Tariq Harb – Another Way of Playing Fast Scales

Another nice lesson from Tariq Harb via his YouTube. This one on playing scales. Check out some of Tariq Harb’s recordings: Tariq Harb via Amazon. FYI, the image in the video is reversed as he is a normal right handed player (right hand = p,i,m,a). Here’s the quote from his YouTube channel. If you’re looking for a technique book you can check out my review of classical guitar technique and exercise books.

Here is another way of playing fast scales, incorporating the thumb, index and middle fingers. I found that this way is very economic, and can be very fluid if practiced with care and attention to equal note durations, complete hand relaxation throughout the scale being played, and evenness of tone produced. I wanted to share this video because I couldn’t find any information on this technique online or in method books. Many players incorporate the ring finger playing scales (a,m,i) and occasionally add the thumb to the beginning of a scale, for example. But I haven’t found anyone discussing the thumb being used throughout a scale passage (p,m,i), although I’m sure some are using it, as we know lutenists use index and thumb for playing scales. Anyways, I found this technique very helpful, so here are my thoughts on how to incorporate it in your daily routine.

Video Link: http://youtu.be/OKUPhV87uUI

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  1. Lee Eisenstein on

    Excellent and thank you for posting this! I used to study jazz, with the great guitarist/teacher, Duke Miller in L.A. and he introduced me to playing scales, three notes per string. Glad to see it used in a classical context, as well. Super lesson. Mahalo (thank you in Hawaiian).

    Here’s a video of me, playing a piece I am currently working on, the Fantasia Sonata, by Joan Manen, at the Red Water Cafe, in Waimea, Hawaii. A fair bit of crowd noise and my performance still needs a bit more work, but hope you will enjoy it.

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