Lesson: Practicing Technique Through Your Repertoire

Lesson: Practicing and creating technique exercises from your repertoire. How to create a small technique warmup for your pieces. As and example I’m using An Malvina by Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856). From Bardenklänge, Op.13. You can see the piece in the video below. You can find my sheet music edition for it here: An Malvina by Mertz from Werner Guitar Editions.

When you look for things to practice consider looking at:

  • Textures/Balance: Maybe the piece has a melody, bass, and accompaniment that you can try to add more separation or balance to.
  • Tricky Passages: Can you break down the passage into small logical technique chunks?
  • Techniques: Are there slurs, barre, scales, arpeggios, or tricky chord shapes that you could work on?
  • Right Hand: Would it be beneficial to just practice the right hand alone on open strings to learn the fingering or balance?

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