PLAY­ING TIPS

CD TRACK 30

Guitar Techniques - - VLTAVA | SMETANA -

The four-bar in­tro­duc­tion con­sists of an arpeg­gio fig­ure where ev­ery con­sec­u­tive note is played on a dif­fer­ent string, al­low­ing the notes to over ring slightly. The in­di­cated pick­ing-hand fin­ger­ing is to help give a flu­ent tech­ni­cal flow. The melody be­gins at bar 5 – play it rest stroke wher­ever pos­si­ble to al­low it to stand out from the ac­com­pa­ni­ment. Watch out for the fret­ting-hand stretch at bar 8 – re­lax the hand and straighten and lengthen the fin­gers. Fol­low the fret­ting-hand fin­ger­ing care­fully and be sure to hold the bass note B notes in bars 10 and 11 for their full value. At bar 17 the melody is fin­gered dif­fer­ently from the first time at bar 9, in or­der to add a slight change of colour. At bar 21 we move to C Ma­jor – no­tice the last note of the bar (F#) is taken on the sec­ond string with the sec­ond fin­ger - this makes for a tidy po­si­tion shift up to the 7th-fret barre at bar 22.

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