Group 1

Mastering the art of subtle timing flexibility is crucial for delivering performances that are as expressive and speech-like as possible, captivating your audience's attention. Have you ever marveled at how the fluid manipulation of timing by your favorite performers adds depth and expressiveness to their music? If you aspire to imbue your musical expressions with similar vitality, or if you aim to perfect and evolve your ability to produce seamless legato, this course is tailored for you. We will introduce techniques designed to equip you with the skills necessary for integrating these practices into your own rehearsal routines with pieces beyond the scope of this course.

Course Highlights:

馃幎 Dynamic Timing Flexibility: Delve into the nuances of timing flexibility to achieve a more expressive and speech-like performance. Discover the secrets behind the captivating, ever-changing stretch of time that adds color and expression to music, drawing listeners into your sonic world.

馃敆 Legato Mastery: Explore the techniques to perfect your legato playing, ensuring seamless transitions and a fluid, singing quality in your music. This segment focuses on cultivating the ability to convey your musical ideas with the same vitality and expressiveness as your favorite performers.

馃洜 Technique Enhancement: Engage in specialized exercises designed to improve your timing flexibility and legato execution. These practices are crafted to help you integrate these skills into your personal practice routine, allowing for continual growth and refinement.

鉁夛笍 Customized Feedback: Benefit from personalized feedback tailored to your unique musical journey. This course offers the opportunity to receive direct guidance and strategies from an expert, enabling you to overcome challenges and achieve your musical goals.

馃 Collaborative Learning Community: Join a network of like-minded musicians and enthusiasts. This course fosters a nurturing environment for sharing insights, experiences, and encouragement, building a community of learners dedicated to musical excellence.

Enroll now and unlock the potential of your guitar playing like never before!


  • Sign-Up : NOW until March 17th
  • Course Period: March 18th until March 28th
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: March 23rd, 10 am PST


Assignments Week 1



  • Try to experiment with different tempos (bigger, smaller, etc.).
  • Always listen to yourself. If what you were playing was gradually becoming clear or audible, keep at it.
  • For exercises 4-7, it is important that you emphasize the melody and make the accompaniment quieter.
  • In exercises 6-7, you can use appoyando to bring out the melody.
  • Please send me videos of exercises 1, 2, and 3, and choose only one from 4-5 and one from 6-7.


Exercise one:

Exercise two:

Exercise three:

Exercise four:

Exercise five:

Exercise six:

Exercise seven:




Assignments Week Two

First exercise:

Second exercise:

Third exercise:

Fourth exercise:

Fifth exercise:




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    • Derek
    • Derek
    • 2 mths ago
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    Hi Borbala. This has been a very interesting and useful two week intensive and I've enjoyed taking part in it. I'm sorry that I haven't yet posted any videos for the first week but here is my attempt at Prelude no 10.


    Thank you very much for taking the time to present this to us and I'm looking forward to the next one (maybe on how to look good on a video :-))! I'll try to post a couple more videos for the group 1 exercises later.

    • Derek hi Derek,

      Thank you for your video.

      No problem I know all of you are very busy have many different things to do so I'm glad that you could manage this one anyway.

      I can see how nice you worked on these technical details for the piece, legato and shiftings were basically very nice. Only the stretching position chors was a bit too direct I mean the movement, you could prepare for it a bit more earlier with stretching your fingers to the necessary position. And the very last shifting to the second position was not really well prepared with your elbow. But everything else was great. Your tone color is really beautiful. I would say just try to experiment with the musical flexibility a bit more. Now it sounds a bit metrical to me, you are making tenuto each first note of each measure. Just pay attention that if you want to guide my ear at listener you should try to hold it a bit more together like trying to make bigger volume progression or to try to accelerate a bit more. Just listen to my version and try to follow all the musical instructions. Try to exaggerate all these musical instructions to try out different versions, and then you can decide which one you liked the most and stay with it. Listen to yourself back, that helps also a lot. And if you would sit only with the score without the guitar and would try to imagine these musical details, that could be really very helpful to figure out exactly what you want to do. If you try to figure out where fit character for the musical material that can also help you with the expression. I recommend to you to try to be flexible as possible and I'm very sure that you will enjoy the music even more. 

      Great job thank you

      I wish you happy Easter! 

      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 2 mths ago
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      Borb谩la Seres  Wow Borbala, that's a lot of (very good) advice  thank you very very much. I understand exactly what you are saying and I shall get to work on it this evening. I should have revorded my self earlier in the week so that I could have heard myself sooner.


      Hope you have a great Easter too. Best wishes Derek 

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