PLAY­ING TIPS

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Classical -

[Bar 2] Af ter the first chord, the fa­mous melody be­gins right away in bar 2. I’ve had to sim­plif y the or­ches­tral harp arpeg­gio ac­com­pa­ni­ment a lot to make it playable on the guitar. How­ever, the har­mony is still in­tact, and the main fo­cus needs to be on the tune, so bring out that top line with rest strokes where pos­si­ble. There is some in­di­cated fin­ger­ing for both hands for the first cou­ple of bars to get you star ted; af ter that, the same kind of tech­nique should be used through­out. On beat 3 of bar 2, hold the C chord as long as phys­i­cally pos­si­ble so it sus­tains un­der melody. The same ap­plies on beat 3 of bar 4 with the C7 chord – this same prin­ci­ple should be used through­out the piece wher­ever there is a minim (two-beat note or chord) in the ac­com­pa­ni­ment. [Bar 13] A full barre is needed for the F# chord, and again at 17 for the F chord.

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