Has anyone tried this out yet? Looked up Javier Conde's class, looks like it's got some pretty interesting stuff, like this picado exercise. Has anyone tried the site though? Would be curious to get an informed opinion on it.
Also, as I was wondering where the hell Javier Conde disappeared to, I tried to hunt him down. Turns out, as of last summer, he's been teaching at the Robert Schumann Music School in Düsseldorf, Germany. I suspect he fled Spain when he knew I was on my way, ready to harrass him for one-on-one classes[8D] Good for him though, sounds like a cool gig that would suit him well.
I bought the Javier Conde course and I definitely recommend it. It has only technical exercises and they are very musical, not the usual boring stuff. It's the stuff that he plays on a daily basis to warm up and to keep in shape. I had a two hour lesson with him this past summer and he gave me 5 exercises, this course has more than 20. And they are played both fast and slow, apart from being tabbed as well. You can do the math, this course is very cheap for all the great quality material you get.
Anyway, Javier also gives skype lessons and private lessons. He is a very down to earth fella and a great teacher, try to meet him if you can.
Thanks! That's all the encouragement I need to try it out.[:)]
As for one-on-one classes, would you say that he's a good teacher? I've had some bad experiences with reknown players where I got incredible material but little to no feedback on how I was playing (which is usually what I'm looking for in a one-on-one class, more so than the material per se).
It's really good. I just got it so it may just be the excitement talking but the content is really good as is the presentation (3 videos for each part of the course: a walk-through, a normal speed version and a slow speed version with different camera angles). I'm finding Conde's class especially good for left hand work and strength.
I guess it depends on how novice we're talking about. [8D] I haven't gone through all of it yet. The exercices focusing on right hand technique are fairly straightforward as far as the left hand is concerned, perhaps a few weird fingerings but nothing too difficult. I haven't tried the exercices on ligados yet so I don't know what they're like but he has two exercices that are solely about stretching and strengthening the hand. One of these I can't finish because it hurts my left hand too much. To be fair, I hadn't played the guitar in a while before now but wow, it requires a lot of strength. That being said it's one of those patterns that you're supposed to bring up chromatically so you can just play the pattern once or twice instead of doing all twelve. Though I haven't tried them yet, ligado exercices are often meant to strengthen the left hand as well. In a nutshell, I'd say it's tricky (his class is marked as intermediate-advanced) but not impossible to learn for a beginner. It will definitely help build strength... Sorry that probably doesn't help a lot. If you're a beginner it will definitely be challenging, but not necessarily in a bad way, if that makes any sense. Worst case scenario: it's too hard but you can just put it aside and get back to it when you feel ready. This for instance,
seems fairly easy at a slower speed, but it's actually pretty rough on the left hand... You can sign in for free on the website and there are a few exercices that you can watch without having to pay, so that may be your best option.
Hey Piwin, Javier in his classes basically gives you the exercises that are in the course you just bought. He has about 80 or 90 that he practises daily. You have enough material to work on for many months and some of it for many years. Have you already seen the Soleá remates? Doing that on the first fret, my god... f*ck that sh*t... My advice is to work on this for some time and then try to have a couple of lessons with him. He will watch you play, correct you if needed and give you more stuff directed at what he thinks you need to work on the most.
Have you already seen the Soleá remates? Doing that on the first fret, my god... f*ck that sh*t...
[:-][:-] I just watched the video. How the hell does he get his pinky finger to move that fast????[&:] Seriously though, practicing this we're gonna become left-hand monsters, with one hand way more developed than the other, kind of like this javelin thrower
To be fair, the only reason I noticed it was because my cat walked all over my keyboard and somehow turned the subtitles on... I worked out the rest for myself, bested by a feline with a tiny brain [:D]