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The Art of Speed Metal Sweeping: A Classical Guitarist's Guide guitar technique Mar 19, 2024

Unlock the secrets of speed metal sweeping, a guitar technique that combines agility and precision to master arpeggios with speed and fluency. Ideal for both classical and metal guitarists, this guide will take you through the essential steps to elevate your play.

How to Understand Speed Metal...

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Combining Flamenco and Blues Guitar flamenco guitar Feb 13, 2024

Two Exciting Guitar Concepts

For many flamenco guitar students, the most intriguing and intimidating flamenco form is Bulerías, a syncopated 12-count rhythm played at a fast tempo. The rhythmic twists and turns and technique requirements for Bulerías tend to be more challenging...

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Can You Mix FLAMENCO and Spanish CLASSICAL Guitar Together? flamenco guitar Feb 11, 2024

Two of My Favorite Spanish Guitar Things

From the Spanish classical realm

If I had to pick the most famous and recognizable musical theme from the Spanish classical guitar canon, I would probably choose Leyenda by Isaac Albeñiz. Also known as Asturias (from his Suite Española),...

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Learning from the "Grand Daddies" of Classical Guitar Aug 22, 2023

Don't Dismiss It Just Because It's "Old"

In the guitar world, we're always looking for the newest thing; some new innovative exercise or drill that somehow couldn't have been conceived of in the supposedly less sophisticated past. However, there truly is "nothing new under the sun" when it comes...

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How to Play FAST Picado Technique with 3 Flamenco Phrases Aug 07, 2023

Learn some of the key concepts to achieving one of the most sought-after flamenco guitar techniques: fast picado

 

What is Picado Technique?

One of the most exciting sounds in all of Spanish guitar playing is the bold and aggressive melody (or lead) playing heard so often in...

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Discovering the RUMBA Rhythm in Popular Music music theory for guitar Aug 03, 2023

If you have a Spanish guitar-obsessed mind like I do, you notice its elements all the time in the most unlikely places. When I first heard the catchy Coldplay piano riff opening of the song "Clocks," I immediately thought, "Hey, that's a textbook Latin rhythm!" 

What...

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Spanish Guitar Strumming for Beginners: How to Strum, Count and Understand Notation guitar technique Jul 01, 2023

Strumming for Spanish Guitar

If you're just starting with Spanish guitar, understanding the symbols and notations can be confusing. From chord grids to tablature, it's essential to interpret these symbols correctly and learn how to count properly. In this guide, we will delve into the...

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A Beautiful Arpeggio Exercise for Guitar Technique and Music Theory Jun 04, 2023

In Spanish guitar, we seem to be obsessed with arpeggios. We say the word all the time and spend hours and hours perfecting this right hand technique and learning new and interesting ways to develop our arpeggio acumen. 

While there is no shortage of arpeggio exercises, warm-ups, drills and...

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Spanish Guitar Riffs: Using Malagueña for Aiming Practice guitar songs guitar technique Jun 03, 2023

The Importance of Riffs for Guitar Technique 

A riif is simply a term for a memorable short musical theme, and as guitarists we have hundreds if not thousands of famous guitar riffs we can learn and play for fun but also for technique development. One of the most famous and recognizable...

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6 AWESOME Arpeggios for Spanish Classical Guitar May 31, 2023

In this blog post, I'd like to discuss the classical guitar technique called arpeggio and show you 6 uniquely different arpeggio patterns from the classical guitar repertoire to help develop your right hand technique and make you a better fingerstyle guitarist no matter what style you...

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This POLICE Tango is a Fingerstyle Guitar Technique Workout guitar songs guitar technique May 16, 2023

Did you know that the song Roxanne from the Police is a tango? The Police were known for their reggae influences, and when we hear those opening chords of Roxanne we might think reggae is the groove we're hearing. However, those Roxanne chord "stabs" fall on the downbeat, and the hallmark of...

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The Perfect Flamenco Intro - How to Play a Farruca by Sabicas guitar songs guitar technique Apr 14, 2023

A Flamenco Technique Study 

Let's use the introduction to "Punta y Tacon" - a flamenco composition using the form farruca by the great Sabicas - to work on some fundamental flamenco guitar techniques like arpeggio and rasgueo.

The Master Sabicas

Sabicas was a renowned Spanish flamenco...

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4 Ways to Trick Yourself into Practicing More guitar technique Mar 31, 2023

As a musician, it's not uncommon to feel unmotivated to practice. As a guitarist, finding ways to trick yourself into practicing more can be a game-changer. In this blog post, I will explore four effective ways to do so that I use myself.

  1. Play guitar riffs

    Playing guitar riffs is a great...

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Flamenco Guitar Chords - INSTANTLY Get That Spanish Guitar Sound music theory for guitar Mar 27, 2023

Few things sound as instantly recognizable as the "phrygian sound" that we can get by playing two major chords a half step (one fret) apart. Even the Andalusian Cadence – which ends with this two chord sequence – is less potent than just playing these two...

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