My Repertoire Series

Experience a master class setting in your home, studying at your own pace.
Join Masa as he performs several popular compositions in the classical guitar repertoire.
Comprehensive instruction follows each performance; thorny passages are carefully examined and valuable guidance provided.



 
  
Purchase the Capricho Arabe DVD for $24.95
Volume I
Capricho Arabe
  an Intimate Guitar release
Francisco Tarrega

Do you want to play Capricho Arabe well?   Are you questioning your effectiveness, especially in the difficult passages?   Would you make faster progress with expert guidance?   If so, this essential volume belongs in your library.  

The master class includes 70 minutes of comprehensive, insightful instruction.   Masa carefully examines every part of Tarrega's famous composition, measure by measure.   Follow his musical analysis effortlessly using the interactive score above his shoulder.  

Focus is placed on isolation strategies and other learning techniques all students benefit from, regardless of level.   Masa emphasizes the fundamental importance of playing in time, teaching proper tempo rubato.   Much attention is given to interpreting Tarrega's intentions, particularly in the challenging passages, on fingering, shifts, glissando and other techniques needed to successfully perform Capricho Arabe.

Total Running Time: 77 minutes
Format: DVD-R NTSC/PAL 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
DVD Bonus Features
            Artist Bio, Gallery and Discography
            Composer Bio and Sheet Music
            Technique Series Vol. 1 Trailer

    

 


 
 
  
Purchase the Magic Flute DVD for $24.95
Volume II
Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9
  
Fernando Sor

In Volume II, Masa performs Fernando Sor's Magic Flute Variations, Opus 9.   Following his performance, extensive analysis is provided in a master class setting.   The video includes 77 minutes of comprehensive, insightful instruction, nearly 90 minutes of material in all.   Follow his musical analysis effortlessly using the interactive score.   Observe his technique up close with picture-in-a-picture features.  

Masa carefully examines every aspect of Sor's famous composition, measure by measure.   Sheet music is provided with the DVD in high-resolution PDF format, with extensive fingering edits by Ito.   Focus is placed on isolation strategies and other learning techniques all students benefit from, regardless of level.   Masa emphasizes the fundamental importance of playing in time, and much consideration is given to interpreting Sor's intentions, particularly in the challenging passages.   Alternative approaches are examined, including Segovia's interpretation of this famous composition.   Much time is dedicated to fingering, shifts and appoggiatura, techniques needed to play Sor's Magic Flute successfully.  

Total Running Time: 87 minutes
Format: DVD-R NTSC/PAL 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
DVD Bonus Features
            Sheet music with fingering edits
            Sor Bio, Ito Bio, Gallery, Discography
            My Repertoire Series Vol. I Trailer
            Technique Series Vol. I Trailer

 


 

My Repertoire Series Bundle


Purchase both My Repertoire Series videos and save 10%.

 
  
Purchase the My Repertoire Series bundle for $44.95 and save 10%
Volume I
Capricho Arabe
  an Intimate Guitar release

Volume II
Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9
  

 


 
Customer Feedback

"I think this video series is a great idea.   As a classical guitar student at Eastman Community Music School and going for a degree in Music through SUNY Empire State College, my opinion is this master class series is very unique among the barrage of available DVDs and VHS tapes for classical guitar.   What makes this series so special is that the DVD concentrates on one piece.   I am excited about the Mozart Variations, which by the way is what makes Suzuki Guitar Teachers eligible to certify for training for all 9 Suzuki books.   This is what I have needed.   The information he is sharing is a wonderful gift to anyone who obtains the DVD and wants to truly learn.   Masa has a very good thing going here.   He is doing what most other DVD series are not doing.   It is so focused and to the point, like a real master class should be."
Jim, Eastman Community Music School and SUNY Empire State College, NY

"I'm finding the video very helpful.   The very first day, it got me past a huge stumbling block.   I've always had problems figuring out the rhythm for the introduction and making it sound right.   In the first 5 minutes he cleared all that up for me by counting it as he played.   The light immediately went on in my head.  

I really like the production and format.   It's informal and seems personal, just like being in a master class with him, but without the stress and anxiety of playing for a master class.   It gives a classroom feel, flows like a master class and I like that.   He clearly explains and demonstrates the important points."
Gerald in Woodstock, Georgia, USA


"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your Capricho Arabe instructional DVD.   It's been very helpful and has given me a greater understanding of the music and Tarrega's approach to the listener and player."
Jesse in Fort Worth, Texas, USA


"Your teaching is thorough, to the point, and you play with a lovely tone too, and that's good for students like me who wish not just to be able to play, but to play with a beautiful sound.   Thank you for everything you do to help all of us, especially for far away students, who do not have an opportunity to learn directly with a teacher of your caliber."
Mel in Melbourne, Australia


"An invaluable class . . . if there were more videos like this!"

"His teaching is thorough and he gets straight to the point, and he plays with a lovely tone, something students like me are striving for."

"I'm thoroughly enjoying his musicality, especially his thoughts on rubato."

"This is the most BEAUTIFUL rendition of Capricho Arabe I've heard in some time."

"The trailer doesn't do him justice and I'm exhausted, having just went throuh the entire thing this weekend, and the inverted isolation really does help!"

"He has amazing concentration . . . actually counted time aloud while performing the trickiest passage.  BRAVO!"

"I just finished my initial pass through it all and I'm very pleased with this production.  The amount of information packed into this thing is amazing, filled with valuable insights and great advice.  Thank you!"
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Technique Series

Masa focuses strongly on classical guitar technique in this enlightening oeuvre.
All aspects of performance are examined; the goal is to improve musicality, to obtain and maintain proficiency.



 
  
Purchase the Prologue DVD for $19.95
Prologue
An Introduction to Classical Guitar
Establishing a Firm Technical Foundation

In this introductory video intended for beginning students, Masa presents the fundamentals of classical guitar.   Join Masa as he introduces new students to classical guitar, demonstrating fundamental technique for both left and right hands, including proper rest and free strokes.   Hand and finger strengthening drills are provided to help build proficiency and develop good tone.   Practice with Masa as he performs essential exercises from Ricardo Iznaola's Kitharologus and Aaron Shearer's Classic Guitar Technique, Vol. I.   Instruction culminates with an examination of two famous compositions: Andantino by Matteo Carcassi and Waltz in G by Ferdinand Carulli.  

This DVD includes 48 minutes of valuable instruction.   Follow Masa's performance and musical analysis effortlessly using the interactive score.   Observe his technique up close with extensive picture-in-a-picture features.   Sheet music for Carcassi and Carulli is provided with the DVD in high-resolution PDF format, including fingering edits by Ito.   Reference material for Iznaola and Shearer content is not included; students are encouraged to acquire both texts for use in conjunction with this video.  

Total Running Time: 48 minutes
Format: DVD-R NTSC/PAL 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
DVD Bonus Features
            Artist Bio, Gallery and Discography
            Carcassi and Carulli Sheet Music
            Right-Hand Physics Trailer
            Capricho Arabe Trailer
            Magic Flute Variations Trailer
 

 


 
 
  
Purchase the R-H Physics DVD for $19.95
Volume 1
Guitar Right-Hand Physics:
From Rest and Free Strokes to Perfect Tremolo

In this volume, Masakazu Ito totally dedicates himself to an in-depth analysis of right-hand technique.   Masa provides over 40 minutes of instruction to executing superior rest and free strokes, culminating with a discussion on tremelo.   Ito delivers a detailed examination of the physics involved, identifies hazardous technique and exposes widespread misleading advice, especially regarding tremolo.   Emphasis is placed on the free stroke, with key insight into its relationship to the rest stroke.  

This volume addresses challenges faced by students learning tremolo, providing essential instruction on how to master this elusive technique.   Francisco Tarrega's celebrated composition Recuerdos de la Alhambra serves as a basis for the discussion.   Work on your technique with Masa using the tremolo practice loop, a DVD bonus feature.  

Total Running time: 41 minutes
Format: DVD-R NTSC/PAL 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
DVD Bonus Features
            Tremolo Practice Loop
            Recuerdos Montage
            Artist Bio and Discography
            Capricho Arabe Trailer
            Technique Series Vol. 1 Trailer



 
 
  
Purchase the Barre DVD for $19.95
Volume 2
Barre
Pathway to Effortless Bar Chords

Masakazu Ito focuses on effective Barre technique in his second Technique Series volume.   Hazardous bar chord practices are identified and solutions are presented.   A detailed examination is made of the physics involved.   Emphasis is placed on minimizing effort and improving choreographic anticipation.   The technical analysis is complimented by performances of Francisco Tarrega's LAgrima and Study in E Minor, demonstrating proper Barre technique.   Each composition is subsequently reviewed in detail using interactive scores, with attention placed on measures containing challenging bar requirements.   Sheet music is included with suggested fingering.

Total Running time: 30 minutes
Format: DVD-R NTSC/PAL 16:9 Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Language: English
DVD Bonus Features
            Artist biography
            Discography
            Photo gallery
            Sheet music and web resources
            Capricho Arabe Trailer
            Magic Flute Trailer
            Technique Series Prologue Trailer
            Technique Series Vol. 1 Trailer
            Technique Series Vol. 2 Trailer





Technique Series Bundle


Purchase all Technique Series videos and save 10%.

 
The Technique Series Bundle   
Save 10% by purchasing the bundle for $53.85
Prologue
An Introduction to Classical Guitar
Establishing a Firm Technical Foundation


Volume 1
Guitar Right-Hand Physics:
From Rest and Free Strokes to Perfect Tremolo


Volume 2
Barre
Pathway to Effortless Bar Chords

 
 
Customer Feedback

"We like both DVDs: RH Physics and Capricho Arabe.   It would be nice to have the same DVD made for Recuerdos de la Alhambra as was done for Capricho Arabe.   Thanks."
Prof. Thoi Truong, Oregon Health & Science University, USA

"It's very, very informative.   I own almost every classical guitar teaching DVD available in the market and yours gave me something I had not heard before....   This has cleared the mystery associated with the two strokes....   Thank you for de-mystifying that rest stroke issue."
Mel in Melbourne, Australia


"Best video I have seen on right hand technique."

"I could have used this a few years ago when I was just starting out."

"A definitive treatment of right-hand placement and finger movement.  Commendable example of economical and effective technique."

"Truly, you just can't stress the importance of perfecting these mechanics.  It reminds me of many a time working on this beautiful piece [Recuerdos de la Alhambra].  Thanks for reaching out!"

"Good advice and fine finger movement; kudos for the super production value apparent here."
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Montage Series

Montage featuring music from Masakazu Ito recordings.

Volume 1
Recuerdos de la Alhambra


Sampled from his Intimate Guitar CD release
Performance: 4 minutes


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