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Playing for an audience

requires a unique level of concentration...

Learned by - playing in front of an audience!!


Simulate an audience

by recording your playing on a video camera.


It will create a 'centre stage tension'

- you will then have the wonderful opportunity

to criticize your guitar performance yourself.


'Would someone the giftie gie us,
to see ourselves as others see us'


Here's my simple to operate,

low cost, Zoom Q3 recorder in editing mode:




I've used this for all of my youtube videos

- the sound and visuals are good -

and it's easy to edit the start and finish.


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Thinking with my fingers...

 

I'm Thinking with my fingers on the keyboard of my computer...

Just letting the words flow...

I can do this on the fingerboard of my guitar.

I allow my fingers to lead the flow of notes- intuitively.

Free flowing notes- no thought required, just allow the fingers to find their own way...

The fingers of both hands that is!

-Searching for 'patterns' - a repetitive series of notes...

It could start in a stuttering, floundering, groping fashion...

And this pattern could be on a single string, or over many strings...

I am seeking an interesting musical phrase...

The fingers of both my hands become comfortable with repetitive playing of the new pattern..

Once I'm comfortable with the left hand pattern I aways repeat the same fingering for the fretted notes whenever, or wherever I play this pattern...

The right hand fingering may take some further experiment before it too settles into familiar repetition...

I move the position up (or down) the fingerboard- one fret- or more at a time.

I may try moving the pattern in bigger or smaller fret leaps...while listening to the different notes that are produced.

Perhaps even move it from string to string...

In doing this, I am creating my own style of music on the guitar!


Point of interest, just writing this prompted me to create a new piece

which I have titled, 'Finger Thinking' -  Here's the link to view it on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiW63edWmsE&list=UU4o3o77IhU6c8uNzLwnwRgQ&index=1&feature=plcp 

 

 

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FINGERSTYLE / CLASSICAL GUITAR ‘FINE PLAYING’

IS MAINLY ABOUT RIGHT HAND TECHNIQUE.

 

REPETITIOUS R.H.a m i IN BOTH TREMOLO AND ARPEGGIO PLAYING

CAN BE VERY TIRING.

 

SO, OVER THE YEARS I HAVE DEVISED SOME RIGHT HAND EXERCISES

WHICH I CAN PRACTICE- AT MY CONVENIENCE-

  WITHOUT THE GUITAR!

 

THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES WILL BUILD UP ‘FINGER FITNESS’

AND ASSIST TIMING.

 

1)     SURFACE TAPPING;

Find a resonant surface (a table top, or any hard surface)

and tap a continuous   a  m  i  tremolo.

To avoid ‘galloping’ (grouping in threes) -count to eight;

                                                                  1    2    3   4   5    6   7   8

                                                                      a    m    i    a      i    a   m

 

Start slowly and keep a regular beat.

It will take a long time for it to become comfortable!

Only then should you progressively begin to speed up!

 

*LOUD FINGER TAPPING IS OFTEN ANTI-SOCIAL

(-EVEN REGARDED AS A SIGN OF NERVOUSNESS!)

SO, WHEN I NEED TO PRACTICE MORE SOFTLY

THIS IS MY QUIET ALTERNATIVE;

 

2) SURFACE TAPPING VARIATION;

 ‘Slap’ a continuous   a m i  tremolo, counting as above,

but onto your L.H. knuckles!

Make a fist of your left hand, and ‘slap’ the length of your R.H. a m i fingers

down the hollows between your L.H. fingers- (from knuckle to second joint.)

Each finger should produce an audible ‘slap’!

 

3) RASGUADO PRACTICE;

Use your left hand fingers ‘spread out’ in a fan shape- to function as the guitar strings!

Begin a simple Rasguado strum -where the R.H. little finger leads

-and the ami fingers follow one after the other!

All rasguado work, including the continuous roll and rumba strums,

can be practiced  using this technique- which is always convenient,

and  very friendly to your nails!

 

*I constantly practice these exercises- I have done for many years

-whenever and wherever I can- and I don’t need a guitar to do them!

 

I have never studied Flamenco, but my flamenco-ish (flamenco-esque?) rasguado playing, rumba strums and a m i a trills, would never, I’m sure, have become so fluid without using these exercises.

 

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