Carcassi Arpeggio Studies

by Kosei Kubota

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  • Hi, GMC! Some of you requested me for right hand lessons, so I picked up the famous Carcassi arpeggio studies.

    Matteo Carcassi was 19th century guitarist from Italy, and he enjoyed international success in France and Germany. His classical guitar method became so popular, and it’s still in use.

    When I started the classical guitar, I used to practice these everyday. Original studies include 22 arpeggio patterns. I have chosen 12 among them.

    In the following lessons, I am showing 2 patterns each at a half tempo. Study them until you memorize. The left hand is simple C and G7 chord. If you get tired of it, you can change them to whatever chord you like. I often do my arpeggio exercises with open strings. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but I can focus on the right hand without tiring my left hand.

    In each arpeggio pattern, I am showing "PLANTING" pattern.
    Planting is an essential technique for secure and smooth right hand movement.
    At first, those planting patterns may drive you crazy, but once you master them, you will be amazed how much you can control your finger and move them fast!

    In general, your right hand must be steady, and only your thumb and fingers should be moving from the knuckle joints.

    Work hard!
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