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Hannah Murphy – Stay on Tempo

Guitarist Hannah Murphy shares insights on the importance of rhythm and practicing with the metronome

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ARTIST FEATURE: We are joined this week by classical guitarist and Instagram influencer Hannah Murphy. With more than 112 thousand followers she has paved the way for modernization of social media presence for classical guitar, so we cannot be more happy that she agreed to answer a few questions for us:

1) Why is rhythm important?

Rhythm is one of the first things we subconsciously notice about music. It tells us so much about the music, so the musician needs to be intentional.

2) How often do you practice with a metronome?

I use a metronome most days, even if just for a few minutes. I like to practice technical exercises and scales with a metronome to make sure they’re even and steady. I also like to use a metronome on the beginning stages of learning a new piece.

"I use a metronome most days, even if just for a few minutes."

3) Why is it important to practice with a metronome?

I think while practicing it’s so helpful to have, because you’re focusing on so many things going on in the music. It’s a great reminder to stay on tempo.

4) Can you name one thing that you like about the metronome on

I like how it gives the range of the tempo markings. This can be really helpful to students who might not remember exactly what bpm moderato, allegro, or presto is. The website is also really accessible, so I can tell my students that there’s no excuse not to practice with a metronome now.

VIDEO: Check out her video of playing the beautiful Julia Florida by Agustín Barrios Mangoré:

Hannah Murphy – Stay on Tempo

Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy is an active performer and teacher based in New City, New York. She has been a featured performer at the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society - Members, Lincoln Center, and the Raritan River Music Residency Program. As an online advocate for classical guitar, she has worked with companies such as Augustine Strings, Bam Cases, Altamira Guitars, Fender Guitars, Soundbrenner Metronomes, and The SoundFile nail files.

Ms. Murphy holds a Master of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Mannes School of Music, where she studied with international concert artist Michael Newman. She achieved her Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance at Rowan University while studying with Kathleen Mayes and Joseph Mayes, famed student of Andres Segovia. She is also a passionate guitar teacher, with certification in the Suzuki Guitar Method. Ms. Murphy plays both solo concerts and in a classical guitar duo with Phil Goldenberg. Ms. Murphy plays a guitar made by David J. Pace and is endorsed by Augustine guitar strings.

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