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Guitar Stores Rexburg ID

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Chesbro Music Co
(208) 359-1900
257 N 2Nd E
Rexburg, ID
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Chesbro-Rexburg
(208) 359-1900
257 N 2nd E
Rexburg, ID
 
Mikes Music
(208) 356-3335
54 E Main St
Rexburg, ID

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Mikes Music
(208) 356-3335
54 E Main
Rexburg, ID
 
Chesbro Music Co
(208) 359-1900
257 N 2nd E
Rexburg, ID
 
Music America
(208) 356-5033
Po Box 471
Sugar City, ID
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Chesbro Music CO
(208) 359-1900
257 N 2nd East
Rexburg, ID
 
Mickelsen Piano Co
(208) 529-2047
395 May St
Idaho Falls, ID
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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Ferguson Music Company
(208) 356-0231
72 N 1st E
Rexburg, ID
 
Aztec Guitars
(208) 356-9398
225 S Maple Ave
Sugar City, ID

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Take Command Over Your Instrument

By Chris Standring ( www.chrisstandring.com )

Back in the early 80s I went to the London College Of Music to study classical guitar for three years. I studied exclusively with a wonderful guitarist named Robert Brightmore who is now teaching at the Guildhall School Of Music in London. Bob was not only a great teacher but a mentor to me and I looked forward to my weekly lessons with him. However, he understood my dedication to the instrument and no matter how much I practiced during the week, he would never ever have me resting on my laurels. He always wanted to push me harder. I remember him saying to me many times, "Play strong Chris, play strong!". Those words are still embedded in my skull today and they may well have been some of the most powerful words he could have uttered.

But it took a while for me to really know what he was talking about. Indeed I don't think I really got it until my final term at the music school when I had to do a recital for my Fellowship diploma. Right before I went on to perform he said "Play strong Chris!". And so I did.

Classical guitar is a tough instrument. It's just you and the guitar. Nothing in between. It's an acoustic instrument, and if you are playing in a hall you have to project that sound to the back of the room. You have to play strong. There's no amp to help you. But strong doesn't mean loud. It has to do with articulation, commitment to the music and command of your instrument, even in quiet passages. It really has to do with a solid technique, in a perfect world, so you can focus on the music, not muscle mechanisms. Playing strong most of all I think means communicating the music as if you are a great master. Playing strong means that the audience is comfortable listening to you. Comfortable in that they can relax and be taken on a musical journey. Not uncomfortable, worrying if you are going to 'make' the next phrase.

Of course now I am ensconced in the jazz world, my classical guitar playing has taken a long hiatus. But everything I learned about playing strong has been adopted to my jazz guitar playing, and I still think about it often. Not only do I want to play strong, but when I listen to other musicians I want to hear that command, strength, confidence and surety in their playing. I want to be comfortable listening to others play so I can enjoy their musical journey.

It starts with technique. But as I mentioned it's not about dazzling chops. Technique is a means to an end. If you can't say what you want to say musically, then examine whether your technique needs improvement. But I like to focus on the word 'articulation', because to me that describes what we are trying to achieve a little better.

So how do we learn to play strong? In the classical world, slow but sure practice is key. Learning to project sound, focusing on right hand attack, using different areas of the sound hole e...

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