PLAY­ING TIPS

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY: CLASSICAL -

[Gen­eral] There is a fair amount of chal­lenge for the fret­ting hand in this ar­range­ment. For ex­am­ple in bar 1 we need to sus­tain (hold down) the first chord D/F# while ex­e­cut­ing the fol­low­ing two bass notes, F# and B. This can feel quite like a strain for the fret­ting hand with the third fin­ger reach­ing across to the sixth string while hold­ing down the rest of the chord. So do it slowly at first with­out forc­ing. The first fin­ger on the B bass note then needs to flat­ten to a barre at the 2nd fret to catch the B7(b13) chord. [Bar 2] In bar 2 keep the melody line in­tact and legato by main­tain­ing the fourth fin­ger on the first string through­out. There are two po­si­tion jumps in bar 3 so take your time and prefer­ably me­morise this bit so you can keep an eye on your fret­ting hand. The melody be­gins for real in bar 4 so aim to make this clear and con­sis­tent in its vol­ume and tone. In bar 5 keep hold of the low G while reach­ing up to the melody note D and again keep the fourth fin­ger on the string through­out the melody. Stick to these prin­ci­ples for the next few bars; cor­rect sus­tain of both melody and bass notes. Use a barre at the 7th fret on bar 9 and then another one at the 9th fret on the last beat. [Bar 11] On bar 11 beat two I do not change the po­si­tion of the first fin­ger; in other words I use a hinge barre to get the melody note F#. You can still sus­tain the F# with the mov­ing bass line (open D) un­der­neath while press­ing the F# with the side of the first fin­ger. The E7 chord is also then easy to grab. [Bar 12] On the last half beat of bar 12 I use a hinge barre again to get the melody note F#. This pre­pares the fret­ting hand nicely for the Em chord, next bar. From here on again, sus­tain the melody notes by hold­ing them on for their full value.

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