Improving your performance begins with identifying areas of desired change, recognizing the problem in each area and then creating an idealized picture of change.  Begin by addressing the area(s) in your life that you would like to see improvement. Identify the category in your life needing change and briefly list what you see as the

Track 12 of the recording “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. This was originally titled Etude Opus 29 No. 17.  As Segovia selected this study he most likely was thinking about its close yet less demanding partner of Etude #1 (Track 1). Both studies share a range of common elements. Both are in the key

Track 11 of the recording “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. Variation on a Theme of Mozart – In 1819 Fernando Sor attended the first performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and was inspired to write a major work around a musical theme found near the end of act one. This particular piece purposefully captures

Track 9 of the recording “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. Sor originally titled this piece Etude Opus 6 No. 11. This is one of Sor’s longer studies. It is beautiful, warm and primarily a study in arpeggios. The texture of this piece comes from its almost continual use of the low end of the

Track 8 of the recording “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. Originally titled Etude Opus 35 No. 17  – This is a short and popular study for the guitar. Like many studies of the time this aims to develop the right hand’s ability to accent the volume of specific notes to project melody. Sor presented

Track 7 of the recording “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. Grand Solo Opus 14 is a one movement sonata and perhaps Sor’s finest extended work. Long, grandiose and imaginative Grand Solo uses the guitar to it fullest. In this piece Sor uses the “Drop D” tuning which involves lowering the bottom E note a

Track 6 of the recording “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. This was titled originally Etude Opus 35 No 13 by Sor.  This study emulates a keyboard study. The comparison is shown primarily through its upper melody played over the accompanying chords below. This is a study typical of the classical era and is a

Track 5 of “The Guitar Works of Fernado Sor”. Origionally titled Opus 6 No. 12. – This study is a beautiful piece of music that most likely was written to emulate a string quartet. This piece maintains the use of four voices throughout the entire piece – the highest number of voices the guitar can

Track 4 of “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. This piece was originally titled Etude 29 No 13 by Sor. – This study is a beautiful and famous etude written by Sor and one of the most difficult of the collection of Segovia’s twenty studies. Primarily a study in right hand arpeggio work the piece

Track 3 of “The Guitar Works of Fernando Sor”. Sonata Seconda Opus 15(b) This major piece by Sor is a one movement Sonata and shows influences from the great pianist Domenico Scarlatti. The piece highlights Sor’s ability as a composer as well as his creative use of texture for the guitar. Over the decades this