Posts from ‘Guitar Lessons’

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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Feb
17

scott2

We have another great video lesson from Scott Morris – author of the Classical Guitar Complete method. This time Scott looks at the topic of identifying the various voices in a piece and bringing them out in an appropriate manner. Scott plays a guitar by Ariel Ameijenda.

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Feb
03

scott_giuliani

We have another video lesson from Scott Morris, author of the Classical Guitar Complete books. This time Scott looks at the famous Giuliani arpeggios and dissects how to approach the right hand to get the most out of these timeless exercises. Scott plays a Wataru Tsuji ‘1937 Hauser’ for this video.

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Oct
18

Scott-RH

Here’s one more video lesson from Scott Morris illustrating concepts from his method Classical Guitar Complete. Here Scott looks at right hand positioning, using Carcassi’s Etude #2 as his example, and talks about the importance of planning your right hand positions as carefully as you do with your left hand. Scott is playing a 2006 Simon Marty guitar.

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Oct
07

Scott-Barring

We have another video lesson from Scott Morris illustrating concepts from his method Classical Guitar Complete. This time Scott tackles the topic of barring technique, using the second variation from Sor’s Marlborough Variations as his example, and looks at when a half bar (or no bar at all) is more appropriate than a full bar, and how to achieve a good sounding bar with a minimum of tension. Scott is playing a 1999 Gioachino Giussani guitar.

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Jun
03

posture

In his latest video lesson Scott Morris looks at a subject so basic that we forget just how important it really is – posture. How you hold the guitar determines how to a great extent how easy or hard you make life for yourself when playing. Scott looks at the basics such as chair height, footstools and guitar supports, and the correct position for the guitar and your arms when playing. For more like this check out Scott’s other videos or his method, Classical Guitar Complete. Scott plays a Felipe Conde CE-4 cedar.

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May
27

scott

We have another video lesson from Scott Morris illustrating concepts from his method Classical Guitar Complete. This time Scott tackles the topic of bass string dampening, using Villa-Lobos’ Mazurka Choro as his example, and looks at why we need to dampen bass strings and a few techniques to achieve this. Scott is playing a 2014 Woon Sun Lee cedar/maple guitar.

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