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Improve your Arpeggios in Two Weeks with Evan Taucher!

Arpeggios are a fundamental part of guitar technique, but are you practicing them in a way where you will improve over time? Oftentimes we find ourselves stuck in the same routine with old habits that leave our arpeggios sounding imprecise and strained. Join this intensive to break out of the box and work on our arpeggios in a precise way that will challenge your mind, and then your fingers.

  • Course Period: October 17th - 28th
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: October 24th, 10 am PST

Assignment Video for Week 1

Please follow along and share a video of yourself with the exercises Evan is presenting in his video! Scores of Villa-Lobos Prelude no.4 and Giuliani op.48 no.5 attached!

 

Week 1 video submissions should include one or more of the following:

  • preparation exercise with metronome on, playing one note per click
  • accent exercise with metronome, cycling through accenting different fingers

 

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The assignment  Video for Week 2 will be shared after the Zoom Session on October 24th!

 

Assignment Video for Week 2

Week 2 submissions should include one or more of the following:

  • pluck and relax exercise
  • pimiaimi arpeggio
  • pmimamim arpeggio 
  • pamamaia arpeggio
  • a repertoire example (Giuliani Etude 5 op.48 or Prelude 4 arpeggios by Villa Lobos)
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  • Hi, I’m glad to join this session. I’ve been practicing Giuliani exercises for a long time, but without any feedback. Also working on Bach Prelude in D from the Cello suite 1, with mixed results.

    Question on the first exercise. The preparation rules I have read say that all fingers should be placed in advance on an upward arpeggio. Is that advice just for beginners. I can see that would be impractical in actual musical context.

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      Rajesh Puranik Hi Rajesh, Glad you're working on the Giuliani, l'd
      recommend apply these exercises to one or two of the
      first 10 Giuliani studies - keep it simple at first.
      Regarding your question, what you're describing is often
      referred to as "full preparation". It is very good to practice
      too, but like you suspected, it's not useful in each and
      every musical context. For instance, if you're playing
      something extremely fast, it can be useful, but for slower
      passages, not so much because of all of the muting. Hope
      that helps!

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    I'm looking forward to starting on this. I've tended to ignore arpeggio practice for a while, although I do play both of these pieces. Hopefully this will improve them and Mertz's Fingal's Cave which I am also playing at the moment

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      Derek hey Derek - great! Happy you joined! That’s a great one to practice this one. I love a lot of those bardenklange pieces. “Abenlied” is gorgeous as well. My personal favorite is “Unruhe”

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    Hi Martin. I'll be joining please. I may be a little late but hopefully not. Thanks Derek 

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    Sorry about the last reply - I was in the wrong tab in the browser!

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  • Hello Evan, thank you for the introduction, the ‘instructions’ and scores.

    Here is my first practice with exercises 1 and 2 (in 1 video)  and next I tried the HVL study#1 with i and m  accents (only the opening bars) . Maybe you can comment on this. I noticed (seeing my self, playing and watching concentrated is confusing) that with this last exercise I didn’t do full preparation. I practice it slower, but it feels unnatural to play this study with continuous preparation.  In prelude 4 (not in the video) however, I do use preparation in the arpeggio part all along - feels more natural as it’s just p i m a all the time….

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    joosje - I've just had the chance to watch your videos. Great job! I'll give you a bit of feedback below

     

    In your first video (arpeggio ex), you're doing a great job preparing and you're doing it rhythmically very precise. Great work there. Watch out for you p finger not always preparing on the 4th string after your a finger plays (or for that matter, whenever p is 'next up'. You started the exercise out by preparing your p finger perfectly but once accents got involved the p finger got a little lost. Let me know if that makes sense.

     

    In the HVL video (and regarding your explanation your wrote in text) - you're playing this piece well, but I'd encourage you to take it at maybe 25% of the tempo you're playing it at in order to work on the preparation and feeling the preparation. Like you said, it feels a lot more unnatural when it's not just pima like the previous exercise. But as the old adage goes - 'if it were easy, everyone would do it'. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing your progress. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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    • Evan Taucher thank you for your feed back. 👃Yes, it makes sense, I can see it, watching the video.  I will take care of this and also reduce the speed in the exercises with VL. Btw do you recommend  (in study 1) sequential planting as in the first 2 exercises ? We practiced this study previously at tonebase with full planting on the first beat. I got never really used to …. 

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      joosje Hi Joosje, you're very welcome! If you're asking about the Villa-Lobos etude 1 preparation, yes, one finger prepares after the next. You might be confusing some other piece of advice as I can't imagine how you could prepare all of your RH fingers at once in Etude 1 by villa lobos. In prelude 4 by VL you could however, and both ways of preparation I(sequential and full prep) are useful to practice.

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    • Evan Taucher thanks. Great material to practice with.

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    Dear friends,

    Please find the link for the TWI Check-In with Evan Taucher here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88165370223

    The Check-In is Monday, October 24th at 10am PST.

    See you tomorrow!

    Martin

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  • Evan Taucher Hi Evan, i post here my videos ...I have keep it very simple , just with a E chord.....

    First exercise is for finger preparation , second one is arpeggio pima estressing diferent fingers with two spreeds and third one is argeggio pimami with estressing the diferent fingers.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.....I´ll try to join to the live session tomorrow

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      JUAN ALONSO Juan, first off, great job! You’re doing a great job with the accents and your hands are quite relaxed.

       

      my main feedback for you is about how you create the sound on the guitar and the resulting motion from the way you’re creating sound. For instance, when you accent any finger, you are plucking “up” on the guitar rather than pushing the string further into the guitar. The problem here is that when you pluck “up” and away from the guitar, your hand gets further from the strings. Of course, this is a slight problem when we are trying to build efficiency. You can identify these types of problems by watching for your hand “bouncing” up in the air rather than staying stable. Try and “push” the string deeper into the guitar (towards the soundhole) to create louder sounds rather than “snapping” the string away from the soundhole. You might like to check out one of the classes here on tonebase about sound production - I’m sure martin could point you in the right direction (no pun intended!) 

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    I practice a staccato arpeggio exercise regularly. I felt my hand was pretty well balanced. But the shifting accent made me realize my i finger is pretty weak. 

    It is still taking me a lot of concentration to perform the accent and the preparation on a piece I don't know. I feel my awareness shifting between chord, accent and preparation 

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      Nick Nick, first off, congratulations on your progress. You’re doing a great job balancing between all of those things to concentrate on.

      that being said, you’re doing quite well! My recommendation would be to try and focus on just one thing at a time. For instance, it’s not important to play many bars of the piece - just focuses on the first chord or two to keep the harmony interesting so that you can focus on the real point of the exercise - preparation and building the independence of each finger.

       

      I would also take it a hair slower - on some of the fingers accents (when you’re accenting ‘m’ for example, you’re often accenting the next finger a hair too much as well (in this example - the ‘a’ finger). 
       

      great work overall and keep it up! Keep it slow, controlled, and deliberate. Thank you!

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      Evan Taucher thanks. I have backed way off on the speed to the point that my brain can actually consistently register my thumb plant. I worry sometimes about the practicality of the exercise if it’s not up to speed.

      I will pay attention to the accents. Thanks again

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    Assignment Video for Week 2

    Week 2 submissions should include one or more of the following:

    • pluck and relax exercise
    • pimiaimi arpeggio
    • pmimamim arpeggio 
    • pamamaia arpeggio
    • a repertoire example (Giuliani Etude 5 op.48 or Prelude 4 arpeggios by Villa Lobos)
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    Find the recording of he Zoom Check-In here: https://youtu.be/iVYpg_fPN84

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  • cant thank you enough, Evan,  for this intensive. It’s a great exercise. I send this second week impression of practice on the excerpt of VL prelude 4 (few measures with shifting accents)

    analyzing myself I see the preparation is working  but the bouncing back of fingers attacking can be better (trying  to concentrate on both seems too big a step 🙂) Looking forward to hearing your advice. I’m definitely planning to send an update later.

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      joosje Joosje, first off - you’re so welcome!!

       

       Also, great improvement! Your p finger is preparing much better - stick with that practice and just work on building up confidence and tempo over time.

       

      regarding fingers returning to a relaxed state, as a supplemental exercise, try plucking p finger, then immediately muting the string with p finger (creating a staccato sound), then pluck with the i finger and immediately mute the string with the i finger, and so on with m and a. It’s quite fun (and frustratingly difficult). Could be a nice thing to practice as you continue along your journey. 
       

      Thanks for the submissions and congratulations on your work and improvement.

       

      Best wishes!

      Evan 

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    • Evan Taucher  thank you Evan. I’ll continue this practice. Much grateful for your advice and ideas. 👋👍🙂

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    Hi Evan. Sorry that it's taken so long to upload anything. Here are a couple for the week 2 assignment. Pimiai and pmimam etc. Looking at the videos I look as though I relax the I finger  out of the time but the other 2 are a bit hit and miss. Grateful for any feedback. Thanks Derek 

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      Derek hey Derek! Looking good! Your hands look very relaxed and that’s quite nice to see! 
      2 big points to focus one:

      1) make sure you are playing perfectly with the metronome on the clicks. More often than not, you’re beating the metronome to the punch. Solving issues here will solve many other music and technique related issues. Hope that helps

      2) when plucking one finger (starting with p in this example), make sure to prepare the next finger on the next string *immediately*. So in the first video, make sure i prepares immediately after p plays, then m prepares immediately after i plays, and so on. 
       

      best of luck on the continued work, and thanks for the videos and great angle!

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    Thanks to everybody for your active participation! I happily forward a message from Evan to all of you!

    Hi all,

    It was incredible to work with each of you the past few weeks. Your progress, determination, and inquisitiveness inspired me! 

    Thanks for all of your efforts, and it’s been great getting to know you. Please keep in touch if there’s anything you need - www.evantaucher.com

    Best wishes, and I hope to see you soon!

    Evan

    Best wishes and get ready for our next TWI with TY!

     

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