Q&A Lesson: Practicing Scales on Classical Guitar. Thanks to all my Patreon supporters who submitted questions. You can visit my Support Page if you enjoy these and want to help out. Here’s the YouTube link if you want to watch the video there.
If you are looking for organized scales and exercises you might check out my full technique book with a variety of scales and exercises from beginner to advanced levels. Info on the Shearer book I mention is here.
Question & Answer Times
- 00:00 – Intro
- 0:43 Four Reasons to Practice Scales
- 6:18 Different Resources
- 8:49 When to Practice Scales & Right Hand Focus
- 10:28 Better to Practice Other Exercises?
- 12:25 Why Melodic and Harmonic Minor?
- 13:25 Segovia Scales, Rest or Free Stroke?
- 16:37 Single Scale or Multiple Scales?
- 18:18 Beyond Major and Minor Scales?
- 20:15 Competency Without Scales?
- 21:14 Left Hand Position Above 12th Fret
- 23:38 Good Sounding Scales on Classical Guitar
- 24:42 Final Advice and Conclusion
Thank you for the insight! That answered a lot of my questions about scales.
Very helpful. I am 82 play CG in m room alone and this is very useful to me.
Hi. Great videos thanks. Do you have onedealing with neck tension when playing?
I have a lot of lessons on relaxation but not specifically on neck tension. However, I have dealt with it in my own playing. I found learning to hit the reset button after each phrase and dropping that tension can become a muscle memory reflex like any other practicing. So integrating that relax the shoulders and neck at the end of each phrase can become a habit for your body. It doesn’t address the specific problem but it does allow you to getting functioning while you investigate the source.
bernardo – surprised you did not mention Scales Segovia.
I mention them, did you watch the video? At 13:25 I discuss a question about Segovia Scales.