No. 20 – Triads & Arpeggios Etude

No. 20 – Triads & Arpeggios Etude for Classical Guitar
eBook link: 20 Favorite Exercises for Classical Guitar
For beginner to intermediate classical guitarists
Includes: notation, TAB, fingerings, practice tips
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Guitarists are notorious for not playing basic triads well, but with good reason! They are difficult on guitar. However, piano students practice these shapes from the first lesson and we should too. Take it nice and slow and make sure to feel and visualize each group of three notes as one triad (three note chord). This etude bares little resemblance to Giuliani’s original except for the concept of arpeggios and the basic harmonies. I wanted a more straight-forward arpeggio workout rather than fussing with Giuliani’s musical, but difficult, composition. You may wish to come up with your own right-hand fingerings in a few spots or you can follow mine. However, I think it’s best that you use the left-hand fingerings provided as I wrote the etude for specific reasons related to position shifts and chord forms. You must practice slowly. Just because it is difficult and has many shifts does not mean you get to slack off. Play with a solid rhythm, tempo, and tone and also add some nice shaping to ascending lines.

 

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