Blog entry: January 2018
The Basics of the Stroke
Economical Muscular Effort and Ballistic Movement
The application of the fundamental principles of economical muscular effort and ballistic movement in the strokes of the right-hand thumb and fingers that will allow muscular freedom to develop for an optimum playing technique.
How to apply these principles:
"Through slow practice, the brain should learn to stimulate only the muscles needed for a given movement. This will eliminate extraneous muscle contractions and tensions. Muscular force should be exerted on a joint only at the beginning of a movement. Once a finger begins to move, the inertia of this force causes the finger to complete its movement and follow-through. Extra force should not be applied during movement. While a finger is following-through, muscles controlling the finger joints should release and relax. This technical refinement, perhaps more than any other, contributes to the development of effortless technique."
Blog entry: August 2017
Right-Hand Scale Fingerings & String Crossing Exercises
A published printing from 1980 by Christopher Berg (www.christopherberg.com)
The scale exercises listed below are from an article by Christopher Berg from a publication in 1980 titled "Guitar Master Class: Technical Exercises by Famous Guitarists" that presents not only the popular a-m-i right hand pattern, but utilizes all of the right hand combination possibilities available to guitarists. This will aid guitarists in developing a well-rounded right hand technique for scale playing and applying valuable string-crossing exercises to these patterns to adequately perform various technical/musical situations in the extant repertoire of the classical guitar.
It is important to note that since the time of the publication, Christopher Berg recommends adding the right-hand finger combination i-a to the list of finger combinations. All of the right-hand finger combinations for scale playing can also be found in his current technique book Mastering Guitar Technique: Process & Essence by Mel Bay Publications in Lesson 23.
Sherrod, Ronald J. Guitar Master Class: Technical Exercises By Famous Guitarists and Teachers. Melville, N.Y: Belwin Mills, 1980.