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This Two Week Intensives will cover the essential techniques of staccato, portato, and legato for guitar players. Staccato involves playing notes in a short, detached manner, while legato involves playing notes smoothly and connected. Portato is a style that falls between staccato and legato, with slightly detached but still connected notes. The class will also delve into the development of left-hand technique that you need for proper articulation!

Sanel Redžić is one of the most promising and virtuoso guitarists of the younger
generation, who has created an important name on the international scene, having a wide
repertoire from baroque to modern music.

Sanel currently teaches at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar and at
the University of Erfurt in Germany. He is also artistic director and founder of Tuzla Guitar
Week in Bosnia-Herzegovina.


  •  Scales (major with parallel melodic minor scares)
  • Leo Brouwer - Etude Nr. 1
  • Agustin Barrios - Mangore - 3rd movement of La Catedral
  • Fernando Sor - Etude Op. 35, No. 22 (Segovia No. 5)
  • Any other example by participants 

Assignment Videos

I compiled a playlist with 5 Videos! More Videos will come :)

  • Video 1: Intro
  • Video 2: C Major scale with i-m
  • Video 3: C Major scale with p
  • Video 4: Arpeggios
  • Video 5: Brouwer no.1


  • Submit a video containing either one or several of the exercises. For example, start with a simple C major scale playing once as legato as possible, repeat with portamento and then one last time with staccato. Please tell us what articulation you were aiming for!
  • Feel free to apply the learnings to either Brouwer Etude no.1 or your own  repertoire!

Feel free to ask questions in a written reply and/or add them to your video! 


Assignment Week 2:

  • Read and play through the piece provided by Sanel and play the basses staccato and the upper voices legato!


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    • Barney
    • Barney
    • 1 yr ago
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    Sanel Redzic I found this transcription of a selection from El Amor Brujo, and just started working on it.  The piece requires articulation with Staccato, mostly in the bass..  Please review and let me know your comments/suggestions.  Thanks!!

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 1 yr ago
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      Barney That was wonderful, Barney. You have a great grasp of this piece. I look forward to hearing your progress. I just recently became aware of this piece and love it. 

      Very impressive work!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 1 yr ago
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      Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!  This Gypsy Ballet by Falla is magnificent, and I love the whole orchestral Ballet music.  (Take a listen  or watch video when you have a chance).

      I thought of working on the piece because of the Articulation techniques we are learning.

    • Barney
    • Barney
    • 1 yr ago
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    Here are the 4 pages of the Falla score.

  • Dear guitarists and colleagues! 

    I hope that you had two interesting and creative weeks with the topic, which I selected for you and for this opportunity. For me that was very interesting to meet you all and to chat/work with you in this period. I hope that you will think more about the importance of Articulation in the future and that you will apply those things/tools and ideas in the pieces that you will work on in the future. I wish you all the best and hope to see you soon again! Here or in person. 

    All the best! 

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