Great guitar sites that you should know about
Based in the U.K. the European Guitar Teachers Assosiation (EGTA) website is a fantastic resource for the classical guitarist. It has a fantastic array of articles written by professional guitarists, biographies of musicians, instrument advertisements and teacher resource listings. Primarily devoted to the development of guitar teaching in the U.K. this organization has already made a great contribution to the classical guitar community and will continue to do so.
For those of you want to get in touch with other classical guitarists, this is the place. With multiple languages and literally hundreds of thousands of posts, the Delcamp forum is the most popular classical guitar forum on the internet. Run by a community of moderators who are incredibly on top of responding and maintaining the site, this forum is well maintained and has a very active community. In addition it has a gigantic collection of scores and midi files that is accessible to the forum members.
The Guitar Foundation of America is most famous for its internationally recognized competition and festival that is an annual event in the United States as well as their publication Soundboard. Their website is largely dedicated to the festival and competition but it also hosts a large collection of links and resources for the classical guitarist. Among them are forums, educational resources and event calendars. The GFA website is a great resource for classical guitarists.
Run by Chris Davis, the Classical Guitar Blog is a fun read and is perhaps the most regularly updated classical guitar site on the web. With daily posts and ‘tweets’ Chris delivers his ideas, opinions and internet knowledge with a good dose of personality.
The most impressive aspect of this site is the author’s dedication to bringing a constant stream of information to his readers. With a strong sense of community and sharing of opinions the CG blog is well worth visiting.
Douglas Niedt runs the guitar program at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City and his site contains a great ‘vault’ of tips about technique and performance. He obviously has a wealth of experience in education and this comes through with his well thought out and comprehensive articles that are delivered monthly to his subscribers. His site is largely dedicated to marketing his recordings and publications but you can read through his articles for free.
Guitar World is run by Mark Antony and is a site that exudes a passion for all things classical guitar. With a good selection of articles, links, interviews and opinions, this site has a very good assortment of goodies to sift through.
Guitar International is a brand new site that has burst onto the scence. While not specializing in classical guitar, it has a lot of high quility interviews and reviews. If you are interested in a range of guitar genres then this site might be right up your alley! If Guitar International continues to develop their site in its current fashion (ie. that of a charging bull) then it might just be a site you want to keep an eye on.