I'm looking for songs etudes etc that will help improve my rest stroke. I don't mind if they are just focused on rest stroke or song that contain the technique a lot I just need songs that will improve my rest stroke on classical guitar.

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  • Are you currently using any of the standard methods or studies by the way? (Carcassi, Sor are the names that spring to mind but there are others.) If so it might be worth mentioning them so people have an idea where you are technique-wise. – Andy Nov 6 '15 at 10:36
  • +Andy My overall technique is good but my rest stroke is not clear and I do not use any methods, I need some. – random10101010 Nov 6 '15 at 11:00
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    Wow, looks like questions about classical guitar technique are off bounds on this board - unless they are very carefully worded. – hpaulj Nov 8 '15 at 1:32
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    @hpaulj There is a strong community opinion against list/poll type questions. But I think this is a good question on the right side of the line. Let the burden fall on the answerers to keep this from becoming a "list". – luser droog Nov 8 '15 at 3:49
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    I don't think this is ready to be re-opened as it still seems to be a song search and/or list request. How about something like "What can I do to improve my apoyando?" – Todd Wilcox Nov 8 '15 at 4:08

Threads like these on delcamp may give you more ideas.



One of those specifically asks about Tarrega pieces, which would include the Lagrima that I mentioned in a comment. Someone else mentions Capricho Arabe.


Fernando Sor wrote quite a number of pieces which serve this purpose exactly. For example, this study:

Study in B minor

At first glance, it is a very easy piece of music, but when you look carefully at the notes on the first and third beat of the first few bars and fully understand that they are the melody that must be made to sing out by using a rest stroke, then it is possible to learn a great deal from just this one piece (and there are many others).

I would recommend studying this piece until you feel you have totally exhausted every bit of musicality you can extract from it - and listen very carefully to as many recordings of this piece as you can, played by people like Segovia, Williams, Bream. Then go back and practice it some more!

For example:

Bream playing the study

  • youtu.be/mol7hhtIC-o is a nice video tutorial on this piece, with focus on balancing the melody with the other parts. – hpaulj Nov 8 '15 at 1:21
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    Nice tutorial. When I first started lessons (4 decades ago) my teacher made me work on this piece for weeks until he was satisfied I had got the balance right. – Old John Nov 8 '15 at 2:58

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