cd track 20
[General] The aim for this piece is to create a smooth melodic line, both when the melody is revealed as single, unaccompanied notes and also when it is harmonised with chords.
[Bars 1- 4] I play the first two bars using alternating first and second picking fingers, and rest stroke for a warm and consistent tone. Occasionally I repeat the first finger (instead of strictly alternating) as it is ergonomic to do so when changing from a higher to a lower string – for example the C to B last note of bar 1 to the first note of bar 2. As we reach the block chords in bar 3 they are all played with the thumb on the bass notes, with fingers taking care of the upper notes as indicated in the tab. The E chord on beat 4 jumps to 6th position and stays there for the next two beats. Hold each chord for its full value and make the chord changes neat and accurate so that the melody still sounds smooth. This can be quite difficult to achieve so take your time and ‘slow motion’ any changes that are problematic. Practicing chord changes like this in isolation will not only help to create a more fluent performance but will improve your overall technique.