Giuliani 120 right hand studies (1/10)

by Gerardo Siere

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  • Hello everyone, here I come with a right hand fingerpicking technique. I bring you 12 of Mauro Giuliani's 120 Studies for the Right Hand (Op. 1 A).

    The main goal here is to be able to play any of this arpegio confortably at various speeds. Giuliani used 2 chords: C and G7, you can start with open strings first and then add the chords later for more challenging and realistic situations, some of the studies however just dont make any sense withouth its chords.

    There are two aproachs for playing arpegions, one is striking the string just when needed and the other is preparing the fingers by placing them on the string just before atacking (planting). Whatever you choose, and with independency of the speed you are playing at, the attack itself should be as fast as posible for several reasons:
    1- You cut the (precedent)sound as little as posible.
    2- It hides better any nail imperfection
    3-Requires less strengh because you are less time pressing against the string.

    The movement should come from the big knuckle for every finger, and you should drive the string to the hole before releasing it.

    Play some rest strokes, then pull the arm down enough that with the same finger movement it is not running into the next string, that is a good free stroke atack. Using nails is not a requisite but you can shape your nails but not your fingers.

    This studies will help you to memorize the position of your fingers for a wide range of situations.
    You should try them at different speeds, seeking for good tone. When you are confortable with some arpegio you can add accents or you can play using rest stroke on the E string.

    If something is pretty and stupid easy, skip it, go for slightly difficult ones, extremely difficult ones should take a lot of thinking and concentration. My teacher gave me those 5 yeas ago, he recieve them from the Abreu Brothers' Father in Uruguay in the 50's or 60's, I dont remember the history very well.

    You'll notice that this studies are not in order, I used the order sugested by Scot Tenant in a book called Pumping Nylon from Alfred Publishing Co. it is a popular and prety cheap book worth buying.

    The main video is at 80 bpm and the next videos are 50bpm

    Good luck.



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