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February 3, 2015

Scott Morris – Giuliani Arpeggios


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.

Comments (7)

Just another thing to think about. It seems to me the value is to play them in different positions on the fret board as the string tension somewhat changes right hand touch dynamics. Also after completing them my right hand is totally out of phase with a musical piece. I never understood the bridge between the right and left hand with this exercise. HELP MR. SCOTT.

Thanks for the video, Scott, very helpful. I’m working on a number of right hand studies, from Giuliani as well as from Tárrega.

I had a question about your arrangement of Erik Satie’s work for the guitar. What level of a player do you have to be in order to play the pieces? I suppose I’m in the intermediate level.

That is a great idea Louis and I do recommend it to my students and use it myself. Not only does practicing them in several left-hand positions expose you to different string tensions, it also forces your right hand to deal with variations in the height of the strings. Most people do not realize that the strings are on very different planes when you play a mix of open and closed strings in the upper fret positions.

Hi Larry,

The Satie arrangements vary widely in level. The five nocturnes are pretty tricky but the children’s music is quite approachable. The cabaret songs are intermediate in level with only a few difficulties.


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