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Classical Guitar Lessons: Carcassi Method -- Key of G Minor

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Key of G minor from
the Carcassi guitar method.
Here are the notes or the scale exercise
Actually this one I'm gonna kind of go off
the, the, the, beaten path here.
This will be kind of an extra challenge
for the for the alternation.
I'm going to have you actually play this
scale exercise all with IM.
And just in the, the, the assignment is to
keep alternating and
and you can also practice this starting,
starting with the I or starting with M.
And of course you'll notice that the
string skipping between them is,
of course, completely different.
And you're not always going to get an
advantageous string skip,
like say going from, from I [SOUND] to M
[SOUND] from a lower to higher string.
With this by doing the fingering this way
deliberately you'll,
you should feel and and, you know,
just feel that sensation of that of the
string skipping all the way up.
And then, then use, also practice using
your arm to traverse the strings.
Rather than, rather than holding your arm,
your arm,
your right arm should be very light, as
That's sort of the theme one of the big
themes of this guitar method and
this course.
But, so there shouldn't be a lot of weight
or holding the guitar to your with, with
your right arm because that's really what
the the shelf liner does already for you.
So, so the arm should travel freely
allowing your right hand position for
your alternation to be the same all the
way through.
So I'll demonstrate that with this scale
And now for the musical example in G
Some really interesting shifts here.
Notice in measure, let's, see, one, two,
three, four, five,
six, in measure six, if you have a hand
like mine this where one and
two are closer together and three are,
three and four are closer together.
You, you may notice that you have trouble
with these kind of chord shapes,
like B, B major [SOUND].
So in this, in measure six, this, [SOUND]
G minor chord in first inversion [SOUND],
you know, if you,
if that feels really tight to you to get
that second finger in there.
There is an alternate fingering that you
can use for that kind of for
that kind of chord shape.
And, instead of playing this [SOUND],
you can play that B-flat on the sixth
string with your fourth finger [SOUND],
and then just make a bar out of the other
notes, the top three notes [SOUND].
That's, you may find that that's more
I usually opt for that, for that
Just cuz it, it's it's, it makes it much
easier for me.
Okay, here we go.
So there you have it.
You have a lot of, lot of shifting in
there, of course, because G minor is
a very awkward key on the guitar, lots of
shifting, lots of bars.
Thankfully, he makes it a very short
In the second to last measure, I recommend
a fingering.
He doesn't really post one, he, well, no,
he does.
He post, he recommends [SOUND] first
position here.
And that's that I was going to suggest,
I don't know, well, we're thinking alike
[SOUND] So, how you do that is you just
take three, two, four, and
if you're playing in first position for
your D down to the seven
chord you just shift three, two and four
down, and there it is.
[SOUND] The hard part about it, of course,
is that you end on the three of your left
hand [SOUND] and then you have to shift to
get the first note of the next measure.
[SOUND] That's actually a nice little
shift exercise and,
and two note breakdown.
That's a, a nice little thing to where you
try to make your shifts feel easy even
though they, they may, they may be hard.
Like this.
Even if you make a mistake don't be afraid
to make a mistake.
When you're, when you're training yourself
to play relaxed or to shift relaxed,
you have to be willing actually in the
practice room to make mistakes.
[SOUND] So if I want this feeling of just
kind of letting gravity
sort of pull my hand in, through the
And just stop on that note; play as
relaxed as I can.
Then add the other notes after that,
after a couple repetitions.
It's, it's very worth making the, making a
couple errors or
buzzing in order to get that feel into the
The brain and the body do remember that
information over time,
and it'll pay big dividends later in more
difficult pieces.