Classical Technique for the Modern Guitarist

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Classical Technique for the Modern Guitarist

Series: Berklee Guide Publisher: Berklee Press Format: Softcover Audio Online Author: Kim Perlak

Learn the essential techniques for playing classical guitar. These exercises and demonstrations will help you to develop ease of motion, efficiency, coordination, tone, control over dynamics and color, melodic connection and harmonic balance while preventing injury. Techniques for each hand are discussed in isolation and then combined with exercises drawn from the “Chaconne” by S.L. Weiss, which is also included in its entirety. Whether you are a classical or improvising player, you will find a clear, concise outline of the basic hand position and timing, with dozens of illustrative photographs and detailed descriptions. The online audio recordings demonstrate the techniques and their effects.

  • Guitar

$19.99 (US) Inventory #HL 00148781 ISBN: 9780876391679 UPC: 888680078850 Width: 9.0" Length: 12.0" 72 pages


  • “If only I'd had this book when I first put down my pick and started bumbling my way into fingerstyle! Kim Perlak could have saved me years of effort. She has a great understanding of classical technique, accompanied by an unusually humane grasp of how humans learn. Her approach is welcoming – rigorous yet not rigid. Moreover, it is well organized, comprehensive, and crystal clear, which is not easy to accomplish, given all the subtle details of technique. Kim's enthusiasm is contagious. If you pluck or want to pluck, get this book!” – Tuck Andress, critically acclaimed performance and recording artist in the duo Tuck & Patti
  • “Dr. Kim Perlak offers an excellent overview of the fundamentals of classical guitar technique. Clearly written and easy to read, she presents a logical and systematic approach for guitarists of all levels and styles. Students who work with this resource will encounter numerous concepts to improve their playing. From basic left-hand and right-hand technique to the care of fingernails, Classical Technique for the Modern Guitarist is a must-have for every guitarist.” – Dr. Stephen Robinson, Professor of Music at Stetson University, award-winning and critically acclaimed classical guitarist and recording artist
  • “Kim is a master guitarist and a master teacher. She has a deep understanding of the relationship between technique and sound production, between touch and tone. Her book Classical Technique for the Modern Guitarist is a fantastically clear and detailed map of the technqiues for every guitarist who wishes to have a wide, expressive range on their instrument. It is a book for life.” – David Tronzo, Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, Musician magazine “Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century”

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