20 Favorite Exercises for Classical Guitar

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20 Favorite Exercises for Classical Guitar
For Beginner to Intermediate Classical Guitarists
Notation & TAB, Video Lessons, Fingerings, Tips
by Bradford Werner

20 Favorite Exercises for Classical Guitar was designed for my students. There are plenty of great books on technique out there but not many for the beginner to intermediate player that focus on building fundamentals. I wanted to create a book with exercises that students would be able to play at a very high level. I’ve made the book progressive: each exercise builds on the previous one. You practice by creating a model technique for the first few exercises and maintain that model as you progress to the next one. Students are often held back by the difficult reading that patterned exercises create, the inclusion of tablature will help make this book accessible to all.

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Video Lessons for Every Exercise:

Part One: Fundamentals
These exercises form a foundation which will support more advanced exercises. I firmly believe that simplistic exercises played at a high level are essential to developing a solid and confident technique. Although many of the exercises are played on open-strings, you should strive to execute them with a professional sound, relaxed touch, and physical control.

Part Two: Development
These exercises involve minor stretches shifts, and endurance. They also aim to develop musical articulation and expression. Be careful to take breaks and relax between each one.

Part Three: Expansion & Context
These exercises test your technical skills further. The etudes test your ability to execute material in a musical context. Make sure you use these exercises and etudes for practicing technique. Don’t treat them like the same old repertoire you play casually. Focus, improve your technique, and play musically.