ACOUSTIC LESSON 010: Classical Guitar Proficiency

Acoustic Guitar 010: 

Classical Guitar Proficiency...

Exposure to specific playing techniques is the key to advanced finger-picking success. In this lesson, we'll explore a collection of finger-style techniques from the perspective of Classical Guitar in order to help you learn how you can advance your finger-plucking skills and how to apply these ideas musically... 

NOTE: Take your time working on each assignment in this lesson. Some of the techniques may seem of average ability level, however other studies may feel very complicated. 

Keep in mind that your right and left hand technique will improve through three levels of progress. These are; (1). Comprehension, (2). Memorization, and (3). Development (up to faster tempos) using a metronome.

In this episode of Acoustic Guitar, we're going to run through six exercises that will help you develop better skills for Classical Guitar technique...

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In example one, [00:50] the 6th, 5th and 4th lower register strings are used to establish a series of arpeggio drills. This work is essential to the development of smooth playing across the string sets.

Example two [05:31] introduces the concept of using a series of "2-Note" chords, (also often referred to as, "Double-Stops"). The melodic exercise in example two applies these chords across many different string groupings. They will occur in the exercise as close together as two adjacent strings and as far apart as 5 strings in distance.

Example three [11:13] organizes the sound of upper and lower melody in a study that introduces another important area of playing for classical guitar. The melody employs a "Waltz" feel (3/4 time), and includes everything from broken chords to 16th-note repeating phrases. Be mindful of any low tones that are required to sustain. In those situations, the best choice of fingering will become the most critical part of mastering the proper execution of the part.

PART TWOThe exercise in example four [00:04] expands our use of chord structures with the technique of "3-Note" chord types. The study applies several different types of 3-Note chord structures. The study does not limit the use of the 3-Note chords to diatonic "Major" and "Minor" qualities. Several different harmonies will be applied throughout the example.

Example five [04:41] places the focus on the introduction of faster speed bursts within a piece. This idea is very common in the Classical style, and also sounds great when used in many other musical situations. Flowing 8th-Note rhythms are interrupted by faster speed bursts that use 16th-Notes. The example should be learned at a slow pace, then the tempo should be increased slowly until the part clips along at a decently fast rate and pace.

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