My online technique course, Basic Classical Guitar Mastery, is going to be discounted for the rest of September. I’m bringing it down from
$95 to $55. Over the next week I’ll be sharing a short series of videos from the course with you for free.
Here’s the first one:
A bit about the Basic Classical Guitar Mastery Course
The course is over 40 videos long, It’s designed to rebuild and refine your basic technique from the ground up. If you’re a beginner, then much of the material will serve to set you up on the right track. It clearly demonstrates and explains the all of the concepts most important to playing well. The more advanced videos and concepts will continue to help you over time as you get better and better.
If you have been playing for a while and still find yourself frustrated or stuck in any way, this course could still be very helpful. Many fairly good players have certain blind spots which hold them back a great deal. In my experience insufficiently mastered technical basics account for a large percentage of the mistakes classical guitar students make. Improving your mastery of the basics, and knowing how to practice and hone the them—and developing the skills to identify when you need to do this–are prerequisites for solving more advanced technical challenges. This course walks you through this in detail.
How and why did I make this series?
I originally started making these videos as supplementary material for a rather ambitious book project, Conquering Technical Hurdles. That book grew a bit out of hand and I plan on finishing when the circumstances are right. I did extensive research for the book however, into classical guitar technique and into the art and science of learning and mastery, and that research got poured into the principles I emphasize in these videos. The videos, while complete in themselves, are meant to supplement the book’s more complete goal, which is to provide my detailed blueprint for how to move all of your playing from survival to mastery, whether it’s one specific technique or your overall technique, one piece of repertoire, or your overall ability to learn repertoire.
The book and the video course are also the result of a process I was going through, in which I had to revisit my own technique out of necessity and learn a more holistic and embodied approach to playing. This was due to some health challenges that slowed me down on the guitar for a number of years, all of them connected to my having type 1 diabetes for nearly 4 decades of my life: These were a serious back injury after a seizure, and a series of hand operations for trigger finger, which is a frequent complication among long-time diabetics.
These never completely stopped me from playing but they hampered my ability to play advanced repertoire, and put my career as a performer on hiatus for a while.
Now I’m playing better than ever and this is in many ways the direct result of my using the hard-discovered principles which I share in these videos.