You might be thinking: I know very well the names of my fingers, thank you very much. And you would be quite right! Except that in guitar playing we give our fingers very specific names . This is particularly important in classical guitar where classical guitar scores use these names to suggest to players which fingers to use at certain points.
The thumb in the next hand does not have a number as we don’t use it for fretting notes.
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The book includes works by Teleman, Tarrega, Sor, Dowland and Bach and has favourites such as Lagrima, Romance and Adelita in its concert repertoire.For those who don’t have access to Amazon, or want a virtually (well, actually totally) free copy, you can click on the SCRIBD banner below and sign up for a months free account and download it from there. The version on SCRIBD is called ‘The Classical Guitar I’. It is one of the earlier version of Solo Guitar Playing. I have all the versions and there really isn’t that much difference between them, except that the later versions have a few more pieces in them. Also, there are three pages in the SCRIBD version where the scan quality is just not great. But, if it’s kindda free …
The fingers in the right hand are named in classical guitar playing according to the Spanish words for them.
p=pulgar or thumb
i= indico or index finger
m=medio or middle finger
a= anular or ring finger
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There are many cases where not all of the notes have been fingered because the pattern of fingering is repeated. In such cases you can generally assume that if a similar pattern exists that you will continue to use the fingering as provided in the previous few bars.
You can see this is the excerpt from Carcassi's Study in A minor (Opus 60 No. 7). The fingering for the first bar has been marked on the first four notes. The ordering of the fingering: p-a-m-i is the standard tremolo fingering which needs to be used for these first four notes. As the rest of the bar repeats the same pattern, the same tremolo fingering is to be used for the rest of the bar. The same can be seen in the second bar. The fingering for the first four notes is indicated as being p-i-a-i. This fingering is then repeated for the next four notes and is then changed for the last eight notes of the bar.
You might want to revise some of the guitar basics by clicking on the links below.
Guitar Parts: Start by becoming familiar with the parts of the guitar so that you know what we're talking about when we talk about the bridge or the fret.
Sitting Positions: This lesson takes you through the principles and dos and donts of the classical guitar sitting position. It introduces you to the guitar supports available including footstools, the Efel, the Dynarette, the A-Frame and the ErgoPlayay.
Music Theory: Music Theory provides an introduction to musical notation and to the basic theory that you will need to start playing.
Notes on the Guitar: Becoming familiar with the notes on the guitar is essential for any guitarist. This lesson provides guidelines and free guitar software. This is where you pick up the guitar and begin playing.
How to Tune your Guitar: How to tune your guitar. There is nothing worse than playing on an untuned guitar. This page teaches you how to tune your guitar with and without an electronic tuner.
Buying a Classical Guitar: If you need to buy a guitar or are thinking about buying a new guitar, then this page is for you. It provides useful tips on how to pick your first classical guitar.
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