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Classical Guitar Lessons: Carcassi Method: Key of C Minor

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Carcassi method key of C minor,
three flats in the relative
minor to E flat major.
Both E flat major and C, C minor are not
keys you're gonna find a lot of pieces in.
But there are pieces in, in normal, quote,
I put that in quotes, normal keys for
the guitar, like D major, E major, A
minor, that may, modulate to these keys.
So it's, it's good that you're studying
this because you want to become familiar
with, just this, these slightly different
configurations of the left hand that, that
need to happen in these keys.
Not to mention the many bar chords that
are needed
in order to play anything in these keys.
So here we go, here's a scale.
It's gonna start in first position.
If you're confused a little bit by what
fingerings to use,
in keeping with the series, he wants you
to, if he doesn't mention a position,
it's meant, it means that it's, it's to be
in first position.
And that you'll if, if a finger,
left hand finger is on the if a C is here
on the third fret, you play it with three.
If this E flat, here on the first fret of
the fourth string, you play it with one.
First fret, one, third fret, three and so
on and so forth.
And anything that can be an open string
should be played with an open string.
The exception is of course when he has to
complete the scale up high like this.
He has to go to fifth position to complete
the scale of C minor up at the top.
And then that, that shift happens in the
fourth measure, third note.
Fourth measure, third beat.
You will shift to fifth position.
In the next measure, sixth measure,
you will shift back to first position,
excuse me, first,
back to first position [SOUND] on the A
flat with the fourth finger.
Okay, here we go.
And now, the scale exercise in C minor.
This is all in first position so watch
your accidentals,
because as we've been doing it all of the
all of the minor key areas,
when the scale comes down when, when the,
when the line comes down the scale,
when the notes are getting lower by step
or coming down the scale.
The 7th and, the 6th and 7th scale degrees
in this case have a,
are, are flatted, and then on their way up
you'll see natural signs when
the scale goes up the 6th and 7th scale
degrees have natural signs to them.
So the, in this case, these A's and
B's in C minor are not always the same, so
you have to mind your accidentals.
And write your left hand fingerings in for
Go ahead and write the left hand fingering
to Carcassi suggestion to stay in first
position the whole time.
It's a wonderful exercise really,
a wonderful mental exercise to write the,
the fingerings in,
and, and then to duplicate them in your
[SOUND] And rest.
Okay, and now we're going to the, a short
prelude in C minor.
Particularly in these minor keys, minor
and major keys that involve a lot of R's.
Anything two flats or more, or anything
two sharps or
more in the minor, in any of the minor
You're gonna encounter a lot more bars.
And, this is a great opportunity, in fact,
to practice walking your
left-hand fingers sequentially into each
of their positions on the strings and
on the frets, rather than trying to learn
the chord shape,
and then trying to get all four of the
fingers to fit a shape.
It's much easer and a better investment
for your left hand technique to place,
instead of trying to move back to the C
minor chord for example.
Then measure four from here
rather than trying to grab the whole
It's much easier actually to go slowly,
practice slowly,
and walk the individual fingers.
So going from here-
One, two, four, three.
Three bar,
two, one.
And then coming up here, one, four, two,
three in sequence,
only when you need the fingers.
This is a great opportunity early on to
really develop that skill.
Because it'll help, it'll really help you
in the more advanced, pieces as you
that's, key of C minor from the Carcassi