Posts from ‘Guitar Lessons’

Oct
17

There seems to be no shortage of options when it comes to online classical guitar lessons, but when we heard about Tavi Jinariu’s new project we became very excited. Over the past several years GSI and Tavi Jinariu have collaborated on a number of projects. Most visibly Tavi has done numerous performance videos on our guitars, which have been among our most popular. We are therefore very pleased to recommend to you the classical guitar lessons and repertoire tutorials site EliteGuitarist provided by Tavi Jinariu and other great instructors.

EliteGuitarist’s approach is aimed to help get busy people playing great pieces of music quickly and easily. The repertoire tutorials bypass hours of drills and exercises and instead gets students playing actual classical guitar pieces quickly. Each of these lessons is taught note-for-note. You can learn how to play studies by Fernando Sor, Tarrega’s ‘Capricho Arabe,’ Myers’ ‘Cavatina,’ and many other classics from the standard repertoire. Additionally, the instructors at EliteGuitarist generously share performance pointers, phrasing options, tonal variation suggestions and other practical aspects of guitar playing. The repertoire tutorial library is quickly expanding and, for the price of roughly 3 or 4 in-person lessons, students can get full access to the entire library for the year. Elite Guitarist also offers separate technique packages in addition to the repertoire tutorials.

EliteGuitarist’s direct approach to teaching the repertoire in this way has already helped many people get playing who were previously admiring the classical guitar repertoire from the sidelines. Tavi’s vision to enlarge the number of enthusiasts playing the classical guitar in the community is aligned with our mission here at GSI. GSI has agreed to support EliteGuitarist by providing concert-level instruments to be used for the performances and repertoire tutorials.

Here is the first lesson highlighting this collaboration. The piece is the second movement from Agustin Barrios Mangore’s famous ‘La Catedral’. The Andante Religioso is somber and reverent in character resembling a religious procession. It is generally believed that Barrios’ ‘La Catedral’ is a tribute to J.S. Bach. Classical guitarist Ines Thome, effectively teaches the mechanics of this piece and provides useful performance insights that will help you understand the inner workings of the piece and increase your interpretive vocabulary for the Andante Religioso.

Check out the 2017 Jochen Rothel cedar/satinwood guitar used in this performance demonstration and sample lesson. You can access the full tutorial on the EliteGuitarist website.

Drop us a comment and let us know how these lessons are helping you in your guitar pursuits.
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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 the 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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