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Purposeful Practising; A Personal View. 

One of the most common issues that I encounter among intermediate and sometimes even advanced guitar students is that they don't know how to achieve the most with their practising. They usually try to memorise a piece, then play it from the top a few times, and move on to the next.   

This approach is not what I consider purposeful practising, as it doesn't lead to the mastery of any of the aspects of performance. This epidermal handling of repertoire hinders the chances to unlock hidden details. In other words, you ought to become an expert!   

Here are the steps I take when I'm learning a new piece.  

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Website Facelift and Sculpting Tones Update 

Together with a new album and season, I decided to give my website a facelift. I also made the Sculpting Tones section much more informative and useful and more content is on its way, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, what do you think about the website and/or Sculpting Tones?

Ithaki; New Solo Album is Out 

I'm delighted to announce the release of my second solo album, Ithaki

Ithaki is a concept album, and it consists of seven original compositions for classical guitar with a general thematical substance; the personal journey of self-exploration and realisation that we are called to carry out in our life's adventures, hopes and fears. 

It is partly inspired by the famous poem by Konstantine Kavafis and the ten-year voyage of Odysseus as told by Hommer. But similarly to every kind of knowledge or experience that we assimilate, the only way for it to have any meaning at all is through deep personal involvement and lots of mistakes!  

I composed Ithaki during an intense two-week process but took me almost a year to grasp its meaning.

I'm thrilled to be able to share it today with you. You can listen and purchase the digital album on my website and all major digital outlets (iTunes, Spotify, etc...). 

Listen to Ithaki // Buy Ithaki

Practice Session no.1  

I love spending time with piano music, trying to find ways to transfer the essentials to guitar, it gives me a fresh perspective. This week I was tackling Chopin´s Ballade no.1 and found this arpeggio and decided to spend some time with it and find ways to play it in all 12 keys.


From Foreign Lands (Anatolia) 

"Από ξένο τόπο” or "from foreign lands" is a traditional song from the greeks of Anatolia. It seems to be a quite suitable and natural piece to work an arrangement for my time in Kraziai - Lithuania since I'm not only away from my homeland but also from my family in Berlin. Therefore it quickly became the soundtrack of our stay here at this Art Residency together with my new friend and great artist Matthias Jun Wilhelm. 

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Mournful Hymn 

Music can be quite a spiritual experience, this Sunday I went to the church in Kraziai - Lithuania. In spite of the subfreezing temperature, the woman who was playing the organ kept singing this mournful hymn even a few minutes after everybody has left the church. The moment stayed with me and here is my interpratation.

Waking up in -20°C 

I was granted an art residency in Kraziai - Lithuania, to compose music, do some workshops and performances, here is the a vlog about my first day there waking up in -20 degrees and setting up everything. More videos will follow.