Strength and Accuracy for the Guitarist

 

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Your Weekly Dexterity and Stamina Exercise

Updated November 11, 2004* (Delayed due to death in the family)

 

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Pascual Strikes Again.

Which is really good news!

We've seen him do thirds, now he's on to the fourths. Do you see a pattern developing??? We often neglect that which we believe is below our contempt--we've passed this simple stuff, so we don't need to ever look at it again. Well, take it from me, you can always learn form even the simplest of exercises.





Pulled from page 16 of the 1922 Schirmer Edition of Method for Guitar Volume 2 by Pascual Roch, please don't be offended by the simplicity of the exercise. I know, everyone always looks at this for the first time and says "But this is all scales and no intervals." Then they look at the drop of a third after every fourth note and think old Pascual was too deep into the Rioja for his own good. Nope. The fourths are outlined between the first and fourth notes in each grouping, Drop the second and third note in each group and tell me what you've got! Actually, that is one of my little exercise ploys. I drop a note on each run through, sort of like 'And Bingo was his name-oh!' Work with this little exercise and have some fun. It's a good warm-up tool.






Enjoy these exercises and come back next week for more!.

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Classic Guitar Method  Composed, written, transcribed, edited and arranged by Harry G. Pellegrin: Now in one volume, much of what the novice classical guitarist will need to know to lead him or her to the recital stage. From proper instrument care and maintenance to the necessary technical skills, musical mind-set, and the standard repertoire—all exposed and explored with enough detail and insight that the student will wish to keep this book handy years to come as a ready reference source.
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DEEP END: The Wreck of the Eddie Fitz  By Harry George Pellegrin. A mystery novel. Involving a semi-professional musician and a Kreyol death cult, DEEP END takes the reader from the bottom of Long Island Sound to the steamy streets and Blues clubs of New Orleans. Alternative spirituality does battle with the common working man.  Published by PAB Entertainment Group in association with LULU.com.
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Reflecting Pools    Original Music by Harry G. Pellegrin:
Reflecting Pools is a departure for me as it is totally keyboard. Well, the guitar did show up on one track...

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