Strength and Accuracy for the Guitarist

 

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Your Weekly Dexterity and Stamina Exercise

Updated November 4, 2004* (Delayed due to death in the family)

 

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Heitor Villa-Lobos.

There are two varieties of classical guitarist: those who play the Villa-Lobos etudes and preludes and those who will be learning them very soon. The etudes and preludes are kind of deceptive--they are not terribly difficult reading, they reinforce a particular pattern, be it chordal, melodic or rhythmic. The devil is in the execution. These pieces are a worthy challenge to the student as it is often the endurance that is the crux.

Etude One in e minor is a neat little piece. What I consider the 'B' section of the piece is (mostly) nothing more than a single chord played in one fret descending pattern from the box to the nut. Look at the pattern. This is a right-hand exercise, correct? Note the repeated 'melody note' in each measure. It's the 'b' in the first measure, the b flat in the second, etc. The uppermost note is repeated three times in each measure and is usually performed with this note accented, first loud, then a bit softer, then softer still--but still louder than the accompaniment. This gets to be an issue in measure seven, eight, nine and ten as the accompaniment crosses over and steps on the three 'melody' notes. So, yeah, it really is right hand finesse, but it is a good ear that can sort it out! Steel-string acoustic and electric players who use a pick -- you can still benefit from this piece. Play it and work on your flat picking keeping in mind the accents I have previously mentioned.Classical students, buy these etudes and preludes. There are twelve etudes, each a worthy 'opponent' your victory will make you stronger! The preludes are dynamite little concert pieces, play one for an encore, play 'em all for a second half program selection.




























































Enjoy these exercises and come back next week for more!.

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Reflecting Pools is a departure for me as it is totally keyboard. Well, the guitar did show up on one track...

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