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Classical Guitar Lessons: Sor: Progressive Study Opus 31, No.5

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This is Fernando Sor's
Progressive Study Number 5 from Opus 31.
And here we have a couple longer shifts in
the left hand.
And also, some block chord playing, melody
on top of some some intervals,
which will require a good solid p-i-m.
And some slurs, some some descending slurs
in there.
And e, even a couple ascending slurs.
But really this one is about melody and
And I, I like to, I see a couple shifts in
here that,
that really demand a little bit of
relaxation, if you will.
The first one is in measure nine.
And this, it's a four-four shift, and
I've ac, I've really become comfortable
over the years of
shifting with four-four rather than
shifting the entire hand.
And I like this study because it really
gives you some practice at that on the
faster rhythm,
which is the eighth note, the subdivision.
So the idea there is just to keep your
hand light.
[SOUND] You get a slur beforehand, [SOUND]
an ascending slur.
And just keep the hand really loose.
The other one that's the longer shift
happens in measure 11, where we have this.
And, so that shift actually goes
from first position all the way to seventh
So I like to, again with shifts like that,
especially ones that go up the neck,
I like to imagine that gravity is actually
pulling my hand toward that shift.
Because actually up, going up the neck is,
is actually going down [LAUGH] in space.
So if you just think of.
Aaron Shearer, the great pedagogue,
had this kind of idea of aim-directed
movement, where if you were
playing a larger shift like that, all you
had to do was really look at the,
your target with your eyes, and your, your
hand would more easily go there.
So if you apply that with this feeling of
just letting your arm just very,
relax into the shift I think you'll find
that it's, it's not quite so difficult.
So, here we go, Lesson 5, Opus 31.