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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!

Have fun!

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    • martinTeam
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    • martin.3
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    Exercise No. 3 by Eduardo 💪

    Goals:

    1) keep the tempo

    2) Be as "lazy" as possible (move your fingers (an also your body) as less as possible).

    3) increase the tempo gradually.

    Start with 50 bmp and speed it up till 100 bpm Submit 2 videos with both tempos (slow and fast)

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      • Nick
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      martin before I this video I was trying to plant all 4 fingers for the descending chromatic scale. The timing was a little awkward I had to slow it down to get it to work. This way is much easier for me

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    • martin.3
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    Dear friends, here is a recording of yesterday's Zoom class for everybody who couldn't attend!

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    Here is Eduardo's final video for his (more than) Two Week Intensive! 🌟

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EBsPbGViOM

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    • martin.3
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    For Week 1, please look at this exercise!

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    • Mike
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    I am looking forward to this two-week study! I hope to improve both speed and efficiency.

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      • Nick
      • Nick.2
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      Mike if you click the 3 dots to the right of your post then you can just edit your post.

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    • martinTeam
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    Don't forget to tune in to today's live stream with Eduardo! 

    https://guitar-community.tonebase.co/t/g9hnxj1/eduardo-inestal-breaking-your-scales-speed-limit

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    • Mike
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    Yes - Looking forward to it!

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    Not sure when or where to post link to first practice video so I’m attempting to post it here: https://youtu.be/UrZn4HCAvr8

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    • Mark Hi Mark! I just wachted your video. Great Job!! I like very much your consistency on the sound and how you are able to keep the tempo.

      There is one thing you can improve. In this exercise you can choose your tempo. I suggest two different tempi (slow and fast). I suggest you to practise it increasing your tempo gradually. Starting from 120 bmp and adding 10 notch everytime untill you reach the 300. I said that because when you played the fast exercice you started losing a bit of control, and the way the work on that is practising gradually. For sure you are going to feel more secure with this exercice and very soon is going to work much better! Keep doing this amazing job!

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    Thank you so much for the feedback Eduardo.  I will definitely take that approach.  Looking forward to the next two weeks!

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    • Sage
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    Is the standard notation for the exercise available? 

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      Hi Sage. Attached you can find the exercise (5b). Just put the notes as suggested. Let me know if it helps you, otherwise I will write it for you. Cheers

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      Eduardo Inestal that is exactly what I needed. Thank you!!

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  • Here's exercise 1. Playing slow is hard, lol.

    I mostly only played apoyando to accent certain notes so this is tough especially since I played bass for years and it's fairly standard to "rake" with one finger when switching to a lower adjacent string. This took a lot of concentration, but it's giving me another tool so I appreciate that. 

    Any feedback is welcome.

     

    Thanks

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    • Steve Price Hi Steve, Thank you very much for your video! Nice work! You kept the Tempo great!

      A couple of things: 

      LH: it is much easier if you let your fingers on the strings. You are going to avoid the possibility of making mistake, is gonna take less effort and let you be concentrate on the RH. What I use to say to my stundents: Be "Lazy". Move yourself as less as possible!!!

      RH: The movements of your fingers are pretty good. Maybe you can try not to move your RH at all. Only fingers. It usually happen when you play with your M finger. Try one again to be "lazy". Let me know if it works and if you feel confortable. Cheers

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    • Nick
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    I'm terrible at recording...

    exercise 1 at 100bpm

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    • Nick Hi Nick! Well done! I like very much how your fingers move (both hands). Great job. The only thing I would suggest is, try to master the rhythm. Be able to play the whole exercise without going out of the patters and without making mistake. Why? if we make mistake while practising (what is absolutly normal) and keep playing, our "hands and head" are going to asume that we played right and is going to fix this movement. For instance, if we play and make a mistake, we stop and try again, trying to fix the problem Identify Problem and you get the solution. 

      But regarding technik, Awesome!!

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      • Nick
      • Nick.2
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      Eduardo Inestal that makes sense I will work on it. I have a problem recording myself. I crack under pressure. It’s so distracting and makes me angry. So I throw things and break stuff. 
      But that’s pretty normal right?

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    • Nick More than normal!!! it happen to everyone (think that in order to record a CD, usually it takes 3 days for 70 min of music...). Dont worry about it. There is, but, something you can do about it... the more you record yourself, the more used to it you are going to be. It is going to turn into something normal. This Pressure is going to be always there, the different is, how to cope with it. :)

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      • Mike
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      Nick Yes! Things are different with a camera pointed at you!

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    • Nick
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    exercise at 120bpm

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    • Nick Is that an Alvarez Kazuo Yairi CY-116? I'm using one in the video submitted just before yours.

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      • Nick
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      Steve Price Yup I copied you. I have a new 2020 CYM 75 also. That one is pretty loud. I bought this one in the 90's at some point. I don't remember exactly when.

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