No. 3 – Left Hand Position Exercise: Horizontal Builder

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No. 3 – Left Hand Position Exercise: Horizontal Builders
eBook link: 20 Favorite Exercises for Classical Guitar
For beginner to intermediate classical guitarists
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Here is exercise No. 3 – Left Hand Position – Horizontal Builders for Classical Guitar. The idea here is to release the pressure/tension in the left hand whenever you shift up a fret. I find this helps create a fluid left hand, more than the vertical version. I choose to put this one in my book because it focuses heavily on the 1st and 4th fingers which nicely balance the hand. Just remember to maintain your basic left hand position, stay on your fingertips, and curve the fingers. Never collapse your knuckles…

Also see these other important lessons:

  1. Basic Technique Overview Video – Slideshow of Photos, Tips, & Diagrams
  2. Posture and Sitting Position for Classical Guitar – Video, Photos, Tips, Diagrams
  3. Right Hand Position for Classical Guitar – Video, Photos, Tips, Diagrams
  4. Left Hand Position for Classical Guitar – Video, Photos, Tips, Diagrams

 

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Bradford Werner is a guitarist and teacher living in Victoria, BC, Canada. He teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, a private studio, and performs as a freelancing musician. He also plays in the Victoria Guitar Trio, a group focusing on new music commissions by Canadian composers. This is Classical Guitar is based in Victoria, BC, Canada. Check out more Victoria posts at Classical Guitar in Victoria.

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