Free Classical Guitar Lessons

 

January 8th, 2008

Are you a beginner ? Do you want to play classical guitar ? Here are some usefull tips, hints, secrets and exercices suggested by Daniele Magli.

Guitar strings are in their order :

- nylon strings E(1st string), B(2nd), G(3rd)

- bass strings D(4th), A(5th), E(6th)

The left hand is marked as index=1, medium finger=2, ring finger=3, little finger=4. Left hand's thumb has to be placed behind the fretboard as in front of the medium finger

The right hand is marked as thumb=p, index=i, medium finger=m, ring finger=a, remember that it is better not to use your little finger because of shifting your posture. Refere to Right Hand page .

 

April, 25th 2009

Classical Guitar Correct Posture

Playing classical guitar, as playing any other music instrument, is not a natural task, it's a 'must learn' technique and it needs a really high training level. The correct basic posture is the 'not at work' posture: sitting on a not too bended chair, without leaning against the backrest, holding an upright back to help a good breathing.

Approaching the head stock to the left shoulder we reduce at the minimum the left arms mouvements towards the outside. This mouvements are bad because they increase the hard work and they are so difficoult to manage.

People who set the guitar too tilted or parallel to the floor will face more fatigue for the left arm and a lot of problems when unfolding the wrist.

Let's take a look at this Francisco Tarrega portrait :

Tarrega posture is considered to be a wrong one because it's really tiring and you'll have to practice for a lot time in addition and just to obtain a lower quality.

Let's take a look at this Matteo Carcassi portrait:

During the first half of the 1800 Matteo Carcassi played a really more usefull posture for the left arm (even though his right hand posture is not so correct because he seems to point his little finger upon the body).

Exercice n.1 -(right hand)

Walking on the strings

Let's pick the E bass string using your i (index)

Let's pick the A bass string using your m (medium)

Let's pick the D bass string using your i (index)

Let's pick the G nylon string using your m (medium)

Let's pick the B nylon string using your i (index)

Let's pick the E nylon string using your m (medium)

Let's pick the B nylon string using your i (index)

Let's pick the G nylon string using your m (medium)

Let's pick the D bass string using your i (index)

Let's pick the A bass string using your m (medium)

Let's pick the E nylon string using your i (index)

Go on practice that untill you'll be able to repeat it for ten times without making any mistakes. This will grant you a lot of control on your right hand.

 

Exercice n.2 - (left hand)

The Spider

Press the E nylon string at the 5th fret using your left hand finger no. 1 (index),

Press your finger no.3 (ring finger) on the 7th without releasing your no.1,

now, releasing your ring finger press your no.2 on the 6th fret, as last step, press

your little finger no.4 on the 8th fret without releasing your no.2.

Keep on practice it on every string.

 

We will add new exercices as soon as possible... good work !

 

'Twilight' composed by Daniele Magli is an easy arpeggio to learn the fingerboard. Please download the free .pdf score and follow the video.

Twilight by Daniele Magli

Free Twilight PDF score

 

Guitar Lessons Videos

Here are some videos from Youtube collection where you will find a lot of important hints from the greates classical guitarists so you can take a look at the right hands posture and their style.

Some important tips by David Russell

 

Elliot Fisk explaining vibrato and legato

 

A classical guitar lesson by Andrés Segovia

 

A classical guitar lesson by Manuel Barrueco

 

Perfect posture playing Asturias by John Williams

 

Changing Strings

As the strings get old, sound quality will gradually decrease, and it will become difficult to tune the instrument. Change the strings as soon as you think they are getting old. Make sure you purchase a set of nylon guitar strings.

1) Thread the string through the corresponding string hole on the bridge, then tie the string as shown in the illustration below. After tying the knot, pull both ends of the string to make the knot firm on the bridge.
Make sure the last knot is positioned over the edge of the bridge.
If the string slips (1st, 2nd, 3rd strings) tie one more knot.



2) Next, tie the strings to the pegs. Hold the guitar so the head is facing you and wind the strings onto the pegs as shown in the illustration below.
- Winding the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings (A)
Make the first wind to the left of the hole, and the remaining winds to the right.

- Winding the 4th, 5th, 6th strings (B)
Make the first wind to the right of the hole, and the remaining winds to the left.

 

All free .pdf scores about Daniele Magli music and tips HERE

 

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