Category Lessons

Lesson: Study No. 19, Op. 60 by Carcassi

Lesson: Study No. 19, Op. 60 by Matteo Carcassi. From my PDF eBook: Ten Classical Etudes. Includes fingering, notation & notation + TAB edition. YouTube Video Link. Allegro Moderato, Study No. 19, Op. 60 by Matteo CarcassiDespite being No. 19 in…

Practicing Scales: Versatility and Vitality

One of the biggest problems with music education these days is that many students are practicing scales in the same way, everyday…forever. For example, let’s say a teacher is using the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exams as a…

Practicing with a metronome: pros, cons, & tips

Many students wonder how often they should practice with a metronome because there is little consensus in music education as to the benefits or negative consequences. Before outlining some pros and cons of metronome use I’d like to tell you what…

The Wedding Gig: how to play music at a wedding

Some of my students are starting to play weddings and they are filled with questions. I’ve played many wedding over the years but I remember how nerve racking the first few were. If only I had a small guide and…

Lesson: Study No. 14, Op. 60 by Matteo Carcassi

Lesson: Study No.14, Op.60 by Matteo Carcassi. From my sheet music eBook (PDF): Ten Classical Etudes. Includes fingering, notation & notation + TAB edition. YouTube Video Lesson Link. This etude develops free-stroke scale-work with bass notes and a focus on legato…

A definition of rubato in music

Students often ask me when to use rubato so here’s a piece of advice: not too often! Pulse is an essential element to the majority of music we play, therefore, don’t obscure the rhythmic element of pulse with unnecessary amounts…

Lesson: Etude No. 22, Op. 50 by Mauro Giuliani

Lesson for Allegretto, No. 22, Op. 50 by Mauro Giuliani – From my sheet music eBook (PDF): Ten Classical Etudes. Includes fingering, notation & notation + TAB edition. YouTube Video Lesson Link. This is a great introductory etude for slurs and…

Lesson: Sor Study No.6, Op.60

Lesson for Study No.6 Op.60 by Fernando SorFrom my sheet music eBook (PDF): Ten Classical EtudesIncludes fingering, notation & notation + TAB edition.YouTube Video Lesson Link (4k) The first etude is a basic legato study by Fernando Sor. As you improve…

A Lesson in Right Hand Articulation by Gohar Vardanyan

This classical guitar lesson in right hand articulation is brought to you by Strings By Mail and Gohar Vardanyan. It has an excellent discussion about how to play legato, staccato, detached, and general articulation. I like the two different camera angles as well.…

How to Practice Left Hand Technique

Kind of a lesson of the week thing I’ll be starting: how to practice left hand technique and position for classical guitar. This was also a question about how to use my technique book by someone up-north (more so than…

Arpeggio Lesson by Thomas Viloteau

Thomas Viloteau via his youtube channel gives a lesson in right hand arpeggios of classical guitar. He discusses aspects of gaining control, variety to avoid the difficulty of repetitive motions as well as control the texture, keeping the hand stable,…

David Leisner: Conquering Performance Anxiety

Just reviewing some old articles and came across this one by David Leisner on his website titled: Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety. It is reprinted by permission of the American String Teachers Association, copyright, Spring 1995. This is an excerpt,…