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Are you tired of struggling with the complexities of guitar-playing? Good news – most guitar music relies on a small number of key technical building blocks. This upcoming two-week intensive program will dive into these building blocks and offer a systematic approach to improving your foundational skills on the guitar. By breaking down the technical intricacies of guitar-playing into a handful of essential movements, we’ll be providing exclusive insights and exercises that can help you overcome the most common difficulties. With practice and dedication, these exercises can become an integral part of your regular warm-up routine, unlocking your potential to better express your musical ideas.


  • Sign-Up: March 15th
  • Course Period: March 20th - March 31st
  • Check-In via Zoom: March 23 & March 30, 10am PST

Assignment (week 1)

The video below introduces the course and presents 6 exercises aimed at developing essential 'building blocks' of guitar playing. Aim to practice each every day as part of your warmup routine for 2~4 minutes. This should result in an overall 15~30 min practice block.


The exercises presented are:

exercise 1a - apoyando/tirando alternation of single fingers (i-i-i... m-m-m... a-a-a...)

exercise 1b - tirando alternation of small groups (m-i, i-m, a-m, m-a, a-i, i-a)

exercise 2 - apoyando alternation across first three strings

exercise 3 - 'quasi' slurs

exercise 4 - chromatic scales

exercise 5 - shifting

exercise 6 - extensions


If you aren't able to consistently complete all exercises or if it takes too long, select whichever you think will be the most beneficial ones for you (e.g. 1-4). Remember that it is better to practise shorter but regularly than to practice longer but less frequently. Keep track of your practice! This will allow you to later asses how useful a change to your practice routine has been.


Assignment // Week 1


Assignment // Week 2


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  • Zoom Check-in Session No. 1 // recording

    Thursday 23rd March

  • Hi everyone, here's week 2:

    A (slightly) shorter video than last week:) Happy practising! (yes, it's with an 's' in UK).

    See you on Thursday, E

  • Zoom Check-in Session No. 2 // recording

    Thursday 30th March

  • Check-In Session // ZOOM LINK

    Thursday 23 March, 2023
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    10 AM  Pacific Time 🇺🇸

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    • Igornull
    • Igor.2
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    Hi, Emmanuel.

    Unfortunately I won´t be able to join. I´ll be at work. I knew this could happen. Anyway, I´m very interested in your approach, for I´ve lately reached the conclusion (not least by following Marco Tamayo´s advice) that following some basic principles (preparation, guide fingers, etc) we can  develop a good technique quite fast, given that we practice these simple things everyday or every other day.

    So, thanks a lot for your work. See you.

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    • Hi Igor ,
      Great to have you! Marco's principles are one of the two main inspirations for the course, alongside David Russell's warm-up routines. My year as a postgrad in Salzburg studying with Marco was seminal to a large part of my technical development in years since. Really glad to hear you benefit from the excellent guidance he shares with his teaching and excellent publications.

      Hope to see you around!

    • don
    • don.2
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    HI Emmanuel,


    thanks for sharing these.  Unfortunately been really busy with work and only have the chance to watch your lessons now. 


    Especially love the exercise number 1. It is so simple but yet so useful. Thank you!

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    • Hi don 

      My pleasure! I'm glad you found some of the exercises useful. Whatever time I have available to practise, I always find that using at least a small portion of it (even if only 5-10 mins) on some warm-up exercises can already help in developing core technical abilities.

      Happy practising!


    Thursday 30 March, 2023
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    10 AM  Pacific Time 🇺🇸

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    Meeting ID: 830 1496 4945
    Passcode: 992107

  • Hi I enjoyed your Two Week  Tutorial.  Well done. No matter how long I have been playing. It does not mean I am playing right. I am always surprised how much more there is to learn.    

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    • So glad you enjoyed it and found it useful, peter .

      All best wishes and happy music-making! E

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