120 Right Hand Studies, by Mauro Giuliani, is an in depth guitar lesson that will challenge (and improve) your right & left hand technique. This book uses a modern approach to these hallowed patterns, by utilizing Leo Brouwer’s harmony from Etude VI, and Giuliani’s patterns together. This will challenge even the most advanced classical guitarist. Within its pages you will find:
- Giuliani’s 120 patterns in modern & original scores.
- Leo Brouwer’s Etude VI harmony to utilize for the patterns.
- How to learn all this material (mini guitar lesson).
- 4 charts that will help you compose your own variations.
- How to use the patterns for tremolo (mini guitar lesson).
- Op. 48 No. 5 by Giuliani harmony & score (bonus guitar lesson).
Each lesson in this guide has been designed around the concept of micro studies – short essential etudes which assist and accelerate your learning process. Each micro study has been organized around the piece’s structure; so you will walk through the music with the micro studies. They will focus on whatever is technically relevant to that section, be it a barre chord, guide fingers or shifts. They have been carefully chosen to aid you in getting the piece up and into the performance realm as soon as possible.
And finally all the examples are in TAB, with LH fingering suggestions, so you will not get lost in this mammoth guitar lesson. Here is Rhayn’s take on this piece, and why he wrote this book.
Etude VI by Leo Brouwer is my go to piece for a quick warm up, when time is short. It is relatively painless and will get my hands in sync and onto the guitar quite quickly. Plus I like the sounds within it – bonus! But I have been searching for ways to extend it, since I was a student and was lucky enough to study Composition with Brouwer in Cordoba, in 2002. These pages contain the fruits of that search. Now I will tell straight off the bat, you are not going to be able to consume and play all of this in a few weeks, or even a few months. There is a lot of information in this book. So please go at your own pace.
Best advice I can give, pick your favorite RH patterns and use those regularly; with the others as back up for rainy days.