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[–]OmeletLover2552 147 points148 points  (6 children)

This guy plucks

[–]therealcrumbles 33 points34 points  (4 children)

Fingerpicking is amazing. You can have a bassline, plus two rhythms, not to mention what your left hand can do.

[–]infinity_paradox 14 points15 points  (3 children)

... more like "what your left hand NEEDS to do"

[–]therealcrumbles 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I was talking stuff like legato and blue notes, but yeah.

[–]BabiesDontCry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I finger pick on guitar primarily and sometimes it's fun to just pick a chord in different patterns and see what sounds good.

[–]bridgeoverlord 85 points86 points  (1 child)

"Honey, would you like me to wash and iron your shirt and maybe do something with your hair?"

"No Mom ... I must practice."

[–]mountainsbythesea 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Going to classical concerts is like stepping into the world where it's 80s forever and the only combs they have are teasing ones.

[–]MrGoofyboots 61 points62 points  (4 children)

Holy hell that guy is phenomal. My hand cramped just watching lol

[–]Yallneedzeus 41 points42 points  (16 children)

A true guitarist. Rolled up sleeves so the buttons don't ding the guitar.

[–]DamntheTrains 15 points16 points  (15 children)

I think that's a given for anyone who's playing guitar even semi-seriously but you can tell if someone's a dedicated fingerstyle guitarist by looking at their fingernails.

His right hand's fingernails are long while left is short.

[–]DamezUp 6 points7 points  (10 children)

See I always try to do the long nails on my right hand but short just feels better for me. Is that even something that is ‘personal preference’ or is that just more of a solid rule, like your nails have to be long, and it’s just better that way, no debate at all?

[–]tyler4_69_3 8 points9 points  (9 children)

If you play classical guitar, you absolutely have to have longer nails on your right hand, it’s part of getting the correct intonation. Most beginner books even have a guide to correctly filing and shaping your nails. For other styles, especially steel string acoustic, personal preference is fine. After studying classical, I found it very difficult to play fingerstyle without nails on my right hand though.

[–]philintheblanks 4 points5 points  (4 children)

The absolute length of them can often be what some people would consider short though. When I was at university there were some guys that liked to have them as claws. I liked that for a while, until I started to play with shaping them different ways. Turns out that people all have differently shaped fingernails! Now I like to have specific shapes for each finger. That is, when I'm not being too lazy to actually practice :P

I've also heard that Tarrega was a fan of the sound of shorter nails. So really you could say that any given piece might do better with longer/shorter for the sound the composer was getting at.

[–]tyler4_69_3 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Yeah, that’s fair. I never was much of a claw person, basically just try to line the nail up with the tip of my finger, length-wise. Some I slant in particular ways depending on how the nail grows.

[–]philintheblanks 1 point2 points  (2 children)

My ring finger is a total nutburger. I have to slant it hard in the opposite direction of the rest. I still don't know what to do with the stupid pinky nail....

[–]Llairhi 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Unless you're playing flamenco, chop it off. :)

I hear you on the ring finger nail. Mine is also dumb.

[–]philintheblanks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I usually just shape it to look like the rest. Symmetry!

[–]DamezUp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh yea I did not know that. Yea I’ve just self taught myself how to play a handful of classical things, I haven’t gone crazy into it but that’s interesting and I’ll have to look into the nails thing

[–]UBKUBK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Intonation (getting the correct pitch) is not the right term. The nails are important for getting a beautiful sound.

[–]yeahdixon 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Interesting stand he has

[–]DamntheTrains 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've always used footstool but I hear people who use those lap stands can't go back using footstools again.

[–]TheKijana 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can also tell because of how he plays

[–]Teeteto04 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Look at them tendons, amazing stuff the human body can do

[–]what-logic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Truly. I dont play classical but ive been playing metal for over a decade. My left and right forearms are visually different.

This kid makes me want to at least try classical lol

[–]leshake 17 points18 points  (8 children)

But can he play a power chord?

[–]arnoldo_fayne 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Or smash his guitar?

[–]leshake 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Or mainline Jack Daniels

[–]TwoFiveOnes 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Funny enough, I am for example proud of my finger picking, left hand ability with funky stretches and crazy positions, etc. Nowhere near professional but y'know, pretty alright. I don't have enough strength in my right arm to play through a 4 minute punk song though.

[–]veggiter 0 points1 point  (3 children)

4 minute punk song

Yeah, but when would you need to?

[–]TwoFiveOnes 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Idk or punk-like. Just fast strumming - I really like playing and singing Neutral Milk Hotel for example (I know it's not punk)

[–]veggiter 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I was kind of just making a joke because punk songs are generally super short

[–]TwoFiveOnes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh my bad lol true

[–]AmatureProgrammer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty sure he can't djent

[–]MeadyJabz 21 points22 points  (24 children)

Where is the best place to start when learning classical music on guitar? I’ve been dabbling with it for a couple years but haven’t found any solid tabs or tutorials

[–]EzekialBedekial 38 points39 points  (5 children)

Getting a good teacher, if you have access to one

[–]python00078spotify 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Do online courses help? I was thinking of learning from Udemy courses.

[–]cville-z 13 points14 points  (1 child)

It’s really difficult to get the details of technique down this way. A teacher can help you refine your tone and form in ways you can’t pick up online.

There is an /r/ClassicalGuitar I think.

[–]Adam_Ewing 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Adding to this, for classical guitar especially technique is tricky yet very important. Small differences make big changes. Unlike some other instruments a (classical guitar!) teacher really is a must. Also don't look for tab. Classical guitar uses notes.

[–]LadyVeng 9 points10 points  (4 children)

free quality lessons and sheet music


50 Classical Guitar Pieces In tablature and standard notation By Joseph Harris

Pumping Nylon The classical guitarist’ s technique handbook By Scott Tennant

[–]philintheblanks 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Pumping Nylon is a great book. In fact, this thread is making me want to dig it out.

I would caution anyone to be very careful with tablature (tabs in the parlance). They can very, VERY quickly become a crutch that's hard to do without. I would say that if you've been learning for longer than a month, you should not need tabs to read a piece. Just my two cents. I found tabs after I could already read music and got so addicted to them that I got worse. YMMV

[–]LadyVeng -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Yes. Reading standard notation is worlds easier than tabs. With standard notation it’s easy to look at a measure or chord and know where your fingers should land...not so easy with tabs. With tabs I pretty much have to memorize the piece to play it fluently.

[–]philintheblanks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've seen tabs with flags, which is the weirdest thing ever. I also don't like being tied to their choice of fingering. I really like being able to pick my own and play with it, which is much harder to do when the tab is so opinionated.

[–]MeadyJabz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I will definitely check out pumping nylon! Thanks for the link too!

[–]Llairhi 8 points9 points  (3 children)

You should start with a good teacher who thinks about things. Once you've got your feet under you, it's up to you if you keep studying or go it alone, but when starting, a good teacher is crucial.

I just taught a first lesson to an excellent student--self-taught (using tutorials and DVDs and such) but very analytical. Even he was having basic issues that I was able to help him correct in an hour. It was a great lesson, but it highlighted, for me, the benefit to students that having an experienced person in the room can bring.

[–]Llairhi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

To follow up on this, community colleges can be a great place to start looking for a teacher if you're in the US. They're relatively cheap, but there's usually an emphasis on teaching skill, and you often don't have to be going for a degree to take lessons (though they do differ on that).

[–]MeadyJabz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I took lessons for about 6 years, but I never ventured into the classical genre. I’ve been attempting to learn on my own but it’s not going great hah.

[–]Llairhi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I see! What are you having problems with? Maybe I can come up with something helpful. :) Feel free to PM.

[–]cranky-alpha 1 point2 points  (0 children)

hey! if you wish to learn basic fingerstyle(what this guy is doing) follow this course : Learn & Master Guitar - Fingerstyle Guitar by Steve Krenz

Assuming you already have some experience with guitar(mostly basic stuff)

[–]philintheblanks 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Common to find these on entrance exams and the like:


Some of my fav composers:

  • Leo Brouwer, for etudes and stand alone pieces like Un Dia de Noviembre

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos, for literally anything. So fun.

  • Francisco Tarrega, great classical pieces that sound super Spanish.

  • Astor Piazzola, for all your tango needs.

I'd have a bigger list but it's been ages since I played. That should get you started out though in terms of repetoire.

As far as technique goes, I totally agree with LadyVeng. Grab Pumping Nylon. It's full of technical studies, as well as pictures of pointers on everything from posture, to how your fingernails should be shaped. It's a really great book.

[–]MeadyJabz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thank you! I just looked into Heitor Villa Lobos and you are so right! I am already having a blast learning Choros No. 1

[–]philintheblanks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That song is FUN ON A BUN!!!

Also check out Nightclub 1960 by Piazzola, the guitar part in that song is absolutely a blast. It's a duet, but it works pretty well as a standalone piece. It'd be a good way to get to know any violinists in your life though.

[–]J_Tuck 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I wouldn’t put really any of those composers on a list for someone JUST starting...

[–]philintheblanks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've never taught lessons, and am squarely in the "been doing it too long to remember being a beginner" camp. Hopefully they a good enough launching point though. :P Sometimes I forget that I'm getting old. Jesus, I'll have been playing for nearly 20 years. I should really be better than I am...

[–]Herkio 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gohar Vardanyan has some amazing tutorials on youtube. She's phenomenal

[–]Transformvibration -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Start by learning that song, then you will be done.

[–]hulpelozestudent 5 points6 points  (1 child)

You can see his glance slightly precede his left hand, he'll be looking at the first few frets before his hand is there. As a beginning guitar player, I really envy being able to anticipate the music before you're even playing it. Sounds like a great piece to play, too!

[–]Pseudogenesis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As my piano teacher would say, preparation is everything!

[–]Diminian 11 points12 points  (0 children)

As a classical guitarist: this guy crushed it.

[–]gocubsgogocubsgo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Wow I’m so bad at guitar.

[–]dtwhitecp 15 points16 points  (0 children)

That was goddamn mesmerizing. Reminds me of some Animals as Leaders stuff, actually.

[–]Captainlogs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know the crazy hair really fits the style of music.

[–]satanicmajesty 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is amazing

[–]jazsper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

13 downvotes on YouTube. How? His playing is magnificent. Who are these cretans? People will shit on anything no matter it’s beauty or truth.

[–]LithiumEnergy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm not usually one to enjoy the song itself in these classical compositions for guitar but I really enjoyed this.

[–]y4my4m 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is so clean, incredible.

[–]gatosvatos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He looks like he’d be a character in a competition in Your Lie in April.. he plays like it too, Bravo

[–]Goochkooch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Any tabs for this?

[–]Tundra66 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Nice to see some good old skilled traditional guitar playing instead of all this bullshit tapping/slapping/smacking that's all the rage these days.

[–]undres4tito 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One of the pieces that inspired me to pick up classical guitar

[–]ajbara 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol "he looks like an underfed vampire"

[–]Tio-Carlos 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Well, I can play smoke on the water.

[–]FatPajamas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can play Halo: Reach

[–]justthatguyTy 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Damn, the music is beautiful but what the fuck does he put in his hair? He looks like he just climbed out of a Final Fantasy game.

Edit: I meant that as a good thing by the way.

[–]MustBeMoreOriginal 6 points7 points  (1 child)

He uses Farrah Fawcett spray on damp hair

[–]justthatguyTy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love you.

[–]Runswithbeertoo -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

It's - There is something about Boyer

[–]NotFakingRussian 3 points4 points  (1 child)

[–]meanderthaler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Francisco Tárrega, what a genius. I love Capricho Arabe!

[–]bloo4107 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s soothing as listening to piano

[–]kale4reals 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Also check out Sabicas the flamenco guitarist if you like this!

[–]deeps420 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A version of this is included with Windows Vista.

[–]Sabot15 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Was hoping he would break into thunderstruck. Left disappointed.

[–]TheGerbil_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came for classical tbh always enjoyed listening to it on the radio

[–]LASAGNABWA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Him playing Claire De Lune

[–]rolyato 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Are the last 3 strings black? I can't tell if I actually see them or not

[–]TheCrazyRed 1 point2 points  (5 children)

No, they are clear. They are nylon strings.

[–]-elemental 1 point2 points  (1 child)

just so you know, some nylon string packages come with 3 black strings for the high ones instead of clear strings.

[–]TheCrazyRed 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ok, thanks. I didn't know that. (but his are definitely clear nylon.)

[–]Schooltrash 0 points1 point  (2 children)

He's referring to the steel strings.

Classical guitars have 3 nylon strings which are white and 3 steel strings which are darker.

[–]TheCrazyRed 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Forgive me for correcting you, but you are mistaken. The 3 steel strings are white or silver color, the 3 nylon strings are clear or translucent.

[–]Schooltrash 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In this case I just figured it was obvious he was asking about the steel strings since they're pretty hard to see in the video. My steel strings are gold, well they should be but I haven't changed them in too long so they're a bit darker than new strings.

[–]python00078spotify 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Checked out his other vids. Hooked.

[–]beesbuzzlots 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I once played this but not half as good as this beautiful human.

[–]MeadyJabz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awesome! Thanks for the recommendations, you knew exactly what I needed 😁

[–]SammyVerde 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude could pull off a Spike from Cowboy Bebop cosplay

[–]EternalObliv1on 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is incredible. Truly a pleasure to listen to. Go eat a sandwich lol.

[–]bobnifty76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some things make me want to grab my guitar and practice...

This is the other category that makes me think.... Eh, maybe I'll just throw it on the fire

[–]Marcuscassius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I died and had this on tape somewhere, I could look down from Heaven and say I didn't waste my life.

[–]bkushigian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man, this guy is super versatile. He shreds gypsy jazz and plays some great chord melody stuff.

[–]XenonBluJazz Snob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This guy is a true savant, mastery of multiple genres with chops someone training 50 years in one genre would die for, absolutely incredible.

[–]JetsBackupQB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ralph Macchio could have been this good if he wasn't so obsessed with that damn blues music

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really love this style of guitar. This guy is pretty great at it. 10/10

[–]peanutbutterjams 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's not every day you get to watch a vampire play classical guitar.

[–]Zopiti-Bopbop 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Just commenting so I can return to this later

[–]python00078spotify 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You can save the link :)

[–]Zopiti-Bopbop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah but commenting is faster :P

[–]otterom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Awesome! Love it when guitarists can knock out some baroque.

Similarly, I learned Bach's cello suite no. 1 prelude on piano one time just to hear how it would sound since that song is so regal feeling. It: a) is a great left-hand only exercise and b) sounds completely different on the keyboard. It loses something, but gains something else.

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[–]TheRtHonLaqueesha -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Sounds like something you'd hear playing Civ 3, which is good.

[–]burberburberburnit -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

Wow, dude really needs to work on his ornaments.

[–]thebroward 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I was going to mention that! Some rough edges, but overall, a delightful variation. He has the potential to bringing this piece to concert-level awesomeness...

[–]Not_ur_science_tchr -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

I love how modern players don’t squeak the strings the way the old guys used to.