Sit­ting Pos­ture

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Classical -

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 an­gle where the neck is point­ing slightly up­wards, and the right fore­arm rests on the in­stru­ment’s larger bout. This should hold it se­curely in place and give ease of fa­cil­ity for both hands. time (bass on beat 1, block chord on beat 2) and, once ab­sorbed, is ut­terly gor­geous, with its typ­i­cally idio­syn­cratic chords and be­guil­ing melody. I’ve trans­posed the orig­i­nal (some­what am­bigu­ous) key of C ma­jor up a tone to D ma­jor, and kept stan­dard tun­ing. Although some of the chords that con­tained closely voiced har­monies had to be adapted, I’ve man­aged to re­tain much of the piece’s beau­ti­ful essence, and it’s a real plea­sure to play.

Since Satie’s mu­sic thrives on simplicity, min­i­mal­ism, and a slow hyp­notic tempo, this is one of the eas­ier ar­range­ments in the se­ries. How­ever you’ll want to de­velop a tech­ni­cal flu­ency, so that the melody is given a lyri­cism, and the bass and chords a re­laxed ac­cu­racy. The tab cap­tions will help you through some of the tech­ni­cal is­sues. I hope you en­joy learn­ing this mag­i­cal piece.

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