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Instructional Videos

Set Your Classical Guitar Technique Free

Sometimes playing classical guitar feels like you are riding in a guitar-powered paper boat that’s being pulled off the side of a cliff by a pair of giant green mer-horses. Funny how that is.

But I would like you to learn how to enjoy the ride, while mastering the art of guitar..Here are various collections of valuable tips, suggestions, ideas, insights, and exhortations that will help you do so.

 

 

 

 

The Artwork on this page is a detail from Island 3, Edgesea, by Jay Kauffman

If these videos make you curious, check out these links for learning resources:   My Innovative and Slightly Weird but Strangely Effective Technique Course  There is also a selection of  Guitar Repertoire Courses and 1-on-1 Lessons (Including Skype)</strong

Classical Guitar Tips

This is the collection of videos that got me started on youtube. Everything on here still holds true, and is often really helpful and entertaining as well. I’ve had many requests to go back to this format for my teaching videos—-short, straightforward, humorous, and informative.

Table of Contents

  1. Battle of Free Vs. Rest Stroke
  2. A Powerful Way to Memorize Music
  3. How to Nail Down Your Hammer-ons
  4.  What is Over-expressive Tension?
  5. What is Under-Expressive Tension?
  6. Do I Really Have To Breathe?
  7. Shifting Cleanly
  8. Bouncing Hand Syndrome
  9. The Left-Hand Obsession Complex
  10. A Tuning Tip that Goes a Long Way
  11.  Classical Guitar Lessons Online: What The @#$% to Do About Your #$%&ing Mistakes!
  12. And Last, but not Usually First….Warming Up

Classical Guitar Tips

This is the collection of videos that got me started on youtube. Everything on here still holds true, and is often really helpful and entertaining as well. I’ve had many requests to go back to this format for my teaching videos—-short, straightforward, humorous, and informative.

 

Table of Contents

  1. The Three Goals of Technique
  2. Left and Right Hands: the Workhorse and the Voice
  3. Exactly how to Position and Move your Right Hand
  4. Exactly how to Position and Move your Left Hand
  5. Free Stroke Control and Confidence in Three Steps
  6. Exactly How to Use Your Fingernails
  7. A Summary of What’s in the Full Course (it was originally called “Conquering Technical Hurdles”