Picking Hand Techniques (Guitar Lesson)


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Marcelo Berestovoy

Picking Hand Techniques

In this lesson, Marcelo covers the various picking hand techniques that can be employed when playing solo guitar pieces.

Taught by Marcelo Berestovoy in Solo Guitar seriesLength: 9:52Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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Solo Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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".

Length: 4:01 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
Lesson 2

One Family of 7 Notes and 7 Chords, Part 1

Marcelo gets us started with a couple of simple exercises designed to get you thinking in terms of multiple things happening on the guitar at the same time.

Length: 19:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

One Family of 7 Notes and 7 Chords, Part 2

Now, Marcelo expands on part one of this lesson by making the exercise sound like a song, and moving it up the neck into different positions.

Length: 16:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

C Major Scale - The First Tetrachord

Taking the first 5 notes of the C major scale (or the tetrachord), Marcelo experiments with chor-melody by harmonizing it in many different ways.

Length: 11:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Other Solo Guitar Techniques

Moving closer towards the goal of playing an actual song in the solo guitar style, Marcelo shows us a classical style etude that we can transform into a song of different styles, as well as how to achieve...

Length: 13:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Picking Hand Techniques

In this lesson, Marcelo covers the various picking hand techniques that can be employed when playing solo guitar pieces.

Length: 9:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

12 Bar Blues for Beginning Solo Guitar

Now Marcelo teaches a great tune to get started with playing solo guitar. A simple 12 bar blues, that combines the two guitar illusion of chords and melody into one guitar part.

Length: 11:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Casi á La Joe

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

Length: 11:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Fingerpicking Exercise Based on Malagueña

This is a great lesson for practicing different movements and pedals in a fingerstyle fashion. Based on the song "Malagueña", this exercise will strengthen your solo guitar techniques.

Length: 13:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

About Marcelo Berestovoy View Full Biography 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”.



Marcelo was born and raised in Argentina. He says he felt a passion for the music since he was about 11 years old when he started to take guitar lessons. His father had a lot of influence in his love for music. Together they used to play the songs that Marcelo wrote. His father always took him to listen to jazz. At this time, listening to jazz gave Marcelo another perspective since he was a rock fanatic. His motivation was first the Beatles and then Charly and Spinetta “the skinny”. Marcelo recalls that by the age of 18, he was playing in different places throughout Buenos Aires, Argentina. He would play four to five nights a week with different groups or to accompany solo singers.

His decision to come to Los Angeles was motivated by his interest in jazz. In 1985, he came to study to GIT and he never returned to Argentina. Marcelo currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his lovely wife and son. He performs live at several local places. In addition to playing the guitar and composing, Marcelo teaches in the “Musicians Institute”, one of the most prestigious in the music world.

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