Start Here - How To Use tonebase!
Welcome to tonebase. If this is your first time here, this should serve as your first orientation on how to get the most out of tonebase!
We have 4 types of videos on the platform today:
In addition to our videos, we host regular guided activities on the tonebase Forums, usually in the form of community practice challenges or live courses. These are a great opportunity for you to share your practice progress with community members or get individualized feedback from tonebase instructors!
Check out some of our guided activities by following these links:
- The Tarrega Challenge (currently ongoing!)
- The Composition Challenge and Live Course
- Reading Music for Beginners Live Course
- The Recording Live Course
- The Virtuosity Challenge
Every week, we host 4-5 livestreams on tonebase. These include lectures from some of the guitar's most inspiring musical minds, as well as solo workshops from our very own Live hosts Mircea Gogoncea, Martin Zimny and Emmanuel Sowicz.
Check out some of our most popular livestreams from the past three months here:
- Tilman Hoppstock: The Studies of Fernando Sor
- Shaping your Nails: Going Natural or Making Your Own Fake Nails
- Bokyung Byun: Tremolo Workshop
- Alberto Mesirca: How to Play Scarlatti on the Guitar
- Giulia Ballare: Preparation of the Right and Left Hand
Lessons cover a wide range of topics from repertoire, to technique and even general topics and musical concepts. All our video tutorials are accompanied by expertly created Workbook PDFs and Scores that will help you make the most out of your tonebase experience by staying on track with your progress while you’re away from the computer.
Not sure where to start? Here are some of our favorite lessons:
- Steve Goss on Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal
- Zoran Dukic on Antonio Jose's Sonata
- Rafael Aguirre on Giuliani's Grand Ouverture
- Petrit Ceku on Mertz's Lob der Tränen
- Martha Masters on Scarlatti's K.213
Popular Studies & Etudes:
- Bahar Ossareh on Carcassi - Etude op.60 No.23
- Colin Davin on Sor - Study op.31 No.19
- Joseph Palmer on Giuliani RH Studies
- Leo Brouwer (himself) or Isaac Bustos on Leo Brouwer's Un Dia De Noviembre
- Eduardo Inestal on Tarrega's Adelita
- Stephanie Jones on Pernambuco's Sons De Carrilhoes
- Thomas Viloteau on Spanish Romance or Tarrega's Lagrima
In addition to lessons on particular pieces of the guitar repertoire, you'll find a plethora of videos on technical development:
- Mircea Gogoncea on Arpeggios and RH prep / Basic Chord Relationship
- Vladimir Gorbach on Right Hand Relaxation
- Aniello Desiderio on Sound production
- Pepe Romero On his Daily Routine
- Sharon Isbin on Vibrato
For the more intermediate to advanced players, we recommend to check out the following Single lesson on technical development:
One great way to find videos is to visit the "Categories" section under the "Browse" page. Here you'll see all tonebase videos divided up into topics, including the General Concepts section where you'll find tutorials that are more conceptual, covering everything from ornamentation to building a career in music!
- Emmanuel Sowiz - Musical Grammar (recommended for those studying, Sor, Giuliani, Carcassi and other Classical compositions)
- Brandon Acker on Baroque Ornamentation
- Mak Grgic - Building a Career in Music
Courses consist of a series of videos, that often cover broader technical concepts and are designed in a progressive manner.
Some Highlights to get started include:
Courses & General Concepts
- Sergio Assad on Composition
- Kai Narezo on the Introduction To Flamenco
- Mathew Greif on Improvisation
- Stephanie Jones -on The 8 Steps to Perfect Tremolo
If you want to fresh up your foundations, we recommend the following lessons and courses:
- Beginning Guitar I by Daniel De Arakal:
- This course, which is designed for mostly day 1 beginning players, is also a great resource for early intermediate players who want to revisit their technical foundations of Left and Right hand and overall gain more confidence on the basics of guitar technique.
- Beginning Guitar II by Mircea Gogoncea
- This course, that builds on the Beginning Guitar I course, goes deeper into RH / LH technique and coordination, notation, practice strategies, and sight-reading. It's mostly for the intermediate players.
For the advanced player, working to refine and expand their technical capacities, these courses are a good starting point:
- Rafael Aguirre on his 10 Technical Exercises
- Those are Exercises that Rafael Aguirre (for those who don't know, probably one the best players of the younger generation) is using to keep his technique at such an otherwordly level
- Artyom Dervoed's Technique Mastery Course
- Artyom Dervoed, hailed as the "Zar of the Guitar" (you guessed it, he's from Russia...) shows a number of exercises, that helped him develop his control of the instrument in a structured manner. Not to miss!
Happy Practicing Everyone! If you have any questions, please reply below!