Lexicon and abbreviations used in the method:
|“p – i – m”||use the right-hand fingers in the indicated order|
|“m ( i )”||use the middle finger or the index finger (ad libitum) in the left hand|
|4th finger||fourth finger of the left hand|
|string ①||first string|
|1.10 b||exercise No 1.10, section b|
|free stroke||all indications in bold and italics require special attention|
|MM = 40-120||variable tempo indication to work with metronome|
|Held notes||hold the notes as indicated on the fingerboard|
The guidelines corresponding to the exercises are repeated for didactic purposes.
For the sake of brevity, the variations of certain exercises are noted with fingerings rather than with real notes.
When one plays an ascending scale on the guitar, the hands perform a downwards movement (towards the ground).
Therefore, to clarify their usage in the present method, ascending or descending scales describe the direction of the real pitch of the notes.
N.B. Once a finger has played, it should return to a state of relaxation.
This applies to the fingers of both hands, and to the use of all kind of movements (scales, arpeggios, etc.).
Warning! Some exercises require ample strength and flexibility. They should be practiced when the hand is well warmed-up, and above all, they should not be forced. The exercises should not be repeated more than two or three times in a row. Relax the hand afterwards. Carefully read all instructions before beginning to practice an exercise.
* In the recording of the exercises, the guitar is tuned to A=432 Hz.