“Dynamics” refers to volume. This is the loud and soft, swell and fade in music. Each note has a volume, and this volume can be similar or different than the notes around it. So dynamics are a tool we can use to make our music more expressive and beautiful.
To play dynamics well, we need good technique. We need the control to play each note at the desired volume. And this is an ongoing study.
Here are a few articles to begin with:
- 3 Phrasing Rules for Dynamics (Volume) on Classical Guitar – If all you do is use these 3 rules, everything you play will sound better. They work 95% of the time.
- Play Dynamically, with 3 Levels of Sound – This is a wonderful way to train your hands (and ears) to play more dynamically.
- How to Decide on Musical Phrasing and Play Guitar More Beautifully – This set of concepts applies to all decisions on phrasing and expression. These are foundational ideas that will help you choose when to get louder, and when to get quieter.
- Strong Beats vs. Weak Beats – Use volume dynamics to give your music more thrust and forward momentum.
All Lessons on Dynamics
- The Power of Half-steps in Classical Guitar Music
- Balance Ratios: A Way to Quantify Musical Expression and Phrasing
- More Flow in Your Pieces, Using the Concept of Unity
- Musical Transitions: How to Connect Musical Sections More Beautifully
- How to Create Flow and Momentum in Your Music
- Exaggeration: A Practice Tool to Bring Your Playing To the Next Level
- Musical Climax: Find the High Point to Sculpt Your Pieces
- Phrasing Tool: The Springboard (for Longer Lines)
- 3 Phrasing Rules for Dynamics (Volume) on Classical Guitar
- How to Decide on Musical Phrasing and Play Guitar More Beautifully
- Play Dynamically, with 3 Levels of Sound
- A Guide to the Fine Details: How to Mine Your Music for Gold
- Strong Beats vs. Weak Beats
- Classical Guitar Phrasing Lesson: Note Pairs
- The Long Line: Phrasing, Musical Interpretation, and Playing Beautifully
- The Long-Short: Classical guitar lesson in phrasing and expressive playing