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Andante by Giuliani

This little Andante by Giuliani is great for developing your left hand slur technique. You need to play the slurs in a "clean", "crisp" manner. All in all, there are 12 slurs within this piece if you include the repeats. Slurs are of course the basis of the trill on guitar...

Andante indicates that you should maintain the tempo of a..."slow walking pace." Indeed, as you watch the video you'll see it's quite a relaxed pace that allows you to appreciate the music and hear all the charming trills and ornaments contained in the music. It is, of course, an Italian term because Italian is the predominate language of all musical markings. If you didn't know it is a long standing tradition.

Actually, Italian tempo markings were introduced around the early Baroque period. They tended to get more mathematical out of necessity in the time of Beethoven when the metronome became a more accurate way of delineating varying tempos. 

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The slurs are marked by a curved line that reach from one note to another. For instance, you see the first one played in bar 2 where the slur is marked from the "G" note to the "F#" note. To play this slur correctly (or any other slur) you need to have your finger on the note you're slurring.

Then come off the note above in a "snapping" motion by pulling your finger downwards towards the floor. This is highlighted clearly in the slow section of the video of Giuliani's Andante that I've provided below...

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Similarly, if you're slurring to a note or going from an open string to a note, often referred to as a "hammer on", you need to give your finger some weight. Again, if you watch the video below you'll see me "throwing" my finger at the note to give it that clean, crisp sound when the string touches the fret board and sounds the note.

This piece also employs an economy of movement and often your fingers are "squashed" up close together. You need to be accurate for the notes to sound without being muffled or miss-played. The judicious use of guide fingers also comes into play in this piece especially in the 14 bar where you need to move fret by fret in a smooth manner.

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