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Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios (PDF)

Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios (PDF)

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Classical Guitar Technique: Essential Exercises, Scales, and Arpeggios - Notation Only with Fingering, String Numbers, and Positions. This item is a PDF Download. Hundreds of exercises, tons of videos, 122 Pages. 

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Includes: Practice Routines, Tips, 100 Open String Exercises, 120 Giuliani Arpeggios, Selected Scales (Major, Minor, 3rds, 6ths, Octaves, 10ths), Slur Exercises, Shifts, Finger Independence, Alignment, Stretch, Barre, Tremolo, Common Harmonics, Speed, Relaxation, more. View the Table of Contents

Info: This book focuses on essential exercises for the development of classical guitar technique. All the exercises from the headings of the table of contents progress from easy to advanced in a progressive format. Although this is a book of exercises rather than a method, I have included many helpful tips throughout the book to aid students. As with all my materials, the video lessons are an added educational advantage.

Level: Intended for beginner to early-advanced classical guitar students (approximately RCM Toronto Grade 1-9). As a basic prerequisite students would have completed both Volume One and Two of my beginner method book series or an equivalent. There are a number of exercises in upper positions that include accidentals, therefore, additional reading experience is required if you wish to study the entire book. However, the inclusion of fingering, string numbers, and position marks should make the exercises easy to read and understand (especially if you watch the video lessons). The 100 open string exercises should be very accessible to beginners and advanced students alike.

Video Lessons for this Book (YouTube)

The lessons below cover multiple exercises in one video but see the indented items for lessons that cover specific exercises and topics in greater detail. 

Video Lessons for this Book (Links to the Blog)

The lessons below cover multiple exercises in one video but see the indented lessons that cover specific exercises and topics in greater detail. You might also want to review this lesson on how to play legato on classical guitar.

Customer Questions & Answers

  • Does this book include TAB? No, it is notation only. Although I think you will find everything very easy to read since it is highly pattern oriented with fingering, string numbers and positions marks. Plus, the open string and arpeggio exercises are super easy to read. If you need TAB try my 20 Favorite Exercises Book.
  • How similar is this book to 20 Favorite Exercises? This book has hundreds of exercises and the full extent of what I teach my students when it comes to technique. 20 Favorite Exercises is pretty small but it includes tab which some people will want. Most of the 20 Favorite exercises are included in this book although some are altered.  


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Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews

Love the program and Bradford is top rate teacher. Many thanks!

Drew G

Well put together. There is a lot of information but there is a good high level overview in the front to guide varying skill levels through the book.

Tony Schumacher-Jones

I’m an intermediate player who recently went nail free so I had to relearn my technique. Great RH open string exercises that enable flexibility and strength partic. with ma/am. The depth here is incredible. LH exercises too, everything you need from simple to intermediate to advanced as you work your way to virtuosity - well not in my case but you get the point.
One issue. Print the booklet out and get it ring bound for easy page turning. Then you can hide away from your partner n play endlessly, especially avoiding work around the house.

Vincenzo Tarallo

È un libro interessante e molto utile per chi come me non ha un insegnante e deve studiare da solo. Vorrei chiedere tuttavia una cosa, ma non è possibile divulgare questo, ed altri libri della stessa serie, in italiano? Grazie molte e complimenti per l'ottimo lavoro svolto dal Maestro.

Shravan Vasishth
An outstanding resource for technique practice

I have been using this technique book for several months; I usually spend about 20-30 minutes every day on some aspect of technique using this book.

I really like the way this book is structured. It begins with a large number of
right hand exercises; the next section is left hand issues. The last two sections are on more advanced topics like barre and tremolo, so I haven't gotten to those yet.

The first two parts have really helped the quality of my left and right hand accurcy and alignment. It's fascinating to see how one's playing improves over time as a result of regularly working on these exercises. I've benefitted a lot from this book and expect to keep using it for the rest of my life, there's just so much in it that I think I will never not need it.