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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 Guitar

Archipelago for Guitar

Not too long ago, I had the idea to weave a storyline into the performance of a series of guitar pieces. Each piece I wrote seemed to have its own musical ecosystem, so  I called them "islands." Narrating a tale while tuning the guitar between "islands" would draw the...

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Bookmark Shop

Bookmark Shop

The many benefits of bookmarks for all your books: Bookmarks are Beautiful. Bookmarks are Fun. Bookmarks are Elegant. Bookmarks inspire you to read more good books and keep your place in them with pleasure, for years at a time. Bookmarks never run out of batteries....

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A Tour of the Island of Milonga

A Tour of the Island of Milonga

I love using video to wander around within a painting. In this painting of the island of Milonga I wanted to create the sense of being in a guitarist's paradise, a world where the music I grew up listening to and playing is magically alive in the architecture and even...

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Listen to Paganini’s Romanze in A Minor

Listen to Paganini’s Romanze in A Minor

This has always been one of my favorite classical guitar pieces. It's the middle movement of Paganini's Grand Sonata in A Major, which was originally written for guitar and violin. Most of his works for guitar and violin had virtuosic violin parts, and relatively...

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Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Solo Guitar

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for Solo Guitar

All 4 movements of Serenade No. 13 for Strings, K. 525, transcribed for the advanced classical guitar, from G Major into D Major. If you're a bit burned out on Sor and Giuliani and their ilk, it's a lot of fun to play a great composer such as Mozart on the guitar. A...

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The Classical Guitarist With No Bad Habits

The Classical Guitarist With No Bad Habits

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 been taught so well as a child that he never developed any bad habits!”

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Music Theory? Why Should I Care?

Music Theory? Why Should I Care?

I still mumble and stumble a bit with music theory terminology, but that’s because my inclination has always been towards the feeling side of things. I think in the language of feelings, not jargon. I always ask myself, in a very visceral sense, what does this bit of theory mean, in terms of how the music sounds, in terms of how it feels? So why should you care about music theory? What does it do for you? And what does it not do for you?

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Learning Music Theory on the Guitar is Just Crazy

Learning Music Theory on the Guitar is Just Crazy

When you panic at the complexity of the fingerboard, you may think that what you have to memorize are a bunch of individual notes and chords, so you can jump to the right one at the right time. That’s true, but on a deeper level, what you really need to learn is the deeper musical shapes those notes follow. And these shapes have a lot more humanity to them, they are what we respond to emotionally, and thus they tend to be easier to learn. They have their full power because of the musical scale from which they spring.

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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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I’m Jay Kauffman, a guitarist, teacher, composer, and illustrator. My training is in classical guitar, and I studied performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory and the Juilliard School of Music. I recently moved to Tucson, Arizona, and am seeking to fill my teaching studio both locally and online. I love teaching guitar, all ages and levels. I teach all popular guitar styles (not jazz.) I also teach children and teens.

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