The Art of Virtuosity for Guitar

My first book, the Art of Virtuosity is an expose of the basic principles of virtuosity.

The Art of Virtuosity for Classical Guitarists deals with the specifics of how to apply those principles to playing the classical guitar.

The book is a compendium of everything I’ve learned in my years of playing the guitar. It includes detailed instructions, technical exercises, examples from the repertoire as well as many technical tricks I learned over the years. All designed to help you achieve virtuosity on the classical guitar.

Some of the topics covered are:

Develop Free-Stroke Virtuosity
Develop Fluidity In Your Left Hand
The Art Of Planting Or Preparation
The Illusion Of Speed
The Art Of Speed – The Recuerdos Effect
How to play Rest-Stokes
Capture The Power In The String
Practicing The Tremolo
Practicing Three-Finger Scales
The Art Of Transcription
The Art Of Expression
Make The Notes Come Alive
Exist In A State Of No Limitations

But why $38 for a book?

The AOV for guitar is not just a book, it’s years of instructions crammed into 157 pages.

You’re getting the equivalent of many hours of lessons within its pages.

Click on the pages below to read a few sample pages from the book:


AOV guitar intro


How to work easily


How to work easily

If you feel you’re already satisfied with your present skills on the guitar, this book is probably not for you, but if you’re looking for a new approach to bring you to another level, this book may offer some surprising new insights.

In a way, this book is the prequel to the Art of Virtuosity.

The techniques in this book provide the basis from where I derived the principles in my first book, the AOV. You do not need the first book to understand the techniques in this book but it helps.

“…a couple years ago more by chance than design I wondered into a local music shop and came out with my first quality crafted classical guitar and I’ve given it no rest since. That was my first revelation, a quality instrument is a true joy and facilitates the learning process. The second revelation was your publication of AOV and the inclusion of the videos on your web site. I find your presentation in the AOV very clear and your brevity without sacrificing clarity very refreshing. Your explanation of how economy of motion tied into tremelo has resolved a major hurdle for me and I’m very grateful. Thank you so very much.”

Bernard Dickson, Streetsboro, Ohio