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 […]

Alzapua

Alzapua is a flamenco technique involving the thumb. the term comes from the word alzar which means to raise. It is usually payed as a fast flourish of notes in quick sequence. The thumb plays all notes using down and up strokes. Played accurately and fast it can sound fantastic as a high point of a falseta or […]

Tip Of The Day: Major 7th Arpeggios

Today I’m going to show you a good technical exercise to add to your daily practice called Major 7th Arpeggios. After I’ve gone through some scales when I practice I like to go through some arpeggios. There is a two octave arpeggio that I like to play. Let’s say we start on G on the […]

Sharon Isbin’s : Classical Guitar Vibrato Technique

Here’s a video I came across in which Sharon Isbin talks about how she uses and applies vibrato. Vibrato is given to a note by applying and relaxing pressure to a string in a lateral direction. Lateral direction along the line of the string. The pressure towards the bridge with the hand motion coming towards […]

Left Hand Thumb position

Many players are taught to keep their left hand thumb in a fairly stationary position behind the neck of the guitar whilst playing. In some ways it makes sense that in order to stay in position you need to have a reference point which is usually the thumb. The reference point refers to the lateral […]

Segovia Guitar Scales: Gmajor and E Harmonic Minor

Here is the next instalment of the Segovia Guitar Scales, G major and E Harmonic Minor (3 Octaves). There are many ways to practice these scales, I would recommend a variety of Right Hand fingerings. Here are some suggestions: im, mi, am, ma, ia,ai, ip, pi, imam Rest Stroke or Free Stroke  

Right Hand Classical Guitar Technique

I spend a lot of time explaining my take on correct right hand classical guitar technique. In truth there is no one correct way but here we can go over the basic ideas. I will also show some examples of different players’ right hands and what I like about them. 1. The arm sits on […]