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Comment by Brandon Dyke on February 16, 2012 at 10:02am

New solo guitar EP, Timeless Moments, is on itunes and amazon for purchase here are the links! I hope you enjoy guys!  I would love it if you could rate and review as well.  Thanks!



Comment by Pascal Proust on February 6, 2012 at 5:02pm

Thank you very much Michael. This piece is special to me as it is the first classical piece I played a long, long time ago. I wasn't very keen on classical guitar at that time, an a guitar rookie. I found the sheet music (notation + tab) in a guitar magazine. It illustrated a lesson I remember. It was about the plans sonores (sound patterns?) : I remember the article said this piece has 3 sound patterns : bass, alternate melody and main melody. "Each of them should sound distinctively and properly. Don't play it mechanically" the article said. When I was younger, I didn't listen to any recording of it, and I remember I used to play it fast, and "mechanically", just as a warmup or just to work right hand velocity. Now I've grown up, got more experience in guitar (and classical guitar) and in life. I guess the way I play it is just the way I feel about it, a kind of reflection of the man I've become.

I'm also glad I can play it properly, especially while recording. The more I record, the less stressed I feel. I think all the things I've been working on regarding music these days have made me pass a level up about staying focused, beyond technique itself you see.

I'm glad you like it, and I'll be curious to hear or read your intro/ending arrangement. Such a simple but beautiful and efficient piece indeed.

Comment by Dave Flynn on February 6, 2012 at 4:53pm

Thanks for your kind comments Michael and Pascal. And yes your're right about the hammer-ons Michael, I did all the classical training so I know that hammer-ons, slides and pull-off's aren't used as much as I do them here. My technques here are derived from Irish fiddle and pipe playing, requires a different approach altogether to get anything like an authentic Irish sound.

Anyway, I'm delighted to know that my style is appreciated by some of you Classical Congniscenti!

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 6, 2012 at 4:50pm

Pascal - One of my favorites. I play it a bit more robust and foreceful but I really appreciate the delicacy of your timing. Gives me a lot to think about the next time I play it. You play it very well!

I have a pretty good into and ending that I wrote for it also.

Thanks again - m

Comment by Pascal Proust on February 6, 2012 at 3:18pm

Hi fellows! Just to let you that I've uploaded on my profile page here a little classical piece I've played and home-recorded myself : Allegro in A minor composed Mauro Giuliani. To listen to it, just click on my name and go to the playlist on my page. I've also uploaded it on Souncloud and feel free to share and leave comments. Here's the link :

It's a short piece, forgive the sound quality (it's home-made!), but I'm pretty proud of myself to play it so well. Short but great piece though.

Enjoy! :)

Comment by Robin June Nakkula on February 5, 2012 at 7:59pm

Jeremy Sparks's "Irish Medley" for 4 guitars:

Here's a video of a quartet doing it at breakneck speed:

And here's the link to the link of my own Columbus Guitar Society Ensemble doing in March of 2007 (scroll down that far on the page):  

Comment by FloridaGull on February 5, 2012 at 5:57pm
Oh, to be busy with music...enjoy!
Comment by Pascal Proust on February 4, 2012 at 10:28am

Hi Dave and welcome aboard!

As Michael, I've rarely heard celtic reels on classical guitar. And even if cetlic music fits with steel-string guitar very well, nylon strings and classical guitar sound add another feeling which I find great. Very good performance on your video.

By the way, besides my comment to Dave, I'd like to tell the group that I've been quite silent here or elsewhere on AG website because I've been pretty busy with music these days. But no worries, I keep looking here and there, and I'll be right back when I get a little more free time!

Comment by Michael S. Jackson on February 4, 2012 at 9:53am

Dave - I've heard a lot of reels and celtic music done on a steel string but not on a truly classical guitar. I expected shades of Ken Perlman, but was very pleasantly surprised with your playing! Very well done. We don't normaly use this many hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides, in classical guitar music but I imagine you get a lot of practice at doing those with this style of music. You do them very well - I especially like your pull-offs... clean clean and clear.

Tnaks; I'm glad I listened. Good job at presenting the adaptiblity and range of the classicl guitar!


Comment by Dave Flynn on February 3, 2012 at 4:11pm


I'm a guitarist from Ireland. I've just joined the forum.

I hope some of you might enjoy listening to my music.

Here's a clip of me playing an Irish reel live in Dublin

I'm both a classically trained guitarist and trained in the oral folk tradition of Ireland. I combine both traditions in my playing. I use a nylon string guitar and tune it in what I call fiddle tuning DGDGAE to get authentic Irish string techniques.

see for more info.

CD available here

itunes here

Interested to know what you classical guitar congoscenti make of my style.


Dave Flynn


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