Download the Free PDF (skip the cart): Classical Guitar Method Vol. There are several method books for classical guitar predating the Segovia Scales that include scales and scale sets. As soon as you are familiar with these basic shapes in the left-hand, I recommend that you begin playing them with your index (i) and middle fingers (m) of the right-hand, alternating steadily between the two. I used to practice the Segovia scales for 1 – 2 hours a day when I was younger and doing lots of playing (60’s, 70’s, 80’s). Learn more about our Terms, Conditions, Cookies, & Privacy Policy. Required fields are marked *. I had them all memorized and would do them rest stroke and free stroke with 7 right hand fingerings: IM, MI,AM, MA, IA, AI, and IMAMI. Do only one of them during a session if needed. With time and momentum to ingrain the scales into the modern classical guitar canon they developed a legendary status. I find this info to be especially useful for an “absolute beginner” such as myself (ie, no previous guitar or music experience). These scales have more than four sharps in the key signature, and then proceed to the dark side of the circle of fifths… the flat side. *I sought permission from Columbia Music to do this, so as to not infringe their copyright. 122 Pages. Eduardo, Simon, I think your article about his scales has arrived at a perfect time for me; to remind me how lazy I have been. They ascend and descend like countless other scales have done over the centuries. When I started studying classical guitar, the Segovia scales were the only scales I knew, at that time my knowledge of music was very limited, so when someone spoke of scales, all I could think about were the Segovia Scales. This item: Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios by Bradford Werner Paperback $23.99 Available to ship in 1-2 days. To this day I continue to practice them, although I have learned and practiced other scales, the Segovia scales continue to be my first choice, but as you said Simon, the most important thing in any scale or exercise that you practice is consistency, mindfulness, and the approach with which you work. It was a great way to establish the left hand position of efficiency. There are a few reasons why adding scales to your practice routine is super important: Scales build technique, strength and coordination in both hands on the guitar. They are such a valuable tool in the development of strong technique. Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, & Arpeggios – 122 pages, PDF, Notation, Video lessons. I like to work some with what the various Jazz educators have put out. Thanks to the independence and flexibility Personally, I’ve never used them, having learned scales and arpeggios etc for my Certificate Grade exams with Trinity College London using ‘Technical Development for Guitarists’ by Charles Ramirez. The Maestro’s name is synonymous with classical guitar and it was his pioneering work that paved the way for many of us to follow. So, I started neglecting them and now am very rusty on them. Still, I felt that my general technique improved at the time and if I missed a day or two of scale practice, I felt less secure in my playing that day. I bought the Segovia Scales around 1964 while still in college. The available thinking on guitar technical development in the early 1960’s was quite limited by today’s standard. Congratulations on getting approval from Colombia! I still play them one or two at a time to help reinforce my finger memorization of the scale and to keep me honest with my finger alternation especially with the IMAMI pattern. Appreciate the historical perspective, practical advice – and challenge! The 122 page book includes: Practice Routines, Tips, 100 Open String Exercises, 120 Giuliani Arpeggios, Scales, Slur Exercises, Shifts, Finger Independence, Barre, Tremolo, Common Harmonics, and much more. I play all of them everyday ( when these are not too many at the time to prepare…) It is like a checkup and it is focussing on all basic things like relaxation, scanning body tension etc. move through the routines through the week). Be interested in your thoughts. Pentatonic scales are interesting and they offer great opportunity for practicing right hand string crossing since they are usually played 2 notes per string. Search. Hundreds of exercises and very comprehensive. I usually like to keep that specific category order. Your recommended technical exercises are replacing my scale playing and are helping me greatly improve technique. We may take his scale set for granted today, but when he compiled and fingered his collection of scales, the young Segovia was demonstrating his visionary approach to the instrument along with an innovative courage that elevated our instrument to the concert stage. Re the major/minor scales thing. In this regard they were first, and they stood out. by Andreas Stevens – featured in Soundboard Scholar No.3. As for your first question, I think Simon would say that technique and music must always go together, so I don’t think practicing scales *only* develops certain techniques, though it does that. In the preface to the 2011 edition of the scale book Thea Smith writes “What makes these scales unique is the fingering: it is organized systematically, something Segovia was the first to do.”. 10,000 hours here I come! Or the goal is playing correct or correct and fast simultaneously? * The Classical Guitar Syllabus, 2018 Edition Speed is something you must develop and actually I think playing fast but not correct, or precise, can actually slow you down in your speed development. A musical scale does not belong to anybody. The REAL question is: are you going to practice the scales? I also enjoyed working through the various positions the scales needed which I am sure has helped with more fluidity whilst shifting up the fretboard. The 122 page book includes: Practice Routines, Tips, 100 Open String Exercises, 120 Giuliani Arpeggios, Scales, Slur Exercises, Shifts, Finger Independence, Barre, Tremolo, Common Harmonics, and much more.YouTube Video Link. A question one might consider (from a pedagogical perspective) is why he didn’t include the natural minor and harmonic minor scales. To learn to play classical guitar scales (the right hand technique), first work on the movements off the guitar. And I hate flat keys :( I have been using your daily scales book since I joined CGC and find it very helpful. Condensed for fast study, only the essential exercises. It develops volume control, tone, and independence of the individual right-hand fingers, which are crucial to the music techniques that follow. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Patreon. Having written my own scale book, I know first hand that it becomes more of a challenge to, Choose a scale that is within your technical ability, Select an aspect of your technique you would like to work on (staccato, shifting, left hand position, speed etc. (major, minor, pentatonic, different Modes) i hope to find some answers regarding the background of the Segovia scales when reading the article of Andreas Stevens. Since that time I have continued to practice scales from sources including Emilio Pujol, Aaron Shearer, Christopher Berg, Terre Roche and Simon Powis. I mean does it essential to playing fast ? More important than who’s scales you are playing is the consistency, mindfulness, and focus in which you work on your scales. Beginner Routine Info:Length: Approximately 5-15 Minutes. Time Management Problems? Simon, I very much enjoyed your Facebook Live presentation last night. 122 Pages. Right hand major scale technique on the classical guitar. This item is a PDF Download. Any insight as to the sequence of right hand fingering alternations indicated by Segovia? This is great if you want to focus on improving your left hand shifts, or perhaps delve into the idiomatic fingering choices of Segovia, Tárrega, and Llobet which rely heavily on this kind of shifting, but as I have written about before, scales are tools to help us work on focused elements of our technique and shifting is just one of those elements. 122 Pages. I have always kept an awareness of alternation of fingers, so I am not at all a newcomer to it; I simply do not know how perfect it is/has been. This is called “I and M Alternation”. Musicianship Skills • A thoughtful and consistent approach to the development of ... ARCT *. Most classical guitar pieces are played in either an arpeggio style or a contrapuntal style. To play classical guitar in arpeggio style, you hold chords with the left hand while plucking the strings in succession with your right hand (so that each string rings out and sustains). While there is nothing magical about these scales, they have help me improve my shifting which I still find challenging. By Mark Phillips, Jon Chappell . But I found that all I was doing was playing them over and over again and not seeing any real improvement, at least none I could detect. Also, am I the only one that found the last fingering sequence “I m a m I m a m” frustratingly difficult? Hardcopy Editions via: Amazon.com or Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.au, and more local Amazon stores. Thanks for clearing that part up. And should we increase the speed ? I think the idea of using them as a checkup is invaluable, great point. Practice at least a few examples from each group of open string exercises listed. And so it’s important to use dynamics and phrasing and color contrasts while playing scales as well. But, I’ll admit it – I’m lazy these days! 1. Learning the technology of music recording and then video making is always taking up time recently, yet the results of this will allow some posting at CGC. J.K. Mertz, Carcassi, and Pratten to name just three. Oscar Ghiglia recommended doing them very slowly also, always making sure that the fingertips were 90 degrees to the fingerboard with minimal motion of fingers not being used (to train the 3rd & 4th fingers not to straighten while the 1st & 2nd were being placed). Video Lessons on YouTube 122 Pages. :) I use the template to work on rhythm, dynamics, phrasing,tempo….different ways to make them interesting/different. Keep it short and simple. The reality is that many of us will play a few scales here or there. I believe the point behind Segovia’s choice of alternations in fingering is a matter of presenting all possible fingering alternatives so that you really become comfortable playing all forms of alternation and not just, say, “im” or “mi.” This essentially encourages use of the “a” finger in scales, which was not as prominent in scale technique, actually, before Segovia’s method. Once you’ve covered them all, focus on a select few that give you trouble. Scales and Arpeggios (PDF) $14.99 USD. I have done some work on the segovia scales some time ago and also use your scales pdf (based on the CAGED system as you mentioned. Bach: Classical Guitar Performance and Lesson. I would think posting here a couple of scales from Segovia’s book might be appropriate if I record such. Just seven. If you can get a little of each in every practice session then you are doing well. In classical music the Melodic minor scale is played going up and the natural minor scale is played going down. Hi dear Simon Thank you for this great article . View all the free routine videos at the book page. Thanks Simon. The guitar strings add complexity and resistance. 2019 Edition. Guitar arpeggios are the same as an arpeggio for other instruments and once you understand the basics, you have a head start on all of music. Scales are meat and potatoes or bread and butter for musicians. A major later breakthrough as mentioned by Simon was starting to recognise the patterns (CAGED) and applying them to the logic of the scales. Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios - Notation Only with Fingering, String Numbers, and Positions. Buy Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios by Werner, Bradford (ISBN: 9781790874118) from Amazon's Book Store. “The practice of scales enables one to solve a greater number of technical problems in a shorter time than any other exercise.” – Andrés Segovia. The replay of tonight should be available for a while so if you want to see a bit of it, it should still be there after your trip. C Major Triadic Arpeggio (Two Octaves) – A great all around exercise that involves plenty to think about in regards to left hand, right hand, shifts, and more. The main technique (finger movement) we use to play classical guitar music is arpeggios. PDF Sheet Music and Tab for Classical Guitar with Videos. Why is not standard for guitarists as well? However, the inclusion of fingering, string numbers, and position marks should make the exercises easy to read and understand (especially if you watch the video lessons). I admit that I rarely look at that book now but since joining CGC Academy, I use your Daily Scales for Classical Guitar regularly as warm-up exercises. I will take a look at the Segovia Scales because learning and enlightenment comes from many sources. 1 where I keep watching my fingers alternate carefully. There are pros and cons to all manner of scale forms. They are not just scales but the, Scales and arpeggios can provide a very deep resource for any musician. This routine is from my new book Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios. The 122 page book includes: Practice Routines, Tips, 100 Open String Exercises, 120 Giuliani Arpeggios, Scales, Slur Exercises, Shifts, Finger Independence, Barre, Tremolo, Common Harmonics, and much more. In this article I want to answer the very practical questions I often receive from guitar students, which sound regularly like this: If you are interested in reading the historical context of these scales I highly recommend the article: Andrés Segovia’s Unfinished Method: Placing His “Scales” in Historical Context. I practise the scales in the keys that come up most often in classical guitar music, and neglect the others! This is perhaps a question for later discussion. an arpeggio differs slightly from the classical definition. Classical Guitar Scales on Your Air Guitar (There is a demo video of this in the Site Resources (see the form below, or go to the Member’s Area), along with the scale shape pdf, so be sure and watch that.) Your email address will not be published. 1 - PDF. Pretty much the same advice for all the sections, go through everything, focus on your weaknesses and make them your strengths. 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