Method Vol.2: E Minor, Erster Verlust by Schumann, Prelude by Carcassi

This lesson comes from my Method Book Volume 2.

Below is the lesson for E Minor (Page 19) including the scales and chord progressions. The lesson for the Erster Verlust by Schumann (Page 20) starts 4:15 mins. The lesson for Prelude in E Minor modelled after a work by Carcassi on (Page 21) starts at 7:00 mins. Be sure to watch the whole video straight through to get an overview and to not miss any info.

Below is a recording of the duet with my friend Natasha Pashchenko. Please note that the updated version of my book does not use slurs for the duet. If you are playing the duet without a teacher just play the melody on its own.

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  1. I am finding the prelude by Carcassi really difficult. Have been practising it a for while now, but my fingers just don’t seem to ‘get it’. What’s the best thing to do: sticking with it or moving on to something else and come back?

    • What is the specific issue? Is it getting the chord shapes in time? My first piece of advice is to stick with it but only for 5-10 min a day and then just move on and don’t worry about. Think of it as an experiment. You could try playing all the solid chords (taking all the notes from bar and playing them together) and play through the piece as a chord song. That might train the fingers to recognize the shapes more quickly.

  2. I think it’s the combination of 2 issues at the beginning of the second
    line: changing from Am to B7 (left hand) and changing from playing the first 3 strings (Am) to the 4th, 3rd and 2nd (B7). It definitely helps thinking chords instead of individual notes, but its still a lot brain-finger coordination to process. If that makes sense…

  3. Good to hear the comments, as i had the same questions. Loved to discover YouTube will let you slow it down to get the rhythm and fingering. It does however make Bradford sound drunk, lol.

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