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

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This next lesson covers the Key of D Major
section of the Carcassi Guitar Method.
And one new wrinkle that I'm going to
introduce in here
is the concept of bass damping.
And I'm gonna take you through in the
musical example,
which is a waltz, I'm gonna take you
through how to actually do bass damping.
Again, I, I believe, personally, that
things like bass damping and
phrasing can be introduced fairly early in
the process.
Once you become comfortable with the
fingerings and that kind of thing,
you should I encourage you to try bass
damping in this lesson.
Okay so, here is the scale exercise to get
you familiar with the notes in the key of
And now for the music example, the waltz.
I'm going to break it down a little, a
little bit.
I'm not necessarily, or I may, may or may
not perform the whole thing.
I'm going to stop along the way to show
just what I mean about the bass damping
In measure four of the, this waltz,
the harmony changes from D major to the
dominant chord, A dominant seven.
And, but, you know, and of course, that
being A dominant seven, and, and
there there, there being the A bass you,
you would play that,
but the, the measure before, in measure
three, you've just played a D, an open D.
Both of these bass notes are on open
So, you don't want to have a D bass note
ringing over
a A dominant seven cord, ideally.
Because it sounds a bit like this.
If you play the D major cord and leave and
don't damp the D bass,
it sounds like this when you go to the A
dominant seven cord.
So instead of the listener hearing this,
they kinda hear this.
Which isn't really A maj, A dominant
It's an A dominant seven with a D in it.
[LAUGH] So, to damp that, I'll just go
slowly so you can see here,
going from measure, measure three.
Notice that my thumb is now on the D,
on the open D string, the fourth string in
to damp the previously played bass note.
Once again, I'll do that again and
Like that.
And how that's done, this is going to be
90% of your,
of your bass damping technique, is that
you will first
play your a bass note, like this, and then
To the open D to damp it rather than try
to do them all in one stroke.
There is a damp for that which we'll get
to in later lessons, but
this is the recommended way it keeps the
hand from having to change positions or
anything and it keeps the hand very
Okay, so i will play through the waltz.
And here we go.
And you'll see the the bass damping as I
go along.
I'll I'll do it slowly so you can see.
Once again.
So that's the first half of the waltz and
you'll notice that the reverse.
Going from A major to D major I first play
the D major tonality and
then immediately after playing the D bass,
even while,
as I'm about the IMMA on the stem up notes
I am grabbing that A.
Open fifth string A bass.
I'm grabbing it lightly and relaxed,
that's the key.
So that's the key of D major lesson from
the Carcassi method.
And we will have other lessons for you
coming up next.