PLAY­ING TIPS

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY | JS BACH -

[Bars 1-8] Don’t for­get to tune your sixth string from E to D. Place a twostring barre on the fifth and sixth strings 3rd fret at the be­gin­ning to set you up for beat 3. The in­verted mor­dent is in­di­cated in the no­ta­tion by the squig­gle with a ver­ti­cal line through it. Th­ese will usu­ally be played as a sin­gle fret­ting-hand slur or legato. The fret­ting hand fin­ger­ing is in­di­cated as 3-1-2 – I like to switch the fin­ger here, pulling off with the third and ham­mer­ing with the se­cond so that next note B is reached more eas­ily with the fourth fin­ger. In bar 3 all three beats are ‘writ­ten out’ or­na­men­ta­tions. Th­ese can be rhyth­mi­cally chal­leng­ing so prac­tise them to a metronome to en­sure that the bass notes are cor­rectly placed. The no­tated pick­ing hand fin­ger­ing will help deal with the string changes; th­ese are my sug­ges­tions based on my per­sonal pref­er­ence so find what works for you in or­der to keep the lines flu­ent. For crisp, clear slurs in bar 4 make sure the fret­ting-hand fin­gers are planted si­mul­ta­ne­ously on the string be­fore­hand. Watch out for the rhythm in bar 7 – lis­ten to the record­ing if un­sure how it should sound.

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