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Fixed Fingers – Guitar Exercise

2016-10-24T00:20:19+00:00

Finger independence is important. It helps with speed, accuracy and control, all very integral to making music. To work on our finger independence this exercise, called Fixed Fingers, takes [...]

Left Hand Warmup

2016-10-24T00:20:20+00:00

This set of fingerings is a great template to use with left hand warm up exercises. I say template because there are tons of ways you can add extra [...]

On Making Mistakes

2016-10-24T00:20:20+00:00

Wouldn’t life be boring if everything were perfect?   I am not going to waste my time preaching that making mistakes is OK and that too many classical musicians [...]

Metronome Technique

2016-10-24T00:20:24+00:00

When I was in my teenage years I built up quite a large collection of metronomes. I was absolutely convinced that they kept breaking, one after another. I had [...]

Choosing Repertoire

2016-10-24T00:20:24+00:00

It is important to consider carefully which works you choose to study because more often than not, they stay with us throughout our entire lives. Our repertoire can shape [...]

Give Your Fingers Lungs!

2016-10-24T00:20:25+00:00

In masterclasses and lessons I have come across passages that the student simply does not play musically. Even with repeated attempts to convey the shape and phrasing [...]

Slow Practice

2016-10-24T00:20:25+00:00

In my lessons with  students I find myself repeating a few core ideas many times. Perhaps one of the most common suggestions I make to students is to... slow [...]

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