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Classical Guitar Lessons: Right Hand Fingers - Alternation

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Now you're ready for alternation of the
right hand, fingers.
And I'm just gonna give you different
examples to work out and
just some light exercises that you can do.
To do that, each exercise, or each
combination of these
alternation exercises should be done both
free stroke and rest stroke.
So just starting with the right, starting
with the, first
string we're going to alternate I and M,
and that looks and sounds like this.
Now, I gave it a little bit more of an
exaggerated move.
You can even exaggerate it, the motion
even more, so
that you can really feel the, you know, I
think of it like, learning to swim.
The legs, you know, kicking in the water.
You know, when you're swimming, your legs
at the same point in the middle each time
if you're, if you're kicking correctly.
And there's a, you know, very powerful
strokes from the legs in order to pro,
propel you through the water.
So, you can kind of think of it the same
way with that if you want to exaggerate
the movement to really get to feel so that
you really feel the exchange between
the flexor of the I versus the, ex,
extensor muscle of the M.
Like this, so, here, I'll exaggerate that
a bit more.
It's a little harder to be accurate with
the string
but it's, it's a,
it's not a bad thing to really feel that.
Some things you should be looking for in
the M finger.
I, what I recommend, that you, how you
approach playing the M
on your stroke is that the M, the A and C
fingers should go with the M,
almost as if there is one, as if they are
one finger, in a very relaxed manner, too.
Release all the tension from A and C, and
right from the beginning, with this,
with this, method.
You can have very relaxed alternation.
You do not hold or splay your A and C out
like this.
If you're see yourself doing this
it probably means your hand is tense.
[SOUND] There's some tension that you're
in your hand through your A and C fingers.
Allow those two fingers to move with M.
I always, say to students that you are
you have three fingers on your right hand
when it comes to I M alternation.
I and M alternation is kind of the bread
and butter of your scales, and, and
just a lot of melodic passages.
And, and so it's really one of the most
important things to develop in,
in terms of your right hand technique.
You can also apply a staccato stroke to it
as well.
Like this.
Like this, and that will help again get,
that's a good test for your contact point.
So you get the, to test the accuracy and
the quickness,
the agility of the contact point moving on
the string.
Okay, good.
I'm gonna do the same thing with rest
stroke now, with, with this plant.
And then releasing the plant,
this is what this looks like here for rest
So also another thing that if you want
to exaggerate that movement again with the
rest stroke to really
feel the muscles working you can do that
as well.
Just be sure to move your A and
C with your M finger.
Like this.
High stepping, and
then bring the move again back to
more of a practical exercise which you
would like to see in real [NOISE] guitar
playing [NOISE] and real action [NOISE].
Pause, just play about eight strokes and
then pause, you know, four,
four beats of, two eighth notes a piece.
And then, and also, you know, you could do
that exercise I showed you in the last
lesson [NOISE] where you kind of [NOISE]
play four strokes [NOISE].
Then move to the next string and
work on the movement of your right arm as
it travels down the strings.
Again, get that nice exchange
between flexion and extension.
Should feel a real exchange there between
the I and the M.
Let's see, what else.
And, and here I can demonstrate another
couple combinations.
It's, it's mainly important to really work
out the I and the M.
But you can do other com, finger
combinations as well.
That's very healthy too, like M, A.
We're gonna do that rest stroke.
And then just feel
the arm move slightly
back for each string.
[NOISE] Like that, then up again.
Your arch and hand position should look
the same regardless of what string
you're on in, in this exercise.
Of course,
the other combination is I A and again, so
I A and
M A are kinda alternate things that you
should also practice but
I and M is gonna be kind of your bread and
butter stroke for
alternation and, do them rest stroke and
free stroke and, and that's alternation.