Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

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Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by Cary W » Sat May 16, 2015 9:52 pm

Thank you Kevin R. Gallagher! In your video you confirm what I have been doing for years, against the advice of various methods, to make the left hand work in a natural way.

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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by Paul Janssen » Sun May 17, 2015 12:17 am

Hi Cary,

Thank you so much for sharing this video with us.

I really like the way Kevin Gallagher teaches and explains things in his tutorial videos. I completely agree with him that most of us are only taught the centre position (or at least that has been my experience so far). This video really helps me understand that it is OK, in fact better, to find the most comfortable/suitable wrist position for each passage.

I highly recommend this video to everyone whether you are a beginner or more advanced player.

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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by Whiteagle » Sun May 17, 2015 2:58 am

I had a skype lesson with Kevin, it was great. This video is very helpful

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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by tormodg » Sun May 17, 2015 9:52 am

Wonderful quote towards the end: "Let's not assume that you're not designed to play the guitar that well. That's not helpful."

He's a great instructor. Very easy to watch and listen to his videos.
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Post by mike.janel » Sun May 17, 2015 6:19 pm

Thanks for sharing. This is great stuff.
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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by riemsesy » Sun May 17, 2015 6:59 pm

what a teacher and to give these lessons freely

that's a guitar hero :)
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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by Luis_Br » Thu May 21, 2015 12:53 am

Great video and it is nice he is sharing with us. One of my favorite players.

I just want to point out that here in South America, in my experience, all teachers teach hand positioning like this (at least those teacher of "classical" guitar). It sounds strange to me that some teacher would teach only "center position". Maybe because of the huge influence of Abel Carlevaro's teaching in everybody here. Carlevaro puts a lot of emphasis in hand positioning. In his books of exercises there is one whole book totally dedicated to LH moving and positioning. If you search youtube for "a guitar lesson with abel carlevaro", around minute 12 he starts talking about LH, teaching his basic concepts of what he calls left hand "presentations".

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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by Mark Featherstone » Fri May 22, 2015 9:09 am

Thanks, Cary!
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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by mc1 » Fri May 22, 2015 1:21 pm

kevin calls it the three "hand" positions, but i think i'd be tempted to call it the three elbow positions (or really the range of elbow positions). it's a bit of either/or, and a question of which one leads, the wrist or the elbow, as well as how to conceptualize the physical sensation.

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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by lizhogg » Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:19 pm

tormodg wrote:Wonderful quote towards the end: "Let's not assume that you're not designed to play the guitar that well. That's not helpful."

He's a great instructor. Very easy to watch and listen to his videos.
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Re: Kevin Gallagher on right, center, left, for left hand

Post by lagartija » Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:00 pm

Thanks for posting that, Cary! :D
I've been doing what he demonstrates for those difficult stretches I have come across in my repertoire( for the most part), but his exercises will help make the transitions from one presentation to the other smoother. It is knowing exactly when to change the presentation that has sometimes been a problem for me and his explanation and examples were helpful.
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