Classical guitar master micro study 4 – both hands in octaves – is part of the #6stringinspiration series of short and sweet studies that target very specific ideas. These are for those who have very little time and want huge gains from tight focused practice ideas.
Guitar Master Micro Study 4 – Coordinate both hands: octaves
This is a a fantastic exercise which not only trains your LH slur action but also works the coordination between both hands. Make sure you are strict on the RH and the strings they pluck.
This exercise is an awesome warm up exercise for both hands. Using chromatic octaves. Above is the finger combinations, make sure you use all the LH fingers: don’t cheat! Otherwise you won’t get the full benefit. Once you can play these, start to work on putting them through the 5 rhythms below.
Get the LH sorted first and then begin to utilize the RH:
P I M, P M I, P M A, P A M
Note: This guitar master study is all about coordination, so make sure that the notes sound together, both hands in sync. It is possible to pre-prepare LH fingers behind each other, especially with the 1 3 to 2 4 change. Check the video for that.
The elbow is integral to maneuvering the LH fingers into place, correctly and without any distal distortion: fingers collapsing. So make sure that your shoulder is relaxed, not lifted, and that the elbow rotates as you move the fingers into place. It should feel like a little dance movement!”
Finding those octaves tough? Check out this micro study on common finger combinations that will help you work up to those octaves.
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No music for this example, use the video above to walk through the exercise. However they will be forthcoming in a new classical guitar technique manual. If you want to be informed to when this will be published, join the CGRocks community below.