Beginner classical guitar lesson 6 : Notes on the A 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 6 - Aims

  1. Become familiar with and practice using the notes located on the A string (5th string).
  2. Become more comfortable with music in two voices (review lesson 4 on this topic).
  3. Using the p finger and i finger of the right hand to play two notes at the same time. Review lesson 5 for more information.
  4. Playing two notes simultaneously. Review lesson 5 for more information.
  5. Using the eighth note (or quaver.
  6. Working with a new timing 2/4.

Exercise 18

Exercise 1 to 17 are included in previous lessons

Notes on the study

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 6

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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 80 bmp. 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




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Tips
- Use the correct fingering. Where indicated use the p finger and i finger together and the i-m combinations. You should be familiar with the i-m combinations. If you are not, you might wish to go back to lessons earlier lessons where this combination was practiced.

Notice that the metronome speed is slow enough to allow you to focus on each of the different voice. Build up speed slowly by slowly increasing the metronome speed until you are comfortable at the faster speed. ns earlier lessons where this combination was practiced.

- Be sure to play the correct note values when playing the music in two parts as Exercise 18 and 19 are. For example, in Ex 18 in Bar 1 be sure to keep the E in the bass down while you play the C and G in the melody. lier lessons where this combination was practiced.

- Watch what finger 4 (your pinky) is doing while the other fingers are moving about. Beginners often have this finger flying around. This is a very bad habit which you should become aware of at this early stage as it leads to very tired hands and excessive movement. Simple become aware of when it happens and try and decrease the movement of the pinky when the finger is not in use.


Guidelines
SSee the diagram below for notes on the A 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 exercise provided below aim at developing the i-m-i-m and p-i movement of your right hand and your familiarity with the G string. Listen to the mp3 provided to get a feel of the song. The sheet music can be downloaded by clicking on the PdF. d excessive movement. Simple become aware of when it happens and try and decrease the movement of the pinky when the finger is not in use.

Exercise 19 Listen to the song by playing this midi


Well done!

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  1. You've finished your first 19 exercises, are now familiar with and practiced in using the notes of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th strings.
  2. You've practiced alternating between i-m-i-m and m-i-m-i with the right hand. You have added using p-i combinations and i-m-p and p-i-m with the right hand and, in this most recent lesson, you began using the p- and i- fingers together to play two notes simultaneously.
  3. You're now comfortable with the whole note, half note, quarter note and the dotted half note. In this lesson you practiced playing two parts - one part that used half notes and one part that used eighth notes (or quavers).
  4. A new aspect of your musicality was the introduction of music in multiple voices in Lesson 4 and 5. You've had another opportunity in Lesson 6, through Exercises 18 and 19, to play music with two parts - remember to separate the voices and play them separately before attempting them together. Also, be careful to play the note values as they are to be played.
Let's move on to Lesson Seven where you'll complete your knowledge of all six strings by getting to know the notes on the 6th string. Also, you are now ready to play your first solo piece.
And, equally importantly, just one more lessons and you'll be ready to prepare 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?
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 Seven where you'll be using notes on all six of the guitar strings.

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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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.

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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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