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Watch the Aguado Arpeggio Etude online guitar lesson by Andrew Leonard from Beginner Method for Classical Guitar

As I perform Dionisio Aguado's Etude, I want you to listen and watch me - just as I suggested you do with the "Milan Pavan Passage". Which left hand classical guitar positions can you see? What do you notice in my right hand movements when I play arpeggios? Although the speed of this piece is a little bit faster than our arpeggio exercises, the right hand movements are quite similar and precise.

Next, think about the rhythm. Can you count 1 & 2 & through the entire piece, just like I counted off?

Finally, listen for the melody. Where is it? In this piece, the melody is in the bass. Each melody note occurs on the beat (when counting either on 1 or 2). Can you hear how the volume of the melody subtly rises and falls and how I end the piece. This is called "shaping a musical line".

What really draws a listener into the world of classical guitar is a beautiful sound (tone) and the ability to "shape a musical line". Even as a beginner playing short pieces such as this Aguado Etude, make this your goal.

This Arpeggio Study can be played slow or fast. I play a quicker version at the end of the Section 3 Wrap Up. Again, speed is not your first goal. Mastery of precise movements (often done by practicing slowly) and musical expression should be your primary focus.

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