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Beginner Guitar 8

The Ash Grove

In Beginner Guitar 8,  we start to see all the skills we've covered in the prior lessons come together in a longer, more demanding fashion: The Ash Grove is a great little tune, but it's more demanding in the fact that you're required to play longer and so sustain your performance. It is also quite a quick tempo in comparison with most of the other beginner pieces. You tend to make more errors under pressure of speed than at any other time so I suggest you practice this one slowly and build up speed gradually until you can manage it at the quicker tempo.

The skills to be consolidated from prior lessons are: repeated sections; string crossing; slide or glissando; legato melody playing; mixed rhythms and note groupings etc. Remember, the repeat is where you see two dots at the end of a double bar line like this... 

The slide, or glissando, is where you lightly lift the pressure from the string and move from one note, or fret, to another. You don't lift your finger off the string entirely, but rather use the string to "guide" your finger to the next position.  This skill takes time and you need to perform repetitive practice to consolidate the skill and gain that "light", graceful touch. You can see a slide in action here... 

Legato means "smooth and connected" and assists you to play with a more appealing tone, or sound. It is contrast to the term "staccato", which means short and detached notes. Staccato is also used for effect, but as with all techniques, if they're over used the music becomes compromised in terms of taste and musicality.

See if you can keep up with the video once you have practiced all the skills slowly first. Additionally, as a consolidation exercise, I want you to write in the correct left hand fingering (including "0" for open string) from bar 14 to the end of the page. You can "cheat" if you want to by looking the the previous bars to see which finger is used for a particular note.

Good luck and enjoy!

Go here to view the Beginner Guitar 8 - The Ash Grove for classical guitar on YouTube...

End of Beginner Guitar 8

That's it for Beginner 8.

The previous lesson was...

Lesson #7 - Saints Go Marching...

The next lesson is..

Lesson #9 - Minuet by Bach

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