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Classical Guitar Lessons: Combining The Right and Left Hand

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Okay, now we're gonna combine the right
and left hand together so that they're
playing together.
I wrote some very simple exercises to get
us started with this.
As I mentioned in the introduction to
foundational skills.
There are several method books that I
recommend that will fill out quite a bit
more of this and, and give you a lot more
other examples, to practice.
For example, I mean,
the, the Carcassi method is a perfectly
good method with lots of.
Exercises along these lines to give you
other variations and, and
other, to, to be able to give you other
repetitions of these same kind of skills.
But just for the purposes of the
curriculum right now,
here are some things that I wrote, just, I
wrote out some,
quick examples to get you moving up and
down, the fret board in first position.
So, these should be practised both with
your free stroke, your new, your new,
free stroke alternation and your rest
stroke alternation as well.
If you'd like to play along, with these
examples, you can download a pdf of these,
these very simple examples that I, I,
wrote down here.
So here we go.
Here's number one, I'll play it free
And it's basically the the three notes on
the E string,
E, played of course in the open string, F,
played with the first finger like this and
G played with the third finger okay so,
here we go.
It's in four-four.
Four quarter notes per measure.
Here we go I'll give you a count of four.
One, two, three, four.
Good, okay.
And now we will go to example number two.
And this here,
this lesson should just give you an idea
of what the hands should look like.
And also, the thumb again, the thumb
should be very relaxed in the back.
It should not be pressing back.
Even if you can help it.
Even with the same kind of force that the
fingers are coming down
on to the string with.
Number two, this example is in three-four
time, three quarter notes per measure,
and I'm gonna play it with, rest stroke of
my right hand.
Here we go.
The notes are [NOISE] B played on the open
[NOISE] C on the first, fret and D on the
third fret.
This time I'm going to use my fourth
finger so instead of the third.
So this will give you a little bit
moveable you know something
to work with the fourth finger there.
Okay, here we go one, two, three, one,
two, three.
One more time.
One, two, three, one.
And I want you to notice something in the
left hand.
As you're placing your first finger.
Right now, at this early stage, you can,
you can, avoid a very
common habit of guitarists and their first
finger placement of their left hand.
You want to avoid hugging the neck with
this part of your, first finger.
The inside of your first finger or the top
knuckle of your first finger.
This is something you really see commonly
in a lot of electric guitarists.
It almost looks kind of looks a little bit
like a hinge.
Like a door that swings on a hinge like
this and the hinge is the first finger.
Well, this kind of thing might work really
well for
bending and just general guitar playing.
It doesn't work very well in classical
guitar playing because if you're
holding on to the neck if you will with
this first
finger hugging the neck with the inside of
it it really reduces the mobility.
Not only of the first finger but of the
other three fingers.
It restricts there ability to move freely.
So right away in this lesson we can, we
can avoid that from happening.
Okay, here we go.
We're gonna do.
What's, what's the next string?
Third string of course.
Here we go.
And this, I'll play free stroke.
The notes here in first position on a
natural, scale.
C, C major scale.
No sharps, no flats is where we've been
going along here with the, with
the string so we just have two notes that
are in first position on the third finger.
G played on the open string and A played
with the second finger so
here's a, here's our the entrance the
debut of the second finger.
Okay, and it's in four-four, and, and the,
again in this example that I wrote,
here I'll give you a count of four, here
we go, one, two, three, four.
All right, moving on I'm going to play
this next example.
On the D string the, C-major natural, this
C-major scale here.
The notes in first position for, for the
fourth string are,
[SOUND] D open, [SOUND] open string D,
[SOUND] E we play with two,
[SOUND] and F natural played with three.
We're going to play this one, rest stroke.
And here we go here's the here's this
example one, two, three, four.
And again, remember the pressure release
exercise as you're doing these examples.
When two is depressed onto the string it
should use one,
as li, it should use as little pressure as
And, and two, the other thing you should
remember is that the third finger and
first finger and fourth, the ones that are
not in the act of pressing the string
down, should feel empty.
So I'll do that once again let's remember
And as you go to the third finger for
example with all of these examples in this
lesson you can also walk your second
finger to your third finger if you like.
You can also practice leaving it down like
That's leaving the second finger down
leaving the lower note finger down.
A finger and then you can walk it or lift
it as it goes to,
the second finger goes to the third finger
like this.
Like that.
And when you lift your finger off of a,
off of a fret, off of a string.
It should, you should,
had the feeling of it emptying off of the
string or relaxing off of the string.
Okay, good let's go on.
I've been playing all of these with i and
Let's get the thumb involved in this on
the A string or the fifth string and
the sixth string.
Here we go.
The three notes in the natural scale here,
the the in the C-major scale.
[SOUND] Open A, [SOUND] B, which is on the
second fret,
[SOUND] and the C, which is on the third
So here we go.
And this is in four-four.
I'll give you a count of four.
One, two, three, four.
And then we're playing these strokes with
our thumb; free stroke.
One, two, three, four.
A masterful composition.
I really like that one.
Let's do that one again.
One, two, three, four.
I even threw a couple of eighth notes in
there, okay?
And, here we go the last exercise here for
the six string, and
the notes are just like the first string
of the C major scale.
E, F, played with one.
And this time again I'm gonna throw the
fourth finger in there to give,
give it some exercise on the third fret.
Even though it's on the third fret, it's
okay I use four on the third fret a lot.
So here we go and this is in three, four.
I'm gonna give you a count of three.
One, I'll give you two bars of three, four
before we start.
One, two, three, one, two, three.
And a little faster this time, one, two,
three, one, two, three.
There will be more exercises that
over time that will be added to the
development of this skill.