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Classical Guitar Classes Duluth MN

Classical guitar classes include lessons on right hand positions, rest stroke, free stroke, playing scales, pedal tones, vibrato, basic arpeggios and more. See below for local music schools in Duluth that give access to instruction in guitar playing techniques as well as advice and content on playing classical guitar.

Rosewood Music
(218) 720-6086
394 S Lake Ave Ste 304
Duluth, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Schmitt Music Co
(218) 727-8341
1600 Miller Hill Mall
Duluth, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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LINDOR WARD PIANO AND ORGAN CO
(218) 722-7437
319 E MICHIGAN ST
Duluth, MN
 
MUSIC-GO-ROUND
(218) 727-1420
105 E CENTRAL ENTRANCE
Duluth, MN
 
Best Buy Duluth #43
(218) 722-8767
5105 Burning Tree Rd
Duluth, MN
Recycling Services
Recycling Kiosk
Ink & Toner Drop-off
We also recycle, rechargable batteries, cables, wiring, cords, game controllers

Electric Fetus
(218) 722-9970
12 E Superior St
Duluth, MN
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Electrotech
(218) 727-8919
1332 E. 4th St
Duluth, MN
 
D M ENTERTAINMENT
(218) 729-8043
3796 STEBNER RD
Hermantown, MN
 
SCHMITT MUSIC
(218) 722-2995
2338 MOUNTAIN SHADOW DR
Duluth, MN
 
Schmitt Music Center
(218) 727-8341
1600 Miller Trunk Hwy
Duluth, MN
 
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Put That Guitar Down

Put That Guitar Down
(and really improve as a musician!)
By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

For all the words of encouragement you have ever heard pertaining to picking up the guitar and practicing, either from me or your own sources, this article may come as a bit of a surprise to you. For once I am going to tell you to put the guitar down!

A little confused? Don't be, I'll try to explain. And the best way I can get my point across is by sharing an experience I personally had some time ago.

Back in the 80's, I went to music college in London. I feverishly studied classical guitar for 3 years. Practiced for hours each day. During this time I really developed some good disciplinary skills as far as practice was concerned. I would split up the day. Morning playing Bach fugues or whatever torturous classical guitar piece that had enslaved me at the time. A break for lunch, and in the afternoon I would pick up my electric guitar and plough through violin and flute music, which I'd rented from the music school library, to get my sight-reading together. Reading jazz and pop music is very different from classical music because phrasing interpretation is relative to the genre being played. So it is as much about listening to the band as it is reading the note values. So I wanted to get that together. Finally I worked on jazz harmony, specifically vocabulary for playing over changes. The Charlie Parker Omnibook was my bible, but I would also listen to be-bop players and steal their phrases and try to figure out how I should work them into my own playing. I remember stealing from Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Mike Brecker, and I fell in love with the swinging styles of pianists Red Garland and Wynton Kelly, both of whom played on Miles Davis' album "Milestones", a record that had a profound effect on me. Just as importantly, I listened to the way these musicians would feel the music. It wasn't just about the notes.

Wynton Kelly in particular had a certain thing about playing over altered chords. He would play 4 note phrases that would be repeated in thirds going down. Sometimes in whole tones. In fact many jazz guys I knew at the time would make fun of his style a little bit by singing his name as they played those motifs, going "Wyn-ton-Kell-ey-Wyn-ton-Kell-ey" and so on. After I got the hang of his ideas I would find myself sitting at the guitar and working out my own variations of those ideas. Pretty soon I had a whole bag of Wynton style 'tricks".

And then something interesting happened...

I would practice and practice these new motifs and melodic ideas and really try to work them into my playing. Pretty soon I had a pretty broad library of resources I could draw from. And I would practice them over Jamie Abersold records and so on. The woodshedding continued. Over time, I realized that some of those phrases were technically difficult to play on guitar (...

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