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Article: Book Review

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 ...

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Article: Live Review

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 ...

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Article: Record Label Profile

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 ...

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Vividly

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2010

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Altiplanos

Label: Favored Nations
Released: 2005
Track listing: Sentimentales Pyromaniaques; La Dame de Clevedon; Sur un Fil; Altiplanos; Demain d

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Intuite

Label: dadgadmusic
Released: 2001
Track listing: 1. Kadourimdou 2. The Welsh Arrow 3. So Long Michael 4. Intuite 5. Bouree Voltige 6. Le Jardin D'Adonis 7. La Hora Espanola 8. L'Alchimiste 9. Agadiramadan 10. En Route From Scarborough 11. Silent Passenger


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