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Waltz in C Major by Carcassi

"Waltz - Described in 1825 as a riotous and indecent German dance..."

This little piece by Matteo Carcassi is a perfect example of his charming writing style but also of his didactic purposes. Indeed, there are many "little lessons" within this piece namely: controlled right hand playing and fingering including efficient thumb use and arpeggios, warm legato playing and balance of tone, medium stretches of the left hand including the use of the fourth finger to make movement and pivots from one chord to another as smooth as possible.

You'll notice in bars 1-8 and again where this section repeats in the music that I've fingered the right hand as p, m, i, m, p. the use of the thumb (p) on the last "G" note of the little arpeggio helps to highlight the note and accentuate that beat which gives the piece a little more "warmth" and control in my opinion than if you fingered it "p, a, m, a, i."

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You can of course choose to do it the alternative way as no one way should be considered the only right way. The choice is purely yours. I just make a suggestion based on what I think is best for the majority of people who visit this site which includes beginners to intermediate guitarists of all persuasions looking for some classical guitar help...and I'm here to HELP.

Moving on. Be careful in this music in bar 10 (and where it recurs) that the medium sized stretch using the 4th finger of the left hand on the F sharp note on the 4th string, and the "A" note on the 3rd string using your 2nd finger can be a little tricky. Practice it slowly and make sure you have good control before you try to speed up the piece.

In terms of "warm legato playing and balance of tone" in this piece,  it is good to remember that this type of musical form was perfected in the 19th century by none other than the famous Johann Strauss and the lesser known Joseph Lanner as a dance form of considerable charm, grace, even wit. Other luminaries to utilize and expand this form were Brahms, Weber and especially Chopin. This music is written in triple time usually with a "strong, weak, weak" pulse. They can be played slowly to fast without loosing the inherent charm. Carcassi made his own contributions to this form, and I'm sure you'll agree he did a wonderful job...

Another point to remember about this piece is to make sure you hold the bass notes for their full value to get the most out of the chords across the bar and keep the left hand relaxed when executing the chordal section in bars 9-17 and where they repeat in the piece.

Here is a video of the waltz by Carcassi...

I hope you enjoy this piece!

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