Technique Focus Sitting Posture
An important aspect of technique in classical guitar playing is adopting the correct sitting posture. The guitar is placed on the left thigh (for right-handed players), which is raised by placing the foot on a footstool. The left knee should be pointing forwards and the right knee to the side so the guitar rests on the inside of the right thigh. The guitar should be positioned at an angle where the neck is pointing slightly upwards, and the right forearm rests on the larger bout of the instrument. This should hold the instrument securely in place and provide ease of facility for both hands. key of A minor down a 4th to E minor (and down from A major to E major during the waltz sections which modulate to the parallel major scale) so that it sits better on the guitar. Although some of the orchestral parts have been dropped, due to practical considerations, I hope I’ve managed to retain much of the character of the piece, due to the pastoral simplicity and phrasing of the melody which appears in single-line form in the introduction and conclusion.
Although this is one of the easier pieces in this classical series, it’s also one of the most beautiful. As ever, patience is the fastest way to success; and remember, there’s no limit to how expressively even the simplest melody can be performed. So take your time getting the piece perfectly under your fingers, and use the tab captions to help with some of the techniques. I hope you enjoy learning and playing this wonderful tune!