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Classical Guitar Word, Issue #002 -- News From The World Of Classical Guitar
August 30, 2007

Welcome to the second edition of Classical Guitar Word.

In This Issue....

* Welcome To Our New Contributors
* New Pages On The Web Site
* Your Space - A New Web Site Feature
* Zeca Collares, Brazilian Viola Caipira Lessons

Welcome To Our New Contributors

Being fully aware that an eZine consisting only of my thoughts and opinions would be a real bore, I've managed to persuade a few eminent people to be occasional contributors.

Professor Derek Day is a highly regarded teacher and performer and will be contributing tips and techniques to help with practice and study. Derek is extremely busy at the moment as it is the beginning of the school year at his university in North Carolina. With luck his first contribution should be ready for the next issue.

David Argent is a world renowned guitar maker based in Australia. At this stage I'm not sure what David will be writing about, so look out for his first piece coming soon. I'm sure that he'll have some thought provoking things to say.

Zeca Collares is a virtuoso performer of the Brazilian Viola Caipira. If you're looking to add something different to your repertoire then Zeca's beginner lessons will be a source of inspiration. Although Zeca's music isn't strictly classical guitar I'm making this exception since the music he makes is absolutely wonderful. I'm sure that you'll be tempted to find out more about this beautiful instrument.

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New Web Site Additions

Just a few of the new pages added since the first edition of the eZine;

Antonio Aparicio Classical Guitars. Based in Valencia, Spain, Antonio Aparicio puts his traditional skills and thirty five years of experience into each guitar he builds.

Hofner Classical Guitars. An interesting range of classicals at reasonable prices. They've taken a bit of a lead in using renewable soundwoods in their Green Line of guitars.

Jim Redgate Classical Guitars. Australian guitar builder who makes fifteen guitars a year by hand for professional classical guitarists and collectors.

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Your Space

Those of you familiar with the Classical Guitar World Site from it's beginning just two months ago, will be aware of it's rapid growth. However the growth hasn't just been about a lot more pages of information. I've now also given you four different ways to build your own little corner of the site.

The new Favourite Guitar and Favourite Player sections are an opportunity for you to voice your opinion on your favourite instruments and the players you admire. You can also comment on other people's posts and rate them. It's really simple to use and you can enhance your post by uploading a photograph using the simple image browser.

The third "Your Space" section is where you can sell your used classical guitar or browse to see if you can pick up a bargain. This is a free advertising facility that is so much better than a classified ad.

The fourth section is devoted to independent Luthiers and their classical guitars. They can advertise their instruments free of charge.

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Zeca Collares

Hello friends!

I am Zeca Collares. I'll talk about Viola Caipira (Brazilian ten string acoustic folk guitar). The most popular instrument in Brazilian Culture.

The History: The Viola Caipira was born in the Açoures Islands(Portugal) about century XI and arrived in Brazil with the first Portuguese about century XV and remains today.

Folklore: The old players tell a tale that to play well this instrument, it is necessary to make a pact with a Viola Caipira Player demon, who will live inside of the Viola Caipira. The owner of this instrument will then become the best player and the most famous.

Lessons: Believe or not in the tales but you must know very well the instrument and study hard, therefore I will be leaving off today offering you tips for you that want to start to play the Viola Caipira.

Step one: Buy a Viola Caipira.

Step two: Tune it in one of the thirty and two existing tunings.

Step three: Start to practice the duetted scales.

The first duetted scale pdf download

Tune one: Cebolão ( open E,F,D) pdf download

In the next month I will continue speaking about Cebolão tune, scales and melodic exercises.

Bye,bye! I see you in the next month.

I am Zeca Collares, musician, composer, Viola Caipira teacher and researcher of Brazilian popular culture. For more information about viola caipira visit my web site

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That's it folks for this issue. Many thanks to my friend Zeca, I'll certainly be buying myself a Viola Caipira and following his lessons. See you again soon.

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