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William Kanengiser – Classical Guitar Mastery

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25 Videos | Length: 1hr 4min 27sec
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  • Introduction 3:19

    Introduction

    In this first video, William Kanengiser plays DeMurcia Sonata and welcomes you to the course.

  • Tone Fundamentals & the Plucked String 2:47

    Tone Fundamentals & the Plucked String

    William discusseses the fundamentals of tone and gives a visual example of what happens when you pluck a guitar screen.

  • Direction of Stroke & the 2:43

    Direction of Stroke & the "Big Finger"

    In this video, William covers stroke direction and uses the visual aid again to show how the "Big Finger" is used.

  • Free Stroke with i, m, & a (exercises 1-3) 1:42

    Free Stroke with i, m, & a (exercises 1-3)

    In this video, William discusses using free stroke with the i, n, and a.

  • The Thumb Block & Chords (exercises 4-5) 1:59

    The Thumb Block & Chords (exercises 4-5)

    Learn all about the thumb block. William also covers chords.

  • Diagonal Trajectory 3:10

    Diagonal Trajectory

    William discusses the ins and outs of diagonal trajectory.

  • Nail Shape 3:55

    Nail Shape

    Using his visual aid, William shows how nail shape influences picking.

  • Dynamics & 3:00

    Dynamics & "Valley of the Echos" (exercise 6)

    William discusses dynamics and plays an example song.

  • Voicing (exercise 7) 1:24

    Voicing (exercise 7)

    In this video, you will learn about voicing.

  • Sor Study #2 (exercise 8) 1:43

    Sor Study #2 (exercise 8)

    William shows a practice piece of music.

  • Legato vs. Staccato, Facing the String, & Articulation 3:45

    Legato vs. Staccato, Facing the String, & Articulation

    In this video, William discusses the difference between legato and staccato. He also covers articulation and "facing the string".

  • Cutting 2:12

    Cutting "The Click" (exercises 9-12)

    Using his visual aid, William show what the "click" is.

  • Damping with p (exercises 13-15) 2:34

    Damping with p (exercises 13-15)

    In this video, William discusses how to damp with the p.

  • Pizzicato Techniques 3:09

    Pizzicato Techniques

    Learn some techniques for using pizzicato.

  • Harmonics & Artificial Harmonics 4:15

    Harmonics & Artificial Harmonics

    William discusses harmonics and artificial harmonics.

  • Special Effects: Stand-Up Bass 0:47

    Special Effects: Stand-Up Bass

    William shows how to get a stand-up bass sound with the guitar.

  • Clarinet & Oboe Effects 1:51

    Clarinet & Oboe Effects

    See how William gets clarinet and oboe like sounds with the guitar.

  • Vibrato & Vibrato Speed Control 5:06

    Vibrato & Vibrato Speed Control

    In this video, William shows how to get vibrato and also control its speed.

  • Villa-Lobos Prelude #1 1:15

    Villa-Lobos Prelude #1

    William plays a short excerpt from a pice called "Villa-Lobos Prelude #1".

  • Intonation & The 3:09

    Intonation & The "Squeak"

    Learn about intonation and see what the "squeak" noise is.

  • Left Hand Damping (exercises 16-17) 2:09

    Left Hand Damping (exercises 16-17)

    In this video, William shows how to dampen with the left hand.

  • The 1:43

    The "Bar Alarm"

    William talks about how he evaluates playing bars.

  • Hinge Bars (exercises18-19) 1:05

    Hinge Bars (exercises18-19)

    In this video, William shares another bar technique.

  • Three-String Bars (exercise 20) 1:11

    Three-String Bars (exercise 20)

    Learn how to play three-string bars.

  • The Road to Mastery 4:34

    The Road to Mastery

    In this final video, William wraps up the course and shares his final thoughts on mastering the guitar.

Product Overview


In these video lessons, classical guitar virtuoso William Kanengiser presents an essential workshop for the serious classical guitar student. With clear demonstrations and an insightful commentary, Kanengiser explains how to master tone control, articulation, dynamics, vibrato, dampening, and other vital techniques.

William also addresses the question of nail shape and shows you how to avoid unwanted squeaks and buzzes. This video series is essential viewing for any student of classical guitar.

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