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Impariamo a suonare la chitarra fingerstyle

Read "Impariamo a suonare la chitarra fingerstyle" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Nell'accezione comune contemporanea, la chitarra fingerstyle è la più moderna evoluzione della chitarra fingerpicking, ovvero quella tecnica strumentale per suonare la chitarra con le dita (o con dei plettri speciali) nata in ambito prevalentemente folk-blues fin dagli anni '20 dello scorso secolo. Col tempo, le tecniche si sono allargate parallelamente agli orizzonti musicali dei chitarristi che ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live Guitars From Birmingham: Rhys Chatham, David Grubbs & Pierre Bensusan

Read "Live Guitars From Birmingham: Rhys Chatham, David Grubbs & Pierre Bensusan" reviewed by Martin Longley

Rhys Chatham Birmingham Town Hall June 7, 2014 When the guitarist/composer Rhys Chatham performs with his small combo, he's usually clad casually, but in his role as conductor for this large-scale performance, he was suitably be-suited. There's an immediate dichotomy here, when this New Yorker's epic 2006 piece, “A ...

Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond

Read "Ozella Music: Nordic Beauty and Beyond" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is always tempting to explain one story in the light of another, and in the case of guitarist and composer Dagobert Böhm's Ozella Music label, it is inevitable to be reminded of Windham Hill, the record company started by the guitarist William Ackerman in 1976. Like Windham Hill, Ozella started out as one-man project run ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pierre Bensusan: Altiplanos

Read "Altiplanos" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Among several facets Pierre Bensusan brings into play on the guitar are the influences he has absorbed and the technical skills he brings to bear. The latter sees him use fingertapping and harmonics, a chunky fleshing of the chords, overdubbing, and a creativity that opens a wide pasture in which he lets his melodies roam without ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pierre Bensusan: Altiplanos

Read "Altiplanos" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes it's all in the fingers. Give a guitar to two players, ask them to play an identical phrase and there will be a difference. It's about physiology--the physical characteristics of the fingers and how they touch the strings. It's about phrasing--the emphasis of some notes over others and the subtle nuances between those notes. And ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pierre Bensusan: Altiplanos

Read "Altiplanos" reviewed by Jim Santella

Guitarist Pierre Bensusan creates a gentle mood on this, his tenth solo album. Applying fingerstyle technique to soft ballads and lyrical ramblings, he sets his original compositions on the table for casual contemplation. Each piece flows smoothly with emotion, as a treasured folk song would carry out its purpose on its listening audience. Singing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Pierre Bensusan: Intuite

Read "Intuite" reviewed by Jim Josselyn

Performing an entire program of solo guitar is quite a challenge. Range, dynamics and tone are some of the inherent pitfalls of the instrument. More classical and new-age folk than jazz, Pierre Bensusan tackles the challenge straight ahead on “Intuite" with mixed results. “Kadourimdou" opens the session with a provocative, bluesy, muted bass figure, percussive slaps ...


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