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Fingerstyle Guitar Arpeggio Study

This lesson discusses popular right hand finger techniques as well as both the performance of the piece, and a short demonstration of the piece Romanza.

James Akers also covers the use of the bass note and how the melody is performed with the left hand up and down the fretboard.

Topics Covered

  • Learning the a,m,i right hand finger pattern.
  • Hand and arm position both left and right arms.
  • Describing the four note pattern to be played.
  • Short demonstration of the classical guitar piece “Romanza”.
  • Demonstrating the actual exercise.

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BOOK CONTENT 85 exercises & 16 studies grade 1 to grade 5 and beyond covering:

  • GRADE 1 – The exercises for grade 1 are intended to help the guitarist in the early stages of their development build up their finger strength, improve their coordination, tone production, speed, and accuracy.
  • GRADE 2 – The exercises for Grade 2 extend and consolidate the ideas introduced in Grade 1, providing more material to allow the evolving guitarist to improve their technique in a systematic way.
  • GRADE 3 – New techniques are introduced, including slurs, (or hammer-ons and pull-offs) and natural harmonics. In addition, as well as exercises, there are several specially composed study pieces, in a variety of styles, to allow the techniques learned so far to be practised in a more musical context.
  • GRADE 4 – Common descending arpeggio pattern across three strings, 4 note chords using all right-hand fingers, multiple slurs, or hammer-ons and pull-offs, in various finger combinations including open strings and multiple fretted notes, the half-barre technique for the left hand.
  • GRADE 5 – Ascending arpeggio patterns, speed & rhythmic pattern exercises, left hand workouts with repeated patterns, mixed ascending/descending slur patterns, full barre technique
  • BEYOND GRADE 5 – Tremelo technique, natural harmonics in exercise and within a study.

STUDIES

Sixteen original studies are provided for grades 3 onwards:

  • GRADE 3 – Six studies individually demonstrating various left hand finger combinations, two part chordal textures, three part chords, ascending slur and hammer on techniques,
  • GRADE 4 – Four studies individually demonstrating arpeggio playing, three and four part chordal performance, half barre in a musical context, ascending and descending slurs, playing in complex time signatures, introducing natural harmonics.
  • GRADE 5 AND BEYOND – Six studies individually demonstrating arpeggio playing, slur exploration, speed study, thick textured chordal playing, tremelo study, artificial harmonics in melodic scenario.

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