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Giuliani Andantino

Classical Guitar Study

This Giuliani andantino is good practice both for using a variation of the right hand fingers playing two notes simultaneously (in a quasi slow introduction) and playing arpeggiated chords, also with a variation in the right hand fingering.

Despite being self-taught on guitar, Giuliani rose above his "station in life" to become one of the greatest guitar virtuoso's of his time. Along the way,  he gained the respect of many of the classical music giants of the day, including Beethoven and Schubert.

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Born in Italy in 1780, he had made a name for himself as a virtuoso of guitar by the time he was nineteen. He was also adept at the flute and violin and by the time he died had added the title of "highly talented composer" to his list of achievements. Indeed, he left a legacy of over 300 works for guitar and instrumental combinations, which catered for the beginner to the most advanced guitarist.

This particular piece starts out with a slow introduction of sorts. You use a combination of the right hand fingers, and thumb to sound these notes simultaneously to produce a chordal effect, even though there are only two notes played at any one time. It sounds really graceful if the notes are played simultaneously, not rolled or played sloppily, so the notes sound after each other.

In the next section of this andantino the chords become arpeggiated, that is, the notes are separated or "broken". It is often a recurring "G" note, played on the "and" of each beat that sets up an ostinato-like (repeated pattern) drone. The beats of the bar are punctuated with mostly two notes played simultaneously as in the first section. Make sure you highlight these beats by playing slightly stronger than the "drone" sections.

The last section of this Giuliani andantino continues in a similar fashion i.e. two notes on the beats and ostinato arpeggio. In terms of the right hand fingering you get to use the "a" finger on several occasions, namely: bars 19; 21; 22; 25; 27; 29. It is mostly on the "outer note" of the chord, usually an "E" on the open first string but also the "F" on the first fret, first string and sometimes the "G" on the third fret of the first string.

The difficult bars in this Giuliani andantino are near the end of the 3rd section, bars 30 and 31 where there is a stretch. Your first finger of the left hand is on the "F" note on the sixth string, and your 4th finger is on the "D" note on the second string, third fret. Also, you use your 3rd finger on the "F" note on the 3rd fret of the 4th string. Additionally, in the very next bar you have to get your 3rd finger off the "F" note and quickly onto the "G" note on the 3rd fret of the sixth string.

Your right hand fingering has to be accurate here also as you use your thumb on the "F" note but then use i and m fingers on the "E" notes in the next bar (31). If you practice slowly and gradually build up your speed, you shouldn't have too much trouble with it. Just be aware it can be a bit tricky.

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Here are a few related resources in which you may be interested...

Complete Giuliani Studies

Giuliani Music Minus One For Guitar

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