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The Fifth Finger: An Appreciation of the Little Finger in Right-Hand Technique

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By Colin Cooper Strictly speaking, the thumb is not a finger. It is a digit, one of the five, but different in that it moves in an opposite direction to the four fingers, enabling the hand to perform acts that other animals cannot. For the purpose of this article, the phrase “five fingers” will be [...]

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Classical Guitar Grateful Dead? Yes!

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  Arranging pop and rock songs for classical guitar is nothing new, of course. Chances are you've heard a Takemitsu or Brouwer interpretation of a Beatles tune, or maybe you've played CG writer Steve Marsh's take on tunes by David Bowie and Procol Harum. But the venerable San Francisco rock band the Grateful Dead (celebrating [...]

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St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Takes on Education—and Racial Strife

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by Stephanie Powell Ferguson, Missouri, has been the scene of considerable racial strife over the past year since the shooting of an unarmed African-American teen, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer. The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society (SLCGS) is determined to help make a difference in that troubled community. In January, the society [...]

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‘House of Cards’ and ‘Monk’ Composer Jeff Beal Premieres New Work for Guitar and String Quartet

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Jeff Beal, an award-winning composer that has scored music for House of Cards, Blackfish, and Monk, will premiere his latest work Six Sixteen—for guitar and a string quartet—at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington in Kentucky on August 28. The fest welcomes classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, who graced the cover of CG’s Summer issue, as [...]

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ELLNORA Guitar Fest Features Sharon Isbin

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ELLNORA, the biennial guitar festival in its sixth iteration, kicks off September 10-12 and features classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, who is billed as an artist-in-residence. A pre-festival Q&A with Isbin is planned for September 9 complete with a screening of her documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour. On September 12, Isbin will perform with former classical guitar student Colin [...]

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British Luthier Pete Beer Is Building Sustainable Instruments

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by Guy Traviss While the British composer Sir Michael Tippett may be able to claim The Blue Guitar as his creation, it is British luthier Pete Beer who is making headlines with his eco-oriented perspective on the instrument—call it a Green Guitar, if you will. His first active interest in guitar-making came in the form [...]


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