"But I practiced it a thousand times!" How
often have these words of frustration been spoken by students and professionals
alike when, after hours of practice, a difficult passage simply remains
Janet Marlow’s Guitar Practice Tips and Techniques are shortcut methods of getting
to the core of a problem while enjoying the process of resolving the
difficulty. Each chapter of this
book offers a holistic approach to understanding yourself as a student of the
guitar. While learning these creative and efficient methods, you will discover
that your goals will be accomplished more quickly and more enjoyably.
The book’s subtitle, What Every Great Guitarist Knows
is a theme throughout this book to support and encourage you. Great players use
these methods to attain their mechanical, technical and musical goals… and now
you can too!
Whether you are a classical or acoustic player ,Guitar
Practice Tips and Techniques is a companion resource for you on the music stand so
you can say, “I’ve practiced it a few times and I’ve got it!”.
Janet Marlow, Author
Stephen Rekas, Editor
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Evaluating Your Practice
How Our Minds Work
The First Principle of Great Practicing,
Playful Practicing for Resolving Problems
Preparing to Practice
Looking at the Music Without Playing
Open your Ears
One Piece at a Time
Where to Practice
Time in History
Slowing Time for a Practice Session
Frequencies, Resonances and Sound Waves
Silence and Calm
Chapter 2 – TIPS and TECHNIQUES for Great Practicing
Tip 1 – Focus Practicing
Tip 2 – Non-linear Learning
Tip 3 – Getting Past the Notes
Origins of the Word “Music”
The Three Stages of Practicing
Chapter 3 – The Analytical/Interpretive Process
Resolving Problem Passages
Frustration in Practicing
Chapter 4 – Tips and Techniques for Fun Practice Sessions
Using a Cloth to Become a Stronger Player
Using a Mirror to Improve Intonation
Recording Your Practice Sessions
Amplifiers, Microphones and Headphones
Imagery in Interpretation
Scales- Never Have a Boring Scale Session Again!
How to Play Fast Scales
Arpeggios for Right Hand Mastery
Shifts and Stretches
Squeaks and Scratches
Are You Taking a Train or a Plane?
Improvising as a Classic Guitarist
The Theory Behind the Notes
Mark Up Your Music!
Playing to “The Other”
Guitar Practice Tips and Techniques Book $29.95 plus S&H
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1. Playing the Ten-String Guitar: An Approach Guide for Guitarists Method Book with CD
48 pages Seven progressive studies, Prelude in C- Bach, Courante- Weiss, Three American Landscapes, techniques on controlling resonance, damping and more. $32.00 plus S & H #2052
Playing the Ten-String Guitar: An Approach Guide for Guitarists DVD
A Review by Steven Bastien - Society Member and Ten-String Guitarist
Recently, I purchased the method book and DVD, Playing the Ten-String Guitar: An Approach Guide for Guitarists by Janet Marlow. She is the first to provide this much needed material. More importantly, I appreciate that it is of such quality and usefulness. For me this could not have come at a more opportune time, as I was in the process of trying to sell my 10-string guitar. After years of struggling with it, I could only make good use of 8 of the strings and decided to be an 8-string guitar player. For me, it is the brilliance of the Marlow tuning method that opens up all 10-strings. Like all great ideas, in hindsight it seems so simple, yet I never thought of it.
The book and DVD complement each other perfectly. The book is more important in that it provides all studies, arrangements and compositions in notational form allowing a student to actually perform them. However, I found the DVD critical for comprehending all the subtle movements, particularly damping techniques. These things can’t be described and must be seen and heard.
The seven 10-string studies, notated using a grand staff, are ideally structured and arranged to allow the student to immediately read and play the bass strings 7-10. Within an hour or two, one is able to progress in huge bounds and can be ready to dive into the three excellent 10-string pieces provided. The studies still have lasting value and must be done on an ongoing basis to continually improve skills in reading, playing technique and just becoming comfortable with the added four strings.
Anyone doubting the wisdom of the Marlow tuning method will become convinced upon playing the included arrangement of Bach’s Prelude in C major. No previous guitar arrangement of that work has ever equaled this one. The book also includes an arrangement of Weiss’s Suite in A major, which is very good and a joy to play. The approach guide concludes with Janet Marlow’s master-work, “Three American Landscapes”, which is a beautiful depiction of the American Southwest. To truly express all of the nuances in this piece takes great skill, yet a student can still read through and play most of it and then identify areas of technical weakness to work on.
I highly recommend these products to all 10-string guitarists, whether beginner or advanced. I truly believe that I will use these throughout my life as a resource for continual improvement.
Janet Marlow Signature Set (7) B (8) F# (9) C# (10) G#
Janet Marlow Signature Set (7) B (8) F# (9) C# (10) G#
The Joy of Flute and Guitar by Janet Marlow
Intermediate Level , 40 pages
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The Joy of Flute and Guitar collection is geared for the flute and guitarist to enhance the repertoire for this combination for students and professional performers in ensemble. The works include: Greensleeves (Anonymous 16th c.); Mozart’s Spring Etude in Bb Major (Fernando Sor and Janet Marlow); Minuet and Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Christoph Gluck); Sonata in F Major (Georg Philipp Telemann); Sonata in C Major BMV 1033 (Johann Sebastian Bach); Berceuse Op. 16 (Gabriel Faure).
THE JOY OF FLUTE AND GUITAR
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Comp. Janet Marlow $22.00 plus shipping and handling
This 10 page duo works well for players to enjoy parts of equal musical and technical importance in a delightful conversational exchange. Includes CD
5. Blue EyesFor Solo Ten-String #2054
7 pages comp. Janet Marlow $22.00 includes CDPlus shipping and handling
Essence CD solo 10-string Janet Marlow-
All Day All Night
Three American Landscapes
El Amor Brujo
On Green Dolphin Street
Piece of the Puzzle
Over the Rainbow
ESSENCE 10-string solo Janet Marlow $13.99
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