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Tyrolean Dance - Josef Kuffner

Although Tyrolean Dance; by Josef Kuffner, is deemed to be very easy, there are many small yet important lessons that can be learned by analyzing it properly. When playing double notes is vitally important to aim to play them legato and this free guitar lesson is great practice for legato!

Whether using a combination of thumb and finger or two fingers, you must strive to achieve a "togetherness" of the notes (unless otherwise called for). To do this with the "i", "m" or "a" fingers you must be quite relaxed. So much so that the fingers quite literally "rest" against one another and move as if they are one finger.

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Other technical aspects in this free guitar lesson you should be mindful of are:

* Maintaining a flexible and relaxed right hand wrist - Too much tension can spoil your sound so that it seems somewhat suppressed;

* Control of sound quality and volume - You should use the practice exercise above by changing the dynamics from soft to loud and vice-versa;

* Evenness in finger articulation - As I said above, your two fingers (i and m) should act in conjunction with each other so that it seems as though they are one finger. This will lead to evenness, continuity and purity of your sound;

* Stability of position - You must learn to play your music in a secure and stable fashion. That is what technique is really all about. A controlled and highly disciplined guitar technique paradoxically is what "sets you free" on guitar so that you may enjoy the fruits of the more difficult and beautiful classical guitar repertoire;

* Development of shifting technique - It is easy to mess up the sound of the thirds in bars 2 and 6. You must learn how to shift from, in this case the 3rd position (fret) to the 1st position in a legato (Smooth and connected) fashion to achieve the quality of sound that is called for in this piece. The correct movement or shift can be achieved when your body is relaxed and free from tension, and when you master the release of pressure between the left hand fingers and the left hand thumb on the back of the neck. You still stay in touch with the neck, but you gently release the pressure and use the thumb to guide you down or up the neck length;

* Proper finger placement - The proper finger placement of both hands is vitally important to achieve the desired quality of sound that you want to achieve. This dance is the perfect vehicle to practice this without undue strain. Just make sure that you use the tips of the fingers of your left hand and co-ordinate the movement of the "i" and "m" fingers on the right as mentioned previously.

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