Author: Ron Payne

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Benjamin’s Britten’s Nocturnal Op. 70.An Analytical Study By Paul Svoboda Introduction   Completed in 1963, Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal, Op. 70 for solo guitar, is essentially a set of variations on a song of John Dowland, Come, Heavy Sleep (No. 20 in Dowland’s “First Book of Songs or Ayres of Four Parts,” published in 1597.) In...
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Anthony Rooley In conversation with Greg Fealy Greg Fealy: You began your musical career as a guitarist, but what enticed you to the lute? Was it the repertoire of the instrument or inspiration from another lutenist?   Share this: Anthony Rooley: Well, it's such a long time back now that I find it hard to...
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Improvisation and Style By George Golla "To improvise: To make up (something, such as music or poetry) on the spur of the moment; sing, recite or speak without preparation.” (The World Book Dictionary)   Share this: Were this true in regard to music, our troubles as players of instruments would be over; our problems and...
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How To Remember 10,000 Tunes By Bruce Clarke Most music has form, and most conventional classical or popular music that uses the diatonic scale or its related modes as its binding agent can be broken down into a small number of acceptable forms. In turn, these forms themselves can be broken down into musical modules...
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Mudarra's Harp Fantasia: History and Analysis By John Griffiths It is the Fantasia que contrahaze la harpa en la man era de Ludovico [Fantasia that imitates the harp in the style of Ludovico] that has secured the vihuelist Alonso Mudarra a place among those renaissance musicians whose music is frequently performed today.   Share this:...
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Craig Ogden In conversation with Graham Rawlins Craig Ogden was born in 1967 and began studying the guitar at the age of seven years. At Scarborough Senior High School and at the University of Western Australia (W.A.) he studied with John Casey and in 1988 graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Honours.   Share...
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Turnarounds By Bruce Clarke In a conventional jazz performance the following general format prevails:   Chorus 1. Statement of melody or harmonic chart. Chorus 2 etc. Unspecified number of improvised choruses or solo sections. Final Chorus. Restatement of melody plus coda or tag.   Share this: Obviously these repeated choruses must be joined by some...
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Frederick Noad from TV to PC In conversation with Ron Payne In some ways I still consider myself an amateur, somebody who really enjoys the guitar - a lover of it as it were."   Share this: Ron Payne: Can you give us a brief sketch of your career so far? Frederick Noad: Well, the...
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Emily Remler In conversation with Greg Burdett Less than one week after she gave this interview, in early May 1990, Emily Remler passed away suddenly in the midst of the Sydney leg of her Australian tour. Anyone who met her could not help but be impressed by her warmth and friendliness, and her willingness to...