Курс Playing Scales for Classical and Finger-Style Guitar

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This course will teach how to play scales in all keys all over the fretboard, and will focus on developing good technique so you can improve your playing. This course is more of a technical, practical kind of course, so I don't go into the theory of how scales are built (although you can always message me to ask any theory-related questions, I'm always happy to talk about all that stuff with anyone who's interested. Playing scales is the single best thing you can do to improve your technique and your over-all guitar playing. If you only do one kind of technical exercise as part of your practicing routine, make it scales (whether or not you enroll in this course) We'll start by looking at some scale shapes that will get you playing all over the fretboard, then we'll look at left-hand technique, followed by right-hand technique. I think the most important section is the one on practicing strategies, this will help you make scale playing interesting (which makes it more likely that you'll actually stick with it). hand As always, the course is laid out so that you can follow the lectures in order and it should make sense and have a logical progression, but you can skip around if you like and work on a topic that's of particular interest to you. The course is mostly made up of video lectures showing my hands from a variety of angles, and there are PDF files with the musical examples written out in guitar tablature (no note-reading is required).

This lecture is an introduction to the course, where I talk about the basic structure of the course. The next section has the scale shapes, then I go through left hand technique, right hand technique, practicing strategies, and the course finishes with a short "bonus" section on chromatic octaves.
Major Scale forms starting on the 5th String-2 octaves
This lecture will cover the Major scale forms to play a C Major and D Major scale. If you want a challenge, you can move the scale form up a half-step to play a D-flat Major scale, or move it a half-step above the D Major scale to make an E-flat Major scale. Make sure that you're really solid on these shapes because they'll form the basis of a lot of the stuff we'll be doing in the course.
Major Scale forms starting on the 6th String- 3 octaves
This lecture covers the 3-octave Major scale form, where the scale starts on the 6th string. This shape is most commonly used on G and A Major, but you could start on the 2nd fret of the 6th string to play a F-sharp Major scale, or start on the 4th fret to play a G-sharp Major scale.
F Major Scale- 3 Octaves
This lecture will show you how to play a 3 octave F Major scale. Classical guitarists use a unique fingering for this scale, partly because this formation allows you to not use any open strings.
Minor Scale forms starting on the 5th String- 2 Octaves
This lecture shows how to do a 2- octave minor scale, using the melodic form of the scale. The melodic minor form is where you raise the 6th and 7th notes of the scale while you're going up, and then lowering those notes back to normal (normal= the same way that you do a natural minor scale) when you're going down. This can make things a little more challenging, but if you can do the scale this way, then you've covered all your bases and there's no scale form you can't handle.
Minor Scale forms starting on the 6th String- 3 Octaves
This lecture continues with minor scales that use the melodic form and in this lecture we'll start on the 6th string and do a 3-octave scale. With the A minor especially, we'll go pretty high on the fretboard, all the way to the 17th fret. In the left-hand technique section I'll talk about how to approach that kind of playing from a technique point of view.
E Minor Scale- 3 Octaves
This lecture will show you how to play a 3-octave E (melodic) minor scale. This scale is kind of like the F Major form, it's a unique form that allows you to avoid open strings (except for the first note) and shows you how to move around the entire fretboard.
Left-Hand Formation
This lecture deals with left-hand formation. This means you'l learn how to set-up and position your left hand so that you will be able to play scales and scale-like texture in the most relaxed, efficient way possible. That being said, being relaxed and ready to move is more important than straining and trying to make your hand look perfect. If you follow these guidelines you'll be ready to tackle any scales that come your way.
Left-Hand Movement
This lecture deals with left hand movement. This lecture focuses on the actual finger movements and looks at the small joint motions that you'll need to do. The next lecture will look at the big joint motions where you move your wrist, elbow, and arm.
  • Students will need a guitar (preferably acoustic) to practice on, and a computer or device with internet access
  • You don't need to know how to read music for this course, PDF files of the exercises in guitar tablature are provided.
Что Вы изучите?
  • Play Major and minor scales in all keys all over the guitar fretboard.
  • Have specific practicing strategies for learning how to get the most out of your scale practice.
  • Learn how to improve your classical and finger-style technique for both hands.
Brian Riggs
Brian Riggs
Guitar Teacher

My name is Brian Riggs and I am a classical guitarist and guitar teacher from Chicago, IL. I have a degree in classical guitar performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and I've played in master classes with some amazing guitarists, most notably Christopher Parkening at his class at Montana State University.

I want to share what I've learned from those experiences with as many people as possible; Some of my most satisfying musical experiences have been seeing students make progress and become musicians in their own right. I've taught thousands of lessons in person and I've had the great experience of helping people fulfill their musical goals and realizing their potential as guitarists.

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