How do you avoid left-hand shifting noise? Lift when shifting. Or shift on the pad of the finger.
How do you switch between rest stroke and free stroke? I recommend having the large knuckle further behind the fingertip for rest stroke.
How do you play hammer-ons and pull-offs? The hammer-on should be a focused snap. The pull-off should move down to the floor.
How do you vary tone color on the guitar? Change where you pluck on the string. And change your attack angle.
How do you practice Carcassi Etude 3? Practice right-hand planting and then practice the left-hand shapes while playing block chords.
Many guitarists might be wondering if there’s any benefit to studying 19th-century guitar methods. Aren’t there plenty of modern method books? Yes, there are great modern guitar methods, but none of them will take you into the mind of a 19th-century guitarist.
Studying 19th-century methods can dramatically deepen your understanding of the music of Sor, Giuliani, Carulli, and Carcassi, and make playing their music more fun!
Here are five lessons you can learn from 19th-century guitar methods:
How do you learn a piece of music? I believe there are five stages: mapping, learning, memorizing, polishing, and performing.
How do you practice vibrato? Start by practicing slowly and rhythmically.
How can you be more creative? The first step is not being afraid to try things.
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