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In very broad terms, in general music coming from the Classical period onward should be played verbatim, as most likely the score that comes to your hands faithfully conveys what the composer wrote and intended to be played (notable exceptions being cadenzas in concerts, which originally were left for the performer to prepare or improvise). Regarding ...


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The point of a performance is to give your rendition of the music, not your rendition of the score. Baroque scores, particularly arias and other soloist stuff, tends to omit a number of "fairly standard" ornamentation that is still expected from the performer, as well as leaving a lot of leeway for more fancy stuff. Bach tends to spell out more details ...


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Apart from the point that many guitarists seem to rather like using, ahem, questionable technique†, it's a fact that fret-hand-leg (FHL)‡ doesn't work very well with most guitars – at least when you're just sitting on a normal chair. Even with classical guitar this doesn't make much sense – FHL with a footrest is how I originally ...


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It looks cooler. You're absolutely right about the ergonomics being better; it promotes better posture and less stress in the wrist and back. But to the Average Joe, it does look "Square", even though many metal and prog (read: technical) guitarists promote that posture, as well as holding the guitar higher up while standing. I think you'll find people ...


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I was intrigued, and had a go putting it on my left leg for a change... the main problem was that it wasn't a very natural angle for my right hand and arm when using with a pick - as my hand was moving at more of an angle to the strings, I had to move further, and it was harder to adjust to get the pick at the correct angles for different techniques. It was ...


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I'm going to assume that by "left leg", what you mean is "left leg in the style of a classical guitarist, with the left leg elevated on a small stool and the neck of the guitar raised up very high". Left leg with the neck parallel to the ground would be ridiculous, and impossible for a steel string acoustic for one to get one's picking hand around to the ...


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Practice often and with click-track! Familiarity with the song it's general pattern, fill spots...helps confidence immensly. With confidence anxieties disappear. don't drink to relax, beside all that goes with bad habits I found it destroyed my memory on stage over the ages.


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I suggest that you play the last bar of the first song, then immediately play the introduction of the second. If there isn't an introduction, use the last two or four bars of that song. Don't over-think this. They don't want a gap, but they ARE two different songs, in different tempos. At some point the music will have to change. Just do it!



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