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Watch the Open Note Aria online guitar lesson by Stu Hamm from Stu Hamm U: Solo Bass

In piece #2, "Open Note Aria," we'll use a technique covered in depth in my TrueFire course "Stu U: Fretboard Fitness," using open notes to move your left hand into different positions while it's not busy fretting a note. In this piece we'll use many basic hand positions that you should train your hand to remember, so that when the open note is ringing, your hand will already be in the correct position and all you have to do is press down your fingers. When you get a good grip on these hand positions, this piece of music will flow smoothly and seamlessly and give it a legato, dream-like quality.