Feb 15

Paper on the Music of J.S. Bach

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Textual Chordophonics
February 15, 2019

Good evening. I would like to share a quick link to a paper I wrote on tuning in the context of J.S. Bach’s music for the lute. Many thanks to Nacho Bellido for including this work on his website, bibliotecadelaguitarra.com. The direct link to my paper is here. Thanks!!!


Jan 31

Live Indian Classical Music at Renew Yoga 03/13/2019

By Lars Rosager | News

Picture Textual Chordophonics
January 31, 2019

Hi, everyone. I’m letting you know I will be providing live Indian classical music at Renew Yoga in Petaluma, CA, USA for the 5:30–6:45 pm class on Wednesday March 13, 2019. The class is comprised of Heated Vinyasa with Pamela Maldonado and Healing Touch with Kathleen Callahan. Please get in touch with me if you have questions about the music I will be playing.

Somewhat relatedly, I will be starting a weekly thirty-minute live-video performance this Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The stream will be broadcast on the YouTube channel El Ciar. The material I am planning to share this Sunday will be re-invented at the yoga class. Thanks so much!


Dec 28

Looking to Take On Students

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Textual Chordophonics
December 28, 2018

Hi, everyone. Thanks so much for your continued support. I would like to mention here that I am currently available to take on music students. It would be a pleasure to meet for a free trial lesson to see if my teaching style and content suits your needs. Thanks again!


Nov 12

Riverfront Café 11/13/2018

By Lars Rosager | News

Picture Textual Chordophonics

Hi, everyone! Just a quick a reminder I will be at Riverfront Café in Petaluma tomorrow from 4:45 to 6:15 pm for my twice-monthly appearance to sing and play. Looking forward!!!

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Oct 20

Lecture on the Music of Southern Brazil

By Lars Rosager | Music

Picture Lecture (in English)
offered through
Marin Spanish School


An Exposition in Music Appreciation and History

Samba and Bossa Nova are well-known genres of Brazilian music. Less commonly referenced are the stylings from the borderlands of southern Brazil, where the Spanish-speaking traditions of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay play a central role in shaping local culture.

Join Lars Rosager, MA, for a multimedia journey through the history of and contemporary happenings in this sonically and sociologically fascinating musical world. This talk is fully accessible for non-musicians, as well as being a great resource for performers looking to expand their horizons.

Saturday November 17
10:30 am–1:00 pm
Marin Spanish School, Petaluma location
245 Kentucky St, Suite B-1

Admission: $40.00

Click here to REGISTER.

Oct 18

Word Order, Specifically the Words “Just” and “Only”

By Lars Rosager | Uncategorized

Textual Chordophonics
October 18, 2018

The further one advances in academic and professional life, the more it is apparent that details matter. In music as in language, what seems to be a dispensable, dismissible little piece of any project has the power to drastically change the outcome. It should go without saying that the same is true for almost any area of human activity.

Consider the following example: “You just drink lemonade,” vs. “You drink just lemonade.” By placing the word “just” before the word “drink,” one conveys that the only action taken is drinking. In other words, “you” do not do anything else to the lemonade besides drink it. By placing the word “just” before the word “lemonade,” one conveys that the only drink to be drunk is the lemonade. The desired message in both versions of the sentence is, colloquially, that “you” do not drink water, milk, or grape juice, for instance—even though the first version would be better off conveying the idea that no other action is taken upon the lemonade. Itt gets only drunk, not boiled, frozen, or spilled.

I would say this is pretty straightforward grammar, and relates directly to the word “only.” To me, both “just” and “only” are problems in common conversation. Other more egregious errors related to word order do occur, but these two often slip under the radar. How many times have you heard someone say, “You only have one left?”, or “You have only one left?” While these two questions would generally be used to express identical meanings, the details of word order present alternative analyses.

As you have read in the “just” example, “just” before “drink” affects the action of drinking. “Just” before “lemonade” refers specifically to what “you” drink. Similarly, one should commit to the wording “You have only one left?” because there is no doubt about the word “only” referring to “one.” The idea generally expressed does not have to do with “only” having, as opposed to some alternative to “have.”

The upshot here is that smaller units of meaning constitute entire ideas. No matter how confident or committed to some idea to be expressed as a whole, it is always necessary to make sure the units of meaning of which the bigger picture is comprised are coherent in and of themselves.