Frederic Hand – Classical Guitar Technique And Musicianship
Jul 10 2015
Here’s a lesson for both classical musicians and fingerstyle guitarists who want to discover their “natural dexterity” for speed, tone and effortless technique! Whether you are a beginning or advanced guitarist, you will benefit from Fred Hand’s in-depth exploration of the fundamental principles of classical guitar technique. “Your body and mind have an innate ability to express the music that you hear,” says Hand, “you only need to tap into this source.”
By learning the essentials of good playing, such as posture, relaxation, fingernail shaping and the correct application of the free stroke and rest stroke, you will quickly become a smoother and more efficient player. As you practice your arpeggios, scales, vibrato, trills and cross-string trills, you’ll learn to apply them to beautiful classical-style pieces such as John Dowland’s “Lady Hunnsden’s Puffe” and a dance by Gaspar Sanz. Hand’s own compositions, “A Celtic Tale,” “Heartsong ” and “Lesley’s Song” are perfect examples of the application of classical techniques to pieces in a contemporary setting. This is a lesson that will dramatically improve the playing of both classical musicians and fingerstyle guitarists of other tradition.
In this program (a generous 75 minutes) Fred Hand takes us through proper approach, techniques and performance of classical guitar. He moves at a leisurly, comfortable pace and emphasizes the goal is to make music, not just to play guitar.
Fred does not play fast, speedy lines and he takes time to explain each piece as well as why and how he works out his parts. If your an advanced classical player there may be too little/too late learning for your interest. This is a perfect lesson for someone like myself, a long time rock and roller who needs a proper approach to classical guitar. A fine lesson that covers many bases and is excellent for playes of many levels.
Hand gives the viewer a crash course in classical technique, offering tips on everything from posture to fingernails to vibrato. Frederic Hand’s resume is impressive. Having studied under the renowned guitarist Julian Bream he has since performed, composed, and recorded for 30 years working with the likes of Luciano Pavoratti, Placido Domingo, and Zubin Mehta. He puts his expertise to work for the viewer in this video covering pieces like John Dowland’s Lady Hunnsdon’s Puffe and a dance by Gaspar Sanz, as well as Hand’s own compositions, A Celtic Tale, Heartsong and Lesley’s Song with accompanying sheet music for all.
Running time: 75 mins
Video: MPEG2 720×480 8000 kbps NTSC 4:3 29.970 fps
Audio: AC3 2ch 224 Kbps 48.0 KHz
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 3.1 Gb