Beginner classical guitar lesson 5 : Notes on the D string

All these free beginner classical guitar lessons have the same format. Have a look at how this page is layed out and become familiar with where things are. The heading tells you what the aim of the lesson is and the coloured box contains tips and guidelines. Below the coloured box are your guitar pieces that support the aim of the lesson and supporting resources which include accompaniment in mp3 format and free sheet music in pdf format.These lessons, designed for the beginner classical guitar player, build step by step with each lesson building on the previous lesson in the following ways: (i) knowledge of guitar technique; (ii) familiarity with music reading and (iii) strengthening - and in a safe way - your hands. Try and play through all the exercises provided at the bottom of the page. Remember that the house with the solid foundation is stronger in the long run.

Beginner Classical Guitar Lesson 5 - Aims

  1. Become familiar with and practice using the notes located on the D string (4th string).
  2. Consolidate working with dotted notes
  3. Become more comfortable with music in two voices (review lesson 4 on this topic).
  4. Adding the p-i-m and i-m-p combinations of the right hand.
  5. Your introduction to using the a- finger of the right hand (see Exercise 15).
  6. Using the eighth note (or quaver).

Exercise 15

Exercise 1 to 14 are included in previous lessons

Notes on the study

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This piece has two voices. Review Lesson 4 for guidelines on how to approach music written in two voices.

Use the i- finger, m- finger and p- finger as indicated in the score. Notice that the fingering is provided for only the first two bars. The fingering approach provided in these bars are to be used for the rest of the piece of music. See finger names for an overview of the names of the fingers in classical guitar.

Note that the 'a' finger is introduced into your playing in Bar 7 of this piece. This is the first time that you are using this finger and it is bound to feel somewhat uncomfortable, but continue using it and it will soon feel comfortable.

The metronome speed is 110 for this piece.If this piece feels difficult, play through Exercise 16 and Exercise 17 first as they are slightly easier and will build you up to this piece.


Play along accompaniment for beginner classical guitar lesson 5

Two mp3s are provided for this lesson. The one contains both parts of the music and the other contains the accompaniment. Listen to both parts of the music played together so that you can get a feel of the song. Then practice by setting your metronome at a very slow pace. Slowly push up the speed until you can play it confidently at a metronome speed of 100. When you can play it confidently at this speed, you can play along to the accompaniment provided.

Listen to the song by playing this midi Play along with the accompaniment




If you haven't done much theory before, now is the place to start. This book, which comes with a supporting CD, takes you step by step through everything that you need know and comes highly recommended.


Tips
Use the correct fingering - where indicated use the i-m-p combination and the p-i-m combination. This is great preparation for arpeggio work which will be dealt with later.

- Notice the increased metronome speed. Build up speed slowly by slowly increasing the metronome speed until you are comfortable at the faster speed.


Guidelines
See the diagram below for notes on the D string and check which fingers to use in each fret.

Alternately, review the notes on the fretboard provided.

Notice the note values - particularly in the context of playing music with two voices as you will be doing in these exercises. Also, the addition of the quaver note. If you need to revise the note values go to music theory.


Great! Let's keep moving forward.

Okay, now you know the drill. The exercises provided below aim at developing the i-m-i-m movement of your right hand and your familiarity with the E string. Play through them by listening to the song and then playing along with the accompaniment. The sheet music can be downloaded by clicking on the PdF.

Exercise 16 Listen to the song by playing this midi Play along with the accompaniment
Exercise 17 Listen to the song by playing this midi > Play along with the accompaniment >


Well done!

  1. You've finished your first 17 exercises, are now familiar with and practiced in using the notes of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th strings.
  2. You've practiced alternating between i-m-i-m-i-m with the right hand and have added using p-i combinations and i-m-p and p-i-m with the right hand.
  3. You're now comfortable with the whole note, half note, quarter note and the dotted half note and have been introduced to the eighth note in Exercise 17 of this lesson.
  4. A new aspect of your musicality was the introduction of music in multiple voices. You've now learnt how to approach these scores - remember to separate the voices and play them separately before attempting them together and you've practiced them in Exercise 15.
Let's move on to Lesson Six where you'll start using the eight note (or quaver) more frequently. Just two more lessons and you'll be ready to play your first solo piece. And, equally importantly, just two more lessons and you'll be ready to begin preparation for the Grade 1 classical guitar examinations set by Trinity or the Royal School of Music(ABRSM). Not bad for someone who started as a raw beginner is it? Not everyone needs to do examinations. In fact, there are many, many brilliant musicians who have never done examinations and equally so, many musicians who can't read music. Having said this, it is good to know when you've reached a level and when you've moved beyond it. There are pages in this website dedicated to preparation for these exams. Once you've reached this point, I will recommend you to these pages for further development. Well done on the progress thus far. Keep going through each of the lessons systematically. They've been designed to build up your technical capacity, your knowledge of the guitar and your understanding of the musicality that you will need. Remember, a solid house needs a good foundation. That's great progress and in a short period of time!

Let's move on to Lesson Six where you'll be using the eight note (or quaver)

Keep going through each of the lessons systematically. They've been designed to build up your technical capacity, your knowledge of the guitar and your understanding of the musicality that you will need. Remember, a solid house needs a good foundation.

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Alternately, look through the lessons below and move to your preferred lesson

Lesson 1 - The E String: Start by familiarising yourself with the notes on the E string (1st String) by playing the pieces provided with the MP3 accompaniment. Practice alternating the i-m fingers of the right hand.

Lesson 2 - The B String: Learn and practice the notes on the B string (2nd string) by following the guidelines and playing the pieces with MP3 accompaniment provided. This lesson will help your fingers strength and the i-m right hand alternation will start becoming a little easier too.

Lesson 3 - The E and B String Together: Consolidate your learning of the E and B string by playing through the exercises which provide the opportunity to practice these notes to music arranged with accompaniment in MP3 format. Progress from whole notes, half notes and quarter notes which were used in previous lessons to dotted notes in this lesson.

Lesson 4 - The G String : Learn and practice the notes on the G string (3rd string) by following the guidelines and playing the pieces along with MP3 accompaniment. Enjoy your first introduction to playing music in two voices while allowing the i-m right hand finger combination to become second nature.

Lesson 5 - The D String Together: Become familiar with the D string (4th string) by playing the exercises with the accompaniment provided. Consolidate further working with dotted notes and working with music in two voices. Practice the p-i-m and i-m-p right hand combinations while using the quaver note for the first time.

Lesson 6 - The A String: Become familiar with the A string while you consolidate further your work with two voices and begin, for the first time, working in a new time signature. Practice the p-i-m and i-m-p right hand combinations while using the quaver note for the first time.

Lesson 7 - The E String: Your final lesson. On completion of this lesson you should be ready to prepare for your classical guitar examination Grade 1.



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