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Classical Guitar Lessons in Charlottesville, VA

I'm available for classical guitar lessons in my guitar studio in Charlottesville, Virginia. I teach guitar at Randolph College and I'm also available for online guitar lessons through SKYPE.

My Teaching Philosophy
It centers on the idea that we all can become great musicians if we acquire these simple habits: Listening to the sounds we're making with awareness, simultaneously focusing on one note or chord and preparing the next one, observing our fingers for optimum movements and relaxation, questioning (What can I do to make it better? Was it what I wanted to achieve?, thinking positively, isolating (understanding and repeating slowly until played with ease) music fragments for problem solutions, and using the body in its most natural and efficient way. All these habits, plus other things I teach, help us play with great confidence and mastery, thus allowing us to focus during a performance on the most important goal for a musician: Communicating and expressing the music.

Lesson Schedule

Once a week. Arranged on a monthly basis.

Supplies

  • Guitar: I suggest a nylon string guitar.
  • Footstool
  • Chromatic Tuner
  • Metronome
  • Music stand
  • Books (selected according to your level):
  • Scott Tenant: Pumping Nylon
    Guitar Repertoire and Studies from The Royal Conservatory of Music
    Aaron Shearer: Learning the Classical Guitar
    Rafael Scarfullery: Guitar Method for the Beginner.

Student Recitals

I organize a guitar recital with all the students to encourage development, persistence and solidarity.

Practice Routine

I encourage my students to do a practice routine every day of the week. It consists of:
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Scales
  • Slurs
  • Arpeggios
  • Repertoire: studies and pieces

Videos for Practice

I use Youtube to upload videos with learning tools for my students. I encourage my students to watch and play the exercises found on these videos below:

Giuliani 120 Arpeggio Exercises. These exercises are one of the most effective ways of developing an excellent free-stroke, right hand finger technique. If you master and memorize them, you'll be able to apply them to mostly any guitar music automatically. In fact, the right hand technique becomes very efficient when one thinks of finger movements as finger group patterns. I have video recorded all 120 arpeggios and uploaded them to my Youtube channel. Check them out below!

Print Free Copy of 120 Arpeggios by Giuliani
Watch each of the arpeggios:
Arpeggio No. 1 Arpeggio No. 2, Arpeggio No. 3, Arpeggio No. 4, Arpeggio No. 5, Arpeggio No. 6, Arpeggio No. 7, Arpeggio No. 8, Arpeggio No. 9, Arpeggio No. 10, Arpeggio No. 11, Arpeggio No. 12, Arpeggio No. 13, Arpeggio No. 14, Arpeggio No. 15, Arpeggio No. 16, Arpeggio No. 17, Arpeggio No. 18, Arpeggio No. 19, Arpeggio No. 20, Arpeggio No. 21, Arpeggio No. 22, Arpeggio No. 23, Arpeggio No. 24, Arpeggio No. 25 Arpeggio No. 26, Arpeggio No. 27, Arpeggio No. 28, Arpeggio No. 29, Arpeggio No. 30, Arpeggio No. 31, Arpeggio No. 32, Arpeggio No. 33, Arpeggio No. 34, Arpeggio No. 35, Arpeggio No. 36, Arpeggio No. 37, Arpeggio No. 38, Arpeggio No. 39, Arpeggio No. 40, Arpeggio No. 41, Arpeggio No. 42, Arpeggio No. 43, Arpeggio No. 44, Arpeggio No. 45, Arpeggio No. 46, Arpeggio No. 47, Arpeggio No. 48 Arpeggio No. 49, Arpeggio No. 50, Arpeggio No. 51, Arpeggio No. 52, Arpeggio No. 53, Arpeggio No. 54, Arpeggio No. 55, Arpeggio No. 56, Arpeggio No. 57, Arpeggio No. 58, Arpeggio No. 59, Arpeggio No. 60, Arpeggio No. 61, Arpeggio No. 62, Arpeggio No. 63, Arpeggio No. 64, Arpeggio No. 65, Arpeggio No. 66, Arpeggio No. 67, Arpeggio No. 68, Arpeggio No. 69, Arpeggio No. 70, Arpeggio No. 71, Arpeggio No. 72 Arpeggio No. 73, Arpeggio No. 74, Arpeggio No. 75, Arpeggio No. 76, Arpeggio No. 77, Arpeggio No. 78, Arpeggio No. 79, Arpeggio No. 80, Arpeggio No. 81, Arpeggio No. 82, Arpeggio No. 83, Arpeggio No. 84, Arpeggio No. 85, Arpeggio No. 86, Arpeggio No. 87, Arpeggio No. 88, Arpeggio No. 89, Arpeggio No. 90, Arpeggio No. 91, Arpeggio No. 92, Arpeggio No. 93, Arpeggio No. 94, Arpeggio No. 95, Arpeggio No. 96 Arpeggio No. 97, Arpeggio No. 98, Arpeggio No. 99, Arpeggio No. 100, Arpeggio No. 101, Arpeggio No. 102, Arpeggio No. 103, Arpeggio No. 104, Arpeggio No. 105, Arpeggio No. 106, Arpeggio No. 107, Arpeggio No. 108, Arpeggio No. 109, Arpeggio No. 110, Arpeggio No. 111, Arpeggio No. 112, Arpeggio No. 113, Arpeggio No. 114, Arpeggio No. 115, Arpeggio No. 116, Arpeggio No. 117, Arpeggio No. 118, Arpeggio No. 119, Arpeggio No. 120.

Scale Exercises on Open Strings for the Right Hand Only. These exercises are taken from the guitar technique book by S. Tennant, "Pumping Nylon".

Developing Speed in Scales No. 1 (right hand only)
Developing Speed in Scales No. 2 (right hand only)
Developing Speed in Scales No. 3 (right hand only)
Developing Speed in Scales No. 4 (right hand only)
Developing Speed in Scales No. 5 (right hand only)
Developing Speed in Scales No. 6 (right hand only)
Developing Speed in Scales No. 7 (right hand only)
Developing Speed in Scales No. 8 (right hand only)

Testimonials

Caroline:
I started studying with Rafael about a year ago, and have really enjoyed taking classical guitar lessons from him. He combines top-notch training and performance ability with a personable, and patient, attitude toward his students. I also love the music I am learning and have seen great improvements in my playing ability since I started studying with Rafael.
Noah:
You have been the greatest teacher and a great influence on me. I am not the same guitar player I was before I met you.

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Resources

Practice Sheet
Developing Good Habits Sheet
Metronome Online
Guitar Tuner Online
Music Paper
Guitar Tab
Guitar Chord Tab
Guitar Chords
Strings by Mail
Guitar History
Guitar Foundation of America

Contact:

Rafael Scarfullery
Phone: 434-851-0674
Email: rafael@rafaelscarfullery.com
Email: rscarfullery@sbc.edu




Copyright 2009 Rafael Scarfullery