Tech­nique Fo cus

Fret­ting-hand slurs

Guitar Techniques - - PLAY CLASSICAL -

When learn­ing a piece with lots of fret­ting­hand slurs it can be very ben­e­fi­cial to take a small sec­tion and prac­tise those fret­ting-hand move­ments in slow mo­tion with ex­ag­ger­ated fin­ger move­ments. The key aim is not to al­low tight­ness and ten­sion into the fret­ting hand and fore­arm (often eas­ier said than done). No­tice the curve and tra­jec­tory of each fin­ger and aim to keep the curved shape the same both on and off the string. If you find you some­times miss the string when ham­mer­ing, try mov­ing the fin­ger very slowly on and off the string (don’t pluck) to achieve a pre­cise and ac­cu­rate aim be­fore gradually in­tro­duc­ing enough speed to­wards the string to pro­duce a sound. No­tice how lit­tle ef­fort or ten­sion is ac­tu­ally needed.

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