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
I’ve decided to get down into the nitty gritty details, and create a video series where I address the right hand clearly and exhaustively.
I decided to make these videos casually, as if I was just sitting down with you in a real lesson. Of course, in most of the videos I also set up 4 camera views so I could show technical details from as many angles as I needed once I edited the material. I also used my best set of condensor microphones so the sound would be the kind of high quality sound I felt was needed in order for you to be able to really har the difference in different kinds of techniques and finger strokes.
So I’m really excited to finally begin sharing this material with you. There’s a lot of unedited video that I still have to get to, and almost every time I sit down to play, I think of some new things I want to add to what I’ve already created. The course is a work in progress that will grow with your questions and feedback.
When it’s done, each section will have a series of videos with detailed demonstrations and discussions of technique at the service of artistry.
My goal is to give you the tools and understanding you need to become an artist, not just a technician.
I will also be adding a series of specific exercises for practicing everything that I talk about. Your questions and feedback will help me to decide which exercises to post here, so please use the forms available to ask questions!
Right Hand Mastery contains 4 progressive levels:
Level 1 Basic Survival Skills
Video 1: Why Tension is Not Evil
Video 2: Identifying Dysfunctional Tension
Video 3: Right Hand Functional Form
Video 4: Principles of Right Hand Motion
Video 1: The Goal of Control is Ease
Video 2: Preparing for the Free Stroke: Ready Aim Fire
Video 3: Further Free Stroke Principles
Video 4: Practicing “Ready, Aim, Fire”
Video 5: Free Stroke with the Thumb
Video 6: Thumb and Fingers Together
Level 1 Video Set is free, as it stands right now.
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