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Better Technique, with “Segovia’s Favorite Scales”

The "Segovia Scales" have been a popular tool for classical guitar technique practice for decades. While the great guitarist Andrés Segovia did not "write" these scales, he did recommend them to students. Any word from him at the time was considered gospel (and still is in some circles), so these scale patterns have managed to remain an integral part of many players' guitar technique practice. This particular fingering of major and minor scales offers some distinct benefits and challenges (some listed below). This course explores not only the shapes themselves, but how they relate to other common scale shapes, the music theory behind major and minor scales, and how to navigate the technical issues and develop the skills to play them grace and ease. When asked about technique practice, Segovia often answered to the effect of, "Ah, play scales for two hours every day." Most of us won't do that, but they are unquestionably valuable for building your guitar abilities, and can be very rewarding to work on.

In This Course, You’ll Discover:

  • How to play above the 12th fret
  • How to ingrain patterns
  • How major scales work
  • How minor scales work
  • What a "melodic minor" is
  • How to shift positions smoothly

With This Course, You’ll:

  • Gain learning strategies
  • Explore music theory
  • Practice shifting positions
  • Focus on connecting notes
  • Understand scale practice goals
  • Discover new ways to practice
  • Join a guitar tradition


26 Videos
Includes PDF Materials
Lifetime Access
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This course is at the INTERMEDIATE level. This means that notes may be anywhere on the fretboard. Rhythms may be more complex and the general tempo (speed) may be faster. The piece may use bar (barre) chords or special techniques. And the piece may be longer than earlier-level pieces. TABs are included for an alternative to music notation. For more advanced players, pieces in this level can be used as a study to improve learning, memorization and phrasing techniques, as well as general right- and left-hand technique.

About CGS Courses

The courses you’ll find here on Classical Guitar Shed are among the most in-depth, detailed and high-quality classical guitar courses available anywhere.  Each course explores a single guitar skill or piece of music.  And each course features high-quality HD video with multiple camera angles, as well as one-of-a-kind custom learning materials. This means you always know exactly what’s going on.

Repertoire and skills are divided into small sections or concepts, and worked through one at a time. You’ll get suggestions on varied subjects, which may include:

  • How to count and play any tricky rhythms
  • How to polish difficult transitions
  • How to phrase the music, when to swell or fade
  • How to apply advanced phrasing techniques to make the music more beautiful
  • How to practice so you learn the piece most quickly
  • How to memorize the music more easily
  • How to troubleshoot hard spots
  • How to avoid common traps that slow players down
  • How to make small changes that make big differences
  • How to understand the composer’s intentions
  • How to choose the right tone quality for each part
  • How to make the melody sing
  • How to make the rhythm more lively
  • How to practice to increase your speed and precision
  • How to maintain the piece after you learn it
  • among others

When you purchase a CGS Course, you get lifetime access to all videos and materials.  You also get full support and your questions get answered via on-page comment or email.

Note: Videos stream only and are not available for download.

Members of The Woodshed Program get full access to all Courses and Study Guides, as well as the complete program, for the life of their membership.


100% Satisfaction Guarantee, Plus…

I want you to be completely happy with your new course.  If you don’t feel it’s the best choice for you, email me within 30 days and request an immediate 100% refund.

But a refund isn’t enough. In addition, you can also choose ANY premium course or Study Guide to keep, just for your time. (You can even choose a more expensive course than the one you purchased.)

In the worst case, you’ll learn some new skills without spending a penny. In the best, you’ll have a fun new adventure exploring music and guitar. Either way, you have nothing to lose and much to gain!



Allen Mathews

Hi, I’m Allen Mathews. 

I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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