Hola tonebuddies and fellow guitarists united against tendinitis!
We are absolutely thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for our community of classical guitarists: a "Two Week Intensive" course on "Effortless Left Hand Slurs" with the world-renowned guitarist Arturo Castro Nogueras!
This unique course is designed to provide in-depth insights into the correct way to do free and rest stroke left-hand slurs while keeping a relaxed and healthy position. Throughout the two weeks, Arturo will share his best advice for staying away from unfruitful tensions, and unnecessary musical accents, a way to build a solid technique and a smart interpretation, enriching your playing and enabling you to truly understand and convey the passion behind this beautiful musical technique.
During the course, participants will be immersed in the rich physiological and musical inner workings of left-hand slurs, while receiving personalized guidance from Arturo himself. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for classical guitarists looking to enhance their technical capabilities.
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from a true guitar maestro, and make sure to share your thoughts on the event name. We can't wait to see you at the Two Week Intensive with Arturo Castro Nogueras!
Happy slurring, amigos!
- Course Period: June 14th - June 27th
- Optional check-In via Zoom: June 19th, 10am PST
Watch Arturo's Introduction to Slurs and record yourself playing the initial exercises!
- Pull-Off (Pull-Down and Lifting-Up)
- Feel the hand first and work through all finger combinations!
Hello everyone! Here's my second video with more advanced exercises for improving your left-hand slurs!
- We do an exercise by Barrueco for improving finger independence during a fixed position and doing slurs. Keep it on the safe side and don't over do it! It's all about the feeling in your hand.
- Importance of putting down both fingers when you do a pull-off (the first and second note or in several notes' pull-offs then all the notes you are playing).
- Another exercise taken from a piece recommended by one of our friends in the course. Scroll down to find the screenshot.
Hello everyone! Here's my third video talking about three of my favorite etudes for improving your left-hand slurs!
Carcassi: No. 4 Op. 60
Egúrbida: No. 1
Brouwer: No. 7
Hi everyone! Here's my last video for this TWI titled ''Effortless Left-Hand Slurs.''
In this video I talk about three etudes which are a bit more advanced, but done well do wonders for improving your left hand technique. (This video is a bit longer than the rest, so I added the time mark so you can go to each individual piece).
- García de León: El Río (0'58)
- Brouwer: No. 9 (6'00)
- Villa-Lobos: No. 3 (12'14)
Thank you for the introductory video! Sometimes I hear a tone coming from the adjacent string in a “apoyando” pull-off. I suspect either I am lifting the finger too quickly after coming to rest on that string, or perhaps have momentum remaining in the pull-off finger that sets the adjacent string vibrating in a mutes manner. Is that something you have come across? If so, would you have any advice how to eliminate the spurious tone? Thank you very much in advance for any advice!
Hello All! I'm Pavel, I live in Seattle USA. I recently picked up playing guitar after ~20 years break and trying to get back into it, while fixing technique issues I had previously. I'm currently learning a piece that has a section with a lot of slurs and the way I now play it sound pretty bad. This class came at the right time - hope it'll help me improve!