Author: Ron Payne

March 17, 2016 Ron Payne No comments exist

Even the best talent will not achieve notable results on an instrument without adequate practicing techniques. It is therefore essential that students are taught how to practice effectively.

March 10, 2016 Ron Payne No comments exist

Music for me is the end result of trying to bring dreams into reality, it’s a universe of emotion producing a living experience not easily expressed (for a musician) in words but found in sound itself.

February 11, 2016 Ron Payne 1 comment

In the performance and study of music, the player, the music, and the instrument, are the components of a whole whose engine (and source of energy) is really the person themselves, PLUS their perception and understanding of what is being played – particularly its form and structure.

January 30, 2016 Ron Payne No comments exist

Student Exercise: To review the categories of fusion and tension as introduced in the last F.B.H. column, name fully the following intervals, and then describe each one as being either constant, neutral, or mildly / strongly dissonant.

December 14, 2015 Ron Payne 1 comment

From today’s perspective it is hard to imagine of the earlier days of the 20th century when at least in the English speaking world, the guitar was largely considered to be a folk instrument, not a proper instrument like the violin or piano.

December 8, 2015 Ron Payne No comments exist

The Voicing of Chords, Voicing – from “voice,” a technical term meaning an individual part of ‘strand’ within a composition. The word is used in discussing instrumental music because writing for instruments originally imitated similar writing for human voices.

December 7, 2015 Ron Payne No comments exist

During the past few years there has been a favourable increase in the number of ensemble activities for guitarists, students and professionals. The guitar ensemble whether it be a duo, quartet or larger body is now an established fact and can provide the player with an opportunity to improve themselves not only as a guitarist but more importantly as a musician.