Are you confused and frustrated by the classical guitar tips and advice you find online?
Theres a lot of it out there, and it’s sometimes useful, but it’s also piecemeal, incomplete, unsystematic . and contradictory.
You might find a few good pointers, but on the whole, without a good teacher who has a lot of experience, you can end up
- stuck and frustrated,
- not knowing how to really move quickly through the various issues and questions that naturally arise…
- .who to listen to,
- exactly how to train your hands, mind, and body for various techniques,
- which exercises to practice,
- what you specifically need to focus on in order to best accomplish your goals as a guitar player.
My goal in the next year is to create a coherent, trustable, systematic engaging path to classical guitar artistry and mastery–online.
One that works.
My working title:
Art of Guitar.
I’m off to a great start—with a series of awesome, informative, entertaining, and “as completely covering every aspect as I can” videos about everything you wanted to know about the Right Hand but were afraid to ask
And with your help and participation, this series can serve everyone involved–by trying out the material I create for you, and letting me know what works, what doesn’t work, and what you want and need in order for the information to truly serve your learning and growth.
- how to use your hands
- how to practice
- where to start
- what to focus on now
- leading to frustration and tension, stuckness
I’m starting out with a new, detailed video series on the art of mastering your right hand.
- basic technical survival skills
- the art of tone production– getting the most—and the most beautiful– sound out of your guitar
- the art of self-expression—all of the techniques your right hand is capable of to get a wide range of emotion, expression, color, out of the guitar in a way that really impacts those who are lucky enough to hear you play
- the art of coordination and mastery—where you bring together all you know about technique, form, time, expression, immersion, flow, practice in a way that turns any piece you play into the most masterful performance you are capable of at whatever stage you are in your learning process.
When Julian Bream, as a teenager, heard Andres Segovia for the first time in concert, he brought a pair of binoculars— and spent the whole concert with his eyes glued to Segovia’s right hand technique.
He knew what was important.Segovia’s sound was what mesmerized his audience.
And that came largely from how he used his right hand.
The left hand does a lot of the flashy stuff—jumping around, stretching into crazy chord shapes, gets to show off with its acrobatic and athletic feats.
But the right hand is the voice of your guitar.
A good right hand technique doesn’t offer as much visual interest as the left hand, but as soon as anyone closes their eyes and just listens, everything they hear depends on the quality of your right hand technique.
If you don’t start paying attention to your right hand basics and learn to continually refine them, there are a lot of consequences
Tension —leading to uncomfortableness, tiredness, pain, and in the worst cases repetitive stress injury.
Lack of Control—shakiness, missed notes, extraneous noise, and limited speed due to excess or extraneous hand or finger movement
Bad Tone—whether it’s thin, inconsistent, brittle, naily, or just vaguely unpleasant, this is a great way to chase away your listener
Lack of Power—the classical guitar already a relatively quiet instrument, but it doesn’t have be a timidly whispering wallflower—there are ways to project sound as fully as possible using the natural resonance of the instrument.
Lack of expressive versatility—it’s frustrating when you lack the ability communicate your musical imagination fully