Dale's Practice Diary - Abel Carlevaro's "School of Guitar"

As part of my new year's resolution, I plan to delve further into Abel Carlevaro's "School of Guitar" through his exercises and studies as well as his compositions.  Therefore, throughout the year, I will be posting some of my favorite exercises and studies along with some of his compositions.  Here is my favorite exercise from his Cuaderno No. 2 - Formula 230 (ejercicio con accordes repetidos).  Also, I am greatly looking forward to this Friday's live stream with Alfredo Escande, Maestro Carlevaro's longtime assistant.  

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  • Dale Needles great to see you share Carlevaro's work here, I remember working on that exercise long time ago... 馃槄... I should do like you and revisit my right hand technique through Book #2. 

    •   Blaise Laflamme Thanks for the reply.  I try to work around 30 minutes every morning on Carlevaro's Cuadernos and/or studies.  Having gone through the Cuadernos many times over the years, I now work on selected exercises which address particularly technical issues.  The exercise that I posted is a great right-hand warm up for working on Carlevaro's Estudio #5, which is my favorite Carlevaro study.

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  • Continuing my journey to improve on my technique through Carlevaro's School of Guitar, here is another little exercise for the RH from his Cuaderno No. 2. Additionally, if anyone is interested in learning more about Carlevaro's school of technique and his compositions, I encourage you to check out the new Tonebase Forum, "Carlevaro's School of Guitar Group."

  • Moving on to work on my LH technique, using Carlevaro's School of Guitar technique, here is one of my favorite exercises from his Cuaderno No. 3.  This exercise works on the shifting by jumping positions.  

  • Continuing my journey through Carlevaro's School of Guitar, here is another RH exercise from Cuaderno No. 2 Formula 228.  For this exercise, I am trying to bring out the bass line, while using what Carlevaro calls "toque 5" for the middle voice and "toque 4" for upper harmony.

  • Here is a short little estudio or sketch that Carlevaro wrote for his students at the Conservatory in Montevideo in the late 1950s.  I believe it was a sight reading exercise, but in playing it I found it to be very musical and an early example of Carlevaro's musical tonality that he employed with his most mature compositions.  

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