on his guitar-powered boat. It’s a work in progress. Stay tuned for further documentation of this journey! For more music, go here.

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Solo Guitar

I have arranged all four movements of  Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for guitar. To hear more movements, and to get all of the scores and tabs, click here.

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Click here for the full Catalogue of Scores

  Title Price Further Info
  Five Preludes $6.50
Instant Download of 7-page Pdf Score
  Archipelago For Solo Guitar coming soon
  Island One: Milonga $2.75
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(Archipelago, Movement 1)
Instant Download of 3-page Pdf
  Title Price Further Info
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Full) 21
Zip File Containing all 4 Movements:
1. Allegro (2015 Revision),
2. Romanze,
3. Menuetto
4. Rondo.
3 fully fingered Pdf versions of each movement:  Score (13 Pages)
TAB only (20 Pages)
Score + TAB. (37 Pages)
(Bonus Folder: 2013 Version of the Allegro with TAB)
           Allegro $7
Revised 2015
Zip File with 3 Pdfs:
4-Page Fully Fingered Score
10-Page Fully Fingered Score with TAB
6-Page Fully Fingered TAB
(Plus Bonus 2013 Version Score and TAB)
          Romanze $7
Zip File with 3 Pdfs:
4-Page Fully Fingered Score
12-Page Fully Fingered Score with TAB
6-Page Fully Fingered TAB
         Menuetto $2
Zip File with 3 Pdfs:
1-Page Fully Fingered Score
3-Page Fully Fingered Score with TAB
2-Page Fully Fingered TAB
          Rondo $7
Zip File with 3 Pdfs:
4-Page Fully Fingered Score
12-Page Fully Fingered Score with TAB
6-Page Fully Fingered TAB
  Gioachino Rossini
  William Tell Overture (Finale) $7
Zip file with 3 pdfs (5 pages each):
1. Urtext Score
2. Fully Fingered Score
3. TAB Only Version

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I am diving back into painting and illustrating after a long hiatus. Getting these new pieces finished has been slow going because of all the other stuff I’m doing, but I’m working at it!

 Click here for a sampling of my drawings and paintings. You can click on any picture to see a more detailed version. If it’s for sale as a print, there will be a link to the print store where you can see the purchase options.

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