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Unusual Venues Vol 2

Posted by on October 17, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Today at midnight I will play a recital at the Old Water Tower of Viljandi. It is part of the annual Viljandi Guitar Festival who published a short interview with me on that occasion (not my translation!): INTERVIEW 1) On which aspects of your performance would You recommend the audience to concentrate? Let’s say that […]

How We Will Change The Online Music Education

Posted by on March 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

We have been working on something that will change the online music education forever. There is one very important thing missing from all available musical instrument method books and online courses: the instant feedback. Yes, the kind of feedback that you get when you play to an actual human teacher. Minus the stress. Well, until next week: […]

MatchMySound: An Automagical Feedback Plugin For Any Music Instruction Website

Posted by on March 20, 2014 at 6:48 pm

There is one very important thing missing from all available musical instrument method books and online courses: the instant feedback. Yes, the kind of feedback that you get when you play to an actual human teacher. Minus the stress 🙂 However, things are about to change. This small guitar melody course here is demonstrating our brand […]

Visiting Francesco da Milano Grave

Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Went to Milan last weekend for seeing a ballet in La Scala. We had some spare time the day after and I thought I would visit a place that would somehow be connected to the Italian classical guitar or lute tradition. I thought that although Francesco da Milano was not born in Milano but Monza, […]

Choosing Repertoire for Classical Guitar Students

Posted by on April 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Twice a year I have to think seriously about the repertoire that my students at the academy are going to play. Luckily, my colleague Heiki took some time in summer to update our repertoire lists. The list goes together with the study program. My students are mainly studying to become guitar teachers so they have […]

The Best Age for Taking up the Guitar

Posted by on March 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Karlsson on the roof: “..I am clever, reasonably fat man in my best years” Little Brother: “Which are the best years?” Karlsson: “All of them!” You don’t need to be too smart or fat to start learning the guitar although it may help 🙂 But the truth is that all the years are the best […]

Rhytm, Meter, Tempo – What Are They?

Posted by on March 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

One important part of a melody is the pitch but besides that we must deal with another highly important characteristic of notes – duration or length. You might have heard terms rhythm, meter, tempo. What are they? To produce rhythm, we need at least two notes, and they should not be played very far from […]

Get Started with Hammer-on and Pull-off

Posted by on February 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

If you play mostly chords on the guitar then probably you haven’t heard or thought about the legato technique on the guitar – hammer ons and pull offs. Once you need to play the melody then those techniques are essential. Legato means to join the notes smoothly and this term is used most often in […]

How To Sell the Guitar Music I

Posted by on January 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Unfortunately the guitar is not the instrument of an orchestra. That’s why the guitarists who are not playing in some band need seriously to think what they are going to do after graduating from music area. In different countries the situation is different but you don’t need to invent anything new, you can always take […]

How Long Should One Practise a Musical Instrument?

Posted by on December 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm

A German study looked at professional violinists and found out that before the age of 21, they had all practised an instrument for 10 000 hours. Given that the violin playing started at the age of 6 mostly, it makes an average of 666 hours a year. In round figures we can say that these […]