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Guitar and Voice

By far the best accompanying instrument for voice is the Guitar.

The Guitar has a versatile range of techniques (strumming, pizzicato, tambour, etc.), tone-colours (ponticello,dolce, tasto); and has a warmth and intimacy that the piano does not (vibrato, string bends, portamento, glissando, etc.).

A guitarist can learn so much from accompanying a singer. For one thing a singer needs to breathe, and so the Guitarist becomes acutely aware of phrasing; sometimes for the first time in the players experience.  A guitarist’s soloing can be beautifully influenced through this experience.

However, the best of all experiences has to be when the Guitarist accompanies their own voice. To take a Renaissance Song, a Delta Blues song, a Latin Jazz standard, a Bob Dylan favourite, or one of the many current popular songs presented with ‘minimalist’ guitar accompaniment, and to sing and play them as a soloist is just fantastic!…really quite a difficult feat, but very, very rewarding.

Many of my students taken up this challenge.

Over the next few weeks I’ll attempt to present a series of posts on the subject of ‘Guitar and Voice’: the kind of repertoire that has a lot of interest things happening in the accompaniment, and that requires the skill of ‘Fingerstyle’ Guitar technique.

If you’d like help in achieving goals in this area, send me an email and organize some lessons.

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