The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast

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Teaching and Learning the Classical Guitar Online

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The Changing Digital Landscape of Classical Guitar
20:26

If there is one constant in life, it is change. In the past 18 months with the appearance of Covid 19 we have seen an inflection point in the classical guitar world that may have altered how our musical ecosystem functions. Our world has gone digital, much more than ever before. In this episode we [...]

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Aug 30, 2021
CGC 105 : Sor Study in Bminor – Singing and Playing the Melody
22:17

This famous study by Fernando Sor gives us the the challenge of separating melody from harmony and bass while all being bundled up into continuous eighth notes. One of the most powerful techniques you can use to clarify the melodic part is to isolate the melody, play it separately and even sing the melody too. [...]

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Jan 31, 2021
CGC 104 : CGC’s 10-Year Anniversary!
34:04

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon tells the story of Classical Guitar Corner in celebration of this, our 10-year anniversary! There have been lots of twists and turns along the way but we couldn't be more grateful for this amazing community that Simon brought together, from an attic no less, 10 [...]

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Dec 22, 2020
CGC 103 : Uroš Barič
46:46

Uroš is a wonderful musician, and outstanding recording engineer, and really just a lovely person! In this episode we talk about recording, his time in Vienna, work on the Virtual Guitar Orchestra, and his arrangements.   If you would rather watch the whole CGC show episode on video, you can watch here: https://youtu.be/Yyf7-BgU8ls

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Sep 28, 2020
CGC 102: Three Types of Learning
17:24
Sep 13, 2020
CGC 101: Playing Positions
18:51
Aug 30, 2020
CGC 100 : David Russell
47:52

In celebration of our 100th podcast we have an outstanding presentation from the great David Russell.   Thank you to all the listeners over the years. Here is to 100 more!

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Aug 16, 2020
CGC 099: Motivation
22:16

Learning the classical guitar is a journey that takes time. You will find yourself encountering obstacles, feeling challenged, questioning your abilities, questioning your guide, and sometimes just wanting to put the instrument down.  You are not alone in any of these feelings. Accepting that there will inevitably be dips, frustrations, and plateaus, that appear along [...]

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Jul 19, 2020
CGC 098 : Nicoletta Todesco
52:07

In the latest episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast Simon interviews our very own Nicoletta (Niki) Todesco! Please tune in to hear all about Niki's background with the guitar, teaching, and performing as we celebrate her one-year anniversary on the CGC Team! Be sure to leave a comment to join the conversation! Connect with [...]

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Jul 01, 2020
CGC 097 : Stephanie Jones
40:13

In the latest episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews world-renowned Australian guitarist Stephanie Jones. Come hear all about Stephanie's new album, Open Sky (along with some samples), life as a guitarist, her social-media following, and more. This was originally recorded during a YouTube livestream at the Classical Guitar Corner YouTube channel. Subscribe [...]

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May 16, 2020
CGC 096: Harp and Guitar with Emily Levin and Colin Davin
41:42

In this episode we delve into the world of harp and guitar as Colin Davin and Emily Levin discuss the tone world, challenges, and beautiful synergies of this instrumental combination.

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Mar 15, 2020
CGC 095: Irina Kulikova
46:09

Irina joins the CGC Podcast to discuss her approach to learning music, performance anxiety, and her path as a musician. You can find out more about Irina at irinakulikova.com Also mentioned in this podcast: ukulelecorner.com

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Feb 23, 2020
093: What Makes a Guitar Piece Difficult?
39:54

One of the biggest pitfalls when learning classical guitar is to be working on a piece of repertoire that is too difficult for you. If a piece is too difficult it can cause frustration, a sense of failure, overwhelm, and more often than not you will blame yourself for not being up to the challenge [...]

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Jan 20, 2020
CGC 092 : Time and Prioritization
26:29
Jan 05, 2020
CGC 091 : Holiday Episode
1:01:12

Roger Ramirez, the host of the CGCA Member's Podcast has done an amazing job this year of bringing together our academy members in a joint effort to perform holiday music from around the world. Enjoy hearing the music of the talented and dedicated musicians who make up Classical Guitar Corner Academy. You can find Roger's [...]

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Dec 16, 2019
CGC 090 : Dealing with Fear
23:30

I want to share with you a point in time that impacted me and transformed the way I think about what I do. I was an usher at Angel Place in Sydney, a wonderful concert venue. On the way home one night, I was catching a train and my friend John was with me and [...]

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Nov 10, 2019
CGC 089 : Laura Snowden on Creativity
36:17
Oct 13, 2019
CGC 089 : Italian Musical Terminology
23:44

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner we are going to have a bit of fun. Simon was in Italy last week with Evita for Nicoletta Todesco's wedding. So we thought it would be a great time to get a few native Italian speakers together to pronounce for you some of popular Italian musical [...]

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Sep 29, 2019
CGC 088 : Karin Schaupp
54:35

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews German-born Australian virtuoso guitarist Karin Schaupp. In this conversation we hear about Karin's extensive collaborations with many top-profile artists, including her work bringing acting and guitar together, as well as her educational work in Australia. Learn more about some of Karin's incredible (past and [...]

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Aug 20, 2019
The Classical Guitar Corner Show August 2019
27:01
Aug 02, 2019
The CGC Show June 2019
27:09

The 2019 CGC Summer School was a great success. Whether you were in attendance or not, you can still enjoy the sights and sounds in this month's show: (Summer School starts at 3:50)

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Jul 07, 2019
CGC 087 : Chris Mallett and Suzuki Guitar
43:10

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews Chris Mallett, who is a wonderful performer, the co-owner and co-director of California Conservatory of Music and also the co-director of the Peninsula Guitar Series in San Bruno, CA. We hope you enjoy this fantastic conversation that concludes our series of podcast episodes featuring [...]

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Jun 02, 2019
CGC 086 : Bryce Jacobs
46:57

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews film composer and guitarist Bryce Jacobs. This is a fascinating conversation stretching from Bryce's struggles at conservatory learning classical guitar to some of his stories working with Hans Zimmer on several film scores (including performing guitar on some of them). To find out more [...]

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May 12, 2019
CGC 085 : Kenny Hill
1:20:15

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews California-based luthier Kenny Hill. In truth Kenny's projects take him around the world so he is truly an international luthier, and this conversation gets into a lot of those details, including how he got started building guitars, his different experiments and projects with building [...]

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Apr 07, 2019
CGC 084 : Blair Jackson of Classical Guitar Magazine
43:04

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews Blair Jackson, editor of Classical Guitar magazine. This is an insightful conversation about the history of CG and their service to the classical guitar community over the last several decades. Please join in the conversation by leaving a comment below!

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Mar 20, 2019
CGC 083 : Guitar Salon International
1:08:03

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews David Collett, President of Guitar Salon International, one of the largest dealers of classical and flamenco guitars in the world, located in Santa Monica, California in the States. Simon and David talk about GSI's guitar collection, its series of videos, and many other things [...]

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Mar 03, 2019
CGC 082 : Making the Most out of a Masterclass
32:06

The term masterclass has come to signify a fairly wide range of teaching scenarios and isn’t always dependent on a ‘master’ teacher being present. Rather, it signifies a lesson given to a student (or students) by a teacher (or teachers) in front of an audience. In addition to this, the students are more often than [...]

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Feb 03, 2019
CGC 081 : 2019 Guitar Goals
52:03

Join Simon and Roger as they listen to numerous new year goals submitted by CGC Academy members.   Do you have your own Guitar Goals for 2019? Please feel free to share them in the comments below:

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Jan 01, 2019
CGC 080 : Overload
33:16

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon talks about "overload": getting overwhelmed by too many things that can distract you from focusing in your practice and from the task at hand. Our guest for this episode is Ian Steedman, a member at CGC Academy, who brought up the topic of his own [...]

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Dec 16, 2018
CGC 079 : Playing With Ease – David Leisner
56:43

David Leisner has authored a book entitled Playing With Ease : A Healthy Approach to Guitar Technique and it draws upon his extensive experience and investigations into body mechanics and guitar playing.   David shares a number of insights in this interview but if you would  like to read more from his book you can purchase [...]

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Nov 18, 2018
CGC 078 : Practice Routines
42:35

Practice Routines can be a powerful tool to improve your playing. Not only do they keep you focused and on track but they also allow you to progress in a structured way. In this episode I discuss some of the elements that go into a good practice routine and announce the publication of 20 Practice [...]

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Nov 04, 2018
CGC 077 : The Beijing Guitar Duo
44:57

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews the world-renowned Beijing Guitar Duo, consisting of Yameng Wang and Meng Su. They talk about education and how these phenomenal young guitarists reached the level of playing and musicianship they have, as well as teaching and recording. This is an excellent conversation and a [...]

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Oct 06, 2018
Travel and Music Practice: How to make the most of your travel time
28:03

Travel is part of modern life. Whether it is to visit family, for work, vacation, or study, it seems that as a society we travel more than ever before. For a classical guitarist trying to maintain a regular practice schedule it can pose some distinct challenges and opportunities. The challenges inherent in travel are pretty [...]

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Sep 23, 2018
CGC 075: Announcing CGC 2.0!
30:06

After many months of hard work we are proud to reveal the next evolution of the CGC Academy. There are so many additions and improvements we are calling it CGC 2.0!  

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Sep 09, 2018
CGC 074 : Scott Tennant
37:53

Scott Tennant is one of the most accomplished guitarists of his generation. He is one of the founding members of the Grammy-award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. In addition he has recorded numerous solo albums in his decorated career. He is also the author of one of the most important classical guitar pedagogy texts of the [...]

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Jul 23, 2018
CGC 073 : CGC Summer School 2018
29:32

A copy of the live stream in the final concert (apologies for the poor audio quality!)

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Jun 24, 2018
CGC 072 : Tony Morris and Classical Guitar Alive!
1:03:56

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews Tony Morris, who hosts the radio show Classical Guitar Alive! Simon and Tony talk about CGA! and its global audience as well as Tony's work on the script for the film Mangoré about Agustín Barrios Mangoré. You won't want to miss this great conversation! [...]

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Jun 10, 2018
CGC 071 : Member Q&A with Michael Clunn
58:35

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon sits down for another Q&A session with CGC Academy member Michael Clunn. Michael recently submitted his Level 1 Certificate Course submission and has been a member for a little more than two years now. He's an active member of the community and is helping to [...]

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Jun 03, 2018
CGC 070 : Dave Belcher
32:56

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews . . . well, me! This was a fun conversation, mostly discussing what I do as the Community Manager at CGC, but also touches on some other topics you may find interesting, like the intersection of music and spirituality, and what have been some [...]

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May 09, 2018
CGC 069 : Scales Challenge!
33:07

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon offers a sneak peek into one of the live sessions at the CGC Academy. This session was a wrap-up of our monthly member challenge, focused on scales. Enjoy this session where we walk through some of the tangible progress students have made through the month [...]

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Apr 30, 2018
CGC 068 : Member Q&A with Martha Kreipke
58:00

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon sits down for a Q&A with CGC Academy member Martha Kreipke. There are some great topics in here, including whether the use of language like "mistakes" and "bad habits" (something I'm guilty of!) might not be the best language to convey the positive nature of [...]

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Apr 22, 2018
CGC 067 : Information Overload
30:32

I recently had a really great trip back to Australia for two weeks and had the opportunity to meet with about 8 members of Classical Guitar Corner Academy, to hang out and talk and eat and drink beers and take photos -- it was a really fun time. I also was able to reconnect with [...]

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Apr 15, 2018
CGC 066 : Connie Sheu
37:20

In this episode of the CGC Podcast, Simon sits down for an interview with one of the newest members of the CGC Faculty, Connie Sheu. Dr. Connie Sheu is the General Manager for the Guitar Foundation of America and teaches at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Moreno Valley College. She is also a member [...]

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Apr 10, 2018
CGC 065 : Tone, musical line, and speed: three evolving techniques on classical guitar
23:56

In this week's episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon discusses three techniques on classical guitar that are constantly evolving and so will take time to develop: tone, musical line, and speed. Leave us a comment below and let us know how you are working to continue to develop these techniques.

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Mar 26, 2018
CGC 064 : Member Q&A with Roger Ramirez
28:00

In this week's episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon sits down for a conversation and a bit of Q&A with Academy member Roger Ramirez. They get into all sorts of things, like Roger's ensemble group Divergent Strings (which recently had its arena debut...no kidding!) and Ramirez guitars (no familial relation to Roger). We [...]

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Mar 18, 2018
CGC 063 : Musicality with Michael and Evita
45:05

In this week's episode Simon sits down for an interview with Michael and Evita . . . only this time Simon's the one being interviewed! This is a great conversation about what is the true nature of musicality (and also how this applies to dance). Simon, Michael, and Evita talk about errors and how essential [...]

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Mar 11, 2018
Failure and Giving Up
23:37

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon shares some personal stories about failure on the classical guitar and his own perseverance to keep moving forward. You definitely won't want to miss this inspiring episode!

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Mar 05, 2018
CGC 061 : Member Q&A with Richard Kordel
33:29

In this week's episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon interviews Classical Guitar Corner Academy member Richard Kordel. Simon and Richard discuss the nature of etudes, differences in fingerings as they evolve over time, and some of Simon's own practice habits. Be sure to tune in and leave a comment to thank Richard for [...]

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Feb 25, 2018
CGC 060 : Sharon Isbin: Her Life and Stories with the Guitar
57:01

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon sits down for an interview with internationally renowned artist Sharon Isbin. Here Sharon shares many wonderful and engaging stories about her life in music and talks about many of her collaborations and projects with some of the most well-known figures in music around the world. [...]

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Feb 18, 2018
CGC 059 : Bradford Werner and This Is Classical Guitar
42:38

In this week's episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon sits down for a conversation with Bradford Werner, who runs the website This Is Classical Guitar, an excellent resource for classical guitarists, as well as a brand new site, Werner Guitar Editions, dedicated to providing high-quality pdfs of classical and fingerstyle guitar editions in [...]

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Feb 11, 2018
CGC 058 : The Secrets of Audio Editing
31:30

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon gives you tips on audio editing. Here Simon picks apart the editing process of classical guitar recordings and will change the way you listen to recordings of classical guitar music. (So, if you'd like not to know in-depth about that process, you might want to [...]

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Feb 04, 2018
CGC 057 : Performance Advice for the Amateur Classical Guitarist
29:06

In this episode of the Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon walks through five tips to help you better prepare and make it through live performance situations. You'll get advice on the long lead-up to the performance--preparation, which pieces to choose, and so on; the few weeks just before the performance; the day of the performance; [...]

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Jan 21, 2018
CGC 056 : Member Q&A with Linda Tsardakas
25:06

In this episode of The Classical Guitar Corner Podcast, Simon kicks off a new series where he will sit down with members of Classical Guitar Corner Academy and do a Q&A session to help those members with various questions they have in their own playing but also to perhaps answer some questions you may have [...]

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Jan 14, 2018
CGC 055 : A Cellist’s Approach to the Bach Cello Suites with Jacques Lee Wood
51:32

In this episode, Simon sits down with cellist Dr. Jacques Lee Wood to discuss J. S. Bach's Cello Suites. This is a fascinating discussion focusing on the importance of quality of voice, dynamics, Baroque style versus a flatter modern style of playing, and much, much more. J. S. Bach's Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello were [...]

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Jan 07, 2018
CGC 054 : New Year’s Guitar Goals and Resolutions
29:49

Its that time of year where we can reflect, plan, and toast to the new year. In this episode Evita and I discuss how to make the most of our new year resolutions.

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Dec 31, 2017
CGC 053 : Q&A with Simon
25:21
Dec 17, 2017
CGC 052 : Nathan Mills and Beyond the Guitar
49:39

Nathan Mills is the creator of Beyond the Guitar. He has come up with some creative ways to translate video game, movie, and television music, onto the classical guitar and in the process he is welcoming a completely new audience to the instrument. Here is [...]

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Nov 12, 2017
How To Teach Yourself Classical Guitar
30:28

It is important to acknowledge from the outset that: Nobody is really “self taught” A teacher does not make you a better player A self taught guitarist does not sit in a room with a guitar and no other influences, fumbling around until things start to fall into place. Rather, she will have numerous sources [...]

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Sep 29, 2017
CGC 050 : Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco
49:45

Diana Castelnuovo-Tedesco is the granddaughter of composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. For several years now she has committed herself to making her grandfather's music more available especially to performers of the maestro's music. Along with Edizioni Curci she has organized to publish many of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's unpublished works and continues to champion his music and his legacy.   [...]

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Aug 27, 2017
CGC 049 : How to change your technique
24:41

If your learning has been sporadic and spanned several years (or decades) with multiple instructors, chances are that you will have a mixture of strengths and weaknesses in your technique. I find that prime suspects for technique issues are players that have transferred from other styles of guitar playing, players that have had a substantial [...]

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Aug 06, 2017
CGC LIVE : Summer School 2017
1:05:39

CGC Summer School Class of 2017 The participants of the CGC Summer School came from far and wide. There were guitarists from India, Germany, Australia, Mexico, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Many of us had known each other through the Classical Guitar Corner forums, but this was the first time to meet [...]

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Jun 28, 2017
CGC 047: Louis Trépanier
55:15

Louis Trépanier is a Canadian guitarist (hailing from Ottawa) and a member of the Canadian Guitar Quartet who is the Coordinator of the Guitar Sector at the University of Ottawa School of Music. Trépanier did his formal studies with Patrick Roux, but he has also studied Jazz with the composer and guitarist Randy Ellias. He [...]

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Jun 04, 2017
How to develop speed in the right hand
26:50

For whatever reason we always want things we can't have. The classical guitar excels in producing soft, dulcet tones. So, therefore what do players want to do? Play loud and fast! I have dealt with the topic of playing loud on the classical guitar in another post, so in this post we will discuss the topic of [...]

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May 22, 2017
CGC 045 : Andrew York
43:24

Andrew York is one of today's most recognized and accomplished composers for the classical guitar and he is an internationally renowned concert performer. York is one of the founding members of the LA Guitar Quartet, with whom he received a Grammy award. He also received Grammy awards for his own compositions that appeared on Grammy-winning [...]

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Apr 23, 2017
CGC 044 : Alvaro Pierri
1:00:00

Álvaro Pierri, born into a musical family in Montevideo, Uruguay, is one of the greatest and most accomplished guitarists of his generation. His early musical education was at the hands of his mother, Ada Estades, on piano and his aunt, Olga Pierri, on guitar (Olga was well known in Uruguay and recorded with a group [...]

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Apr 08, 2017
What’s really, really important?
11:06

Somehow, in this post I have managed to tie in Marcel Proust, Winston Churchill, and your practice habits... it may be a little vague now, but I hope you will be with me by the end. Over the last few days I have reached out to some of the subscribers on the Classical Guitar Corner [...]

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Mar 20, 2017
CGC 042 : Richard Charlton
53:51

Richard Charlton is one of Australia's leading guitarists/composers. (Though he was originally born in the UK, he has been an Aussie since about the age of seven.) In this podcast Simon discusses many of Richard's works for guitar, guitar ensemble, and more—several of which are featured listening here—but also what it's like to compose for [...]

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Feb 27, 2017
CGC 041 : 2017 Summer School Concert
45:19

The Classical Guitar Corner Summer School is coming up fast, and June 15 seems like just around the corner! In this episode we hear performances from all of the teachers that will be coming to the 2017 Summer School. To learn more about the Summer School and register visit: CGC 2017 Summer School Information Page [...]

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Feb 13, 2017
CGC 040 : Guitar Ensemble Basics
52:19

Janet Agostino helped a lot of people with her podcast (CGC 019) on learning classical guitar and she is back to discuss ensemble work with classical guitar. Janet and I were both teaching at the Sydney Summer School and we will both be working with similar ensembles at the Classical Guitar Corner Summer School in [...]

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Jan 21, 2017
CGC 039 : Stephen Goss
54:16

Stephen Goss and I happened to be staying at the same hotel at this year's GFA convention in Denver. So, I jumped on the chance to sit down and have a conversation with him about his music. In this podcast we not only hear Stephen talk about his background and musical journey but we get [...]

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Dec 03, 2016
CGC 038 : Marcin Dylla on Practice and Musicianship
48:28

I would be happy to hear Marcin Dylla play anything. He is a musician that can combine convincing ideas with exceptional execution. I find that when we come across rare musicians such as Dylla that it is not the music we find beguiling but rather the person from which it is flowing. As I sat down [...]

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Nov 12, 2016
CGC 037 : Joshia de Jonge – Luthier
25:55

Joshia de Jonge is a Canadian luthier who comes from a family of builders and has been building guitars since she was thirteen! In our conversation we discuss her experiences as a builder, her background and get into details of french polish and construction techniques.   http://www.joshiadejonge.com/

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Oct 29, 2016
CGC 036 : Ricardo Gallen and Musical Curiosity
1:02:59

Ricardo Gallen is a Spanish guitarist that currently teaches in Weimar, Germany. Apart from being an excellent musician, he has several unique approaches to playing and teaching the guitar, which we discuss in this in-depth interview. You can find out more about Ricardo at his website: http://ricardogallen.com/en/   As for the challenge I mentioned in [...]

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Oct 09, 2016
CGC 035 : 3 Common Questions from Adult Learners
30:59

When I first left university I was thrown into a wide variety of teaching situations. For years I had been teaching adults, and I had become quite good at explaining musical concepts to people with a high level of cognition. Suddenly, I was teaching little kids. Four year olds that were swallowed by the guitar, [...]

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Sep 27, 2016
CGC 034 : Noa Kageyama and the Bulletproof Musician
1:08:14

Dr. Noa Kageyama is a concert violinist who did his studies at Julliard School of Music, but he is also a psychologist and the author of a prominent music blog called "The Bulletproof Musician." Noa uses both his background in music and in psychology (especially in conversation with sports psychology) to work with musicians to [...]

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Sep 11, 2016
CGC 033 : Petra Poláčková a European Life in Music
1:15:27

It was an absolute pleasure to sit down and chat with Petra Poláčková about her life and career in Europe. Petra is a world class performer on the classical guitar but is getting well known for her engaging use of the 19th century 9 string guitar. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Petra and feel [...]

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Aug 31, 2016
CGC 032 : Teaching in Afghanistan with Colin Davin
1:06:50

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7lEpsPYS78   Colin's Website: http://colindavin.com/ Afghanistan National Institute of Music Website: http://www.anim-music.org/

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Jul 30, 2016
CGC 031 : The Music of Frederic Hand
1:06:52

Frederic Hand shared some wonderful stories and insights into his world in episode 26 of the Classical Guitar Corner Podcast. In this session we had a chance to sit down and go through some recordings of his own compositions. We looked at a variety of his pieces for solo guitar and also for ensemble, we [...]

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Jul 19, 2016
CGC 030 : SoloDuo
46:45

SoloDuo is a classical guitar ensemble comprising of Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli. Their work is revered and respected throughout the guitar community and they are also a pleasure to talk to! Our conversation weaved from what it is like to play in such an in-synch ensemble to ensemble education and guitar education in general. [...]

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Jun 26, 2016
CGC 029 : Bret Williams and the Classical Guitar Insider Podcast
1:14:07

Bret Williams is a classical guitarist with a story. A story that he shares twice a month on his engaging podcast: Classical Guitar Insider. Bret was actually the first person to get me interested in the podcasting medium and he has done a wonderful job of uncovering the personalities behind the instruments. After more than [...]

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Jun 11, 2016
CGC 028 : Kevin Gallahger on Musical Analysis
1:09:59

Kevin Gallagher is both an insightful educator and a excellent performer. To further this combination, Kevin is very giving with his knowledge and this discussion is no exception. In this Episode we delve into musical analysis, intervals, scale patterns, voice movement and approaches to help you improve your understanding of music.   Kevin has provided [...]

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May 30, 2016
CGC 027 : Behind the scenes of the CGC Podcast
33:42

Happy birthday to the podcast! We made it through the first year and I hope there are many more years to come of classical guitar interviews, lessons, discussions ideas and inspiration. Thank you for listening. Let me know your favorite moments from the podcast in the comments below:

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May 09, 2016
CGC 026 : Fred Hand
54:47

Studies with Julian Bream, rubbing shoulders with Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Pierre Boulez? Yeah, I want to be a classical guitarist too! In this inspiring episode of the Classical Guitar Corner Podcast Fred Hand shares stories from a lifetime in music.

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Apr 25, 2016
Beginner Classical Guitar Lessons
59:10

Classical Guitar, an incredible instrument Welcome to the most beautiful instrument in the world! I am so glad you have found your way to the classical guitar because it can be a lifetime companion and a great way to find focus and beauty in this complex modern world. For me, the classical guitar represents an [...]

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Apr 11, 2016
CGC 024 : Rossiniana No.1 by Giuliani
47:36

In this episode I take you into the world of Giuliani and Rossini as we explore the Rossiniana No.1 by Mauro Giuliani. Rossiniana I, Op. 119 Themes: Introduction (Andantino) “Assisa a piè d’un salice” (Otello) “Languir per una bella”, Andante grazioso (L’Italienne à Alger) “Con gran piacer, ben mio”, Maestoso (L’Italienne à Alger) ”Caro, caro [...]

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Mar 22, 2016
CGC 023 : Guitars at the Met
39:56

Sellas Viboam Naples Guitar ca 1800 Lacote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUwQMgBsGe0 Stauffer C.F. Martin Segovia's Hauser   Bream's Hauser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PyhiGBOrBE   Segovia's Ramirez Christopher Parkening's Ramirez

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Mar 06, 2016
CGC 022 : Gohar Vardanyan and Life as a Traveling Musician
1:12:52

It was an absolute pleasure to have Gohar Vardanyan on the Classical Guitar Corner podcast. We talked for quite a while but as you will see, Gohar sheds light on many aspects of a classical guitar career that are not seen on the concert stage.   Gohar's website is goharvardanyan.com and she has an active [...]

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Feb 20, 2016
CGC 021 : Raffaele Agostino
40:48

Raffaele Agostino is an Italian/Australian guitarist that has dedicated his life to sharing music. Be it on the concert platform or through his teaching and mentoring of students, Raffaele has been a dedicated ambassador of the arts and classical guitar. Raff and I have had many conversations over the years on a number of topics and [...]

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Feb 09, 2016
CGC 020 : Stage Fright
29:12

Stage fright is a topic that we all know about and all have experience with. In this episode I give some clear and actionable points that can help you gain control and confidence on the stage. Also in this session we talk with a member of CGC about his first performance experience.

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Jan 25, 2016
CGC 019 : Learning Classical Guitar at an Older Age with Janet Agostino
37:54

Janet Agostino has a deep knowledge of education from a variety of perspectives and in our conversation I asked Janet to discuss some of the issues that come up when learning classical guitar later in life. It is a topic that is important to many members and readers of the site and I have actually [...]

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Jan 11, 2016
CGC 018 : Recording Yourself
31:28

Recording yourself is one of the best ways to improve your abilities. We often have quite a different idea in our head of what our playing sounds like compared to the scathing honesty of a recording. If you record yourself and hear things that you want to improve then you have already learnt something and [...]

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Nov 30, 2015
CGC 017 : Strings, Sound Ports, and Gadgets with Gary Lee
57:00

Part two of my conversation with master luthier Gary Lee. In this session we talk about a whole variety of topics that were submitted by members from the site. Strings, scale length, tuning machines, sound ports, bevels... you name it we talked about it! Many thanks to Gary Lee for bringing his vast knowledge and [...]

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Nov 15, 2015
Spruce vs Cedar and all things construction with Luthier Gary Lee
46:40

In the first of two parts, Gary Lee, master luthier, talks about guitar construction with insights into the different woods used in guitar building and how they influence the sound of our instruments. I learned a lot from hearing what Gary had to say and I am sure you will too! Visit Gary's site and [...]

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Nov 02, 2015
CGC 015 : DIY University
53:44

  In this episode Evita and I look into what you might learn from a university degree and how you can incorporate different elements into your own learning!

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Oct 11, 2015
CGC 014 : Bach & Frank Koonce
52:00

It was a pleasure and an education to have Frank Koonce join me on the Classical Guitar Corner podcast to talk about the music of Bach. Publications by Frank Koonce are available here: http://www.frankkoonce.com/publications/

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Sep 28, 2015
CGC 013 : Martha Masters and the GFA
45:28

A wonderful interview with the exceptionally talented, Martha Masters. After winning the GFA Competition fifteen years ago Martha is now the president of the GFA, a multifaceted organization that contributes to the classical guitar community in the U.S. and around the world.

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Sep 13, 2015
CGC 012 : David Russell
46:04

David Russell is an inspiration to many and this conversation is a testament to his motivation and inspiring attitude. We talk about his masterclass experiences, approach to specific techniques, and his way of practicing new materials. David and his wife María run a charity, which is mentioned in the conversation and if you would like [...]

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Aug 30, 2015
CGC 011 : Simon & Evita – Grateful
13:24

Yesterday, I was stabbed in the back. But in a good way. This podcast was intended to be the introduction to David Russell's interview but quickly became sidetracked and too long. It did, however, turn out to be a fun story about a guitar related injury, the process of trying to heal, and a realization [...]

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Aug 29, 2015
CGC 010 : Barrios and Berta Rojas
29:04

To celebrate the release of Mangoré, por Amor al Arte, a feature length biopic on the guitarist-composer Agustin Barrios, I had a conversation with the great Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas. Berta talks about her role in the film, and the prominent position that Barrios holds for the country of Paraguay. She also talks about her [...]

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Aug 21, 2015
CGC 009 : Ben Verdery
1:17:52

  Benjamin Verdery is a virtuoso guitarist, composer and teacher. In this interview we discuss many ideas about teaching and learning classical guitar including: First steps as a teacher Semour Bernstein Fred Hand Yale University Ben's Maui Class Ben's interviews from the 92nd Street Y

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Aug 17, 2015