Rumba De La Noche

This is a simple Rumba in E minor suitable for intermediate players. It features an arpeggio style accompaniment alternating with melodic passages. The final strumming can be used to solo over by a second guitar.

Libertango by Piazzola with NZSO

Astor Piazzola is one of Argentina’s most iconic Tango composers. He was a virtuoso Bandoneon player and arranger. Many guitarists play Piazzola’s music which has mostly been arranged for guitar. Some of his most famous works include Libertango, his Four Seasons, Oblivion and History of Tango. I was asked last year to perform at a […]

Essential Daily Guitar Drills

These drills are designed to get your fingers warmed up but are easy enough so that you can really work on good physical programming. I do these exercises with my beginner/intermediate students every lesson and I encourage them to do them every day. Once you have memorized them you won’t necessarily need to play along […]

How to play Concerto De Aranjuez Part 2

  Today I’m going to do a follow up video of Concerto De Aranjuez, the previous video was on the rasguedo opening passages. This is the following 8 bars. Let’s discover it together. The end of the introduction, which includes some thumb work and scale work. I’m going to use my thumb to play the […]

Pensiero – Bossa Nova Original in A minor

   This is part one of a new Bossa Nova guitar piece called Pensiero. It has some embellished Jazz chords and effective voice leading while still being at an intermediate level. The rest of the piece will be published in my Latin Originals Vol 2 course. Let me know what you think!     […]

Gipsy Kings Style Picking Pattern

This is an excerpt from a piece called Mano a Mano which has a Gipsy Kings feel. This opening section features arpeggio style chords in C sharp minor. I’m utilizing the open E and B  strings to get a nice Spanish dissonance and I have also added some chords in the higher positions. To learn […]

Black Orpheus Guitar Arrangement

Here is my arrangement of Luis Bonfa’s classic bossa nova hit. It was also performed on a film called Orfeo Negro and was originally called Maha De Carneval. I have shared the lead sheet for this piece before, this version includes melody with bossa nova accompaniment in A minor. Its a popular piece and very evocative. […]

New Free Beginner Course

     You can now try the beginner Latin Guitar Course in the courses menu. Here are the lessons covered in this introductory course: Sitting and Hand Positions Guitar Notation Basics The Rest Stroke Rest Stroke Exercises Parts of the Guitar Rhythm Exercises Overview of First Three Strings E, F, and G Exercises B, […]

Girl From Ipanema Arrangement

   If you would like access the score and use the play along soundslice software you can purchase the arrangements course which comes with a e-Book including study notes.        

Rumba Picking Pattern in A minor

Rumba’s can be strummed or plucked. It can be played as an arpeggio style pattern with the bass taking precedence and the chord tones filling in the rest of the beats. In this Example we have the chords Am and E with the 3-3-2 pattern being played in the bass part. Start off slowly and […]