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)
Hello, My name is Jeffrey Sieth and I am looking forward to this opportunity to improve my left hand technique. I studied music and guitar in college in my teens and 20's before having a family and several non-musical "careers".
Since retiring in 2012 I have been more focused on guitar once again. I play in the Gateway Guitar Quartet in St Louis.
My name is Michel. I have been playing classical guitar since i am 17. I took private lessons for a few years and then stopped when i went to college. I then played on and off. I got back to guitar 6 or 7 years ago as i am approaching retirement.
I studied and practiced the slur exercises in the Tarrega manual and also in the Carlevaro book 4. I am happy to be given the chance to participate in this intensive course. I am looking to improve my slurs and pull-offs (2, 3 and 4 notes) and parallel ones . I believe this will also help improve my execution of mordent and trills. Already, this first introduction with the emphasis on relaxation is certainly a great advice. I am not sure how and when it will make sense to send videos and if there will be feedbacks . Can we ask questions and get answers from here ?
Here is a single take I did of the Brouwer #7.
I see some problems, but would like your input.
In the first measure, would it be better to use p-i-m-a, where "a" plays the open B string (rather than "i")? I'm not sure why my open "g" note is not sounding clearly... or perhaps I should just practice the first two triplets slowly, listening carefully for clarity. What do you think?
Please let me know your comments. Thanks!!