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  1. DianeB

    Live Lesson

    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN, 7:00 pm CT. Topic to be announced. Manage Event
  2. DianeB

    Live Lesson

    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Nashville, TN, 7:00 pm CT. Topic to be announced. Manage Event
  3. DianeB

    Live Lesson

    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Nashville, TN, 7:00 pm CT. Guitar Success Q & A. Manage Event
  4. DianeB

    Live Lesson

    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Nashville, TN, 7:00 pm CT. Using a Metronome.
  5. DianeB

    Live Lesson

    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Nashville, TN, 7:00 pm CT. How to Play Double Stops. By the way, that should be September 20, not January 25. 😄
  6. If you have been contemplating taking the plunge into full-featured notation software, good news: Finale is now priced at $299, a full 50% drop from its previous list price of $599. The learning curve is a bit steep (think Photoshop) but the help system is voluminous and there are many online tutorials to get the beginner up and running. Finale has been a huge boost to my music education. The ability to write music and hear it played back is priceless. The principal competitors to Finale are probably Avid's Sibelius and the open source, free MuseScore. I believe Steve uses Finale. Their capabilities are essentially equivalent; in my case the choice was a matter of compatibility with my theory instructor. Here's a sample of mine from a couple of years ago, created six weeks from the starting line.
  7. DianeB

    Live Lesson

    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Nashville, TN, 7:00 pm CT. Jazz Soloing with the Jazz Deck, part 2.
  8. It's September, so I suppose it's time to post the roster:
  9. @Eduardo It's not important that the thumb stay on the three low strings, unless the music calls for it. It's important that the thumb does what you want it to do. Session 10 is a toe dip into the shallowest water of fingerstyle and classical. You can't go wrong with advice from Mauro Guiliani or, say, Christopher Parkening.
  10. @Eduardo Glad you asked, because that question also arises frequently. I wondered myself. From the Harvard Dictionary of Music: "Suspension (under 'Counterpoint'): normally a dissonant tone occurring on a strong metrical position, having been sustained (or "suspended" or "prepared') from an initial attack as a consonance and converted to a dissonance as a result of motion in another voice. It is most often resolved downward by step." (Italics mine.) So whether to notate a chord as G2 or Gsus2 is merely a matter of convention and preferred usage. If we regard the dissonant note (the second or fourth in the chord) as "lifted", then the physical meaning of "suspension" is applicable to a fourth but not a second. Steve reports that "sus2" usage is more common in the UK, and "2" in the US. I can't say, because I've seen "sus2" over chord blocks in a lot of music books here in the US. He uses "2". It seems to be like "color" vs. "colour". And yes, this is the essence of almost all Western music from the Classical period on, tension and resolution. -- Diane
  11. @Eduardo Good eye, my dear man! Yes, this has been called out here before, but I've forgotten where, so let's clarify. A major triad is the root, major third, and perfect fifth, abbreviated 1-3-5. A suspended fourth (sus4) chord is the root, perfect fourth, and perfect fifth, 1-4-5. As you observe, the middle pitch is raised a semitone to form this from the major triad. At this stage in the course, to avoid unnecessary complication, Steve uses "sus" to mean "sus4". There are also "two" chords, written as either "sus2" or simply "2", as in G2 (= Gsus2). These come later, in Session 12. He also makes another simplification here for the student, again for the same reason. He does not distinguish between "sus4" and "7sus4", a suspended dominant seventh, which is 1-4-5-b7, referring to both as "sus". The open position Em7 chords shown are variations on 1-b3-5-b7 (E-G-B-D). The open position Dsus (Dsus4) is 1-4-5 (D-G-A) and the open Esus (Esus4) is also 1-4-5 (E-A-B). The first position Fm7 is 1-b3-5-b7 (F-Ab-C-Eb). But the "Fsus" illustrated is actually an F7sus4. Fsus4 is 1-4-5 (F-Bb-C), but F7sus4 is 1-4-5-b7 (F-Bb-C-Eb). The A# pitch class is not in the key of F, but rather its enharmonic, Bb. Note the presence of the b7th (Eb). A true Fsus4 (1-4-5 = F-Bb-C) in the first position is 133311, or an Esus4 shape two frets behind a full barre. Even in Steve's full chord chard (attached), he has labeled F7sus4 as "Fsus7" (?!), complexicating things even more. Fsus4 does not appear on the chart probably because Steve has found little use for it. In classical guitar, it's not that unusual. The F7sus4 shape is slightly easier to form, and it works harmonically because the (added) b7 will function as a leading tone much like the 4th. Steve is not being misleading, but doing what all good teachers do in not introducing complexity too early and needlessly. But sharp eyed students will catch these moments every time! Chords You Need to Know.pdf
  12. @Matt_B Hi, Matt, it happens. Life will always be there. Be kind to yourself and keep your expectations modest. Over the years the discussion board has accumulated (and Doug collated) a mountain of good advice that you can refer to as you need. But here in the beginning, I suggest you identify a small window of time in each day, 10 to 30 minutes, that will be free of distractions, in which you can focus on music. An appointment with yourself, every day, same time. No excuses. Steve explains here. If possible, it should have something of each of these four elements: (1) warm up, (2) skills, (3) songs, and (4) exploration. At first, it will mostly 1 and 2 and a bit of 4. Your finger tips might get sore, especially on a steel string acoustic. Don't practice with pain; your finger tips will gradually toughen and your endurance will grow. Have your guitar professionally set up, even if it is new, to ensure its maximum playability and proper intonation. The best advice on music practice I've found has been distilled into a delightful little volume by guitar instructor Tom Heany, "First, Learn to Practice". This and related books appear in my Reading List. Lesson 1: Enjoy your practice!
  13. @Matt_B Relax. I can not find any errors in the tablature in my lesson book through Session 10, and it's a first edition (possibly 9th printing). It's possible I missed something, but it's unlikely because I made lots of pencil annotations, such as note names, and I would have corrected an error if I found one. My Bonus Resources book is version 1.2, and it's possible some typos were in the earlier printings of that. The only hiccup I corrected was p. 35, exercise 6: it should read "Key Signature = G" (not F#), and that's trivial. On p. 98 of the Bonus Resources book, Steve refers to typos in the tab of Canon in D in the Lesson Book, but both of mine match exactly, so those typos must have been in an earlier printing.
  14. @Matt_B Welcome to the course and the discussion board! Yes, when you first open that lesson book and consider all that's ahead, it can seem overwhelming. But you will be making enjoyable music quite soon. Make full use of all the advice here (see Doug's link above), at least the parts that speak to you. Here is some of the best I've read. Whatever difficulty you might encounter, it won't be new — someone here will have met the dragon before and can help you conquer it. I collected a few other resources here that might be useful as you progress. Happy practice!
  15. DianeB

    Live Lesson

    Live Lesson with Steve Krenz from Nashville, TN, 7:00 pm CT. Jazz Soloing with the Jazz Deck.

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