66 Exercises That Will Make Playing Anything on Guitar Effortless
Are there pieces that you've dreamt of playing for many years, but the technical facility you need seems to be always out of reach?
Or maybe your playing has reached a certain level, but you've never felt like it's super polished - it's always a struggle to get through those trickier passages.
Chances are, you're missing the vital ingredient towards effortless and masterful technique.
In order to attain a playing level where you can execute demanding passages, you must practice demanding exercises - there's no other way around it!
This is the thing that many of us know about, but don't take any consistent action on. Instead, we spend time watching hours of videos, reading book after book about technique and listening to podcasts in an attempt to find some kind of magic wand that will fix all our guitar playing problems. Sorry, but no such thing exists! It's all about the practice you do - what you practice and how well you do it.
If you're serious about making huge leaps in your playing and technique, then I strongly suggest using Mozzani's Exercises for Guitar on a regular basis:
Mozzani's exercises are fantastic, because they not only make playing your dream pieces effortless, but they also focus on foundational harmonic and melodic patterns that you find in guitar music. As I mentioned in the livestream, these are things that any guitarist doing their university training should work on, but don't!
Strangely enough, advanced classical guitarists tend to practice harmony from a jazz theory perspective and miss out on the classical stuff - that's what I went through during university training.
Why do we skip the foundations of practicing classical harmony? Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of benefits to practicing jazz-based harmony. But that should be a secondary study, something you do after practicing classical harmony.
The book is in 3 parts (timestamps in video description):
Part 1: Chords
Part 2: Scales
Part 3: Various (I didn't cover many here because it was very tiring by this stage!)
The exercises are intense and thorough. For the chords, you play various progressions in all keys with some arpeggio patterns too.
The scales - major, harmonic minor and melodic minor - are mostly presented in patterns that you shift up the fretboard, often while holding a bar.
A consistent study and practice of these exercises will make your playing effortless and enhance your understanding of music. This will bring you on a path towards gaining the facility and knowledge you need to effortlessly play those pieces you've always wanted to play.