A compilation of selected calisthenic exercises designed to address specific technical aspects in guitar performance

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


Music Performance

First Committee Member

Rene Gonzalez, Committee Chair


The primary purpose of this essay is threefold: (1) to familiarize the teacher and student of classical guitar with material already published that discusses the use of calisthenic exercises; (2) to document the potential benefits from these exercises for improvement of flexibility, coordination, relaxation, endurance, accuracy, and awareness in the prevention of injuries; and (3) to provide insight into the various physical and musical calisthenic exercises that the performer should use.Exercises that served calisthenic functions were compiled from the following sources: Pujul's "Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra," Carlevaro's "Serie Didactica para Guitarra," lznaola's "Kitharoigus," and Tennant's " Pumping Nylon."A premise of this study is that careful use of calisthenic exercises Will greatly enhance a guitarist's development of technical facility without which true artistic expressiveness cannot be accomplished.


Music; Education, Music; Education, Physical

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