Musicianship and Music Theory Resources

Posted on 14 April 2021

I've been working through Frank Vignola’s Modern Method for Guitar on Truefire lately. I have to be careful not to overwork my hands, so I'm looking for a music theory resource to work through when my hands are on break.

I found a free online music theory textbook called Music Theory for the 21st-Century Classroom that looks interesting.

I have a copy of Introductory Musicianship: A Workbook (Fourth Edition) by Theodore Lynn. I worked though part of it years ago and liked it.

I also have Music Theory Resource Book by Harold Owen, but it has examples on a grand staff, which would be easier to follow if I had access to a keyboard. I'll save that book for later.

I'm leaning towards the Introductory Musicianship workbook, because it contains practical exercises.

Classical Guitar

I've been listening to a lot of classical guitar lately. When my hands got injured and I had to stop playing guitar, it was so depressing that I couldn't listen to guitar music for many years. For a while I hung on to a hope that my hands would get better and that I could pick up the Baroque guitar, but after a couple of years I realized that my guitar playing days were probably over.

Now that I'm starting to play again, I'm listening to guitar pieces with the idea that I might be able to work my way up to playing them.

I want to learn Malats' Serenata Española:

and Tonadilla by Emilio Pujol:

I don't have fingernails any more, but one of my guitar teachers used to play without fingernails on gut strings, and the idea has always intrigued me. I've never liked having to be careful about fingernails.

One problem with bare fingers on nylon strings is that the strings are too slippery to get a good grip. Right-hand calluses might help with that, but they aren't developed enough yet.

Allan Holdsworth inspired me to get the electric guitar, but I don't know what to play on it yet other than exercises.

Emilio Pujol

I also started watching a documentary about Emilio Pujol.