We may take his scale set for granted today, but when he compiled and fingered his collection of scales, the young Segovia was demonstrating his visionary approach to the instrument along with an innovative courage that elevated our instrument to the concert stage. In this article I want to answer the very practical questions I often receive from guitar students, which sound regularly like this: What are the Segovia Scales? Are the Segovia Scales better than other scales? A musical scale does not belong to anybody.
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We may take his scale set for granted today, but when he compiled and fingered his collection of scales, the young Segovia was demonstrating his visionary approach to the instrument along with an innovative courage that elevated our instrument to the concert stage. In this article I want to answer the very practical questions I often receive from guitar students, which sound regularly like this: What are the Segovia Scales?
Are the Segovia Scales better than other scales? A musical scale does not belong to anybody. It is understandable, then, that any educational material that was produced by Segovia would be highly sought after, potentially offering an insight into his methodology and approach to the classical guitar.
Secondly, they were first. Sort of. Mertz, Carcassi, and Pratten to name just three. So, by no means was this the first set of scales to be published for the classical guitar. However, they are organized, systematic, and also focused i.
In this regard they were first, and they stood out. With time and momentum to ingrain the scales into the modern classical guitar canon they developed a legendary status.
They are not just scales but the Segovia scales! Third, they are concise. Scales and arpeggios can provide a very deep resource for any musician. So much so that they can easily become overwhelming.
Having written my own scale book, I know first hand that it becomes more of a challenge to exclude ideas than to compile them. After all, what good is a book full of black dots if they are so numerous that they stun the reader into inaction. The Segovia Scales cover seven pages. Just seven. The booklet is short enough that you can learn it like a piece of music.
This in itself is powerful and makes it stand out from the more exhaustive compilations available today. The actual scales inside the booklet are no better, and no worse, than any other scales. They ascend and descend like countless other scales have done over the centuries. Segovia uses a lot of shifting in his scales, which gives a workout to that aspect of your technique. There are pros and cons to all manner of scale forms.
Some traverse the length of the fingerboard, some make use of extensions, some use efficient fingering, some challenge you with shifts. You could even argue that a scale played on one string with just one finger has some virtue to it! Modern scale books are even more systematized that the Segovia Scales and include arpeggios, octave scales, scales in thirds, sixths, tenths.
They can be graded for beginners through advanced, and they can also include harmonic cadences to delve into the key of each scale. These kinds of books can make you feel good to purchase them. Just by having them in your possession makes you feel like you are moving in the right direction. The reality is that many of us will play a few scales here or there. Usually major scales. But I will make an educated guess that a just small percentage of guitarists that purchase the Segovia Scales actually practice the scales in the second half of the book!
These scales have more than four sharps in the key signature, and then proceed to the dark side of the circle of fifths… the flat side. Your Challenge from Simon To give you something concrete to work on right now here is a challenge for you, should you wish to accept it: Choose a scale that is within your technical ability Set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes Select an aspect of your technique you would like to work on staccato, shifting, left hand position, speed etc.
ANDRES SEGOVIA DIATONIC SCALES PDF
Book of the Month. For instance I alternate between rest stroke and free stroke, work on planting, vibrato and slurring them, left hand thumb placement. If you have any suggestions or comments on the guidelines, please email us. Make a wish list for gifts, suggest standard repertoire, let students know which books to buy, boast about pieces andees mastered: Columbia Music Company CO Diatonic Major and Minor Scales. Presently on order at the local music store. Avoid disclosing contact information email addresses, phone numbers, etc. Close X Learn about Digital Video.
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