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Improve your Arpeggios in Two Weeks with Evan Taucher!

Arpeggios are a fundamental part of guitar technique, but are you practicing them in a way where you will improve over time? Oftentimes we find ourselves stuck in the same routine with old habits that leave our arpeggios sounding imprecise and strained. Join this intensive to break out of the box and work on our arpeggios in a precise way that will challenge your mind, and then your fingers.

  • Course Period: October 17th - 28th
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: October 24th, 10 am PST

Assignment Video for Week 1

Please follow along and share a video of yourself with the exercises Evan is presenting in his video! Scores of Villa-Lobos Prelude no.4 and Giuliani op.48 no.5 attached!

 

Week 1 video submissions should include one or more of the following:

  • preparation exercise with metronome on, playing one note per click
  • accent exercise with metronome, cycling through accenting different fingers

 

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The assignment  Video for Week 2 will be shared after the Zoom Session on October 24th!

Assignment Video for Week 2

Week 2 submissions should include one or more of the following:

  • pluck and relax exercise
  • pimiaimi arpeggio
  • pmimamim arpeggio 
  • pamamaia arpeggio
  • a repertoire example (Giuliani Etude 5 op.48 or Prelude 4 arpeggios by Villa Lobos)
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  • I look forward to this. I created a video already.  I asked a question in. it.  I am currently studying on my own Hubert Kappel  Arpeggios from his book. 

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      • Evan Taucher
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      peter hancock hey Peter, great to hear. Looking forward to seeing your video! The classical guitar bible! That’s a great book. Super thorough!

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    • Evan Taucher  Are we to play all three of those pieces or are we to pick one for video?

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      peter hancock Hi Peter, one is fine, you can try others if you'd like of course!

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  • Hello Evan: Thanks for explaining the technique of planting fingers in the video. I have a question: When you pluck, let say P, is your i finger ALREADY on the 3rd string? Or it is VERY CLOSE to the 3 string?

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      Giao Pham good question Giao! In that situation, your i shouldnt plant until the moment that p plays. So, your i finger should be very close, but not touching the 3rd string until p plays. Hope that helps! 

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    • Evan Taucher Great! Thanks for clarifying, Evan. I'd want to make sure that I'm practicing the right technique. (And it works well).

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    • Giao Pham 

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    • Hi Evan: I'm submitting the Arpeggios part of HVL's prelude 4. Thanks.

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    • Evan Taucher : Dear Evan: I'm submitting the Giuliani piece for your review and feedback. Thanks much.

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      Giao Pham Hi Giao, I just had a chance to watch your two wonderful videos. In the first video (the HVL) I have to admit that it's too fast, and at too difficult of a camera angle to see if you are clearly practicing preparing or not. Maybe the purpose of that video was to share a video of where it took you once you sped up. That being said, it sounds pretty clean!! Nice work.

      In the second video. you submitted (Giuliani), unfortunately once again the camera angle is a bit rough (I can't see other fingertips besides you thumb), but I can tell from the video that the RH is not preparing properly. Your p finger should be preparing on the 6th string immediately after your i finger plays. Perhaps the other fingers are preparing, I'm not sure. If you want more feedback, I'd recommend playing it more than 100% slower (say, 1 note per click at 60 beats per minute - that slow!), and also preparing the camera so that i can see all of your RH fingertips (the left doesn't matter at all so don't worry about trying to get everything),

       

      Hope this helps!

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      peter hancock Hi Peter, nice video, and thanks for the kind words about the videos! You are preparing your fingers quite well, congratulations! The main thing I want to mention about your video is to make sure you are being perfectly rhythmically precise (in the first part of the video). For almost all of the video you are sliding in and out of sync with the metronome. Setting your metronome on subdivisions may help you stay more perfectly locked in. Believe it or not, building rhythmic precisions here may be of even more use than anything else in the exercise. I've found for some, working on rhythm is the single most important thing in their music making as a whole (forget the guitar!!). Because coordination on the guitar is paramount, if the rhythm isn't super precise in the RH, it's hard to put everything together. 
      As far as the HVL etude 1 you mention at the end, please don't worry about learning all of the chords and switching between them - just hold down an e minor chord (the first chord) and practice away. Since we're talking about arpeggios here, I don't want you to spend most of your time thinking about the Left Hand. 

      Again, working on being rhythmically precise is my biggest piece of advice for you. Make sure you're "right on the money" with the metronome. I'd also recommend checking out this Adam Neely video about improving upon your rhythm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIfD7ZN5FYI&t=143s

       

      Hope that helps!

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    • Thanks so much.  I am paying more attention to the rhythm. I am playing the Prelude 4 at 54 BPM. Maybe have to lower it more. Really appreciate  your helpfulness. I will check out Adam Neely

      Peter

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      peter hancock Great to hear!!

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    • Evan Taucher Dear Evan: Your feedback on the Giuliani part was amazing. Sincerely, I got that issues but I didn't realize that I got it, until you pointed it out. I've reduced the speed, have focused on i and p. It's painful but WORKED! It seems that correcting this also helps me on other but related issues as well. Most importantly, I can feel the music and rhythm better. Why? It's because I can control better movements of the fingers. Thanks much for your help, Evan.

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    Dear friends,

    Please find the link for the TWI Check-In with Evan Taucher here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88165370223

    The Check-In is Monday, October 24th at 10am PST.

    See you tomorrow!

    Martin

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      peter hancock Peter, nice idea with chopping up this etude! In general, I'd recommend just sticking with maybe the first 2 chords and looping those as if it was an exercise. Then, slowly add more "chords". Otherwise, your preparation is very nice here. You're just going a little too fast to build the best habits in both hands. A lot of those "stop and starts" can be avoided by taking it slower and practicing a bit more deliberately with metronome, although I hear you - those chords can be intoxicatingly fun!

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    • Evan Taucher Thanks for your review and suggestions. I actually use this as an fun exercise in shifting and arpeggios. I noticed that I unconsciously left out the first  finger "i" in the first exercise and again the first  "a" finger in the third exercise.  I have corrected that. Thanks so much for your guidance.

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    Hi, here is my practice:

    https://youtu.be/f8G6K57vlzY
     

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      Fernando Ponte Fernando - great work!! Sorry for the late response. You're doing extremely well. One thing I'd watch out for is your pinky curling up. This is usually just a result of tension. Make sure the pinky moves and relaxes with your 'a' finger. A way to work on this is by starting your practice with some exercises of just plucking the a finger alone and letting it relax quickly. Pay attention there to see if your pinky relaxes too - it should. I talk more about it in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1CiHV9BAqg

       

      Otherwise everything is looking really great. If I had to say anything else, it would be to watch out with your p and i finger movement. When you accent with you i finger, you often displace your hand a bit. Sometimes the p finger plucking displaces your hand a bit as well. 

       

      Great work and thanks for making the videos. Keep it up! 

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    Assignment Video for Week 2

    Week 2 submissions should include one or more of the following:

    • pluck and relax exercise
    • pimiaimi arpeggio
    • pmimamim arpeggio 
    • pamamaia arpeggio
    • a repertoire example (Giuliani Etude 5 op.48 or Prelude 4 arpeggios by Villa Lobos)
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    arpeggio 4

    Assignment video for week 2 is posted!

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    Find the recording of he Zoom Check-In here: https://youtu.be/iVYpg_fPN84

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