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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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.
Thanks to everybody for your active participation! I happily forward a message from Evan to all of you!
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!
Best wishes and get ready for our next TWI with TY!