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Play Leyenda, Canarios, and Bach on Classical Guitar

Learn how to make sense of scale practice, develop relaxed and efficient technique, and perform with confidence.
Instructor:
Brian Riggs
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Play "Canarios" by Gasper Sanz, "Gavottes 1 and 2" by J.S. Bach, and "Leyenda" by Isaac Albeniz up to a performance standard
Improve your technique and play in a relaxed and efficient way as you play technical exercises that are unique to the course and prepare for every challenge in each of the pieces
Learn the point of practicing scales and how to make the most of your scale practice.

This course is all about helping you realize your potential as a classical guitarist as you learn to play 3 great pieces from the classical guitar repertoire, Canarios, Gavottes 1 and 2, and Leyenda. You’ll follow a step-by-step course that shows you the most beneficial way to practice scales, how to use technical exercises, and how to play the 3 pieces at a performance standard.

What you can expect to get out of the course

  • You’ll be able to see consistent progress as you follow an organized system
  • Practicing will be a pleasure as you improve your guitar skills, have more relaxed finger movements, and develop greater ability of musical expression
  • You’ll feel the encouraging sense of accomplishment as you play pieces all the way through
  • You’ll get answers to many of your questions about classical guitar playing

Your main goal for the course is to play 3
pieces from the classical guitar repertoire, Canarios, Gavottes
1
and 2, and Leyenda. The premise of the
course is that you’ll have much more success if you thoughtfully prepare before
jumping into the pieces.

Playing the classical guitar is such a
multi-sensory experience, and a video-based course is a great way to learn at
your own pace. You know that there are no shortcuts, but by following a logical
course that starts easy and gradually gets more challenging your experience will
be much easier and rewarding.

Classical guitar is beautiful and complex, but
that complexity can be intimidating, so in this course every musical phrase
will be broken into a manageable piece that’s easy to work with, and easy to
put back into the whole of the piece.

The course starts with some brief introductory
lectures that review the basics of the classical guitar approach, and then
moves into scales. You’ll customize your scale practice so that you’re ready
for each piece. It would be good to have some experience playing higher up on the fret-board, but you’ll review the notes on the fret-board in the scales section, so you’re prepared for everything that follows. Next, you’ll start playing technical exercises
that are unique to this course to prepare you for the piece that you’ll be
playing.

The lectures show the hands from a variety of angles, and in the lecture
descriptions you can find the time where each camera angle changes. The
lectures on the pieces start with a small chunk played up to speed, then a slow
walk-through the notes, followed by a more in-depth lesson on each hand.

You’ll also get downloadable PDF files of
every scale, exercise, and piece, so not only will you receive a full score of
“Leyenda” and the other pieces that are in the course, but you’ll have a clear view of
how to play every single note. This course doesn’t contain any guitar
tablature, but remember that you will be able to see and hear every last note
in the course in the video lectures.

I hope you’ll continue your journey with this
course by clicking the button that says “Start Learning Now” and
enrolling in the course and enjoying lifetime access to the lecture videos and
sheet music files. Thanks for reading and I wish you the best with your guitar
playing.

Introduction

1
Introduction- How to course is laid and how to make the most of it

A brief classical guitar overview before jumping in.

1
Sitting Position-How to make sure you're not working from a disadvantage
2
Right Hand Nails- Some basic strategies

Making Sense of Rhythm and Meter- make sure this section makes sense

1
Rhythm- What you need to understand about note lengths

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that you will use for this and the next two lectures.

0:34- Close up of both hands


2
Meter Signatures- How to play each of the meter signatures that you'll encounter

0:16 close up of both hands

3
Practice reading meter signatures-put you're knowledge to the test

Close-up of both hands 0:20

Connect your Scales to "Canarios"- How to practice so you're well-prepared

1
Preparing for "Canarios" with two fingerings of the D Major scale

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that you will use for this and the next lecture.

Close-up of left hand 0:21

Close-up of right hand 2:40

2
Practicing strategies for D Major scales so you're ready for "Canarios"

Close-up of both hands 0:12

Develop relaxed technique so you can play "Canarios" in a well-executed way

1
Your first exercise to prepare for "Canarios"- expand on your scale playing

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file for the technical exercises that you'll use in this section to prepare to play Canarios.

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:41

Close-up of right hand 1:30

Close-up of left hand 4:20

2
This exercise looks easy, but it's essential you get the accents right

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:36

Close-up of right hand 1:47

Close-up of left hand 5:43

3
Work on your hammer-ons and pull-offs, this a big part of "Canarios"

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:23

Close-up of left hand 1:55

Close-up of right hand 3:07

4
This exercise will help you develop an efficient and effective right-hand

Musical example with close-up of both hands 0:34

Close-up of right hand 1:24

Close-up of left hand 3:28

Playing the piece- This is where you start learning the notes to "Canarios"

1
Make a strong opening statement with "Canarios"- the pickup measure to measure 8

This lecture has the downloadable PDF file of the sheet music that you'll be using for Canarios.

Notes up to speed 0:14

Slow 0:28

Close-up of left hand 2:20

Close-up of right hand 5:45

2
Moving up the fret-board and alternating between 6/8 and 3/4--measure 8 to 16

Notes up to speed 0:18

Slow 0:31

Close-up of left hand 1:58

Close-up of right hand 6:50

3
Shifting accurately and with confidence-measures 16 to 28

Notes up to speed 0:23

Slow 0:40

Close-up to left hand 2:30

Close-up of right hand 7:40

4
Going into the development section of "Canarios"-measure 16 to 40

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:40

Close-up of left hand 2:21

Close-up of right hand 5:35

5
Using your right hand to keep the energy going- measure 41 to 48

Notes up to speed 0:31

Slow 0:59

Close-up of right hand 2:21

Close-up of left hand 4:35

6
Playing "Canarios" all the way through- Putting the notes together

The piece 0:24

Discussion 2:00

7
Make sure you give "Canarios" a strong ending- measure 49 to the end

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:37

Close-up of left hand 2:20

Close-up of right hand 7:30

Scale playing and "Gavottes 1 and 2 "- Make the most of your practice time

1
Preparing for the Gavottes with two fingerings of the A minor scale

Close-up of left hand 0:24

Close-up of right hand 2:24

2
Practicing strategies for these scales that will prepare you for the Gavottes

Close-up of both hands 0:10

Gavottes 1 and 2- Progressive exercises that will prepare your technique

1
Developing the rhythmic idea that you'll be using in the Gavotte 1

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that contains all the musical examples that you'll use in this section as you prepare for the Gavotte 1 and 2.

Musical exercise 0:44

Close-up of right hand 1:41

Close-up of left hand 3:46

2
Use your technique to keep the flow going even as you add more notes

Musical exercise 0:30

Close-up of right hand 1:18

Close-up of left hand 3:07

3
Triplets with quarter note bass notes- how to start sounding like 2 guitarists

Musical exercise 0:24

Close-up of right hand 1:23

Close-up of left hand 3:09

4
Developing loose but secure barres and hinges so you can play the Gavotte 2

Musical exercise 0:43

Close-up of left hand 1:53

Close-up of right hand 6:36

Playing the piece- Start playing "Gavotte 1"

1
How to get the Gavotte dance feel right away- measures 1 to 6

This lecture contains the PDF file of the sheet music for the Gavotte 1. The Gavotte 2 sheet music file is in the first lecture of the next section.

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:36

Close-up of left hand 1:40

Close-up of right hand 5:25

2
Working up the fret-board and develop your left-hand- measure 6 to 12

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:37

Close-up of left hand 1:57

Close-up of right hand 8:23

3
This section will continue to keep your left-hand on it's toes- measure 12 to 16

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:41

Close-up of right hand 5:22

4
Build the drama as you move towards a cadence on C Major- measures 17 to 24

Notes up to speed 0:31

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 2:07

Close-up of right hand 6:37

5
Build the musical tension while keeping your hands relaxed- measures 24 to 30

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:50

Close-up of right hand 5:50

6
Bring the Gavotte 1 to a strong finish-measure 30 to the end

Notes up to speed 0:17

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 2:05

Close-up of right hand 4:20

7
Playing the "Gavotte 1" all the way through- Put the musical ideas together

Performance 0:26

Discussion 1:44

Playing the Gavotte 2 (sometimes called the "Gavotte Double"

1
The main theme, execute this well and you're in good shape- pickup to measure 4

This lecture contains the PDF file for the sheet music for Gavotte 2.

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:27

Close-up of right hand 1:29

Close-up of left hand 5:18

2
The beginning of the B Section- a doable challenge- measures 4 to 8

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:31

Close-up of left hand 2:14

Close-up of right hand 7:01

3
Re-state the main theme and then move on-measures 8 to 14

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:39

Close-up of left hand 2:31

Close-up of right hand 9:03

4
Continue building the musical drama as you near the end- measures 15 to 17

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 0:32

Close-up of left hand 1:52

Close-up of right hand 6:55

5
Finish the Gavotte 2 with reckless abandon- measures 18 to the end

Notes up to speed 0:13

Slow 0:24

Close-up of left hand 2:10

Close-up of right hand 6:09

6
Playing the Gavotte 2 all the way through- some strategies for practicing

Performance 0:30

Discussion 1:28

Using Scale Practice to prepare for "Leyenda"

1
Two fingerings of the E minor scale so you're well-prepared to play "Leyenda"

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that you will use in this and the next lecture.

Close-up of left hand 0:27

Close-up of right hand 2:25

2
How to practice the E minor scale so you're well-prepared for "Leyenda"

Close-up of both hands 0:12

Prepare for the challenges of "Leyenda" in advance

1
The reason that "Leyenda" is so powerful-playing the opening melody strongly

This lecture contains the downloadable PDF file that contains all the musical examples that you'll use in this section.

Musical exercise 0:24

Close-up of right hand 1:00

Close-up of left hand 2:16

2
Dealing with individual challenges- you can do it no matter what your background

All right hand

3
How to get those fast, dramatic 16th notes in "Leyenda"

Musical exercise 0:25

Close-up of right hand 1:55

Close-up of left hand 6:08

4
More practice with triplets, this time with different placement of the fingers

Musical exercise 0:21

Close-up of right hand 1:02

Close-up of left hand 2:19

5
Rasgueados that get people's attention without stopping the musical flow

Musical exercise 0:17

Close-up of right hand 0:54

Close-up of left hand 2:10

The part you've been working towards, playing the A Section of "Leyenda"

1
The main melodic theme of Leyenda- measures 1 to 16

This lecture contains the sheet music file for the entire piece (both A and B sections, as well as the coda) for Leyenda.

Notes up to speed 0:22

Slow 1:02

Close-up of right hand 5:07

Close-up of left hand 8:05

2
Where the musical drama picks up, the fast triplets- measure 17 to 24

Notes up to speed 0:27

Slow 0:40

Close-up of right hand 3:02

Close-up of left hand 8:15

3
Keep the momentum in this section with rasgueados- measures 25 to 32

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:39

Close-up of right hand 2:56

Close-up of left hand 7:17

4
Even more drama with this unique E minor chord voicing- measures 33 to 40

Notes up to speed 0:17

Slow 0:36

5
More rasguedos, keep going with a flourish- measure 41 to 44

Notes up to speed 0:14

Slow 0:26

Close-up of right hand 1:14

Close-up of left hand 3:37

6
Reprise of main theme, you're in sight of the ending- measures 45 to 52

Notes up to speed 0:20

Slow 0:39

Close-up of right hand 2:01

Close-up of left hand 4:29

7
Finish the A section strongly with this cool arpeggio effect- measures 53 to 61

Notes up to speed 0:18

Slow 0:36

Close-up of right hand 2:00

Close-up of left hand 5:05

8
Putting it together so the piece flows as one idea

Performance 0:56

Discussion 2:49

Playing the B Section to Leyenda

1
The opening of the B section, a change of mood and texture
2
Octaves, imagine a Spanish cathedral- measures 71 to 78

Notes up to speed 0:13

Slow 0:35

Close-up of right hand 1:49

Close-up of left hand 3:05



3
Now the energy picks up with this Spanish waltz- measures 79 to 87

Notes up to speed 0:27

Slow 0:44

Close-up of right hand 2:12

Close-up of left hand 4:21

4
Increase the intensity as you play this section- measures 88 to 96

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:35

Close-up of left hand 3:18

Close-up of right hand 7:16

5
In this section, energy is the most important thing-measures 97 to 111

Notes up to speed 0:19

Slow 0:45

Close-up of left hand 3:20

Close-up of right hand 7:04

6
All of sudden, arpeggios jump back in- measures 112 to 114

Notes up to speed 0:45

Slow 1:00

Close-up of right hand 2:45

Close-up of left hand 4:49

7
Now back to clean, open octaves- measures 115 to 122

Notes up to speed 0:25

Slow 0:48

Close-up of right hand 1:35

Close-up of left hand 2:44

8
The coda-enjoy yourself and take your time- measures 123 to the end

Notes up to speed 0:15

Slow 0:50

Close-up of right hand 2:05

Close-up of left hand 7:28

9
Playing the B Section of Leyenda all the way through convincingly

Performance 0:26

Discussion 2:22

10
Performing the coda to Leyenda

Performance 0:21

Discussion 0:56

Understanding Form so you can give a good performance

1
How to make sense of form in Canarios
2
Form and Gavotte 1 and 2- you can think of it as 1 big piece or 2 small pieces
3
Ternary form and Leyenda- learn how to play piece all the way through

Performing- The joy of playing for other or even just yourself

1
Getting the big picture of piece- a different kind of practicing
2
Preparing for a performance- this is distinct from preparing the notes
3
Imagination- express yourself through music

Conclusion- An overview of all that you've learned to do and where to go next

1
Conclusion- Congratulations and where I ask for one favor.
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