Do we need to play technical exercises and scales on classical guitar?

Technical exercises, scales, etudes for classical guitar, are tools that we, the guitar teachers, use to improve students’ physical and mental abilities to play guitar. Those exercises usually are-structured in method books, which we follow, or we structure them ourselves, according to the students’ condition, which is a normal practice in “one to one” teaching format. In the teaching process, we use real examples from the classical guitar literature, Continue reading “Do we need to play technical exercises and scales on classical guitar?”

Preparing for your first guitar exam

At some point you and your teacher may decide to take a music exam. Great!  You will get an internationally recognized diploma, you will have something to work towards as well as something to aim for. This will motivate you and help you to progress faster. The examination systems are welcoming encouraging the candidates to enter these exams. We, the music teachers, love the exams as it is an Continue reading “Preparing for your first guitar exam”

“About being relaxed while playing guitar”

“Is it a mistake to attempt to play relaxed.”

At first what means “relaxed”? We have to agree somehow which meaning of that word we mean by using it in the guitar playing. If we take “relaxed” as that state of the body and the mind, where no physical action exists…Yes, in this respect the statement is absolutely right. But if we agree that by relaxed, we will understand: “to play with less strain or tension”-then that is the state we have to aim to. Continue reading ““About being relaxed while playing guitar””