Strength and Accuracy for the Guitarist


Your Weekly Dexterity and Stamina Exercise

Updated December 30, 2004


There's Something Here for Everyone!

Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx


As a native New Yorker and an American, I am still angered by the cowardly attacks of 9/11. Unless we restore New York City's skyline to its condition prior to September 11th, 2001, the miserable scum who attacked us will have won! Visit and rebuild America!


Tremolo Part 3

(Where the Rubber Hits the Road)

Another Practical Application

I discussed
tremolo in a past week's message and reproduced an edited version of Tárrega's Recuerdos de La Alhambra later. To conclude this discussion of tremolo, we have the famous Una Limosna Por El Amor de Dios by Augustin Barrios Mangore. This is a big-league tremolo piece. Much of the composition is up on the box.

Again, I have used an edition here that I can not find any information on. Albert Valdes-Blain had photocopied it for me with the corrections he had made to fingerings and the like. Please forgive the shabby photocopy. A home copier was not the same animal twenty six years ago as it is today.

I use the p,a,m,i (thumb, ring, middle, index) right hand fingering for this piece it's the same once again as the study I wrote in the last tremolo exercise. As always, slow and careful practice will be required to get the desired rhythmic, textural and dynamic qualities for the tremolo to be musical. This piece is a show-off's delight. Play it like the guitar's stolen. Still, there is some nice passages in here, don't kill it totally on the musical front.

Hear it played. CLICK HERE

From the CD "A Guitar Recital" recorded May 1980. Harry Pellegrin, guitar

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


The Classic Guitar Method: 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.

With the aid of a good teacher, the student will rapidly progress through The Classic Guitar Method attaining technical proficiency and musical eloquence.

This method stems from the need to incorporate a number of schools into a single cohesive curriculum. Years of honing a logical approach to the guitar and the creation of music culminate in this volume. As a self-proclaimed Disciple of Valdés-Blain , much of that famed teacher's focus can be found in Mr. Pellegrin's method.

ISBN: 978-1-4116-9442-2

Published by PAB Entertainment Group, P.O. Box 2369 Scotia, New York 12302

Please go to to order.

Site Design ©2003-2008 Pound Sterling Graphics