Consistent tone while shifting 4. Playing in all positions on neck 5. Pattern recognition 6. Habit formation Connection to a lasting musical heritage In addition to being a technical tool that can help you progress towards your musical goals and aspirations, the Segovia Scales also allow you to connect to a guitar tradition. For decades, players have sharpened their axes on the stone of these patterns. They are used and taught by the top players and teachers in the world.
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Consistent tone while shifting 4. Playing in all positions on neck 5. Pattern recognition 6. Habit formation Connection to a lasting musical heritage In addition to being a technical tool that can help you progress towards your musical goals and aspirations, the Segovia Scales also allow you to connect to a guitar tradition.
For decades, players have sharpened their axes on the stone of these patterns. They are used and taught by the top players and teachers in the world. Personal satisfaction In addition to the technical benefits, there is something gratifying about having made the journey and survived the tribulations of learning and memorizing all these scales. It can be rewarding to have a tried-and-true method to work on your skills.
Reasons to Avoid the Segovia Scales All that said, these scale patterns are not a good fit for everyone. There are two sides to every coin, and these are no different. Here are a few considerations that must be mentioned: They are not music. You put in hours of work to initially learn them, then practice them on and off for the rest of your musical life, and at no time will they be entertaining for anyone but you.
Scales are a solitary pleasure. The benefits gained from working on them will permeate everything you play, but the scales themselves are not really suitable for sharing. They use the entire guitar neck If you get cold sweats and night terrors every time you think of crossing into the land above the fifth fret, the Segovia Scales could potentially increase your general stress levels.
A majority of the the notes fall above the fifth fret, and require near constant changing of position. This quality is listed in both the pros and the cons, and you can judge for yourself where on that spectrum it falls.
Lots of work Scales are, on classical guitar at least, a tool for work. The prime purpose of practicing them is to hone physical and mental abilities. There is no shame in choosing your battles wisely.
If you can take a long view of the path to mastery consistent small improvements , these a powerful tool in the adventure. You enjoy working on technique If you find rewarding the focusing on details of movement, listening intently for ways to subtly improve, and gently stretching your comfort zone, scale practice offers much satisfaction and joy. Technique practice can be meditative, calming, and stress-relieving if you bring your full attention and remain in the moment.
If this is your cup of tea, dive right in. Viable Alternatives to Learning the Segovia Scales Now Of course, like most decisions, there is more on the table than a simple yes or no. In addition to diving into the Segovia Scales or not , you also have other options. Simply because they exist does not require that you react. You could stop here, and change absolutely nothing about your guitar practice. I can virtually guarantee you that the Scale Police will not bust in your front door or shine flashlights through your window.
Learn just the first Segovia Scale shape You could just learn the first shape. C major. This will be something concrete that you can memorize, and work into your practice that will be useful. Learn the 5 basic scale shapes The 5 basic single ish -position scale shapes are extremely useful to know, provide many of the main benefits of general scale practice.
If you are new to scales, I suggest waiting on the Segovia Scales, and learning these first. Learn an etude or piece with scale passages Some people and you know who you are! At least this way you are spending some time focusing on the fine details of connecting notes, I and M alternation , string-crossings , etc. Focus on some other aspect of technique You could also decide to postpone your foray into scales, and instead focus on some other aspect of classical guitar technique.
Mastering basic chords and being able to switch quickly between theme is absolutely invaluable. Improving your ability to read music is also important. Anything that requires focused awareness, attention to detail and challenge, and offers immediate feedback through sound or feeling is ultimately beneficial for your skill development.
Decisions, Decisions…. You would probably not regret working on them, and would certainly gain from the experience. But they need to fit into your personal practice plan, and add to the enjoyment, challenge and motivation you experience in your daily practice.
Either way, best of luck! I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully. Click here for a sample formula. As a non-classical electric guitarist who has always used a pick and never his fingers, this has been no small feat!
I look forward to working hard and learning much in the years ahead. Thanks for all the effort and care that you have taken in providing these lessons and resources!
DIATONIC MAJOR MINOR SCALES ANDRES SEGOVIA PDF
It made sense for the scales to span more than just a single octave I think. I had them all memorized and would do them rest stroke and free stroke with 7 right hand fingerings: All of which was wonderful in navigating the fingerboard and shifting and left and right hand development, but no help in knowing what notes I was playing. Arpeggios are an excellent tool for developing all sorts of different movements in the right hand. A Verified Buyer is a user who has purchased the reviewed product through our store.
Diatonic Major and Minor Scales
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