Two Types of Left Hand Shifting

Classical Guitar Technique
Two Types of Left Hand Shifting

The first type of shifting is something we are all familiar with: shifting up (towards the body of the guitar) or down (towards the headstock) the neck. The second type of shifting, however, is one we all do every single time we pick up the guitar, but rarely think much about: shifting between an angled […]

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A Barre is Rarely a Barre

Classical Guitar Technique
A Barre is Rarely a Barre

A barre rarely requires that all the strings be pressed down, yet that’s often how barre chords (or bar chords) or barres in general are taught. Take this measure from . This is from the Prelude to the Second Cello Suite. The barre at the second fret, indicated by II5 (barre at second fret across […]

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New Year, New Look

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New Year, New Look

If you’re a frequent visitor around these parts, you may have noticed that ClassicalGuitar.org has a refreshed look. This is the first time this has ever happened since the site started back in 2008. The new look should be a bit nicer to deal with on mobile browsers. Issues? Please reach out.

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Modify Practice Sessions, Don’t Miss

Classical Guitar Practice Tips
Modify Practice Sessions, Don’t Miss

In addition to guitar, another of my hobbies is fitness — specifically lifting weights. I’ve been lifting since 2006 and am fairly plugged into that world. This post’s title is brought to you from a coach named who says, “modify, don’t miss” about training. This is a really great concept for practicing just about anything. […]

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Give the Repertoire a Break

Classical Guitar Practice Tips
Give the Repertoire a Break

Often times the solution to a difficult piece of repertoire or passage seems to be hammering on it again and again. Or trying to get as many perfect repetitions in as possible. But our fingers get tired; we make mistakes. Our mind gets fatigued, we loose focus, and we make different mistakes. Sometimes what’s really […]

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How to Handle Mistakes During a Performance

Ignore them. Let go of the mistake and keep going. Performance for an audience, teacher, camera, or even just a practice performance is obviously not practice. There is no stopping or going back unless something goes very wrong. Ignore mistakes and keep going. If you’re at a place of practicing performance in preparation for a […]

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Practice Perfect, Perform Better

Classical Guitar Practice Tips
Practice Perfect, Perform Better

One of the goals of any musical practice should be to never make mistakes during the practice session(s). Every single repetition is a chance to reinforce good movements and interpretation in your muscles and mind. A mistake during practice means some invalid muscle or musical memory slips in. That’s a bigger opportunity for mistakes to […]

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Explore More Fingerings

Classical Guitar Technique
Explore More Fingerings

Part of what makes guitar a difficult instrument is there is almost always more than one valid way of playing any given passage. But often times we read a piece, find a fingering that works and that’s that. We never move beyond that initial pass and maybe a few tweaks here and there. That first […]

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Recording Damages the Ego

Classical Guitar Recording
Recording Damages the Ego

Back in the daytm guitar was my job. I taught, I played some concerts, I gave lectures (mostly about digital marketing and music business) — guitar was my identity. My online identity is still tied to the whole guitar thing: . So when I heard myself on a recording, it hurt. That’s not what I […]

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Find Space to Relax

Classical Guitar Practice Tips, Classical Guitar Technique
Find Space to Relax

Recently I re-homed my sheet music collection into a proper filing cabinet and rediscovered a . The book itself has some often repeated advice and some scale patterns, but one thing did stand out. Tension and realization are two concepts that must always be combined, like day and night: their alternation is present in all […]

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