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Lionel Richie Three Times a Lady

Lionel Richie, "Three Times a Lady"

Transcription and Fingering: Renato Bellucci

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is a musician who started his career in 1968 as a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit "Truly". He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. I believe it is only just because the quality and depth of his songs is always top. He is tremendously gifted and one can tell he consecrated himself to his God given talent wholeheartedly. You need to create the necessary contrast, separation of voices and difference of tone in order to achieve the best of "Three Times a Lady". In other words, the real work resides in applying the necessary force and the correct angle of attack in the right hand fingers. 

Prolong the sound

An underlying arpeggio sustains the wole transcription. Prolong the notes that have the curved line projecting to the right

In classical guitar Playing it is essential that you see the fingers as the final part of a much larger group of parts, namely the shoulder, elbow, forearm and the hand. Maestro Abel Carlevaro (Read the Carlevaro Technique Compendium and the articles I wrote on his technique on mangre.com) explained and used the playing apparatus as a whole all the times and his students (me included of course) did the same and teach our students to do likewise. Below I point out 2 highlights in technique that you will use extensively in Three Times a Lady

Carlevaro Technique Highlight: Changes in Left Hand Presentation

Learning how to Relax or literally doing nothing with the left hand fingers is as important as stopping notes. You must learn how to relax the left hand at every chance you get. Again, refer to the Technique compendium to master micro and macro relaxation.

Learn to Relax
Use the Base of Finger 1
Renato Bellucci plays "Three Times a Lady"

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