Carlevaro: Cuaderno No.2: Technique for the Right Hand

Carlevaro intended this book to be used in conjunction with his "School of the Guitar", in which he explains the various types of "touch" to be applied to the voices and how to practice the exercises.

excerpt from Abel Carlevaro - Cuaderno No.2: Technique for the Right Hand
Excerpt from Abel Carlevaro - Cuaderno No.2: Technique for the Right Hand

Carl Flesch said of the Szevcik exercises for violin: ".. they are like a very strong medicine... in small doses they will cure, but large doses can be fatal!"

The same warning should apply to this book and all books of technical exercises.

The main value of this book is that it provides a pretty good breakdown - a template if you like - of elements involved in Right Hand technique. I feel the best way to use it is as a springboard for developing your own exercises. based on the repertoire you are playing.

You must at the same time bear in mind that the repertoire this book is based on did not call for the kinds of right hand techniques you will find in Flamenco music or indeed the transcriptions by people such as Kazuhito Yanmashita in Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition transcription. That is in no way an indictment, because what book does provide a complete map of guitar techniques?

As it stands this is a landmark achievment in defining right hand Guitar Technique and isolating the techniques involved.

Contents:

  • No. Purpose
  • 1 - 12 Joint action:
  • p & i, p & m, p & a
  • 13 - 24 Double action of p
  • 25 - 36 Rhythmic variations on p
  • 37 - 72 More rhythmic variations on p
  • 73 - 84 Damping with p
  • 85 - 116 Various
  • 117 - 128 Repeated notes (tremelo)
  • 129 - 176 Repeated notes with variations on p
  • 177 - 188 Repeated notes with dampiing on p
  • 189 - 195 Repeated notes with adjacent fingers
  • 196 - 197 Tremelo pima pima
  • 198 - 202 Elasticity and speed
  • 203 - 209 Repeated chords
  • 201 - 212 Repeated chords with rhythmic variations
  • 213 - 217 Simultaneous rhythms with independence of p
  • 218 - 226 Development of p
  • 227 - 228 Combined techniques
  • 229 Repeated notes exercise
  • 230 Repeated chords exercise

excerpt from Abel Carlevaro - Cuaderno No.2: Technique for the Right Hand
Excerpt from Abel Carlevaro - Cuaderno No.2: Technique for the Right Hand