RIGHT HAND PRINCIPLES (coming soon)

The guitar’s universality stems from its integral role in numerous global cultures and its presence across diverse musical genres. Unlike instruments such as the violin, cello, or piano, where sound is produced by exciting stretched strings, the “fingerstyle” guitar demands intricate skills, with the fingertips of our right hand directly engaging the strings with nothing in between. Mastery requires refined coordination of fingers, hands, arms, and body, with even the minutiae of nail shape and smoothness impacting sound quality significantly.

Classical guitar embodies self-sufficiency, capable of generating multiple layers of sound to create a rich musical tapestry, evoking the illusion of a symphony of instruments and musicians. While this goal is inspiring, it presents formidable technical challenges for aspiring guitarists.

            

Having devoted decades to studying the instrument, I’ve identified gaps in traditional teaching methods where intuition alone falls short. Through an in-depth exploration of our anatomy and its interaction with guitar design, I’ve developed principles that profoundly enhance both my own and my students’ performances. Summarized in two comprehensive documentary tutorials—one for the Left Hand and another forthcoming for the right hand—these principles offer practical solutions to common challenges encountered in guitar learning.

I aim to share these insights with interested viewers through additional videos, focusing on the application of principles to tackle specific musical hurdles. For those seeking guidance, lessons are available both in person at the Long Island Conservatory and via Zoom. Click the link below to book your session.