“For the Discriminating Player of the Plucked String”

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The byline, ‘For the discriminating player of the plucked string,’ was not arrived at easily as I believe that all bone fide styles and instruments deserve space in a Journal of this type.

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Learning guitar and simultaneously developing an understanding of the music you wish to play upon it are two separate accumulative processes

Ruben Riera is Venezuela’s leading classical guitarist and was making his third visit to Australia when this interview took place.

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.

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.

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.

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.

After weeks of hard work, I am very excited to officially announce the launch of my new website. If you can’t remember the old website see the before and after images.

Technical and musical education must take place simultaneously if a musician is to emerge from the training. This seems to be only common sense. But the opinion that technique must be built up first before one can make music is still fairly widespread among guitarists.

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.

For those readers who made an effort to analyze example 1 from the last Fretboard Harmony column, the answers are:

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