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?