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Nick Cutroneo
Apr 29, 2022
In TPA Early Access
Hey y'all! So while I haven't made a video lesson on this, I quickly put together this string crossing PDF. This is nothing "official" with any fancy formatting or anything like that, but I put this together for my own practice, and figured I'd share it with y'all here! Those who've taken 1-on-1 lessons with me or have talked to me about developing technique know that I'm a big believer in sequencing the experience. So this exercise is just open string bursts where the rests in between every 5 notes are as long as you need to physically and mentally reset for the next note grouping. Also, while it's only presented as open strings - you can take the idea and add some kind of left hand fingering to it. This is just a skeleton to provide a visual of how to practice. As with everything I suggest using all possible combinations of right hand fingerings of I M and A. (IM/MI; IA/AI; MA/AM; IMA/AMI). This is great for balancing the RH, making sure that all fingers are being worked on equality. Additionally, using both rest and free stroke is a must! (If you are one of my students who doesn't play classical guitar, and/or uses a pick - this can easily be an alternate picking exercise). Finally, you can choose either strict alternation where the starting finger will be different with each burst OR start each burst with the same finger. Personally, I find that I get more out of this exercise by keeping strict alternation and then practicing with the different finger combos listed, it gives more of a realistic scale experience that way. You can download the file here ⬇️ I'm looking forward to share more with y'all, both official releases as well as these very unofficial things! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Enjoy and Happy Practicing!
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Nick Cutroneo
Sep 28, 2021
In New Members' Introductions
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Nick Cutroneo
Aug 26, 2021
In Welcome to the PA Forum
Hello everyone! And welcome to our little place on the internet. The Practice Academy has been a work in progress for a few years now. And I'm so glad to have launched it! Since streaming on Twitch, I've come to find an amazing community of people who appreciate and enjoy the guitar, specifically the classical guitar, and are very passionate about their development. This is where TPA comes in. It is my sincere hope that we can cultivate a community to provide a non-threatening and encouraging educational environment centered around learning the guitar. As time passes, we'll be expanding offerings with a library of sheet music available, evergreen instructional content and even full length courses to supplement your experience while working with me. Thank you for coming on their journey with me, and I hope you all enjoy! Over the next few weeks we'll be sprucing up the forum, adding areas and topics for discussion. Feel free to engage, post, as questions, start topics, etc... -Nick
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