Lesson: Left Hand Preparation for Classical Guitar

Left Hand Preparation (or Planting) Lesson. The main benefits of preparation in your left hand technique are: accuracy, speed, security, and efficiency. Another great term for efficiency is economy of motion (using small smooth motions). It’s a great way to practice your repertoire. It’s also a way to work on your left hand technique rather than just playing something over and over.

Times & Topics

  • 0:00 – Intro, Definition, and Reasoning
  • 1:45 – Why Prepare the Fingers?
  • 2:36 – Accuracy and Security
  • 3:28 – Example Practice (Sanz)
  • 7:49 – Preparation Tapping Exercise

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  1. Hi Brad, again, just a terrific lesson which resonates with me. I was curious whether the left-hand planting you discuss here has any similarity or connection to Aaron Shearer’s Aim Directed Method approach for playing with the left hand. Hope you are well.
    Stephen Courtney