Tango en Skai, by Roland Dyens, is an in depth study guide that will help you get this challenging piece under your fingers. Within its pages you will find:
- How to play an authentic Tango.
- Chord Shapes, and RH control.
- How to play the fast bits – fast (mini lesson on speed).
- Nail that 3:2 polyrhythm.
- Background information to the Tango style.
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 the score. Here is Rhayn’s take on this piece, and why he wrote this book.
Going to be honest here: I love this Tango en Skai! It is just really fun to play, and really makes you look like you are a super guitarist (when played well). However it took me ages to get to that stage, in fact I am still on that path – always improving. I still remember picking it up for the first time, and not being able to play it – at all! It seemed almost insurmountable, and was very frustrating. I am hopefully going to help you get to playing it a little quicker than I did, as for sure I did not use micro studies or any technical focus. I dived straight in – rookie error
Note: you will need the full score, as this is a study guide with exercises.