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Interview 3 – Angela Mair

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Interview 3 – Angela Mair

Interview 3 – Angela Mair Talking to Angela Mair was a great pleasure.  We met by Zoom. It was an absorbing conversation: Angela thought so deeply about everything I asked and answered everything both seriously and humorously. You can read Angela’s biography at https://bergmann-edition.com/collections/mair-angela . Just as a further bit of background, although Angela now lives in Vienna she was brought up in a rural part of western Austria, 640km from the capital city. Tell me about your start in music. I started to learn piano at 5. I just loved music. I was a fan of the Kelly Family...

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Maximize your Sight-Reading Skills, part 2

Maximize your Sight-Reading Skills, part 2

Guitarists: Maximize your Sight-Reading Skills PART 2 By Eric Lemieux A Step-by-Step Guide to Sight-Reading for Students Where do you actually place your primary focus when you read? On the top, middle or bass parts?  My suggestion is to give more attention to the bass or middle parts, as the melody typically stands out naturally, but this is not an absolute rule. It may depend on the texture of a piece, but if the music is polyphonic, I think it is important to be precise about your main point of focus. There are a few interesting examples in which you need...

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Maximize your Sight-Reading Skills, part I

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Maximize your Sight-Reading Skills, part I

Guitarists: Maximize your Sight-Reading Skills PART 1 By Eric Lemieux Let’s face it: the guitar is not an easy instrument when it comes to mastering sight-reading. If we compare the reading abilities of guitarists to those of other instrumentalists, such as violinists or keyboardists, guitarists are, generally speaking, poor readers.  This is simply a fact. There are many reasons for this: one of them is that there are so many different positions on the neck where we can play the same notes, and there is no clear reading position or tradition established as is the case for the violin family....

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Interview 2, Valérie Hartzell

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Interview 2, Valérie Hartzell

I caught up with Valérie shortly after a successful Classical Minds Guitar Festival (she is the festival’s Artistic Director). The interview was conducted by Zoom, and it didn’t go exactly to plan.  I had prepared a set of questions, but Valérie was far too engaging and interesting an interviewee for me to do anything but go with the flow of conversation. First, give us a little background about your education in guitar and music generally. My mother (a French national) was a classical guitarist who studied in Paris under Alberto Ponce and later at the New England Conservatory – she...

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Interview 1: Richard Alexander Vaughan

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Interview 1: Richard Alexander Vaughan

Interview 1 by Andrew Williams

English composer Richard Alexander Vaughan has been composing since his early years, studied at the Royal College of Music and Exeter University and has won numerous prizes in composition.

Richard’s pieces are at https://bergmann-edition.com/collections/vaughan-richard

I contacted Richard just has he was recovering from a week-long reaction to his Covid vaccination.

 What proportion of your waking week do you think you spend with guitar in hand? ...

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