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Scordatura

Scordatura

“Scordatura,” in Italian literally meaning “discord,” refers to retuning the standard tuning of a string instrument. 

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Scale Pattern Recognition

Scale Pattern Recognition

Scales are essential building blocks of music.  The Preface of Aaron Shearer’s Scale Pattern Studies for the Guitar (1965) begins with

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Pattern Recognition in Music

Pattern Recognition in Music

When learning a new piece, it’s important to first scan the music to get an overall feel for its structure,  a process called pre-reading.  Look for elements like key signature, challenging rhythms and pitches, and musical patterns.

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Fingering Essentials

Fingering Essentials

Fingerings provide clues to organize both right-and left-hand movements when learning a piece of music. Music may include a sprinkling of  fingerings

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