El Inalcanzable - Agustin Barrios

El Inalcanzable, Agustin Barrios Mangore – A Review

This is a review of the Agustin Barrios Mangore book: El Inalcanzable; the title of which stems from Villa Lobo’s description of Barrios and his music. Authors: Margarita Morselli; Carlos Salcedo Publisher: Asociacion Cultural Comuneros Published: Asuncion November 2007 ISBN: 978-99953-843-0-2   This thick full size soft cover book explores most aspects of Barrios’ life,Read More…

cgrocks CAGED system

The CAGED System: Part One

This overview article will delve into the CAGED system, what it is and how it works. Highlighting how it supports learning the fretboard and what it can do for a Classical guitarist trying to memorize pieces. Free download of this posts handout at the bottom of the page. First however lets introduce the system andRead More…

Musical Scales – Agustin Barrios Mangore

This post shines a little light onto Agustin Barrios Mangore’s approach to teaching and fingering musical scales.   Scales, considered the bane of most music students lives, are the vehicle that effectively bridge the gap between technique and performing. So is it possible to make them musical? I think so, and so did Barrios. FollowingRead More…

Spotlight – A Better Way To Practice

A spotlight EDITORIAL post about the other side of actual practicing of the guitar; the better way to practice. In other words the cerebral side coupled with the art of being productive. In this case its an article about optimizing your time and  mental energy. So in the immortal words of one Ice-T lets kickRead More…

Christmas Carol Harmony – Part 2

This four step lesson delves into harmonic devices and how to arrange them on the guitar. Hopefully having fleshed out the basic melodic structure from the Christmas Harmonization Part 1, we are now going to furnish it with some structural components such as cadences, transposition and moving bass lines, which will help create an accompaniment.Read More…