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Carcassi Classical Arpeggio Study
Hi all! Anyway, with all the practicing that has been going on in my household, (yea right). LOL. Seriously, just recently in the message board a couple of fellow axeman had classically influenced questions so I began to think: "man, I did minor in classical guitar", so I brushed off a couple of books from school and got to shedding some of the exercises that were given to me. It's wonderful and mind easing to leave one form of music and pick up another. In my case, I've been working on picking techniques and jazz tunes, it was refreshing to do some Carcassi fingerpicking exercises. Not only did it keep me up with my technique but it also helped me with my rreading and ear training. Remember variety is the best cure for boredom. I've inputed quite a few lessons under the "jazz" style and "theory", so now I will start to include classically styled lessons. My first is basically a Carcassi arpeggio study. It's in the key of "C" and is a great warm up for the right hand for all of you fingerpickers. Even though I can't notate the symbols on the composer here at wholenote but should be covered nonetheless.
For the beginner: (0) means open string. for the left hand, 1-first finger, index finger, 2-second finger, middle finger, 3-third finger, ring finger, 4-fourth finger-pinky. For the right hand: t=thumb, (.)i (index finger), (..) m (middle finger), (...) a (ring finger). Other names you may see for the right hand is: i-indice, m-mayor, a-anular, p-pulgar.
There are two types of strokes for the right hand: Rest stroke-where the fingers of the right hand after striking a note would rest on the adjacent string above. The second is the Free Stroke- where the fingers would play the string but without resting on any adjacent strings. Take this exercise and the updates slowly and watch your hand position, your intonation, and your body position. One of the most overlooked points in playing guitar be it sitting or standing is to be relaxed and BREATHE. LOL. You'll be amazed, especially in a live performance, how many performers forget to breathe.