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

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And now we're on to the key of
E major from the Carcassi guitar method.
Once again, as as in the previous lessons,
I will give you the scale exercise.
A way to practice your scales and also
practice your left hand placement and
relaxation, technique, all of those kinds
of things.
And also your right hand alternation as a
continuation of the previous lessons.
And and then a short musical example in
the key of E major.
With the key of E major, of course there's
a lot in this scale exercise.
There's a lot of notes down low on the f,
fifth and sixth strings.
My technique style.
As far as the left hand is concerned is
not to hold the thumb so much to the back
of the neck.
And not to keep the thumb quite so much in
the middle all the time.
For example if I know I'm gonna be playing
a lot of scale notes on the lower
strings like in this example that you're
about to see I think it's okay
as long as you're not as you don't have to
play any open notes at the top.
If you really just have something like if
you're later on if you're playing a,
the concerto or chamber music, I think
it's okay to actually be able to have, to
have the experience of actually bringing
the thumb down to the lower, I know
this looks visually like upper, but when I
say lower, I mean to the lower strings.
I think it's okay to bring the, the thumb
Like this and John Williams you'll notice
in his playing if you watch his videos
does this quite a lot and I, and, I, I, I
think it really works great.
Of course if you in the future,
if you have a piece where you have
something like a figure like this.
Or something like that.
Some kinda like that ca, texture and piece
where you have to have an open E.
Okay, then yes, a, a little bit of a arch
in the wrist and maybe bringing
the thumb a little, little bit more to the
center of the neck is advocated.
There is, is recommended so that you don't
so that you don't risk buzzing the open E
with the inside of your palm.
That's generally what is taught to just
bring the wrist out
when you're playing on the lower strings
like this.
But if there's no action or activity on
the top string.
I say just bring the thing down here and
it helps keep your left hand
wrist very straight and easy.
So let's, you'll see that in the exercise
I'm about to play,
the scale exercise, here we go.
So, there you see that you can even see in
In the one camera angle there how loose my
left hand, thumb was.
I mean, mean I even taking it off of the.
The, the back of the neck in some cases
to, to shift around.
The, the thumb should be a very sensitive
very light kinda counter balance to the,
to the left hand.
It shouldn't, if you've see it or
feel it being fixed in one place for
extended period of time you're
probably either gripping the neck too
tightly with the thumb.
Or, you're just holding it in one place
making the fingers kind of work around it.
All five of your fingers of the left hand
should be like a very,
like, like a spider.
Just very, very light and very agile.
Let's go on to the, the musical exercise
here the andantino.
Going high.
So there you have it.
When I came back to the to the first part
again I I apologize for that.
I had a couple rhythms wrong there, and
started over.
But that's basically the key of E major.
Section in the Carcassi method.
Also, notice that in this performance, the
dynamic variance where I do,
where I try to play the dynamic changes
that Carcassi recommends.
I've also thrown in some of my own color
ideas, and you can try those if you like.
I think this lesson you can think of as
kind of an introduction
into trying different colors on repeats
for example.