The opening 14 bars depict the first statement of the theme by the orchestra only. The main challenge here is to make the melody stand out while allowing as much sustain as possible on the repeating accompanying chords - so that they are not staccato or detached. This effect requires considerable control of the picking hand; ie, not making any contact on the strings in between each chord, and we also need to maintain fretting hand pressure on each chord for the longest possible moment until the chord has to change. You will therefore need to work on smooth and dextrous accuracy with the fretting hand. At bar 15 the melody note A is where the vocalist begins so do all you can to give this melody line much warmth and tone.