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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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    • martinTeam
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    • martin.3
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    arpeggio 3 Hello everybody! I hope you are already reviewing the fantastic material and working through your assignments! But why don’t you start by saying Hi to your fellow course members? ♥💪

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    • Scott Sundsvold
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    • Scott_Sundsvold
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    Hello @ARPEGGIO 3 

    Excited to be practicing arpeggios with you. 

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      • Evan Taucher
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      • Evan
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      Scott Sundsvold Hey Scott, lets do it!

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      • Evan
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      Scott Sundsvold Hey Scott, great start - I just finished watching your video. I also like the spooky humidification just in frame :)

       

      Great work so far - just a couple of piece of advice -

      First, the main thing holding you back might be very well that you're "plucking up" on the guitar with your right hand. You might notice when reviewing your video that your hand kind of "lifts off" the strings and into the air after plucking each note (especially i m and a fingers). This causes a lot of inefficiency in your movement. I would recommend watching some of the videos on tonebase about tone production, and this will have a nice effect on your efficiency in your arpeggios and preparation as well! martin is probably much more familiar with the library here and could recommend you one!

       

      Next, I would recommend either slowing down the metronome even more and just starting with going from p to i and back to p again, making sure the preparation is immediate. There should be no delay between the pluck of your p finger and the preparation of your i, and vice versa. When you feel comfortable with that, you can move on to adding the m, and so on. I hope that helps and I look forward to seeing your progress!

       

      Best!

      Evan

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      • Scott Sundsvold
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      • Scott_Sundsvold
      • 1 yr ago
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      Evan Taucher Thank you!

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  • Hello Evan and every body

    The first one is the basic exercice and the second the arpege of Villa Lobos etude .at the beginning no accent and with accents after.

    I realize my sound is not realyy beautiful especially on accentuated notes. And it is difficult to controle theses notes.

    Thnak you very much for your feedback.

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      • Evan Taucher
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      GALAIS Olivier Galais, (or is it Olivier?), really, excellent work! The first video is very very good - nice effificent, and relaxed Right hand - makes me happy to see!

      Regarding the tone - for the most part it sounds very good, I would just say try to make the accented notes loud, but not "snappy", just accented (or 'heavy' is a nice way to think of it). In the first video, you prepared very well EXCEPT when you started to accent fingers. Make sure that you still prepare the finger that is accenting! This will help your tone production as well!

       

      In the second video you're doing extremely well also. But watch out for your RH fingers getting a bit tense. Especially a finger and your pinky finger. I'd recommend slowing down to a tempo that feels "very easy" for you and trying to get comfortable with the feeling of your right hand being relaxed. Once you identify that feeling, it should be easier to recall it as you speed up the tempo (with speed bursts, dotted rhythms, etc).

       

      Thanks for the video!

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    • Mark.6
    • 1 yr ago
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    Hello Evan, 

      I apologize for being so late with my first video - nasty bout of the flu knocked me out for several days. I found these exercises very helpful. You’ll note some buzzing between m and a. This has plagued me for some time and slowing the tempo down like this is helping me figure things out. I threw in some free stroke at the end  (I can’t sequential plant at that speed) to give you an idea of where I am overall. Thank you for your help with this!  Warm regards, Mark

     

    https://youtu.be/MWMCz9w0e3o

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      • Evan Taucher
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      • Evan
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      Mark Mark, very nice video and I'm sorry about the flu! 

      I'm so glad you found the exercises helpful. I have to say you're doing them very well and with nice sound and rhythm! These are the most important things!

      There are a couple of things a sense from this video and I hope I'm not overextending my advice by mentioning these, but I think they will help you with your arpeggios as well as your other guitar playing.

      First, I sense that at this speed, you are very tense and if I had to guess, you're not feeling relaxed. Don't worry, I never feel relaxed when the camera is on so we have that in common. Though I do want to recommend this: starting with the first exercise in the video, try exhaling while you're ascending (towards the 1st string) and inhaling while you descend (towards the 6th string). Do this with the metronome at an even slower tempo than the one in the video, and start by not even worrying about preparation. If the breathing becomes difficult to control when you introduce the preparation, then slow it down even more till the breathing and preparation is easy to do together. Take extra care to make sure your right arm feels like it's truly resting on the guitar while you're focused on the breath. 

       

      Next, I can tell that your p finger is the one that feels the most awkward. I notice because of it's shakiness as well as by observing the rest of your hand's response to the use of the p finger. Make sure that preparing, and plucking your p finger doesn't result in movement in the rest of your hand. I notice that in the video, so try to take care of that. Also, make sure to relax the rest of your hand by the time you p finger plays. I'd practice this by adding an extra beat of rest before playing the i finger. Truly, I think most of these issues will resolve on their own by taking it a bit slower and focusing on your breath and staying relaxed. Don't push forward until you're feeling GREAT at the tempo you're on.

       

      Hope this helps and I apologize for the wordy response!

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    • martin.3
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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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    • Mark.6
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    Thank you Evan, for this excellent advice.  My breathing has always been an issue so your advice on how to work on it is definitely welcome.  It’s only been in the last year and a half or so that I’ve learned how critically important relaxation is to everything we do on guitar, so while I can say that the camera isn’t a problem for me, I can also say that where relaxation is concerned, I can never get enough feedback on how critical it is to work on.  I also noticed the p issue when I watched my video so thank you for pointing that out as well.  All your advice is spot on and most welcome.  Thank you for taking the time to offer a detailed response!  Best, Mark

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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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    arpeggio 3

    Assignment video for week 2 is posted!

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    Find the recording of he Zoom Check-In here: https://youtu.be/iVYpg_fPN84

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    https://youtu.be/j1x5Iu4yJI4
     

    Hi Evan,

      I used your suggestion to work on my breathing and it is definitely helping, although I have to think consciously about it while I’m playing, so I expect it will take a good bit of time before breathing naturally feels . . . well. . . natural.  I’ll keep working on it daily.

     

    A little reshaping of the thumb nail was all that was needed to get rid of the noticeable response in my hand when p would strike the string.

     

    The video starts with my attempts at the play/relax approach, moves through the 3 finger combos followed by application of the combos to Giuliani’s Op48/5.  

     

    Self critique:  I just realized I messed up the fingering for the last combo - I’m playing a-m-a-i-a-m-a instead of a-m-a-m-a-i-a, and I’m very remiss in getting p planted firmly and on time throughout.

     

    An issue that has always plagued me is the “bowleggedness” of my i and m fingers.  My i finger naturally “tucks” behind my m finger such that after following i with m, i remains tucked behind m even after I relax it.  For them to consistently clear each other I have to physically force them apart, which is uncomfortable and can cause some pain in the palm of the hand over time.  So I’m not quite sure what to do or whether there’s a fix for it.  Aside from trying to play fast, even arpeggios, it really hasn’t hampered my playing.  Of course, a very real possibility is that I’m just not aware of how much it really does mess up my playing, so anything you can suggest wrt how to deal with this would be most appreciated.  At the end of the video I tossed in some faster arpeggios just to show you what my RH looks like at a higher speed.  

     

    I can’t thank you enough!  Warm regards, Mark

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      • Evan
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      Mark Mark, I have to say - Excellent improvement! And very thoughtful and observant ideas you shared there. Although I can't see your whole body, congrats on the improvement you're feeling from the breath work. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day!

       

      So glad the reshaping seemed to fix the hand moving! Since it's a habit at this point, make sure you keep checking in on it to make sure it's kept away!

       

      As far as the issues with the i finger tucking, my only suggestion without seeing many more things in your hands is to constantly revisit plucking the i finger on its own and trying to relax it. Start with smaller arpeggios as well, not just full pima arpeggios, but just pipi and pmpm and so on. I'd recommend checking out the exercises from this video as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1CiHV9BAqg

       

      Congrats on your progress, and it's been a pleasure to work with you this short time! Best wishes

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      • Mark.6
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      Evan Taucher 

      Thank you so much Evan, this has been extremely helpful!  I hope we get to work together again one day.  I will look for more of your tutorials on Tonebase for sure! Warmest regards, Mark

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  • Hello,
    Here are my two videos. The first one without accent, I can prepare the fingers.
    The second one with accents and there, I can't prepare properly, it's like I have too many things to think about (prepare plus accent).
    Maybe I should work even slower?
    Thank you for your feedback. These exercises are very interesting for me.

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      • Evan
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      GALAIS Olivier Galais, Excellent work - your hands are looking great in the first video. Nice sound production, too! In regards to having to think too much in the 2nd video with the accents - you are spot on. It's much too fast to concentrate on all of the things. I'd take it more than half as slow as that and slowly build from there. Remember that this is a big change rather than a small one - it shouldn't necessarily be a "simple" fix, but one that takes time to build back up to a reasonable tempo with.

       

      Thanks for your videos and it's been a pleasure working with you!

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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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  • Thank you very much. I learned a lot about the realization of arpeggios. New tracks of work open to me to progress still. See you soon

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