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Classical Guitar Lessons: Sor: Progressive Pieces - Opus 44 No. 21

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The opus,
the Opus
of 44
pieces by
Fernando Sor,
this is
number 21,
moving on
in the series
This is an andante.
I might have played a little under
I'm not sure.
I mean, I think this one can be that speed
or maybe,
this is not a bad speed either.
The slower one works really well too.
Somewhere in between those two ranges I
think, for a tempo choice is nice.
The reason you don't want to start too
fast, this is one of those instances that
we all encounter where we go, oh, you
know, quarter notes, andante.
Until you start to see the eighth note
triplets coming up right after it,
[LAUGH] and, and of course at the end,
there's a lot of activity when he brings
the melody back
after the middle eight, if you will.
And lots of activity in the alto line with
the triplet triplet eighth notes.
So, choose, in other words, choose wisely.
Choose your tempo wisely.
Base your tempo off of your ability to
play the latter half of the piece,
from measures from measures 17, 18.
Right around there when the triplets are,
start to become more regular when you,
where, whatever the tempo is you can play
that comfortably.
Base your tempo off of that because this
really sounds good at
many different tempos.
It doesn't have to necessarily be, you
know, it's not a quick piece,
it's andante.
So it can, it can have a much, it can even
have a kind of andante largo kind of feel,
I think.
And it's a good study for just rhythmic
subdivision of, of a slow pulse.
Of course you've got your quarter notes.
So you wanna be, if you're,
if you struggle at all with,
with rhythmic subdivisions.
You want to really regularly practice
measures one to two,
within the context of,
of measures three and four.
All the while maintaining a nice quarter
note pulse.
And then also, playing the difference
between for yourself, for your ear.
Something like that, that the,
the rounder triplet rhythm against.
Something the the, more just straight
eighth notes.
Something like.
Like in measure nine.
So, both your, your eighth notes and
your eighth note triplets have to be,
remain within the context of the slower
the slower quarter note pulse that you
So I think that that's one of the,
the musical elements of this piece that
make it challenging.
And and then also I'm gonna suggest the
fingering for the the bridge,
if you will, or the middle eight, as I
like to call it.
It's kind of in a song form.
You have a main thing, and then you have
something in the middle,
and you go back to the beginning.
I want you to try this particular left
hand fingering for the this pedal, this E
dominant seven
pedal that's throughout, starting at
measure nine.
If you can keep your second finger down.
And then at
measure 15, go in to,
change position and
go in to second position with a bar.
If you can do that,
you won't have to interrupt
the legato nature of that E pedal.
And it's really good for the left hand,
Its good exercise for the left hand.
Which means you're gonna have to use
lateral movement to move the three and
four into the forth and
third fret, while keeping the second
finger there.
Then go into a hinge bar with the two,
with that two underneath it.
If that, that fingering seems crazy,
it may, it may just not be for you at this
This is kind of, this kind of a fingering
in a specific texture that,
that that some more advance players would,
would choose.
If not, Sor's fingering that he has on
That's why I'm gonna leave it alone.
I'm not gonna mark it up with this
Then the, Sor's fingering where he has you
switching off between one and two on that
E pedal is, is probably a better choice
for you, but it's, it's up to you.
I don't think necessarily that one's more
advanced than the other, it's just that
it's, I wanna provide an alternate
fingering that really keeps that smooth,
but in, in some cases, it'll be harder to
For some of you, you may find it easier to
So just gonna present that option to you.
And that's it.
I think that's really everything to, to
As with any of these lesson videos,
anything else that needs to be covered,
I get that a lot of that information from
your videos that you send in.
So through the video exchange which is
really the most important part of this,
of this process between you and I.
So, send in your video for Number 21 or
anything in the curriculum or anything
outside of the curriculum, and
then we will, if you haven't sent in
videos already please do.