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!
16 August, Exercise 1 at 210
hi Eduardo. Here is my faster version of exercise 1. I tried to work on relaxation of the right side of my right hand. It’s hard, after years of built up habit. I feel I’m not yet there.
I have a question about this: I practice moving fingers m and i ‘in the air’, or on a piece of paper, or above the strings, then my ring- and pinky finger are quietly moving along in perfect relaxation. As soon as I start actually plucking the strings, the right side of the hand tenses up. Might be linked to my hand position? I hold my wrist a bit higher than before, slightly curved from arm to hand, to enable the attack from the base joint with curved fingers. My hand is in line with the arm and the fingers land slightly oblique on the strings, not perpendicular.
Hello and thank you very much for your very interesting feedback.
I am putting exercise 2 online at both tempos 50 and 100.
If my current limit is 110 and I want to reach 120, should I still work at 50 or should I aim for 80 and 120 for example?
For me, descending scales are always more difficult and I lack coordination there.
Great job Olivier!!! Very good!
Sometimes is more difficult to keep a slow tempo, right?, you played it, both very good. Your coordination is great. The only thing I see is a bit too much tension in your face. As you see, your lips are very contracted, and that is a sign of stress. Try to focus on it. You are going to feel relief.
One crazy thing you can do it (as an experiment). Put a pencil in your mouth (see picture) and your lips and mouth are going to stop "fighting" and eventually "giving up" so you are going to be at the end relax on this area of your body. (as I said, experiment it for a while)
Your fingers movement are great, so on that part, no worries.
If you want to increase speed, always do it progessivly and be patiens. Speed it a couple of notch up and always seek for relaxation. Dont forget that relaxation is the key!!
You can use the same exercise to work on the coordination for descending scales. It works very good:
4 4 4 4 - 4444 - 3 3 3 3 - 3333 - 2 2 2 2 - 2222 - 1 1 1 1 - 4321
Practise it and let me know how you feel.
scales group 3
Please find login information for Eduardo's Zoom Check-in on August 23, 11 am PST here. Feel free to post questions before the Check-In in the forum so Eduardo can prepare those.
Meeting-ID: 885 3913 1031
Hello Eduardo and group 3 friends. I’m back with assignment #2. Because I have to travel this week again, I post this one right away at two speeds. Not really prestissimo yet-I will keep practicing later this week. As I am also still working on the first assignment, next to learning some new repertoire. It’s quite challenging to focus on this specific technical skill, and at the same time working on other pieces, that make me repeat my (maybe not so perfect) habits