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Classical Guitar Classes Russellville AR

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 Russellville that give access to instruction in guitar playing techniques as well as advice and content on playing classical guitar.

Olsens Music Ctr
(501) 968-6322
Po Box 931
Russellville, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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Valley Piano CO
(479) 968-5200
813 E Main Street
Russellville, AR
 
Musicians Guitar Outlet
(479) 648-9300
2912 Fairway Hamlet Ct
Fort Smith, AR
 
Pickin Porch Music Store Inc
(501) 336-9499
Po Box 216
Conway, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Dpc Drums
(501) 253-2757
1 Drennon Dr
Eureka Springs, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Valley Piano Co
(479) 968-5200
813 E Main St
Russellville, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Treble Clef Music Store
(870) 793-5597
309 E Main St
Batesville, AR
 
Shuffield Music CO
(870) 230-1733
2607 Caddo St, Ste G
Arkadelphia, AR
 
Webbs Sound
(870) 245-2334
25 Angela Ln
Arkadelphia, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Whitmores Music Center
(479) 524-3323
475 W Tulsa St
Siloam Springs, AR
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Basic guitar repairs (action set-up, string replacement, fret dress). Access to luthier repairs for more serious issues.
Basic band instrument repairs (minor adjustments, pad reseating, corks). Access to full-service shop for speedy major repairs.

Hours
Monday through Friday: Noon to 5:30
Saturday: 10:00 to 2:00

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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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