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How to play classical guitar

  1. 1. ==== ====Juan Orozco classical guitar for sale by original owner, concert guitarist. Beautiful sound, made ofBrazilian rosewood. Excellent condition. Great price. Find out more at: ====If you, like many people, are intrigued by the classical guitar and are wondering about how to playit, you might enjoy this little expose. I will be talking about the ways the classical guitar is differentfrom other acoustic guitars and, of course, the techniques employed in playing classical guitarmusic.If you look at a classical guitar the first difference you will notice is the way the neck joins the body.Electric guitars and steel string acoustic guitars often have a cutaway neck to allow the guitarplayer to fret notes at the top end of the scale. This kind of neck is actually a modern innovation.Even though classical guitar players have always utilized the uppermost notes on the guitarfretboard, classical guitars stuck with the original guitar shape.Another difference between the classical guitar and other kinds of guitars is the width of the neck.On the steel string acoustic guitar the neck is slightly narrower than the original design retained bythe classical guitar. If you try to play a classical guitar for the first time you will probably find thisdifference a little hard to get used to.The classical guitar uses nylon strings exclusively. They have a very warm, mellow sound. Ofcourse, it is debatable that the nylon string sound is the best for classical music (just look at thesuccess on YouTube of the kid playing Pachabels Canon on electric guitar) but the use of nylonstrings is due partly to tradition and partly to the fact that steel strings are a lot harder on the guitarplayers fingernails.Now to the way you play the classical guitar. The basic thing to understand is that plectrums andfingerpicks are not used by classical guitarists. The sound produced is a product of the guitarplayers fingertips or fingernails plucking or striking the nylon strings. It is the guitar players choicewhether to use nails or just the flesh of the fingertips. Many people think that it is more difficult toplay the guitar without nails, but players who just use their fingertips say it is no more difficult tolearn to play that way. If you have your right hand close to the bridge of the guitar you will producea sharp, dry tone. If you pluck the strings with your right hand nearer the neck you will get a warm,mellow sound.The plucking of the classical guitar strings can be done in two ways. The "rest" stroke is where thethumb or the fingers pluck the string and come to rest on the next string. The "free" stroke is wherethe thumb and fingers attack the string in such a way as to avoid the adjacent strings. If you needto know more about the difference between these two techniques a search on the internet will giveyou videos and pictures that illustrate the two strokes. When you try to use these techniques youwill notice the marked difference in sound. Another technique used in classical guitar playing is thetremelo technique where the right hand thumb plays a bass note followed by the index, middle and
  2. 2. ring fingers playing melody notes in quick succession. A famous piece employing the tremelo isRecuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega. Finally a rather tricky technique is usedfor playing solos using the sound of harmonics. This involves the right hand index finger dampingthe string while the ring finger plucks.When you play chords by scraping the right hand fingers or thumb across the strings it is called arasgueado. You can strum chords with the thumb using a down stroke, the index finger using up ordown strokes or, less commonly, by using the flamenco rasgueado which entails the little finger,ring finger, middle finger, index finger and thumb following each other in a down stroke across thestrings.I realize that you are going to need to do further research to see what these guitar techniques lookand sound like, but if you are interested in playing classical guitar or using classical techniques toplay modern music, sheet music and tabs for classical guitar are readily available on the internet.Ricky Sharples has been playing guitar his whole life, and is presently engaged in building a blogwhich features free guitar lessons, videos, articles and reviews to help you Learn The Guitar forfree. Ricky updates the blog constantly so if you are interested in learning to play guitar there willbe an enormous variety of tips, tools and tutorials for you.Article Source: ====Juan Orozco classical guitar for sale by original owner, concert guitarist. Beautiful sound, made ofBrazilian rosewood. Excellent condition. Great price. Find out more at: ====