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ERIC Number: EJ898248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Challenges Facing Guitar Education
Harrison, Eli
Music Educators Journal, v97 n1 p50-55 Sep 2010
The guitar is an extremely versatile instrument. It can produce complex chords and arpeggiated textures as readily as single-note melodies. In the twentieth century alone, it has appeared in a wide range of genres; classical, jazz, blues, rock, and bossa nova compose a partial list. The guitar is also a difficult instrument. Inconsistencies across the guitar's structural and notational systems create an environment in which guitarists struggle against the instrument to develop their own musical awareness. The role of the guitar in the context of Western music suggests a lingering incompatibility with traditional academic musicianship. In this article, the author discusses the structural, notational, historical, and current issues that can help students and instructors further advance the study and appreciation of the guitar. He concludes with some suggestions. (Contains 8 figures, 8 notes and 16 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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