This page contains:
Information about, and materials
for, my class at Juilliard (my
Exercises to practice and develop technique.
Links to audio of original and classical works.
Links to information about, and audio files of, my Just Intonation Guitar
Tarrega - Lagrima
Bach - Prelude from 1st Cello Suite
Sor -Study #5
Couperin - L'epineuse
Carcassi - Etude #3
contact me (see below) with any questions about the class or private instruction
Developing Guitar Technique
Why practice exercises? Would an athlete ask
that question? Playing the guitar is athletics plus
musicianship. Technique = Freedom! When you speak, your vocal
chords respond effortlessly and all you have to think about is
what you want to say and how you want to say it. It should be
that way on your instrument too. Your hands must be strong,
supple and in a dynamically relaxed state to be able to play
whatever you want without your fingers tripping all over
themselves. You must connect your inner ear to your fingers so
that what you hear in your head may be made audible for
others. Once the following technical exercises are learned in
the abstract form presented below, you should practice a given
technique by IMPROVISING some MUSIC using that TECHNIQUE.
Left hand Exercises:
Left Hand Combinations
Don't forget the essential Chromatic Octaves
Also do some Legato Chromatic Scales
Right Hand Exercises:
Warm up with some Single Finger Strumming
And while you're at it, you might as well practice some Rasgueo
Then get to work on the Right Hand Combinations
Before you start, you better know about Preparation
And before you do anything else, practice some String Crossing
Practice the Chromatic Scale
Then get to know the fingerboard by learning the Diatonic Scale Patterns
Here's a good way to practice Major Scales, and train your ear too.
To help you with memorization, here's an essay on Visualization
Ciaconna in D minor by J.S Bach This recording is of the violin version, with very few alterations.
Fuenllana Fantasia 16 - performed on Vihuela
Fuenllana Fantasia 7 - performed on flamenco guitar
Narvaez Fantasia Tercer Tono - performed on guitar
Kapsberger Toccata Arpeggiata - performed on guitar strung and tuned like a chittarone
Dalza Calata Spagnola - performed on Vihuela
Albutio Fantasia from "Intabolatura de Leuto de Diversi Autori" (1536) by G. A. Casteliono. performed on guitar
Original Compositions for Guitar
Song of the Wanderers score (pdf)
(live recording from my Master's Degree graduation recital at Juilliard in 1991.)
In the Night-Lily Garden
Evam Maya Srutam
Microscopic Waltz score (pdf)
Pieces for Guitar 1986 (pdf)
21 Tone Just Intonation Guitar
Some of my favorite guitarists:
Django Reinhardt - Lonnie Johnson - Paco De Lucia - Segovia - Sabicas
Jimmy Hendrix - Frank Zappa - Eliot Fisk - Kazuhito Yamashita
New York Classical Guitar Society
Soundboard Vibrations made visible!
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A Coptic music manuscript, ca. 700 A.D.
Tibetan Musical (Chant) Notation, ca. 1900