Transcription and Fingering: Renato Bellucci
Our first concert piece: Romance. A piece made famous by the Spanish guitarist Narciso Yepes who recorded it to become the soundtrack of a french movie "Forbidden games". It was the first great guitar classic launched by a movie.. the last one I can think of is Stanley Myer's Cavatina.
To play Romance, we will first focus on the right hand (the hand responsible for sound fabrication, literally). The right hand (from now on RH) will be playing an arpeggio.
Arpeggio = Playing the notes of a chord successively rather than simultaneously.
Use a guitar tuner to tune your guitar. You can always use your ears as backup.
Work on the model and get your RH oiled - To oil: Verb, to put oil into a machine to make it work more smoothly-. Do not play faster than necessary. You are playing too fast if you make mistakes. Nobody is hurrying you. Focus on sound and simply make sure that every string is projecting the sound you like. Practice this model 3 minutes at a time. Then rest and repeat for 3 more minutes. Do this a total of 3 times on your first practice session.
Key Signature Explained
Right next to the G clef at the beginning of the piece (image above), you sometimes have what are called "accidents" (sharps, flats). These would be the equivalent of the black keys on a piano. They indicate that the note that the sharp in this case points to, the F in Romance, and all the Fs throughout the first part of Romance will be sharpened. In other words, unless indicated otherwise, every time you find an F in the first part of Romance you play an F#. This is done so in order to tell the player what tonality (the musical equivalent of color tone to a painter) the piece is written in and to avoid cluttering the score with too many markings... If the sharp is an isolated occurrence, it will only affect the note it points to in the measure where it appears but then leaves the note unaltered in the next measure
The image above shows the key signature of the second part of Romance. This indicates that throughout the second part, all Fs, Cs, Gs and Ds will be sharpened unless otherwise indicated.
Staff and Video 1
Finger 2 moves from the A to the G (portamento, marked by the line bonding the 2 notes). The key here is to achieve the position change with the left arm. Watch the video closely and notice how the hand presentation over the strings remains the same while the position on the fingerboard changes. Forget the rest stroke! It is primitive. Rest stroke is a special effect, not a way to play 50% of the notes in a piece. The way you make a note stand out is by means of fijación. The main melody in Romance is the highest notes of the arpeggio. Use different degrees of fijación to bring the melody out. The exercise and all its combination must be a part of your daily practice.
In the video I show in color when the bass string is played (every 3 beats)
The underlined words, link to the technique pages explaining these concepts.
Revision: Asunción, February 14, 2013
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