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Lecture: Mariano Aguirre

Rhythmic Articulation Training: Pulse and Meter Clarity Based on Left and Right Hand Control

Mariano Aguirre


Technique and Musicianship Workshop Rhythmic Articulation Training: Pulse and Meter clarity based on left- and right-hand control This hands-on workshop/lecture is designed to incorporate rhythmic training into familiar technique exercises. Fingerings tend to influence rhythmic accentuation and consistency; by acquiring deeper awareness of left-hand and right- hand interdependence and better pulse and meter clarity, this approach of practice develops a strong link with both hands that allows for finer command of articulation. The method progresses in a series of drills on common simple daily technique routines (scales and arpeggios). Starting from some basic alternation of notes, like B-C-D on the second string, and playing them with various right-hand fingering alternation patterns to feel the difference in playing for example, C to D with i-m or playing it with m-i, or playing B-C-D with i-m-a or a-m-i. All exercises are played ‚counting aloud‚ beats and subdivisions while playing different note values in different meters. Some exercises keep note values and fingerings constant while meters change, other exercises keep a constant meter while changing note values and fingerings. The concepts and application of this practice system are then demonstrated on passages of actual works. The workshop presents applications to a few well-known pieces of the guitar repertoire. A handout will be given to participants for further practice with the goal of integrating into motor skills and musical thinking a precise control that facilitates and improves rhythmic articulation and interpretation in general.



Mariano Aguirre is an international concert artist, music professor, and arts administrator. He is a winner of the Artist International Award and the Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance.  He has performed extensively in the United States and Latin America, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, The Noon Concert Series at Trinity Church, The National University in Mexico City, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Conservatorio de las Rosas, among many other venues.

He is a professor of guitar, chamber music and music theory at Molloy College, Mannes School of Music, Brooklyn Music School and the Riverdale Country School in New York City. He has given guitar master classes and music theory lectures at many universities and festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the GFA Regional Symposium, the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, SUNY Purchase, CUNY Hunter College, the Young Arts Academy at the Baryshnikov Center, the New York City Classical Guitar Society, the National University of Mexico, the Taxco Guitar Festival and Xalapa University.





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