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Ricardo Iznaola: Kitharologus The Path to Virtuosity

The Path to Virtuosity

By Ricardo Iznaola

Guitar (Classical) - Intermediate
The Path to Virtuosity. Composed by Ricardo Iznaola (1949-). Wire bound, Technic. Chanterelle. Classic. Book. 128 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.95727).

Item Number: MB.95727
ISBN 9780786617746. Classic. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

The premise of Kitharologus is that "Guitar technique is made up of a limited number of procedures with an unlimited number of applications. Therefore, a sound technical methodology is not one that tries to cover all possible forms of a given procedure, but rather one that identifies and trains the essential mechanism which makes the procedure, in all its forms, possible". Covering all grades from novice to expert, this book is certain to be enthusiastically embraced by any classical guitarist wishing to maximize his technique.

  • Prologue 
  • Author's Note 
  • The Exercises: 
  • Level I 
  • Nos. 1 - 20 
  • Level 11 
  • Nos. 21 - 28 
  • Level III 
  • Nos. 29 - 37 
  • Level IV 
  • Nos. 38 - 47 
  • Level V 
  • Nos. 48 - 58 
  • Level VI 
  • Nos. 59 - 68 
  • Level VII 
  • Nos. 69 - 81 
  • Level VIII 
  • Nos. 82 - 90 
  • Level IX 
  • Nos. 91 -101 
  • Appendix I 
  • Practice Routines 
  • Appendix 11 
  • Special Effects, etc. 

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  • July 28, 2008 Classical Guitar Pedagogy

    Kitharologus or Guitar Book is a handy technique oriented guitar manual that provides many useful exercises for both the right hand and left hand. Some examples that are given in the book are right hand arpeggios, species of harmonics, slurring, right and left hand pizzicato, etc. This book has some...

    similarities to Pumping Nylon, but please note there are no songs or repertoire in this book. It is simply a manual for classical guitar technical exercises. As such I would recommend it for the serious guitar student only. Technical exercises should comprise about 25% of everyone's practice time, but I understand some beginning students may not fully comprehend the value of spending time solely on technique. A student with the help of a qualified teacher would find this book very useful.

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