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Fernando Sor Study

This Fernando Sor study in C Major is great for developing several basic classical guitar techniques whilst at the same time helping the beginning guitar player to develop concentration and memory over a longer period (Approx 2 minutes).

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Whether you're a beginner, or have some experience playing classical guitar, the regular sheet music in both notation & TAB will improve your skills and technique QUICKLY !

From the outset,  you should maintain "drive" and try to achieve continuity throughout the phrases in this Sor study. The use of the 32nd note adds interest in bar 8, but you need to be careful to perform it correctly. Similarly, the use of a "falling line" in bars 15-17 adds interest and is even more pronounced in bars 23-25.

Another form of balance is evident in bar 19 where the piece modulates to the relative minor key namely; A minor. According to Wikipedia this type of modulation can be termed as...

"Phrase (direct, abrupt) modulation is a modulation in which one phrase ends with a cadence in the original key, and begins the next phrase in the destination key without any transition material linking the two keys. This type of modulation is frequently done to a closely related key, particularly the dominant or the relative major/minor key...Abrupt modulation is also common in forms with sharply delineated sections, such as theme and variations and many dance forms."

This type of modulation was a device used successfully over and over again by Sor to change, even darken, the mood of a piece to give it more interest and "color". There are two repeated middle sections in this study that are in the minor key before it returns to the main theme.

A further benefit of practicing this type of study is the mastery of the foundation techniques of classical guitar. For instance, there are a number of slurs which are played with the 4th finger of the left hand. Because the little finger is often weaker than the others it will benefit you in terms of strength and flexibility in a relatively easy piece such as this. This prepares you for the difficult intermediate and advanced Fernando Sor study pieces later.

Fernando Sor Study...

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Be careful also to give the notes their full value, especially when they are tied notes in the bass. I hope you have fun with this little classical guitar study.

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

Complete Sor Studies for Guitar

Sor Early Works

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