D02 Classical guitar lesson 05

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Tom Wimsatt
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:37 pm

Jules Wilkins wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:51 am
Hello all. With the new lessons out I decided to become officially "caught up". :D
Jules, well played. Nice job.

Amazing progress also, given you're working two lesson groups concurrently. I think this has may have been mentioned before, but I couldn't help but notice your left thumb position. I'm betting you played steel string acoustic in a prior life? It hasn't hurt anything so far from what I've heard from your postings, but lately I've run into trouble with buzzing strings (from LH finger slant angles in this case, I'm also having buzz trouble related to RH technique but that's another story). To fix this I'm trying to keep my LH fingers a little more perpendicular to the fret board, and I've had to keep my thumb more centered on the back of the neck in order to do this.
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Jules Wilkins » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:08 am

Thanks Tom
The sad part is, I have never played a steel string guitar. I keep working on my left thumb but as soon as I relax my attention just a tad it shows itself again. Like you though if I concentrate on using the finger tips (especially the pinky) and a vertical (side to side) approach (but allowing a slant towards the head) the thumb takes care of itself. I guess in a piece like this my concentration wanders to reading the music, trying to hit the right notes and playing somewhat legato. It is slowly improving at least.
My only solution so far is to concentrate on the left hand when doing scales, and presently I am mostly doing the chromatic scale as it uses the pinky extensively and not only do I need to force it to hit on the tip but it also needs training to stretch to the frets. I think you must also be struggling with this as I see in your playing that you sometimes have excellent pinky placement and sometimes not, suggesting to me that you too have to deliberately stretch it to reach far enough. But in a sense this is a good thing, as the stretches are hardest in first position. If we keep working on this then the higher positions will be much easier.
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Tom Wimsatt
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Joined: Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:51 pm
Location: Northern Alabama

Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:04 am

That's right, and I'm now seeing the pinky placement problem face to face, with the last measure (actually 15 and 16) of Pavane. ......

I'm finding that pinky finger and thumb placement are both key in avoiding string buzz when hitting that last chord. Proper thumb and hand position/orientation must actually be set at measure 15, notes G# & E, or I totally blow the last chord.

Ugggggg, hope to get this sorted sometime next week.
1989 Takamine C132S
1979 Yamaha CG-100

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