THE SAKARI METHOD For Classical Guitar                              

             "Perfect Your Passion"                                                  

The Most Challenging Classical Guitar Measures 6".  The Space Between the Ears !


Maybe you can guess what I'm going to say when you ask the question, "How do I really practice my pieces ?"
Earlier, we covered how to pick your battles ( if you remember ) and the way to fit your technical ability to the degree of difficulty of a given piece of Music.

OK, I would hate to disappoint you !

First, you take some time off and master your technique. I can help you with that. I personnally took two years but I was on my own with very little guidance.

Now, picture yourself six months from now.

Your technique is light years from where it was and you're been itching to start work on one of the Classical Guitar compositions you've been dreaming about playing, forever, you go out and buy it and excitedly put it on the stand.

The general tendency is to start reading through it, probably a little slower than you'ld like, get used to the fingerings of whoever's Edition it is, get about halfway through, stop, put the Guitar down and go get a drink . . . . of something.

But wait, you're thinking, "My technique is so good now, what's the problem ?" . . . . "And why am I so depressed ?"

Simple !

You're looking at something for the first time. Do you remember the first time you got into an automobile to learn to drive ?

It was difficult and scary, right ?

And now, you just turn the key, put it in drive and step on the gas. All second nature.

New music is no different. Here's what you do. You apply everything you learned in the last year and boil it down to its component parts.

First of all, it's not music until you're ready to go into a recording studio and record it. That means you know it inside out and you have several interpretations of it to choose from in your mind. More on that subject later.

So, if it's not music, then what is it ?

You think it's music so you "EXPECT" to play it as music instantly.

The big rule to follow here is " No expectations, no disappointment ".

Separate yourself from your memory of hearing the piece played by a professional and don't play it backwards, like some professionals suggest.

Remember what I said about the Creative Spirit and how it stays in its little box when you're frustrated ?

Go back to Lesson 1 of the First Discipline, set your metronome to ticking at 42 and get ready to play half notes, ONLY.

If the first measure of the piece is a C chord followed by 8 sixteenth notes, play each one with the time value of half notes. This means that you'll be sounding each note or simultaneous notes all to every other tick of the metronome.

More later.

Next Article

Back To Article Listing