THE SAKARI METHOD For Classical Guitar                              
  

             "Perfect Your Passion"                                                  

If you have been taking lessons for months or years and you still
feel that you haven't made any real progress, here's why !


30 years ago, I was playing through piece after piece, wondering why in the world wasn't my technique "really" improving ?  So I started to "really" think about it.

I mean, I was a pretty good player, but when I tried to learn a more difficult level of piece, I kept faltering and it all felt like I was just wasting my time.

Here is what I discovered and is what started me on the quest for a way to fine tune and hone in on the "truth" about the physical skills of playing.

Almost every single Classical Guitar Method, gives you a few tips on a page or two and then has you tackling music by Chapter 2.  It won't get you anywhere....Here's Why !

I'll start with the skills that my Method teaches half way through "The Sakari Method" and remember, this is where all the other methods expect you to begin.

I'll take you through a simple finger tapping exercise, without the Guitar, to prove my point.

Rest both of your hands on a table top, arch the fingers slightly as if you were going to tap the table top with your finger tips.

Now tap your fingers in the following pattern with just the left hand like you normally would on any table top at work or wherever.

4 = little finger
3 = ring finger
2 = middle finger
1 = index or first finger
 
Left hand tap pattern :

4- 3 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1

Good. Stay with me here.

Now tap your fingers in this pattern with just the right hand like you would on any table top at a restaurant or wherever.

i = index or first finger
m = middle finger
a = annular or ring finger

Right hand tap pattern :

i - m - a - i - m - a - i - m - a - i - m - a

Simple, Right ?

Now combine the above patterns and tap both left and right hand fingers at the same time together for 15 seconds and try to do it without a single hesitation.  Tap the Left Hand finger  #4 at  the same time as the Right Hand "i" finger,
then the Left Hand finger  #3 at the same time as the Right Hand "m" finger, etc..

4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1
 i - m - a - i - m - a - i - m - a - i - m - a

Not quite as simple, was it ?

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t do it first time without error.

Why ?

Because patterns of 3 (right hand ) against patterns of 4 ( left hand ) are difficult on any instrument to master but this is a real problem guitarists face and never think about, let alone solve properly. 

But let's keep going.  It gets more interesting.

Now, most people, when they are tapping their fingers do so in a wave pattern.

Meaning that most of the fingers are in the air while waiting their turn to tap.

Although this is ideal for the right hand on the Guitar ( after proper training ), it is not an ideal for the left hand.

Why ?

Because the left hand fingers, on the guitar, are required to hold down some fingers on a fret to sustain a note, while at the same time other left hand fingers are moving from fret to fret so other notes can be sounded simultaneously.

So let’s tap our fingers again on that table top and this time start with the left hand like before...

4-3-2-1-4-3-2-1-4-3-2-1

BUT THIS TIME, we are going to do what I call "controlled tapping".  While holding down all the Left Hand  fingers down on the table, lift  finger #4 , keeping the other fingers firmly on the top, and tap the top.

Now lift # 3 , keeping the other fingers firmly on the top, and tap the top with it.

Then lift # 2, keeping the other fingers firmly on the top, and tap the top with it.

Lastly, lift # 1, keeping the other fingers firmly on the top, and tap the top with it.

Repeat this entire sequence 10 times without error, no unintended finger lifts or out of sequence taps.

This should be slightly more challenging than the wave pattern we all do so easily. It also happens to be "exactly" the skill that playing Classical Guitar requires , so pay close attention. This is the reason for slow progress with almost every Guitarist.

You'll notice that I haven’t mentioned the speed of the taps. The speed of your wave tapping was based on your natural ability. The speed of the controlled tapping, holding non-tapping fingers in place on the top,  was probably the speed at which you thought you could do it successfully without mistake, so you probably went slower.

After all, no one wants to appear even slightly inept with such a simple exercise !   Human Nature.

Now ... Combine the two patterns and tap both left and right simultaneously for 30 seconds and without a single hesitation. Left hand fingers held down on the table until their turn to tap and the right hand fingers in a wave pattern, always in the air as you are tapping them. Tap Left Hand "4" with the Right Hand "i", then Left Hand "3" with the Right Hand "m", etc..

4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1     Left Hand Fingers Controlled Tapping
 i - m - a - i - m - a - i - m - a - i - m - a     Right Hand Fingers Wave Tapping

You probably couldn’t even start this one out correctly, let alone continue it without error, because your brain instantly overloaded.

Welcome to the very real world of Classical Guitar Technique and what's required of you in order to play anything ! Even the most simple of pieces.

If you had difficulty with this exercise on a table top, how in the world do you expect to play music on the Classical Guitar ?

"The Sakari Method" is as much a training ground for the mind as it is for the hands and fingers and if you don't train both correctly and simultaneously, then all the time you spend " Trying to Practice Scales, Etudes and Music" won't improve your playing ability !   You're just wasting your time and energy.

Feeling a Little Frustrated ?

Don't feel bad.  

How do you translate this simple finger tapping dilemma into a solution on the Classical Guitar ?

Simple !

By re-programing your brain so you truly focus on only the finger movements that lead to playing effortlessly. 

Also, most Classical Guitarists, even advanced players, have tremendous degrees of extraneous finger movement that makes playing a struggle.  You need to avoid that trap, as well.

"Mastering the Five Disciplines", the first course in "The Sakari Method" starts with a unique set of exercises to get you thinking correctly about technique and then, step by step, walks you through the entire process of mastering your technique in 30 lessons.  No more wondering, "What do I practice next ?"

Start at the beginning, not at the end,  like most methods.

When you're finished with my lessons, you're ready to play music without the frustration you've grown so accustomed to week after week, month after month, year after year.

Don't put off being able to play the music you've been, up until now, just been dreaming about playing.

I look forward to working with you !

Sakari