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Effective Memorization For Classical Guitarists

This post will cover effective strategies for memorizing classical guitar pieces; it will narrow its focus to one particular strategy: memorization of the structure and theory of a classical guitar piece. The piece utilized to help learn effective memorization is Scarlatti‘s Sonata Kp. 322. There is a free download of its structure at the endRead More…

CGRocks Cadences

The Art of the Cadence

This short post will introduce voice leading and cadences on the classical guitar; it will focus on effective ways of highlighting the cadence, which will help with creating your own compositions as well as analyzing other pieces from a theoretical and aural perspective.   Grammar What do pandas and cadences have in common? Grammar! Yes,Read 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…

Christmas Carol Harmony – Part 1

This six step festive lesson utilises the melody of the Coventry Carol as a vehicle for learning the basics to harmonisation. This piece was originally part of a mystery play which was performed during the Coventry Guild Pageants in the 16th century. Generally it is sung accapella. Due to the period of its inception itRead More…