2018-2019 Lesson 26

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor melodic and harmonic, E minor melodic and harmonic, Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

Arpeggios

- work on the first two exercises with metronome at 120

- play through third and fourth with metronome at 80

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings

Andante in C major

- practice one line at a time with metronome at 60 (set to eighth note). Goal is to get each line perfectly three times in a row 

- remember to play Re with the fourth finger

- second half - work on following the right hand fingerings first, and then try practicing with a metronome  

2018-2019 Lesson 25

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

Arpeggios

- work on the first two exercises with metronome at 120

- play through third and fourth exercise without metronome for now

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings

Andantino in C major

- great job with tempo and projecting 

- play closer to the soundhole

- make sure to hold the half notes for a full two beats  

Carulli Waltz

- make sure to hold the bass notes in the last section  

- hold the dotted quarter notes at the end of each section for a full three beats

Andante in C major

- good job with the first four lines. Remember, pay attention to the right and left hand fingerings!

- you can continue to learn the next two lines. 

2018-2019 Lesson 24

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly, with the correct rhythms. Play with metronome at 120

- practice second exercise at 120

- play through third and fourth exercise 

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings

Andantino in C major

- good job keeping a consistent tempo 

- make sure to play the sol note on the first string with your 4 finger

- try playing through the piece at a metronome beat of 56. Once you get comfortable at this tempo, go up to 60

Carulli Waltz

- focus on last two lines, making sure that you are following the fingerings and playing the eighth notes evenly. Practice with a metronome at 76

- remember to keep your wrist away from top

- always follow the right and left hand fingerings, especially when you see “a” or “4”

- remember to not slow down towards the end, where it says “fine” 

 

Andante in C major

- good job with the first two lines. Remember, pay attention to the right and left hand fingerings! 

- you can continue to learn the next two lines  

2018-2019 Lesson 23

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly, with the correct rhythms. Play with metronome at 120

- practice second exercise at 120 

- learn third and fourth exercise  

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings


Etude in A minor

- watch right hand/arm positioning when playing this piece. Remember, rest your arm on the guitar and have your wrist slightly bent

-  practice dynamics with the metronome at 72 so that you don’t speed up or slow down while changing dynamics

- try playing it from memory  

Andantino in C major

- make sure to keep the tempo in the second half

- make sure to follow the right and left hand fingerings, especially in the end of the first line

Carulli Waltz

- focus on last two lines, making sure that you are following the fingerings and playing the eighth notes evenly

- remember to keep your wrist away from top

- always follow the right hand fingerings! 

 

2018-2019 Lesson 22

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 120

- practice second exercise at 120

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings


Etude in A minor

- watch right hand/arm positioning when playing this piece. Remember, rest your arm on the guitar and have your wrist slightly bent

-  practice dynamics with the metronome at 72 so that you don’t speed up or slow down while changing dynamics

Andantino in C major

- Try practicing with the metronome set to the eighth note at 100 to make transitions smooth

- make sure to follow the right and left hand fingerings 

Carulli Waltz

- focus on last two lines, making sure that you are following the fingerings

- remember to keep your wrist away from top  

2018-2019 Lesson 21

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 120

- practice second exercise at 100

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings


Etude in A minor

- watch right hand/arm positioning when playing this piece. Remember, rest your arm on the guitar and have your wrist slightly bent 

Andantino in C major

- Try practicing with the metronome set to the eighth note at 100

- make sure to follow the right and left hand fingerings  

Carulli Waltz

- focus on first two lines, making sure that you are following the fingerings and holding your bass notes 

2018-2019 Lesson 20

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 80

- learn the second exercise  

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once, play the strings


Etude in A minor

- Memorize whole piece

- practice with metronome at 72 so that you don’t take too long if a pause between notes  

 

Andantino in C major

- great job with right hand fingerings

- great improvement! Next step is to play everything in time. Try practicing with the metronome set to the eighth note at 80 first  

Carulli Waltz

- start learning this piece. Goal is to learn first two lines.  


2018-2019 Lesson 19

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

- work more on Em harmonic and Am harmonic

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 80

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once


Etude in A minor

- next step is to memorize - work from the end of the piece, two measures at a time 

Andantino in C major

- great job with right hand fingerings

- watch the left hand fingering in the second measure

- work more on the second half, making sure your notes are all correct 

Flash cards

- Try doing flash cards for all strings with only looking at your fingers no more than twice.

2018-2019 Lesson 18

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on playing the first exercise through smoothly. Play with metronome at 80

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once


Etude in A minor

- play with dynamics 

Andantino in C major

- great job with right hand fingerings 

- watch the left hand fingering in the second measure

- start learning the second half in small sections as marked, slowly with a metronome at 60

Flash cards

- Try doing flash cards for all strings with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. 

2018-2019 Lesson 17

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic, E minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m, especially for G Major.

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale

Arpeggios

- work on both measures, making sure your right wrist does not collapse  

Finger Independence exercise - just go through once 


Etude in A minor

- great job with transitions!

- next step is to play with dynamics  

 

Andantino in C major

- focus on first two lines

- work on following the right hand fingerings that are written

 

Flash cards

- Try doing flash cards with only looking at your fingers no more than twice.


2018-2019 Lesson 16

Scales

- Always start practice with scales and arpeggios.  

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m, especially for G Major.

- remember to play the chord at the end of each scale  

- try learning E minor harmonic if you have time.  

Arpeggios

- work on the first measure, making sure to play the notes with stems down with your thumb.

- once you feel comfortable with the first measure, you can try learning the next measure.  

A Simple Dialogue 

- Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers 

- try slowing down a bit at the “poco rit.” part, then go back to tempo at the part marked “a tempo”

Sicilienne

- Just make sure to play the Re note with your fourth finger  

 

Run-throughs  

- do run-throughs of both pieces throughout the week. 

- remember, take a (quiet) deep breath before you start each piece.  

- try a run-through with distractions.  


Etude in A minor

- first work on measures 2-3, with the metronome at 72. Goal is to get it three times in a row perfectly. If you can’t get seem to get it three times in a row, just try the next day  

If you have time left after doing the above, try the below: 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 29s for all six strings. Good job! Try doing flash cards with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. 

 

start learning the new piece, “Andantino in C Major”

2018-2019 Lesson 15

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72-80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m.

 

Arpeggios 

- work on the first measure. Remember to put down left hand fingers before you start  

 

Exercise 

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers. Focus on doing 3rd finger.

A Simple Dialogue 

- Good job with memorizing the first three lines. Watch your right hand fingerings, and always pay attention the positioning of both hands   

Sicilienne

- rhythm is now correct at the end  just watch right hand fingerings (a finger especially)


Etude in A minor

- work on doing block chords for the transition in the first line. Always keep  3 and 4 fingers close to the strings 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 43s for all six strings. Good job!

 

2018-2019 Lesson 14

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72-80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m, especially for G and Am  

- learn E minor harmonic if you feel ready to move on

Exercise 

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers 

A Simple Dialogue 

- next step is to memorize, one line at a time. First play with music, then play in your head while looking at music, then try playing from memory  

Sicilienne

- great job with rhythms, just practice correct rhythm at th end of the piece and watch 4 finger for Re  


Etude in A minor

- work on one line at a time, slowly with a metronome at 72

 

Flash cards

- continue to go through flash cards for all strings.

2018-2019 Lesson 13

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72 remember to always alternate fingers with i and m. 

- learn E minor harmonic if you feel ready to move on 

 

Exercise   

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

 - great work. Next step is to watch right hand positioning while playing the piece. 

 

Sicilienne

- great job with rhythms, just practice correct rhythm at th end of the second line. 

- watch right hand fingerings, especially when you see “a”. 

 

Etude in A minor

- work on one transition at a time, remembering to keep common tones down and other fingers close to the fretboard. 

 

Mel Bay book

- practice next exercise with high A note.  

 

Flash cards

- continue to go through flash cards for all strings.  

2018-2019 Lesson 12

Scales

- C Major, G Major, and A minor harmonic. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers, and play with a metronome at 72-80.

Flash cards

- today’s record was 35 seconds for all six strings. Keep up the good work!

A Simple Dialogue 

- Great job with piece. Try working on the poco rit. 

Sicilienne

- Practice with metronome at 60, and count out loud. Work on one line at a time, trying to get each line 3 times in a row perfectly. 

Mel Bay book

- practice high A note exercise 

Etude in A minor  

- great start with the piece. Continue to learn two measures at a time.   

 

reminder: play with a little rolled up towel under your right arm to make sure you always have the right position. 


2018-2019 Lesson 11

Scales

- C Major, G Major, and A minor harmonic. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers, and play with a metronome at 72-80.

Flash cards

- today’s record was 27 seconds and 45 for all six strings. Keep up the work with the flash cards!

A Simple Dialogue 

- practice whole piece with metronome at 80. 

 

Sicilienne

- Great job with the rhythm, keep practicing while counting. Try playing along with a recording of the piece (will email later) to make sure you always have the right rhythm.

Mel Bay book

- practice six string exercise 

 

reminder: play with a little rolled up towel under your right arm to make sure you always have the right position.  

 

New piece: start learning Etude in A minor  

2018-2019 Lesson 10

Scales

- C and G Major. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers.  

 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 33 seconds. When practicing, do one round with looking at your fingers and one round with looking at your fingers no more than twice.  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- practice one line at a time, making sure to follow right hand fingerings on page. Try to get each line 3 times in a row perfectly.  Do everything with metronome at 72. 

 

Sicilienne

- much better job with the rhythm. Add one measure at a time, and try to focus on getting the first two lines smoothly. 

 

Mel Bay book

- practice half notes and quarter notes exercise for the sixth string.  

2018-2019 Lesson 9

scales 

- C major and G Major: watch left hand fingerings, and remember to alternate your right hand fingers.  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- work on playing it two lines at a time with metronome at 66. Then try playing the whole thing with metronome. 

- remember to hold notes in the second to last measure for two beats each.  

- watch notes that need to be played with the a finger.  

 

Sicilienne

- first work on getting dotted eighth not rhythm by playing only the top line. Focus on just the first line. Then add the bass notes.  

2018-2019 Lesson 8

Scales  

- C major - play at 60, remember Do is played with your third finger. Play the chord at the end as well. 

- G Major - start working on the G Major scale as well

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- much better job with tempo and rhythm. Learn the last line. Next week's goal is to play the piece from beginning to end without stopping.  

 

Sicilenne  

- continue to work on the dotted eighth note rhythm in the beginning. First march to the rhythm, then try playing and counting out loud. Once you feel comfortable with the rhythm, move on to the rest of the piece 

 

Buffalo Gals

- read the second line. Remember to use i and m fingers to play notes.  

 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 33 seconds. Do two rounds when you practice: one with looking at your fingers, one with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. 

2018-2019 Lesson 7

C Major Scale

- always start your practice with this scale, and remember to play the C major chord (at the end of the line) as well

- practice scale with a metronome beat of 60 (or slower if you find that to be too fast) 

 

A Simple Dialogue

- practice the rest of the piece line by line.  

- once you get each line perfectly, work on transitions between lines.  

- remember to play the Re note with your 4th finger  

- your goal is to be able to play the whole piece through smoothly by the next lesson.  

 

 

Sicilienne

- first focus on getting the rhythm right in the first measure.  Try counting out loud while you play. 

- once you master the rhythm (remember to always alternate your right hand fingers), try moving on one measure at a time.  

- goal is to be able to play the whole first line. If you want to move on beyond the first line, go for it! 

 

Flash Cards

- today’s record was 26 seconds. Next goal is to get it under 25 seconds, and then under 25 seconds without looking at your fingers at all.  

 

Mel Bay Book

- try reading through Buffalo Gals. Work on the first two lines first, then the next two lines if you have time.  

 

REMINDERS

- always, always, before you play, check your right hand and left hand positions.  

- left hand thumb is always behind the neck and not sticking out, and remember to the finger test with your left hand.  

- try to always keep your right hand over the outside part of the sound hole, and don’t let it start dragging towards the bridge.