Today I want to share with you a great Classical Guitar Practice Routine.
Classical guitar is definitely a challenging instrument, mainly because if you wanna get a great sound out of it, you have to play the strings using your fingers and not a pick. Sometimes classical guitar players will grow their thumb nail and other nails to obtain a particular type of sound that definitely represents the music of the era in which this instrument was first crafted.
When I think about classical guitar, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Tremolo technique. Tremolo is such an iconic technique from classical guitar; even when I first started I remember I wanted to learn how to play the tremolo technique because, hey, I had a classical guitar and I totally related it to this technique.
Classical guitar are a very popular instrument in my home country, I would even say that it is more popular than electric guitar. It is very common for beginners to start off with a classical guitar, as opposed to an electric one.
So I wanna show you a very easy exercise you can practice everyday to strengthen your tremolo technique. The exercise is composed using the A Minor Scale and it uses an open 5th string. Here it goes:
It sounds very interesting right? The key is to follow the right hand fingering just like I stated. Also your hand position is very important; make sure you feel very comfortable going from the ring finger to the middle and index. It has to feel natural to you; there is no right position. The right position will be the one that feels the most comfortable to you. If someone tells you that you are doing it wrong because your hand position is wrong, well they are wrong. Whatever feels natural to you, is what will be the best for you. Rules are for losers and you are not one.
The next exercise I wanna show you basically combines a lower bass with a higher pitch. This type of melody/bass compositions are very common among classical guitar players. Let’s check it out:
You should try using your thumb for the lower note; just give it a try and you will see that it feels more natural to do it that way. If it doesn’t, well! You already know; do whatever feels natural to you.
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