Beginner classical guitar lesson 7 : Notes on the E 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 7 - Aims

  1. Become familiar with and practice using the notes located on the E string (6th string) and play these together with notes on all the other five strings on the guitar.
  2. Become fully familiar with notes in the first position on the guitar.
  3. Become more comfortable with music in two voices (review lesson 4 on this topic)
  4. Using the p finger, together with i-m right hand alternation.

Exercise 20

Exercise 1 to 19 are included in previous lessons

Notes on the study

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Use the p-, i- and m- fingers as indicated in the score. Notice that the fingering is provided for only the first bar. The fingering approach provided in this bar is to be used for the rest of the piece of music. This approach of providing the fingering in only the first bar is frequently used in guitar scores. It suggests that the fingering approach applied in the first bar is to be applied to the remaining bars that have a similar musical structure.

This piece, contrary to the previous piece which was in 2/4, is in 4/4 which represents 4 beats in the bar. Review music theory for an overview of musical timing.

The metronome speed is a minimum of 100 bpm for this piece, although the faster you play it the better it sounds. Important though is to keep the notes really smooth otherwise it tends to sound pretty raggedy at faster speeds.

Play along to the accompaniment provided for beginner classical guitar lesson 7

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

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.

- Use the correct fingering. Where indicated use the p finger and i finger. 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.

Build up speed slowly by slowly increasing the metronome speed until you are comfortable at the faster speeds.

- 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.

See the diagram below for notes on the E string (6th 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.

Well done!

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  1. You've finished your the last of these beginner classical guitar lessons and have completed a total of 20 exercises all designed to develop your finger strenth, musical knowledge and familiarity with the first position of the guitar.
  2. You're familiar with the i-m-i-m and m-i-m-i right hand movement.
  3. You've practiced using the p-i fingers together in a pincer like movement.
  4. You've used the a- finger.
  5. You've used the p-i combinations and the i-m-p and p-i-m combinations of the right hand.
  6. You're now comfortable with the whole note, half note, quarter note and the dotted half note.
  7. You've played music in two parts or with two voices.
  8. You've used notes of different note values and even across music of two voices being careful to play the note values as they are to be played.
  9. You have also played your first solo piece.

You are now ready to prepare for your Grade 1 classical guitar examination. If you feel very comfortable with the exercises provided you might wish to play through the Grade 2 classical guitar examination pieces to see how these feel to you.

Not bad for someone who started as a raw beginner is it?

Well done on your achievement!

The guitar is a beautiful instrument and it is my hope that these lessons will give you the kick start to enjoy it for many years to come.


If you need to revise any lessons, browse through them below

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.

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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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