exercise for this week is based around a common
technical aspect that is rarely touched upon.
guitarists barré chords, but few practice
exercises based upon barred melody passages. To
demonstrate an example of this needed proficiency
as found in the standard repertoire, I have
included this familiar passage from Tárrega's
Capricho Árabe. [For some unknown reason,
students are assigned this piece some time within
their third year of playing the instrument. They
flub and gasp their way through it and move on. I
assign this piece to my students who practice
until they can actually play the instrument. It
is not a simple piece to play correctly or with
the emotion this classic Spanish composer
intended. I think some teachers consider it a
'throw-away' on the road to Bach, Berkley, and
Walton. That just ain't right!]
just come through the dark and sultry d minor
introduction and have begun the F major section.
The entire seven measures are played while
holding barrés at the third and fifth fret. Even
macho-man players find this tough on first
Tárrega's technical gauntlet thrown down, I have
developed a couple of simple exercises that can
be performed (almost) brainlessly once learned.
These exercises will strengthen the left hand so
that passages such as the one above from Capricho
Árabe will present nothing to squirm about.
note chords in the first four measures are not
intended to sound. Be sure if plucked they DO
sound, though, no dead strings. Measure five, six,
and seven contain a variation of a figure found
in the Tárrega sample. Make sure all notes ring
when played. You'll feel this in the forearm, so
don't push it!
And on another note, please see the last two measures of
the Tárrega sample. Does this remind you of the
chromatic exercise from week one???
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