PLAY­ING TIPS

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Classical -

This is a sim­ple ar­range­ment con­sist­ing of a sin­gle line melody played over a re­peat­ing sin­gle note bass line. Al­ways play the bass notes with the thumb and melody notes with al­ter­nat­ing fin­gers. Start the melody with the sec­ond fin­ger of the fret­ting hand and stay in sec­ond po­si­tion for two bars. On beat two of bar 4, shift to the fourth po­si­tion and on beat three use a full barre at fret 7. Over the next few bars fol­low the in­di­cated fret­ting hand fin­ger­ing and make sure the longer melody notes in bars 5 and 6 sus­tain for their full value. To achieve a clean sound­ing bass line it’s a good idea to mute un­wanted over-ring­ing when the har­mony has changed; for ex­am­ple, in bar 8 on beat three the bass note has changed to an A from an E and we no longer want the open E to ring through. This E should be muted with the pad of the pick­ing hand thumb im­me­di­ately af­ter the first A note on beat three has been plucked. The thumb should then ‘spring’ back to con­tinue play the re­peated A bass notes. This kind of mut­ing is a com­mon and nor­mal part of clas­si­cal gui­tar tech­nique. Ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers will do it nat­u­rally with­out think­ing about it. The rest of this piece is easy to un­der­stand and does not con­tain any­thing of tech­ni­cal dif­fi­culty. How­ever it should not be taken lightly and will make a nice ad­di­tion to your reper­toire!

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