Overall Rating: 4.7 (of 5)
Estudio #1 - By Francisco Tarrega
This is a relatively easy study, by Francisco Tarrega. The main aim of this lesson is to develop right hand technique - both the rest stroke and the free stroke must be used.
The left hand fingering is pretty straightforward. The right hand 'picking pattern' is also quite simple; however, care should be taken to accentuate the melody notes (generally the 4th, 7th and 10th notes of each bar) - this is accomplished by playing rest strokes with the ring finger (a), whilst using free strokes with the thumb (p), index (i) and middle (m) fingers for the arpeggio-style accompaniment.
Be sure to let the bass notes 'ring' for the entire duration of each bar (measure) where possible. This only becomes a problem in bar 3; here, the G in the bass is fretted with the first finger, and must be released early in order to play the high F later in the bar. The bass note should still be allowed to sound for as long as possible however, reaching for the F at the very last moment.
I think the left hand fingering should otherwise present few problems. A half-barre at the fifth fret is used in bar 6, but this is not difficult.