The 20th century technique in the 21st century

Updated on October 11, 2017 in General Discussion
6 on April 24, 2017

Dear friends!

I’d like to represent to your attention Dmitry Nilov (classical guitar, Moscow). The musician accomplished a great work in the field of the guitar cantilena technique. His results are amazing and very impressive.

Dmitry NILOV (classical guitar, Russia)

– 1998 – Laureate (Fourth Prize) of the “Printemps de la guitare” contest (Walcourt, Belgium, WFMC); 
– 2002 – Laureate (Second Prize) of the “Printemps de la guitare” contest (Walcourt, Belgium, WFIMC)

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1 on May 28, 2017

Please tell us more about cantilena technique.

on May 30, 2017

Thank you for your question!

Dmitry Nilov’s working upon the cantilena technique is based on next approaches:

The right hand’s position:

– In Dmitry Nilov’s opinion, the classical right hand’s position (of Tarrega and Segovia), that is based on the muscular freedom and plasticity, is compulsive. It’s very important.

The articulation of sound:

– The classical right hand’s position provides the following advantages while performing:

<span style="color: #000000;”>Classical positioning of the right hand. Dmitry Nilov (Part I)

Classical positioning of the right hand. Dmitry Nilov (Part II)

– The main aim of this technique is to provide as long as possible duration of each note of the piece that is performed, meeting strictly requirements of scores. The sound shouldn’t be shorten by no means, but conversely each note should be left in a last moment. It depends on the left hand’s ability (independence of fingers and lightness of a wrist). It’s difficult to achieve on a guitar, but the music is worth the cost.

– The sound is made by a nail, but touching a string by a tip of a finger is obligatory (it will provide a tactile contact with strings). Playing with a finger on a string and “preparation” can be used either as a stage of practicing, either in those cases when it doesn’t affect the duration of the sound, either is determined by articulation. Otherwise the full-featured sound is impossible.

Preparation as a stage of the practice. Part 1//D.Nilov/

Preparation as a stage of the practice. Part 2//D.Nilov//

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0 on June 3, 2017

Great playing! Nice five finger tremolo, p-i-a-m-i as Dave Schramm pointed out. At first, I though it was a three finger p-i-m-i as Ana does. Thanks for your post.

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0 on September 14, 2017

instant sub from me on his youtube channels. I’ve always considered the difference between good and great guitarists is in the right hand and i’ll listen to every word Dmitry N. says on that point, whether or not i understand the language. The articulation is absolutely top notch, thank you for sharing this

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1 on September 27, 2017

Ive been told that during the early learning one is best served without nails in order to get a good “feel” for the strings. I believe this to be helpful mostly to establish, for lack of better terms, a proper relaxed “ready” state in close to the string before attack as well as learning the feel of dampening the previous note just prior to attack. Any opinions on this line of thought?

on October 11, 2017


I’d like to present to your attention new educational videos by Dmitry Nilov.

Hope, they will be useful for someone.

Tremolo.Principles and methods of training.Part I.

Tremolo.Principles and methods of training.Part II.


Two words about nails//Dmitry Nilov 

Posture and its types//Dmitry Nilov 

The angle of the attack and the sound//Dmitry Nilov


Plasticity and freedom//Dmitry Nilov// 


The left thumb and its positions//D.Nilov/ 

Left hand’s position. Part1//Dmitry Nilov// 

Left hand. Part 2//Dmitry Nilov/ 

The left hand’s posture.Part 3//Dmitry Nilov 

/Left hand.Part 4//Dmitry Nilov 

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