New book tackles the art of
improvisation for classical, fingerstyle and jazz guitar.
Guitarist, teacher and composer, Paul
Costello, has published a book for guitarists who are looking for an in
depth exploration of the art of improvisation.
It is now available world wide from
Amazon & other leading booksellers.
has spent his musical career developing improvisational strategies for
both classical and fingerstyle guitar and has written a book that
shows how to use
improvisation as a universal way of making music, rather than confining
it to just one style. It gives practical strategies that enable the
reader transform scales, chords, and arpeggios, and other basic building
blocks, into actual music, with many new ideas, techniques, and
strategies designed to appeal to more advanced players in search of new
inspiration and direction.
places theory and practice in a
by including discussions on the historical development of improvisation
and performance psychology, along with supplementary information on a
wide range of inter-related literature and listening.
work will be of interest to the majority of Classical, Fingerstyle, and
Jazz guitarists, with an interest in composition and improvisation. It
will also be an invaluable study resource for teachers and students
preparing for graded examinations, as well as Degree and Diploma
You can look inside, and
order a copy of 'Improvisation for Classical, Fingerstyle
and Jazz Guitar' at:
To order a copy of 'Improvisation for Classical, Fingerstyle and
Jazz Guitar', please send a cheque for 12.99 + £3.00 p&p (£15.99) to:
Paul Costello,18 GreenbankRoad, Birkenhead, Merseyside. CH42 7JS
I have so far recorded three albums-
which I recorded in 1995 with my colleague and
former student Fred Arnell. This features music which I composed from
1984 onwards. We recorded the album in one day playing all of the music
live, developing the pieces through improvisation and included two pieces which we spontaneously improvised in the early
hours of the morning. It very much reflects the music we were performing
in our live concerts at that time.
'Solo Six and Seven
String Guitar' but sadly never got a chance to release it. It
reflects an onward going commitment to creating improvised solo guitar
guitarist John Loughran and Indian Sitarist Partha Bose when Partha
visited the UK during his tour of Europe, Canada and the USA in 2008.
The pieces are all original compositions by either John, Partha and
myself and reflect our mutual commitment to the art of improvisation
its capacity to provide bridges across all musical boarders.
To order CD's of
or 'Living Music'
please send a cheque for: £6 + 1.50 p&p to
Paul Costello,18 GreenbankRoad, Birkenhead,
Merseyside. CH42 7JS.
More recently we have recorded as the
'Living Music Quartet'
at Parr Street studios in Liverpool. These
recordings include John and myself along with American double bass
player David Luvin and Israeli drummer Michael Wiseman. This music is
much closer the more familiar Jazz quartet- albeit with a distinctly
European perspective- and a classical guitar taking over the role of the
The Freedom Project. This
arose out of a series of recent recording sessions that document the
evolution of some new and exiting creative strategies. An
almost orchestral range of sounds has been
achieved by combining the contrasting sounds of my own classical/acoustic guitars,
with the unique playing of electric guitarist
The results can be, simple, complex, melodic,
intense, humorous, romantic, impressionistic and abstract.
work is a reflection of who we are, and have been, as musicians. Our
intention is to reach out to, rather than alienate the listener. We feel
that we can do this by drawing on music that has given and continues to
give us, pleasure and to convey meaning.These
pieces are created live, in the studio; ‘we
just go. Neither of us has a clue about what will happen next. We have
found that by relying on our ears, our experience, and our intuition,
that we discover music which would otherwise be impossible to imagine’.