The Contemporary Guitar by John SchneiderThe Contemporary Guitar by John Schneider

The Contemporary Guitar

byJohn Schneider

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While the guitar has stood in the vanguard of musical experimentation, its many new techniques and notations remain a mystery for many composers and players. In The Contemporary Guitar, musician and scholar, John Schneider explains each class of technique and illustrates them with examples. Moreover, because the guitar is easily refretted, it has also become a leading instrument in the exploration of the relatively new musical language of microtonality. In this revised and enlarged edition from the original work of nearly two decades ago, Schneider adds a broad-ranging, entirely new chapter on the instruments, notation and repertoire with insights into the interpretation of historical works through the application of accurate contemporary tunings and temperaments.

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John Schneider is the Grammy-winning guitarist, composer, author, and broadcaster whose weekly television and radio programs have brought the guitar into millions of homes. He holds a doctorate in music and physics from the University College Cardiff (Wales) and music degrees from the University of California and the Royal College of M...
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Title:The Contemporary GuitarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 10.95 × 8.52 × 0.88 inPublished:August 20, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442237899

ISBN - 13:9781442237896

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionSection I HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDChapter 1 Overview: 1800 to the PresentSection II THE INSTRUMENTSChapter 2 The Acoustic GuitarChapter 3 The Electric GuitarChapter 4 New DevelopmentsSection III THE MUSICChapter 5 Timbre and NotationChapter 6 Pitched SoundsChapter 7 MicrotonesChapter 8 Unpitched SoundsChapter 9 ElectronicsChapter 10 ConclusionAppendix I Repertoire: Select Chronology Since 1900Appendix II TriadographsRecorded ExamplesBibliographyIndex

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I wish that I were a poet so that I could in a few short words say eloquently all the good thingsthere are to say about John Schneider's The Contemporary Guitar. This book is a marvel:encyclopedic in scope, inter-disciplinary in a way far too little of our standard literature is, andyet always enlivened by his passion for an immense subject he knows more about than anyof the rest of us. I love opening the doors of this cathedral and wandering about in it! Hislifetime labor of love (now in its most welcome second edition) has given us all a sanctuary ofenlightenment and wisdom.