Melody line from Sonata in G Minor, Rondo

This one will take your breath away...literally.  The melody from the piano sonata Opus 49, no. 1 by our good friend Ludwig van Beethoven appears here without the ornamentation found in the piano version.  All phrasings have been omitted as…

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Beethoven and the Tyranny of Perfection 

I play the opening movement of Beethoven’s piano sonata opus 31 no. 3 with a lot of rubato.  The piece is marked allegro, and though the multiple ritardandos liberally sprinkled throughout are more dramatic when following the original tempo, the…

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No Pigeon Holes Please

All songs are a manifestation of a unique feeling.  Not simply a feeling that we have quantified and given a heading in a list of human emotions, but an entirely independent emotional expression.  That same expression may be interpreted differently…

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Big Numbers and a Bloody Thumb

Guitar maintenance and repair can be intimidating at first.  I can remember when even the process of changing strings felt like something to approach with caution.  I would only change one at a time so I could use the remaining…

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Authenticity

I recently read Sing Me Back Home by Dana Jennings. The book details the role of county music (authentic country music – think Hank Sr. and Johnny Cash) in post-war rural U.S. up to the mid 1970’s. By painting a…

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Can I Get By With This Many Notes?

There are only about 46 unique pitches on most modern electric guitars, depending on the manufacturer.  The range for steel string guitars is less, and fewer even exist on the modern classical instrument.  That amount is roughly half of the…

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Crowds and Sammy

In my last post, The Time Of Our Lives, I referenced one of the songs that helped establish Sammy Hagar as a solo artist: I Can’t Drive 55.  He had already released a few popular songs by the time this…

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