This Latino artist, composer and guitarist, has inspired a new musical trend that he has called “Southern World Music”. This innovative mix of sounds is a blend of the tango from Argentina, flamenco from the south of Spain, and several musical styles from Southern California. Marcelo has done live presentations and recorded with artists like Ricky Martin, Selena, Leon Gieco, Daniela Romo, Sergio Arau and Bebu Silvetti to name a few. In television, he accompanied stars such as Jorge Moreno, Grammy Award winner in 2002 in the “Best New Artist” category. He also composed the song “Gitano Corazon”, recorded by Natalia Oreiro in her album “Tu Veneno”. This album was nominated in the Latino Grammy Award 2001 in the category of “Best Female Pop Album”. He is co-author of the song “One Heart” with Steven Segal, Larry King and Tommy Coster. His musical talent has been shown in movies including “Dirt”, “The Mexican”, “Un Pedazo de Tierra” and “Paulie”. He has participated in television shows, concerts and kick-off parties for movies like “Mission Impossible II” and “The Disapearance of Garcia Lorca”.

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Marcelo's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Marcelo Berestovoy has 76 videos at JamPlay, with 66 intermediate lessons, 4 song lessons and 6 lessons in our Artist Series. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Flamenco

Internationally known Latino artist, composer and guitarist explores key Flamenco and Spanish rhythms and progressions. Marcelo breaks down these styles in a proven, easy to understand method.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Marcelo artfully demonstrates the playing style he teaches in this Flamenco & Spanish...

Length: 2:07
Lesson 2

Rumba Flamenca: Basic...

Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern....

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Lesson 3

Phrygian Rumba Blues

Marcelo blends familiar sounds with new ones as he looks at how to combine the rumba rhythm...

Length: 5:49
Lesson 4

7ths, 9ths, and Secondary...

Take the rumba and the Andalusian Cadence to the next level by adding tasty extensions...

Length: 15:24
Lesson 5

La cita

Marcelo teaches the rhythm portion of his popular song "La cita" as a way of applying...

Length: 15:33
Lesson 6

Rumba: Triplet Fills

Learn how to insert fast and tasteful triplets into your strumming. Marcelo demonstrates...

Length: 12:28
Lesson 7

Rumba: Playing Accents

Using the song "La cita", Marcelo explains how to add accents and hits to the basic rumba...

Length: 7:06
Lesson 8

Rumba: Double Time Variation

Marcelo mixes it up by teaching several popular variations to the rumba strum. He reviews...

Length: 8:41
Lesson 9

Bolero Rhythm

Moving on to the second of four Spanish guitar rhythms in this series, Marcelo introduces...

Length: 14:29
Lesson 10

Bolero & Chord Progressions

Marcelo explores four popular chord progressions commonly applied to the bolero rhythm...

Length: 22:23
Lesson 11

Bolero & Variations

Using the chord progressions covered in previous lessons, Marcelo explains how to add...

Length: 12:03
Lesson 12

Brazilian Bossa

Chill with Marcelo and the soothing vibe of the Brazilian Bossa. This is a comprehensive...

Length: 33:19
Lesson 13

South American 6/8

Blending time signatures and applying the strumming techniques you've learned so far,...

Length: 22:56
Lesson 14

Finger Picking

Marcelo dives deep in to the world of finger picking in this monster lesson. He explains...

Length: 43:30
Lesson 15

Finger Picking & Barre...

This lesson continues where the last one left off. Marcelo explores the finger picking...

Length: 8:01
Lesson 16

Salsa!

Get your dancin' shoes... grab some percussion instruments... or just sit down with your...

Length: 12:52
Lesson 17

Improvising and the...

Using the famous Andalusian Cadence chord progression that was covered in earlier lessons,...

Length: 10:28
Lesson 18

Cha Cha Rhythm

Marcelo teaches the popular cha cha rhythm that has been made famous by performing greats...

Length: 6:41
Lesson 19

Gypsy Jazz

Marcelo takes you in to the style of Django Reinhardt with this fun lesson on gypsy jazz....

Length: 14:29
Lesson 20

Walking Bass Lines

Be your own band!...sort of. Marcelo shows you how to use moving bass notes while playing...

Length: 30:45
Lesson 21

12 Bar Blues & Forms

After harping on the importance of the 12 bar blues for his entire series, Marcelo finally...

Length: 7:27
Lesson 22

Shell Chords

Marcelo shares a tool that is indispensable when jamming with other guitarists. He shows...

Length: 11:44
Lesson 23

Single Finger Strum

Marcelo teaches yet another popular rhythm technique for Spanish guitar and applies it...

Length: 22:33
Lesson 24

Horizontal Scales

We spend a great deal of time learning scale positions, but most of the players we know...

Length: 29:22
Lesson 25

Horizontal Playing &...

Marcelo takes the scales learned in the previous lessons and applies them to 3rd and 6th...

Length: 14:58
Lesson 26

La Cita - Melody Lesson

By request, Marcelo has returned to teach his song, "La Cita". In this lesson, he will...

Length: 13:56
Lesson 27

La Cita - Improv Lesson

Now that you've learned the melody of "La Cita", it's time to learn the scales to set...

Length: 12:36
Lesson 28

Flues - Phrygian Rumba...

By popular request, Marcelo teaches us his original piece, "Flues". He starts with the...

Length: 14:55
Fingerstyle

Marcelo Berestovoy returns to JamPlay with his Fingerstyle Guitar series. Learn the style of the greats like Merle Travis and Chet Atkins with Marcelo's one step at a time method.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Marcelo welcomes you to his Fingerstyle Guitar series.

Length: 5:13
Lesson 2

Fingerstyle One Step...

In this lesson, Marcelo teaches us the foundation of his whole fingerstyle series. Learn...

Length: 17:21
Lesson 3

12 Bar Fingerpicking...

Taking each of the fingerstyle steps, Marcelo now puts them into a 12 bar etude to get...

Length: 6:51
Lesson 4

Fingerpicking Different...

So far, Marcelo has had you concentrate on fingerpicking over the same shapes of chords....

Length: 15:20
Lesson 5

Fingerpicking with Melody

Now that you've got a good grasp of the fingerpicking pattern over chords, it's time to...

Length: 13:03
Lesson 6

The Sheik of Araby -...

Marcelo has played this stellar original arrangement of the standard tune, "The Sheik...

Length: 18:12
Lesson 7

Reverse Arpeggios

Fingerpicking arpeggios in a forward manner is a natural motion for most of us. In this...

Length: 14:28
Lesson 8

Horizontal Intervals...

This is a great exercise that will train you to use only certain fingers on your fingerpicking...

Length: 7:40
Lesson 9

Song Lesson - Solace

Marcelo now teaches us his original fingerstyle arrangement of the classic Scott Joplin...

Length: 22:24
Lesson 10

Right Hand Technique

What is the difference between free strokes and rest strokes? Marcelo teaches a great...

Length: 12:45
Theory and Improvisation

How can you play any solos if you don't know your chords? It's with this mantra that Marcelo Berestovoy dives into his Theory and Improv series. Learn the foundational aspects of chording that will set you up for the ultimate improvisation success!

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

"How can you play any solos if you don't know your chords?" Marcelo looks to remedy this...

Length: 7:30
Lesson 2

The CAGED System

A mastery of harmony is required before one can improvise successfully. The CAGED system...

Length: 16:14
Lesson 3

Diatonic Triads and...

What is a chord? How do we know which notes make up the chords we are playing? Join Marcelo...

Length: 21:47
Lesson 4

Finding New Chords Part...

Getting tired of the same old chords? Are those massive chord books not any help? Check...

Length: 17:20
Lesson 5

Finding New Chords,...

Join Marcelo as he continues to discover new chords! In this lesson, Marcelo puts the...

Length: 20:52
Lesson 6

Finding New Chords Part...

So far, Marcelo has shown us how to discover new chords by placing the diatonic scale...

Length: 17:36
Lesson 7

Improv Concepts for...

Improvising: Where to start? Marcelo gives us some great, easy to follow jumping off points...

Length: 21:06
Lesson 8

Understanding the Modes...

The modes are an often misunderstood aspect of guitar playing and improvisation in particular....

Length: 22:36
Lesson 9

Understanding the Modes...

Now Marcelo takes a closer look at the most commonly used minor modes.

Length: 13:44
Lesson 10

Gypsy Jazz 12 Bar Swing

Join Marcelo as he applies some of the improv techniques we've learned so far to a 12...

Length: 20:52
Lesson 11

The Shiek of Araby Improv...

"The Shiek of Araby" has been covered by countless artists. Now it's time to hear Marcelo's...

Length: 18:02
Lesson 12

Gypsy Jazz Ballad -...

True to gypsy Jazz form, Marcelo teaches us one of his original compositions, "Pa'Cito"....

Length: 16:37
Lesson 13

Gypsy Jazz Ballad -...

In part 2 of "Pa'Cito," Marcelo explains some scales that can be used when improvising...

Length: 17:04
Lesson 14

"After You've Gone"...

In this lesson, Marcelo teaches a beginner's version of the classic tune from the early...

Length: 16:26
Lesson 15

After You've Gone Intermediate

Now Marcelo teaches us a much more advanced version of the standard, "After You've Gone"....

Length: 17:34
Lesson 16

Chord Scales

In this lesson, Marcelo shows us a simple, yet unique way of determining improv scales...

Length: 17:35
Lesson 17

Cycle of Fifths

In this lesson, Marcelo takes us through the cycle of fifths and ends with a very cool...

Length: 6:32
Lesson 18

Gypsy Bossa

Marcelo now teaches us his own, very beautiful gypsy bossa. Learn the chords, melody and...

Length: 22:04
Lesson 19

Modes - Triads and 7th...

Interested in adding new and different sounds to your improv? Check out Marcelo's unique...

Length: 14:36
Fingerstyle

The idea of being a self contained unit of chords and melody is a long, time honored tradition in guitar playing. Fortunately, Jamplay has one of the best out there to teach you how to get started in this style of playing: Marcelo Berestovoy! Beginning with simple exercises and concluding with actual songs, this series will give you the essentials to getting a real handle on the solo guitar and chord-melody style.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Marcelo gives an overview and introduction to his series, "Solo Guitar".

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Lesson 2

One Family of 7 Notes...

Marcelo gets us started with a couple of simple exercises designed to get you thinking...

Length: 19:08
Lesson 3

One Family of 7 Notes...

Now, Marcelo expands on part one of this lesson by making the exercise sound like a song,...

Length: 16:15
Lesson 4

C Major Scale - The...

Taking the first 5 notes of the C major scale (or the tetrachord), Marcelo experiments...

Length: 11:11
Lesson 5

Other Solo Guitar Techniques

Moving closer towards the goal of playing an actual song in the solo guitar style, Marcelo...

Length: 13:44
Lesson 6

Picking Hand Techniques

In this lesson, Marcelo covers the various picking hand techniques that can be employed...

Length: 9:52
Lesson 7

12 Bar Blues for Beginning...

Now Marcelo teaches a great tune to get started with playing solo guitar. A simple 12...

Length: 11:20
Lesson 8

Casi á La Joe

In this homage to the great Joe Pass, Marcelo gives us a great vehicle for improving our...

Length: 11:09
Lesson 9

Fingerpicking Exercise...

This is a great lesson for practicing different movements and pedals in a fingerstyle...

Length: 13:43