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#Let’sReview | Spanish Guitar – Strumming Techniques by Edina Balczó

Spanish Guitar – Strumming Techniques – by Edina Balczó


Today’s review is all about Edina Balczó’s brand-new book entitled
Spanish Guitar – Strumming Techniques.

The Spanish guitar style, including its probably most popular style called Flamenco, is
becoming more and more popular as the sound and the techniques involved in Spanish style pieces are very unique and appeal to both the amateur and veteran player.

If you are not familiar with Edina Balczó, you may want to look up her YouTube channel
called The Spanish Guitar Hub where you will find many of the techniques covered in this book being used.

This book sets itself the goal of teaching you vibrant Spanish-style guitar rhythms that are closely related to a flamenco type of playing but clearly separates itself from being a pure flamenco method.

According to the author, this book is not intended to teach the style known as Flamenco
but uses techniques that are widely known from that particular style.
Let’s have a look at the content of the book…
1 How to Read TAB and Traditional Music Notation
2 The Duration of Notes and Rests
3 Guitar Parts and Terminology
4 Basic Chord Construction
5 Major and Minor Chords, and the CAGED System
6 Major Seventh, Minor Seventh, and Dominant Seventh Chords
7 Basic Rumba Technique
8 Rumba Technique Variations
9 Pulgar
10 Flamenco Triplet
11 Adding a Hit to the Flamenco Triplet and Variations
12 Replacing the Hits with Golpes
13 Rasgueado
14 Muted Rasgueado
15 Rasgueado Variations
16 Hammer-on and Pull-off
17 Tango with Rasgueado
18 Alzapua as a Strumming Technique
19 Drumming Techniques on Spanish Guitar
20 Quiz Solutions
21 Thank you Notes
22 About the Author
23 Recommended Books
24 Kickstarter Supporters
From the book’s content we can clearly see that the target audience for the book is a mixture of both beginner level players as well as more advanced players who want to delve deeper into the Spanish guitar style.

The book starts out with basic music theory such as reading TAB and traditional music
notation and by explaining the very basics of the guitar and common terminology as well
as the basics in note reading (i.e. durations etc.). That’s a pretty clear indication that the
book is also aimed at the beginner who may have been inspired by that very unique style
of playing the instrument.

Since we are talking about learning the rhythmic part of that particular style, we need to
talk about chords. This book covers this topic in three chapters. The first chapter teaches
the basics of chords such as chord construction and the closely related topic of intervals.
The second chapter covering concepts such as major and minor chords, which is still
something every beginner will find very helpful as well as a more advanced concept called CAGED system, which is mainly about movable chord shapes that open up the fretboard. Going beyond these basic chords, Edina moves on discussing the whole family of major chords in their major, minor and dominant variants.

After having dealt with the different chords and their voicings that you are going to use in your rhythm playing, Edina moves on introducing the basic techniques of Rumba. Rumba is a very powerful style that has lots of momentum going in it, requiring you as a player to be able to play and transform the rhythmical ideas by accentuating correctly. In the first section you learn a basic rumba sequence that you are going to practice on later on, given one of the many exercises Edina provides throughout the book.

After having practiced the basic techniques, you are led further to the more advanced
techniques as well as some technique variations including golpe and percussive elements to further underline your accentuated rhythm playing. Furthermore, you will be taught the pulgar as well as common flamenco triplets and the infamous rasgueado with some of its variations.

What I like a lot about this particular book is the conscious approach to what students really need when learning something new on an instrument, and that is a solid selection of exercises and little studies to further improve their technique on the newly acquired
concepts. This book is full of exercises that give you more than enough possibilities to
explore the individual techniques covered in the book. These exercises are meant to forge your technical abilities in an area that is essential for that particular style of playing.
All in all, my impression of this book is a great one. I loved reading the book, going over
some of the numerous exercises and chapters in the book. The individual techniques are
well described as well as underlined with the studies that follow each chapter.
Throughout the book you are being confronted with small quizzes that test your knowledge in a particular area, simulating a real teacher-student situation.

I definitely enjoyed spending my time with this book and learnt something along the way
in a fun and entertaining fashion. A great book by a passionate guitar player who put her
heart into this very book that is meant to make you a better player.
Lukas Wedrychowski – ‘cause music matters

“Get your Song Write” by Anthony Little, Jennifer Day Morrison and

Get your Song Write” by Anthony Little, Jennifer Day Morrison and


Have you ever written a song, compared it to one of the hits that you hear on the radio every day and wondered what that hit song contains that your song may be missing? Well, today we’ve got a brand-new course on for you that delves into songwriting or rather how to “Get Your Song Write”… uh right.

Get Your Song Write” is part of Truefire’s foundry courses that are all independently-produced courses by some selected educators. In this case, it is Anthony Little, award-winning producer and songwriter, as well as Jennifer Day Morrison, better known as Jennifer Day, an amazingly talented singer from the U.S.

During the course of those 38 video lessons that span a length of almost 2,5 hours, you are provided with a complete and analytical approach to song writing. The two songs that serve as an example are “Firefighter” and “Mr. Moon (Take it Away)”. Whether you are a complete beginner or already familiar with song writing terminology, in this course you are going to learn the very basics up until secret formulas that will teach you contemporary songwriting techniques.

You start by defining the different parts that form a song and what their specific function is. You learn about when to use certain section and how to avoid typical mistakes by following the proven methods of a high-class producer such as Anthony Little. Learn what it takes to write hit songs nowadays and how to refine your already written songs so you can give them that small something they might have been missing so far.

Get to know why rhythm is so vital for the success of a song, and by rhythm I don’t necessarily mean the pure musical rhythm when you play a piece. Rhythm can be more. It comprises patterns that we all have grown accustomed to over the years, listening to the radio every day and absorbing those patterns that build our musical culture. Learn how top producers use these patterns to create great songs that stick for a long time.

However, this course goes beyond the basic structure of a song. You are also going to learn how important lyric is and how vital it is for your song to choose your words wisely. Be a painter and paint a picture that tells a story with words and your music.

Once you know which story to tell, you need good transitioning tools that are supported by other rhythm or melody. All these components make a good song. All these components form a well-rounded, complete song that is certain to stick with your audience and convey your story and the emotions you link with your story. Be creative, be productive and be successful by following the secret formula of the current industry.

The videos are accompanied by .pdf files that summarize the explained content. The files also give you a basic scheme to practice what you have learnt in your courses.



Despite some minor flaws in production, the content that is presented here is of an extremely high value to everyone who is serious about songwriting. You are getting taught what to look at and what variables equal contemporary hit songs. I very much liked the course and enjoyed following it. Definitely recommended! Get ignited in your songwriting career!


Lukas Wedrychowski – ‘cause music matters

This course was kindly provided by for review purposes.


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“Snow Falls Softly at Night” – Percussive Fingerstyle Cover | Easy Intermediate Level

Hey everyone,

here’s a new video for you! It is a very short one, featuring a technique and style that I want to learn in 2018! It is inspired by Tobias Rauscher, an amazingly talented and gifted guitar player from Berlin, Germany.

He became famous for his percussive fingerstyle playing and that’s something that I want to get into as well! Those are my baby steps in that direction. It is very challenging keeping the rhythm and keeping time while switching hand positions and playing on other parts of the guitar.

That is something that I have to work on hard from now on. I hope you like it. For the rest of 2017, I’ve still got plenty of songs that I want to record. Most notably all the themes that I chose for this particular level.

But for now, please enjoy this short video on “Snow Falls Softly at Night”.


Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard and

Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard and


Author:                                  Andrew Leonard

Genre:                                    Classical

Level:                                     Beginner | Late Beginner | Intermediate | Late-Intermediate|


Features:                                8 Tabs (.pdf)

Lessons:                                 86 Video Lessons (3 hours and 56 minutes)


Today, I am going to discuss a course for those interested in getting started in classical music on the guitar. “Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz and Rock Player” by Andrew Leonard and is meant to introduce you to the techniques and pieces that are associated with the classical guitar. It is meant to be a transitioning course for those of you who never touched the classical genre and those who come from the realms of rock, blues or jazz.

The course is divided into two sections. Starting out with an introductory section in which you are getting briefed on the basics of classical guitar playing such as posture, gadgets as well as playing technique, you are going to get an initial impression of what to expect when you decide to study this particular musical genre. The instructor takes his time to ensure that everything you need to know in terms of preparations and proper posture is covered.

The second part of the course consists of a selection of themes or excerpts of famous classical pieces that serve as appetizer for you. In this section, you see the themes being performed by the instructor as well as broken down by him step by step, teaching you exactly how to play it. All themes are accompanied by notation/tabs that allow you to either print the sheet music for your own studies, download it on your smartphone or laptop or simply play along as you play yourself through the course. This section serves as a source of reference and something you can play around with.

Let’s have a look at the pieces or themes that you are going to learn following this course. The selection comprises 7 themes that were taken from well-known classical pieces that could be arguably be called essentials of the classical repertoire for a guitar player. You are going to be taught two signature pieces of the Classical Guitar that is usually associated with the Spanish Guitar, namely  Malagueña a classical riff, if you wish, and Spanish Romance.

Furthermore, you are getting introduced to several high-classed composers that are usually connected with the classical guitar, such as Isaac Albéniz (Leyenda) and Francisco Tarréga (Lagrima). Those two composers are amongst my personal favorite ones on the guitar. Their pieces are very challenging but also very rewarding. Studying the classical guitar means having to deal with those two composers and their legendary pieces.

Classical guitar, however, is not just about Spanish composers, which is why you are also going to get introduced to other famous people that contributed hugely to the development of the guitar as a mainstream instrument of the 20th century and beyond.

With Mauro Giuliani’s Le Papillon (Op. 50 No. 13) and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bourrée in Em as well as a famous theme of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Fernando Sor, you get to know famous composers from Italy and Germany that are probably the most famous names associated with classical music.

This collection of themes and pieces are a great starting point to get introduced to the classical genre on the guitar. You have a pretty broad repertoire that you can play around with and see if that style truly suits you. You get briefed in music history as well as different styles that all contribute to what is regarded as a timeless era of music and particularly the guitar.

All lessons are broken down into several sections so you can practice small chunks at first until you get the whole piece correct. The demonstration is clearly visible, the audio quality decent and the provided .pdf charts help a lot in following the lessons and play the pieces on your own without the need to constantly follow the videos.

The only topic that I have been missing throughout the course was a lecture on how to sight read with some basic examples, but that may be too much for an introductory course as this represents a major skill in general.

Let’s conclude my impression of Classical Guitar for the Blues, Jazz & Rock Player by Andrew Leonard, produced for If you are trying to get in touch with a historically and musically rich genre, no matter what your current skill level is, wanting to receive an overview of important names, styles and pieces associated with that genre, then you have come to the right place. This course is meant as an introduction to classical music on the guitar, nothing more.

Don’t expect a full-fleshed course that will make you a superstar on the classical guitar. This course gives you an overview, that’s what it is meant to do, and it does so in a very interesting way. It might be the first step of your career as a classical guitarist!



Lukas Wedrychowski – ‘cause music matters

This course was kindly provided by for the purpose of a review.





Nutcracker March | Tchaikovsky | Easy Beginner Theme | Classical Fingerstyle Guitar

Hey everyone,


here’s my arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s classical theme of the “Nutcracker March”! 🙂 It should suit beginning classical guitar players very well and it is a fun piece to play! I hope you’ll enjoy it! Tell me in the comment below if you liked it.


Once I transcribed this arrangement I am going to release the sheet music for free here on my website!

Stay tuned,






Tschaikovsky’s March Slave Theme | Intermediate Fingerstyle Arrangement by Lukas Wedrychowski| Free Tabs / Notation Download

Hey everyone,


here’s my arrangement of Tschaikovsky’s “March Slave”. It is meant to be an arrangement for the intermediate player or maybe “late-beginner”, as it includes harmonics and some more advanced techniques such as slides (from a beginner’s perspective).

I hope you enjoy this version of it. Please, consider subscribing to my YouTube channel as well as sharing my videos on your socials and giving my videos a thumb up if you liked it! This helps me out a lot as I am still growing!

Thank you so much!


I wish you an amazing day,



Click the link below to download the arrangement.

Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski – March Slave – Intermdiate Theme

“Will of the unknown” – Free Tabs Download

Hey there,


now that my video has reached quite a lot of people I wanted to share with you the tabs for the piece. However, keep in mind that I am a beginner when it comes to transcribing. So the tabs right now are kind of a mess. However, I am planning to release an updated version of it around the end of this year / beginning of next year.


So stay tuned and so far have fun working your way through this version.

This was the first tune I worked on for my proposal! 🙂 It’s officially the first piece out of seven original ones that were meant to be a gift and a hidden message to my girlfriend. All the titles, their very first words/syllables, form the question (in german): “Will you marry me?”


Click the Download link below:  (WARNING: keep in mind that this is the first transcription I ever did, it isn’t that good and I plan on releasing a new version soon!!!)

Will of the unknown x




Stay tuned,