2018-2019 Lesson 30 of 30

Scales

- All scales on the page. Practice with a metronome at 80 for all the major and harmonic minor scales.

- remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

 -try C and G Major with m a fingering and memorization

- focus on the Em melodic and Am melodic scales  

Arpeggios

- work on the first two exercises with metronome at quarter note =69

- play through third and fourth with metronome at triplet eighth note = 144

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

Allegro

- Much better job alternating right hand fingers

- Remember, everything in this piece is in second position

- make sure to place Do sharp note in the last measure of the first line with your second finger

- hold down your first finger when playing the eighth notes

- make sure your eighth notes are a little faster to stay in time

Exercise 13

  • watch a finger notation

etude in A minor

  • practice with metronome at 69

Andantino in C Major

  • watch a finger when notated

  • work mainly on the middle section m

  • play with repeats

2018-2019 Lesson 29 of 30

Scales

- All scales on the page. Practice with a metronome at 80 for all the major and harmonic minor scales.

- remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

 -try C and G Major with m a fingering and memorization

- focus on the Em melodic and Am melodic scales  

Arpeggios

- work on the first two exercises with metronome at quarter note =69

- play through third and fourth with metronome at 100

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

Allegro

- great work, remember to follow all of the right hand fingerings 

- alternate right hand fingers always

  • work on the first line and third line separately, going very slowly.

Review Exercise 13, etude in A minor, and Andantino in C Major

2018-2019 Lesson 28 of 30

Scales

- All scales on the page. Practice with a metronome at 80 for all the major and harmonic minor scales.

- remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

 -try C and G Major with m a fingering 

- focus on the Em melodic and Am melodic scales 

Arpeggios

- work on the first two exercises with metronome at quarter note =60

- play through third and fourth with metronome at 100

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

Andante in C major

- remember to let the low Mi note ring in the minor section 

- follow the right hand fingerings, especially when you see “a”

- watch low Sol note at the end of second line  

- watch Do bass note at the end of the third line  

Allegro

- great work, remember to follow all of the left hand fingerings 

- alternate right hand fingers always


Review Exercise 13, etude in A minor, and Waltz

2018-2019 Lesson 27 of 30

Scales

- All scales on the page. Practice with a metronome at 80 for all the major and harmonic minor scales.

- remember to always alternate fingers with i and m

- focus on the Em melodic and Am melodic scales  

Arpeggios

- work on the first two exercises with metronome at 120

- play through third and fourth with metronome at 100

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

Andante in C major

- remember to play Re with the fourth finger

- follow the right hand fingerings, especially when you see “a” 

- remember to hold the Do note in the last measure of the third line.  

 

Andantino in C Major

- sounds great, just remember to stop the sound when you are done playing the piece  

 

Waltz  

- remember to hold/let ring the sixth string Mi note in the last two lines.

 

do a few run throughs of both pieces this week with and without distractions. Remember to take your time in between pieces!  

2018-2019 Lesson 26 of 30

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