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“Does Your Left Hand Know What The Right One Is Doing?” . . . : Mauro Giuliani 120 Right Hand Studies For Guitar

A bit of guitar geekness this month boys & girls . . . One of my favorite guitarists, Charlie Hunter (see https://roymusicusa.com/2014/08/22/bing-bing-bing-bing-the-awesome-guitar-of-charlie-hunter/) said that the left hand of the guitarist is the “conception” hand but the right was the “execution”

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The Other Great Classical Guitarist . . . : Julian Bream (1933 – 2020)

Last month, classical guitar legend Julian Bream passed away at the age of 87. Chances are that unless you’re a serious guitar geek (such as yours truly) you have never heard of him. Of the small amount of people who

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“That Was Then, This Is Now” . . . : Musical Flash Mobs

A reminder of a different time. A time when people gathered in public places casually, going about their business until they notice that the person beside them is carrying a bassoon. And that person coming up the escalator is holding

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“What’s That Song With The Cello? . . . : J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude in G Major

I’ve previously written of how the New York Public Library provided a invaluable resource in my early music self education (https://roymusicusa.com/2017/01/13/blues-for-new-orleans-duke-ellington-the-new-york-public-library-and-me/), Pre-internet, it was the only way I would get to hear musicians and pieces of music that I read

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Queen For A Day . . . : Bohemian Rhapsody On Classical Guitar

I haven’t seen the movie yet but with the recent release of the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, I thought it would be a good time to share this great video of classical guitarist Edgar Cruz playing a solo guitar arrangement of

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The (Musical) Games We Play: (Musical) Exquisite Corpses and Terry Riley’s “In C”

This past weekend, as part of the MakeMusicNewYork festival, I took part in a interesting “game” entitled Exquisite Corpses. The term refers to a artistic technique invented by the early 20th century surrealists in which players write in turn on

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Posted in Classical, Improvisation, Music Appreciation and Analysis

A Musical Offering: J.S. Bach’s Crab Cannon

And now for something a little different. . . What we have below is a video that illustrates a cool little musical puzzle from one the greatest musicians ever, J.S. Bach. It’s the first piece from Bach’s “Musical Offering”, a

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