THE SAKARI METHOD For Classical Guitar                              
  

             "Perfect Your Passion"                                                  

 

GENERAL TECHNIQUE VS. SPECIFIC TECHNIQUE  

I received an e-mail from a student that got me thinking about the two types of technique.

The dictionary defines general and specific this way :

Gen-er-al \ 'jen-(e)rel\  adj. : not confined by specialization or careful limitation

Spe-cif-ic \ spi-'sif-ik\  adj. : restricted to a particular situation or effect free from ambiguity

My Technique Builder is designed to develop your skills so you can Master The Five Disciplines of Technique through a methodical practice routine using a phase shifting formula with the metronome that I developed some years ago.

This process is what I call "General" Technique, a kind of umbrella that one possesses which one applies to the playing of what we call "Pieces of Music".

General technique is only slightly enhanced by the physical act of playing "Pieces of Music". I'll repeat this because it bears repeating.

General technique is only slightly enhanced by the physical act of playing "Pieces of Music".

"Specific" Technique is what I refer to as the skills required to play a given "passage" in a particular piece of music. Every piece has one. A measure or two, perhaps a long passage that presents unique, never to be seen again, challenges to ones "general" technical skills.

Be very careful to keep the two pursuits separate. This student played the Guiliani Arpeggios endlessly, developed dystonia, and then couldn't play for several years.

He was hoping that they would skyrocket his General Technique.

The Guiliani Arpeggios, contrary to popular belief, are "Specific " exercises and only slightly improve ones "General" technique. In fact, I found that only a few of them have real merit, and as it turns out, they only have merit to the extent that they only improve the "Specific" techniques required to play Guiliani's own Guitar Compositions !

Surprise, Surprise !

So, if you want to play some of Guiliani's Warhorse pieces that Bream recorded so brilliantly, practice the Guiliani Arpeggios.

I actually use them not as Right Hand Exercises but rather as Left Hand Exercises. If you know them, you're thinking, Left Hand ? Why, they are just a simple stationary "C" chord that the Right Hand then arpeggiates across the strings.

My use of them as Left Hand Exercises are part of My Fifth Discipline Etudes and you'll find them very difficult to learn. I think Guiliani missed his own boat when he wrote them as Right Hand Exercises.

Julian Bream, my undisputed long distance mentor through the years, at his 1981 Master Class in San Francisco is quoted as saying, " My technique has been one long evolution. Sometimes I work very hard on a certain part of my technique, only to find six months later that everything I've been working on is really a waste of time."

If I were to venture a guess as to what exactly he meant by that statement, it would be that he was working hard on a specific technique that had limited application rather than working hard on improving his general technique. Perhaps he'll wander through my web site and correct me if I've missed the mark on my observation but Specific techniques are a real pitfall to most Guitarists and indeed are a waste of time, for the most part.




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