Breaking Your Scale Speed Limits with Eduardo Inestal!
Virtuosity and speed go hand in hand when it comes to freeing your musical expressiveness from technical limitations. One key element in classical guitar performance is the ability to play fast scales with ease. Together, we will explore exercises that will enable you to push your speed limits and improve your scale skills while retaining relaxation in both hands and gaining a richer tool set to express your musical ideas.
- Sign-Up Period: August 11 - 14
- Course Period: August 15 - 26
- Class Size: 4 Groups á 10 Participants
- Optional check-In via Zoom: August 23, 11 am PST
Assignment for the first week:
Play the first exercise (Slow) while paying attention to the following:
- Keep the tempo
- Always alternate i-m
- Be "lazy” (move your fingers, both right and left hand, and yourself as less as possible) to keep the relaxation
Do the same with the 2nd exercise (Faster tempo)
Once you control this exercise, you can gradually choose your tempo, increasing the bpm. Pay attention not to lose your relaxation!
Aug 30 Exercise 1 slow
Here is the first exercise played slowly. I didn't want to speed up until I get some feedback to make sure I'm doing it well.
As a related question, recently I am struggling with using my i finger in scales and arpeggios, and I don't know why. I am finding m-a much easier than i-m for some reason. Looking at my video, do you have any thoughts about this?
August 16 Exercise 1 at 184
Today I sped things up a bit, but not as fast as you (Eduardo) did in the second video. At first, I tried speeding up without a metronome, and I found myself getting frustrated because I was speeding up too much and making lots of mistakes. I then tried to regulate my speed increase by using a metronome. The problem is that the irregular pattern requires that the metronome click with each note played. Anyway, using the metronome, I was able to bring the speed up to about 184. In your second video, your speed is somewhere around 240 I think, but my metronome will not go that high.
Toward the end of the exercise I started making mistakes, so maybe I am going too fast too soon. I find that when the notes change more quickly, I have to fight the urge to change to free stroke (tirando), probably because I almost never play with rest stroke (apoyando), and so it makes me feel less secure.
As you suggested, I tried to pay attention to my left hand pinky, making sure that it was relaxed. Watching this video, I see some improvement, but it's still a problem. Let me know if you see improvement or not. I shot the video from further back so you can see both of my hands more easily than in my previous video.
Hola Maestro Inestal and Tonebase community.
My name is Jaime Zaldua and this is my first attempt at the exercise.
I look forward to developing and improving throughout the next couple weeks.
I think I’ve got the link posted now.
Hello Eduardo and thank you for the great lessons. I am discovering that this exercise is very effective at getting me to focus on right hand accuracy. This is something that I need to work on because a lack of consistent good tone and too much noise is a problem with my playing in general and I attribute this to needing to be more accurate with the right hand. I will make this exercise a part of my routine and continue to work on it and extend it to other right and left hand fingers. Thanks for this. I am trying to be slow and controlled in my video and still some accuracy problems but I feel that this is helping get there.