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The Story of Colorcode Music

For as long as I can remember, I was always interested in understanding the complexity of things and in possibly finding ways to improve or simplify them. One of the most difficult and challenging of all the things that I have come across was the musical instrument we know as guitar. As Sabicas, one of the great masters of Spanish Flamenco Guitar, puts it, "Guitar is the best instrument to play badly and the worst instrument to play well."

It was during my visit to Spain that I became familiar with the amazing art of Flamenco guitar -- that was one thing that I had to learn! And this became the most challenging learning process of my life.

I was so fortunate to be able to take lessons from one the masters of Spanish guitar, Benito Palacio, for almost ten years. But still the problem was to master the playing techniques, speed and learning of difficult passages.

Therefore, I began to develop a new color coded notation system to identify and locate notes on the guitar better and faster than any other method. In reality, there isn't any other.

I realized, having a color coded picture of the guitar frets could be a major advantage in identifying and locating notes for all strings.

Here is my advice for becoming a great guitar player in the shortest possible time.

Study Guitar 1 & 2, for 10 to 15 minutes a day. In a few months you will realize the amazing results.

The instrument itself plays a major role in your progress. Choose wisely. I recommend a nylon string classical or preferably Spanish Flamenco guitar. For their high quality sound, intonation and playability, I call these instruments tools rather than toys.

Consult a knowledgeable dealer to find the right guitar. For high quality handmade guitars in a lower price range I recommend the line of Kremona Guitars, and for the finest, Dan Zeff Guitars.

Listening to true masters will also play an important role. These are some of my favorites: Paco de Lucia; Vicente Amigo; Losadas; Hermanos Sanches; Sergei Orekhov and Tonino of The Gypsy Kings, to name a few.

And most important of all, Practice!

N. Toussi


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