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Classical Guitar Lessons: Carcassi Method -- Key of C Major

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[MUSIC].
This lesson from the Carcassi Guitar
Method
covers the key of C major section in the
book.
And so, again, it's, the Carcassi Method
goes through all
24 keys with an exercise that gets your
alternation motoring around pretty good.
And then a small arpeggio study and then a
few actual pieces,
so that coming from where we left off with
just basic exercises and for
alternation and left hand placement,
this actually gets you playing some actual
music on the guitar.
So let's start with let's start with the
scale exercise.
And I'll just play that through for you.
You'll notice if you have the the music in
front of you with the Carcassi Method,
that all notes that are on the base
strings four, five and six,
the wound strings, he recommends you play
with thumbs, so
I'm just gonna go ahead and follow his
instruction there.
[MUSIC].
So, a couple of things to look for in
this.
This is kind of a, this is a nice
transitional,
these exercises in the method books.
Again, I reminded you of this in, in those
exercises that I,
I wrote out for you, where I just had you
playing [SOUND] you know,
C major scale notes on all the strings,
rest stroke and free stroke.
And I mentioned that first finger.
Especially if you're coming, if you're
coming from another instrument or another
style of guitar, having played other
styles of guitar before you may have a, a,
a kind, a, a tendency to hug the neck with
the inside of your, of your first finger.
So when you, the,
these are great exercises to practice not
doing that actually.
Just having the curled first finger with
enough,
about enough room between the inside of
your first finger and
the edge of the neck about the thickness
of a pencil.
You should, you know, David Russell in one
of my first master
classes with him when I was 13, cuz I used
to do that a lot too when I was a kid,
just kind of attach this sort of hinge
with me hand on the guitar.
He said.
That was an analogy he gave me.
He said, you should be able to fit a
pencil between the inside of your first
finger and the neck of the guitar, so
watch for that kind of thing and
you'll of course in the video, you'll see
how my left hand is moving.
So, here we go, onto the andantino
exercise here, this gets you,
gets you playing a little bit of music.
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So that's
an example
of the andontino,
there's two
other short
pieces in
the in
the chapter for
key of C major
in the carcasi
method, and
I recommend
of course
that you do
them both.
I want you to notice in that last example
in this little study
here in andontino, I want you to notice
the phrasing that I did.
I think even at this point, we can start
to introduce dynamics and phrasing.
And that, for example, and not over
simplify it, but I think it's good to
make this a general rule right now is that
if you start a phrase in a tonic C major
the the the home sort of the home key,
this is C major.
The, the phrase begins in C major.
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And move and moves to this
harmony which is G dominant seven.
You want to crescendo toward the dominant
chord and then as you're,
as you're coming off of that and going to
cadence back to the C major chord,
which is your tonic, you want to then
decrescendo.
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So right away, we're gonna,
we're gonna introduce phrasing if you feel
comfortable with it.
Once you get comfortable with the
fingerings and the playing,
then you can also add that to your playing
of the piece.
Notice in the second half I, I'm also
doing the same thing with some of the,
some of the more spicier harmonies.
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You could think of this as a leading
tone to G dominant seven
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D dominant seven
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to G, and
then back to [SOUND] C major again.
So these are some basic phrasing things
that you can emulate.
And thank you very much.
That's a lesson on C major from the
Carcassi method.
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