cd track 34

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Classical -

[Gen­eral] This piece con­sists of just two sin­gle line parts – melody and bass line through­out. We need to use the thumb on the bass line and fin­gers on the melody and try as much as pos­si­ble to con­sis­tently al­ter­nate the pick­ing hand fin­gers. For the first eight bars there is sug­gested pick­ing hand fin­ger­ing in­di­cated in the tab to help you get started. For clas­si­cal play­ers it is quite nat­u­ral to play rest stroke on the first beat of the bar in a piece such as this, so for ex­am­ple the very first D melody could be played rest stroke in com­bi­na­tion with a free stroke thumb on the bass note G. All the rest of the notes could also be played free stroke. This com­bin­ing of rest stroke and free stroke is very common and is a tech­nique and should be mas­tered. The same thing could hap­pen on the first beat all the way up to bar 6. It adds a lit­tle em­pha­sis and shape to each bar. Do take no­tice of the ac­tual note lengths in the no­ta­tion. Of­ten the bass notes are two-beat or three-beat notes and should there­fore last for the ap­pro­pri­ate length of time. The in­di­cated fret­ting hand fin­ger­ing should help you to do this. [Bar 16] For the last G bass note I switch to the third fret­ting-hand fin­ger to pre­pare the hand for the re­peat, but the sec­ond time stick with the first fin­ger as it makes more sense for the fol­low­ing bar.

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