The 3 stages of plucking technique

It’s a good idea to regularly revisit the fundamentals of right-hand technique. I particularly like Scott Tenant’s approach the Rest and Free stroke and this video shows an excellent close up of this process. There are 3 stages: Place: this first contact with the string is very important. If you don’t have contact with the […]

Guitar Tips and Tricks

Practice the ending of the piece first, that way, in performance you are heading towards the part you know the best. when you slide to a particular fret, look at the fret you want to land on. Your finger will automatically stop at the right fret. To increase the volume of your bass notes, point […]

Technique = Habit

As a teacher and player, I am always looking at technique from different viewpoints. From one perspective it seems obvious that we should all be trying to improve our technique. Better technique means fewer mistakes, and an easier, more masterful performance. But improving technique is not as easy as it seems. In truth, our technique […]

Must Have Guitar Technique Books

Pumping Nylon Scott Tenant, a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, shares effective and targeted drills to improve all aspects of your guitar technique. Scott studied guitar with the Spanish master Pepe Romero so many of these drills and techniques come from the Spanish guitar playing tradition. Scott is able to give a modern […]

The Chromatic Scale on the Guitar

The chromatic scale is a great scale to practice on guitar. In this article I will explore different ways to practice the chromatic scale and why it is good scale to practice. The chromatic scale is made up of every note on the guitar (or any instrument) as it moves along by semitone, in the […]

Essential Daily Guitar Drills

 This is a great way to start your practice or lesson. These are simple exercises which allow you to concentrate on what your hands and fingers are doing. The first two exercises focus on right hand walking, then left hand position and synchronisation. The finger ladder will help you develop strength and independence in […]

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 […]

Major 7th Arpeggios in E

This is a good warm-up arpeggio technique you can add to your daily practice. As part of my guitar warm-up, I practice a 2-octave major 7th arpeggio. Let’s try G major 7, this includes the following notes: G – B – D – F# then next octave G – B – D – F# – […]

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 […]