Here are a couple more lessons from Scott Morris’ book Classical Guitar Complete – From Basics to Bach. The first deals with a lot of the left hand issues in Carcassi’s etude #3, and the second is a piece of Scott’s called ‘Speed Trap’, that he wrote to deal with maintaining a constant tempo despite rhythmic variations (it’ll make sense when you watch it). On the Carcassi video Scott is playing a 2007 David Rouse, and on the Speed Trap video he’s playing a 1997 Alfredo Velazquez.

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12 Responses to “Scott Morris – Carcassi #3 and ‘Speed Trap’”

  1. Tom says:

    Hi Kai, first video is another ‘Embedding this video has been disabled by its owner’ situation. Is there some reason not to post the link so, as an alternative, we can go directly to the YouTube page?

  2. Jack says:

    Obviously Mr. Morris is a very good teacher. His explanations are clear and easy to understand. I learn a lot from these two videos as well as from his former videos. Thank you very much for these two short but important lessons.

  3. tom says:

    @Chris: the YT logo only appears when the video can be accessed from this page. It doesn’t appear if there is an ’embedding is disabled’ message. This problem must be irritating others who take the time to read this blog.
    As Kai hasn’t yet posted a link to YouTube as requested, why don’t you save him the trouble?

  4. Kai says:

    Hey guys – Here are the links.



    I thought I had posted them. Sorry for the delay.

  5. Tom says:

    Thanks Kai.

  6. Peter says:

    I’m a flamenco player but I must say that Scott Morris is really a pleasure to watch. He’s a wonderful teacher in how he makes everything so clear and concise and simple–so comprehensive and easily understandable. Regardless of what your level of expertise, (and almost regardless of what instrument you play) you would gain greatly from his tutelage. If I ever decide to learn to read music and seriously try to attack the classical guitar, it is Mr Morris’ door that I shall first knock on.

  7. Scott says:

    Thanks so much for all of your support guys!

  8. Jon says:

    This was lovely. I’d put down my classical guitar away to try some electric but watching Scott reminds me that my true love is the expressiveness of the classical guitar. Out comes my classical guitar again. Thank you Scott.

  9. Darren says:

    Although I am pleased to see such attention being paid to Carcassi, I think it’s important to recognize the difference between a simple etude and a concert etude. From Op. 60 (where this etude is from), there are Nos. 24 and 25 which pair together nicely and definitely qualify as concert etudes. No. 3 works well as a pedagogical tool and also for gigs (weddings, in particular). But I would hesitate to program it for a formal recital.

  10. sue says:

    What page in your book is this etude on? Thank you.

  11. Chris Moody says:

    I use this piece in my teaching and I have to say this was a nicely presented and well thought out lesson. Good job!


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