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ELITE GUITARIST, Online Classical, Flamenco & Jazz Guitar Lessons and Repertoire Tutorials.
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Learning to play the guitar is not an isolated experience. As a subscriber to our classical, jazz or blues online guitar lessons get the most out these lessons by getting involved in the EliteGuitarist community. Here you can get valuable help and offer encouragement to other students learning to play the guitar. 

brandonroome
May 5, 2018

Some songs I would love to see tutorials on:

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-Tango en Skai

-Gavotte Rondeau

-Rumores de la caleta

 

Thanks!

TaviJinariu
May 5, 2018

All of these are great suggestions! 2 of those are in the works now. Stay tuned for more details.

rod.j.worthington
Jun 2, 2018

Love to Learn Tango en Skai,one of my Favourites

johnnious
Jun 25, 2018

I will not probably ever be able to play Sueno en la Floresta but I would truly love to have it as a lesson from Taso :)

Ramon Tristani
Nov 23, 2018

That piece would be a phenomenal addition to the site!! Barrios!!

Taso Comanescu
Jul 9, 2018

Thank you! That would be fun to do for sure (now to learn the piece....)

Nathan
Jul 10, 2018Edited: Jul 10, 2018

 

The first song I learned. (Long forgotten!)

Kevin
Sep 6, 2018

What is the name of this piece?

avrongoss
Oct 14, 2018

@Kevin it’s Sons de Carilhões, a maxixe-chôro by Pernabuco. For a while this was incorrectly ascribed to Villa-Lobos

Kevin
Oct 15, 2018

@avrongoss - Thanks, appreciate the info.

Nathan
Jul 10, 2018

 

 

Nathan
Jul 13, 2018Edited: Jul 13, 2018

This would be a great addition.

 

Kevin
Aug 31, 2018

Nathan - I totally agree with you on this. I would love to learn this! There is so much tonal and emotional technique demonstrated here - absolutely brilliant performance by Tavi! Also check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoQoVRbnJKs

 

After this, I would like to see Macedonian Girl - Miroslav Tadic.

Nathan
Sep 2, 2018

@Kevin It's a great piece, I've watched the tutorial with Tavi explaining how to pluck the strings the way he does and the tonal difference it makes. It's enough for me at the moment to just learn the notes to songs, I might advance to that stage eventually! I'm finding a lot of songs I need to learn as you've seen with some of the videos I've posted, and that's on top of what's already available. I'm a big fan of Deer Hunter and have to learn Cavatina. The songs with tremolo are amazing but they're a way off for me, maybe next year! There's another song from Deer Hunter I'd love to learn but haven't found a guitar version. The piano scene in the bar, Chopin's Nocturne no. 3 op. 15 in G minor.

I'm looking forward to seeing the upcoming Tango en Skai tutorial, must be something to be able to play that, incredible piece.

Kevin
Oct 6, 2018

 

The arpeggiation and tone technique is simply awesome!

 

Nathan
Jul 19, 2018

Just discovered this today, what a great song!

 

 

rod.j.worthington
Nov 23, 2018

Yes Very Beautiful

Nathan
Sep 2, 2018

After watching Tango en Skai on youtube again I browsed through a few of the other suggestions and found this. It's not something I'd ever expect to see a tutorial on but it's worth seeing. Insane mastery of the guitar here...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRcQF34Q-d8

Kevin
Sep 3, 2018

Nathan - Wow, I mean just wow! Imagine being able to play like that! It's almost a paradox, i.e., "truth is honey, which is bitter". Thanks for sharing.

 

You mentioned a tutorial with Tavi explaining how to pluck the strings the way he does - is/was there a tutorial for Farewell? Of course, I have a long way to go before I attempt it, but I really want to try in the future. I'm still working (and now making progress) on Lagrima and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, so I have plenty to keep me busy.

Nathan
Sep 3, 2018Edited: Sep 3, 2018

Kevin - This is the tutorial - https://www.eliteguitaristclassical.com/programs/intermediate-technique-package

Tavi explains about plucking at an angle and the string gliding over the surface of the nail. The video you posted of Tavi playing Farewell demonstrates this technique very well. This is something I'll look at again if I've progressed far enough that I can think of more than just learning the songs. There's no tutorial for Farewell yet, it would be great to learn one day though.

Good luck with Lagrima, it's the second one I learned to play from this website and a really nice piece to play, plenty of room for expression and finding your own variation. I try to watch videos of different guitarists playing the same piece, and that way you can find a number of ideas on how you want to play it yourself.

(Sorry something went wrong with this post) I was using Capricho Arabe as an example of how I've seen different guitarists play it different ways.

 

With Lagrima I'm still experimenting with how much emphasis to put on the tear drop parts, starting more quietly and building up the volume when you slide from the first to the second and then the third part up the fretboard before returning to the 1st and second fret. There's some tricky parts to it which need a lot of practice, it's a great feeling when you've managed to play the whole way through without making a mistake, doesn't happen very often but I'm getting the hang of it now.

My latest project is El Testament d'Amelia, beautiful song with some tricky harmonics I'm trying to get used to.

Nathan
Sep 3, 2018Edited: Sep 3, 2018

I read some of the comments after the video of Emmanuel Rossfelder, one stood out and reminds me of the Crossroads movie, based on the blues guitarist Robert Johnson. "this man has clearly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for superhuman powers. "

Some of the sounds he produced in that piece I haven't heard before from a guitar, and he plays it as if it was nothing. Astonishing performance.

Kevin
Sep 6, 2018

That comment stood out for me as well - lol. Also, same here for me with Lagrima , "I'm still experimenting with how much emphasis to put on the tear drop parts"; my version sounds too mechanical with absolutely no feeling - argh! IMO you have to get the tear drop parts right or you blow the entire piece. However, I feel I'm making a little progress so I'm still motivated. One thing I really like about these tutorials is the fast track section - such a great learning tool! The slow tempo and the bar annotations really help with my practice. I use extensively with Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. Good luck with your El Testament d'Amelia project.

Nathan
Sep 9, 2018Edited: Sep 9, 2018

Thanks Kevin, I'll post a video of my Lagrima progress soon. I wasn't happy with my Preludio de Adios video and deleted until I can include both harmonic notes at the end! I'm practicing Capricho Arabe daily but still a long way off a recording, so much going on with that piece it's unreal but also a great challenge. Great news by email, we're now also having a Farewell tutorial as well as Tango en Skai!

So much work to do!

I would love to see your progress with the songs you're learning once you feel ready to post a video. There's not enough of them so I hope more people show what they can play. I think we can learn a lot from each other as well as from the tutorials.

Kevin
Sep 13, 2018

I would love to see your Lagrima performance! Capricho Arabe is something I hope I can learn some day. I will definitely be looking forward to the Farewell turorial - that is great news! This is all new to me so I have a way to go before I post something. I agree I need to post something and get out of my comfort zone. Again - thanks for your comments.

Kevin
Sep 13, 2018

Another great post Nathan! His right hand seems so relaxed and effortless - so graceful It amazes me that these folks play with their eyes closed at times and not miss a single note.

mullenms1
Oct 13, 2018

I would love to see a detailed breakdown of 'Gato' by Jose Pierri Sapere.....it is a gem of a piece but tricky in parts....wonder if Tavi and the fellow Elite guitarists could help with fingering on it??? Here is a version on YouTube for those not familiar with it:

 

Also Villa-Lobos (any of his wonderful work) please!

Nathan
Nov 21, 2018

 

 

rod.j.worthington
Nov 30, 2018

Love to have included in Lessons..Agustin Barrios Mangore.Prelude in C Minor

Nathan
Dec 1, 2018

 

 

Brian
Dec 17, 2018

So much beautiful music to learn - so little time! Would love to see some more early music...

Air and Variations - Frescobaldi

Lachrimae Pavan - Dowland

Melancholy Galliard - Dowland

Nathan
Feb 4

 

 

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