Playing Scales for Classical and Finger-Style Guitar
What you'll learn
- 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.
- 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.
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).
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who is looking to get better at playing scales on the guitar should take the course.
- This course doesn't talk about playing with a pick at all, so if you're looking for picking exercises this course isn't for you .
- This course focuses on the technique of playing scales, so if your'e looking for the theory of how scales are put together, this course isn't for you.
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.