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Performance Anxiety and Nervousness

Posted on December 5, 2010
It happens to all of us, and is our biggest enemy as musicians- Nerves! We all experience some level of anxiety when we have to perform in front of other people, it could be as few as a small groups of friends, a teacher, or full concert hall. Here is some advice on how to make sure those jitters don't get the better of you!
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Starting a new piece of music

Posted on November 30, 2010
One of the great and exciting aspects of being a classical guitarist is the enormous amount of music we have to chose from when looking for music to play. As wonderful as that is, all of us at one point found that tackling a new work can be very frustrating, so here is some advice on how to approach a new piece of music.
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Practicing

Posted on November 23, 2010
All musicians start off as students, and the one thing our teachers always tell us to do is "Practice". Although we all know that practicing is vital to our improvement, it is also very important to understand HOW to practice!
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Sight Reading

Posted on November 18, 2010
For beginning students young and old, sight reading is something that can be frustrating and stressful. Having a strong game plan is one of the keys to conquering this important musical skill.
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