Posts from ‘Guitar Lessons’

Apr
15

Jack_Etude

We have another great lesson from Jack Sanders. He prepares us to play Carcassi’s Etude #2 and suggests some great technical exercises suggested by the technical challenges in the etude itself. Jack plays a 2015 Hans van den Berg cedar-top guitar.

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Mar
01

SMorris_lesson_01

We have another lesson from Scott Morris – this time addressing the second half of Carcassi’s popular Etude No. 3., as discussed in his book Classical Guitar Complete. Scott’s lesson on the first half of this etude, below, is his most popular lesson to date, so now we have the whole etude covered. Scott plays a beautiful 1999 Antonio Raya Pardo spruce and CSA rosewood guitar.

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Jan
12

Jack_LESSON_01

Here’s Jack Sanders with another great lesson, this time focusing on developing and reinforcing a proper and relaxed left-hand technique. Jack is playing a 1994 John Gilbert classical guitar from the Russell Celveland collection.

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Nov
19

Morris_Slur_02

Here’s Scott Morris with a slur study he wrote called Petite Permutations – it’s all in first position and addresses slurs with open strings and those that involve fixed fingers. This is one of the new pieces that you’ll find in the new edition of Volume 1 of Scott’s Classical Guitar Complete method. Scott’s playing a Loriente ‘Marieta’ spruce.

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Oct
22

scales-part-3

Jack Sanders gives us┬áthe final installment of a lesson on scales as the foundation of your overall technique. In Part 3 Jack gives us some exercises for putting the right and left hands together and for controlling dynamics and articulation. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already.

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Oct
08

jack_pt2

Here’s Part 2 (of three) of Jack Sanders‘ lesson on using scales as the foundation of a comprehensive technique. In Part 2 Jack wraps up his discussion of the left hand and gets into right-hand technique, evenness of tone and some great exercises for relaxing the right hand. Jack is playing a 2013 Richard Reynoso cedar-top.

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Sep
30

jack

Here’s a lesson from Jack Sanders, who in addition to performing and building guitars teaches some of the best young players in the country (including Sedona Farber and Jennifer Kim, whose videos will appear here soon). In his first lessons for GSI Jack looks at scales as the foundation for a comprehensive left and right hand technique. Part 1 covers posture and the left hand. Jack is playing a 2013 Richard Reynoso cedar-top.

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Sep
24

polyphony

Here’s another video lesson from Scott Morris, who just published the 2nd edition of his Classical Guitar Complete Vol. 1 method, which includes over 40 pages of new content as well as all new photographs, new pieces including some for ensemble and even some new explanations of various techniques that have been improved and refined since the publishing of the first edition.

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Sep
15

vahagni

Our good friend Vahagni just released his new CD ‘Imagined Frequencies’ this month (you can get it on iTunes and Amazon) and he stopped by to show us some falsetas from Pomegranates, one of the Bulerias from the new CD. There’s nothing easy about these falsetas, even at the slowed down speed he shows us, and the tuning is drop B, so take your time and have fun with some seriously challenging material. Vahagni plays a great 1981 Alejandro negra for this video. And below you can check out the official video for Pomegranates to hear the whole track.

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Apr
14

guidefingers

We have another video lesson from Scott Morris, this time on the topic of guide fingers and left-hand preparation, to play more easily and efficiently, as discussed in Volume 2 of his Classical Guitar Complete method. Scott is playing an amazing 1934 Santos Hernandez spruce and CSAR guitar.

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