Lesson: Early-Advanced Technique Routine

This routine is from my new book Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and ArpeggiosThe 122 page book includes: Practice Routines, Tips, 100 Open String Exercises, 120 Giuliani Arpeggios, Scales, Slur Exercises, Shifts, Finger Independence, Barre, Tremolo, Common Harmonics, and much more. YouTube Video Link (4k)

Early-Advanced Routine
Length: Approximately 30-45 Minutes (or more)
Practice Everything

By the time a student is considered early-advanced they should already have established a daily routine and an awareness of what personal areas need improvement. Practice the various routines to understand the priorities that I’ve assigned to each level. Include the more difficult selections from scales, arpeggios, and exercises. Scales in three octaves will cover more content and give you more experience in upper positions. Cycle through the 120 Giuliani arpeggios throughout the week. Include speed exercises and continue to increase your personal metronome tempos for all exercises. Aim to eventually cover every page, exercise, and topic. If in doubt of what to practice, return to the Late- Intermediate Routine and add some additional exercises as needed.

It is very important at this level to reevaluate your overall technique and the quality of your abilities. Ask yourself: can I play basic exercises as well as a professional guitarist? Could my legato sound be better? Am I truly relaxed and accurate when I play? You may wish to start the routines all over from the Beginner Routine with the aim of making your regular playing at a professional level.

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  1. Thank you for the info in this video. I take what you have said as constructive criticism which is a positive view of a classical guitarist. Not made to be disappointing or discouraging only meant to make us much better. Thank you John