I've renewed this site, and revamped a lot of the content. But what's more, I've been writing new compositions this fall!
This time, they have been mostly of the "Easy" category, suitable for beginners. That kind of pieces are what's needed most, I think. Now I'll just need to finish them and make videos - which is always the hardest part. I've been thinking about doing the videos in an easier, low-key way, maybe just me playing at my desk.
I've no idea if that kind of videos would be good or not. Maybe we'll see!
Everything on this website, NewCenturyGuitar.com, is now free! Every composition, every arrangement, all the downloadable guitar sheet music.
Previously only my opera arrangements were free, while I charged a nominal sum for my original guitar compositions. Little by little I came to realize that the system wasn't really fair: for some people, the cost was very small, but for others, it was too much. Now that it's all free to download, I think the system is as fair as can be!
I've decided to work on donation basis from now on. There's no obligation to pay anything, but if you like my work, you can donate a small sum of your choice via PayPal.
You can find a lot of free sheet music online, legally or otherwise, but what sets NewCenturyGuitar.com apart is that all content is original. The arrangements are written by me, and they seem to be popular; at least people have been downloading them steadily for years. Also all my own compositions for guitar that you can find here are specifically written for my students and this website: you can't find them anywhere else. I try to keep the quality as high as I can - if you have any ideas on how I could improve, please let me know!
I'm updating my site. Until now, the opera arrangements have been free downloads and my own compositions have had a small charge attached. From now on, I've decided to give everything away free! It will happen as soon as I can get it done, but I hope it won't take no more than a few days. See you then! 🙂
I'm not sure if anyone's noticed, but I keep fiddling with every aspect of newcenturyguitar.com to make this site better.
Most of the work is behind the scenes, but this morning, I rewrote the page About me and music. I realized that I had failed to include some key bits of info, like my guitar teachers. I had in fact left the names out on purpose, mistaking the usual mention of past teachers is resumes as bragging, when in fact it is a form of thanking your teachers for their contribution to your growth.
I also included a bit about my parents. I cannot adequately thank them, of course, not anymore; but a mention of them is very necessary, to me especially.
It's fiendishly difficult to engage website visitors in a conversation, as I've found out, or to get any kind of direct feedback. It would be extremely helpful, indeed essential, for the betterment of newcenturyguitar. So, if you read this, please, comment or send a message:
how could I improve newcenturyguitar.com for you?
Many classical guitar players shun TABs - except when it comes to lute music. On the other hand, many guitarists find it much easier to read TAB than normal notation.
I guess I'm in the former camp, because I started with notation in the beginning and also because I teach classical guitar. That's probably why all the compositions on newcenturyguitar.com are currently only available in normal notation, not TAB.
I'm a bit ambivalent on TABs, to be honest. If it makes it easier for someone to get into playing guitar, I'm all for it, how could I not be? I know that it can be difficult enough as it is to learn a complex new skill, without any further complication caused by the necessity of learning to read a cryptic code such as musical notation. ...continue reading "How do you feel about TABs?"
The last few days have been surprisingly good for composing. I've got three new compositions under development; one almost finished, one halfway there, one just an idea.
I have long periods when I feel that I've had my last idea, there will be no more. Then, out of the blue, comes something new. It takes a while to work out those ideas, but it's fascinating, hugely rewarding work.