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Watch the Prelude Opus 28 No. 4 online guitar lesson by Fareed Haque from Classical Guitar Playbook

So the back story here is useful: Brad Wendkos, our fearless leader over here at TrueFire, mentioned how much he loved this piece, and asked if there was a way to include this one for the course. "It's so easy too!" Well, not really. Generally speaking, things that sound easy on the piano using ten fingers are hard to play on the guitar using 4...But this challenge is part and parcel of this course, right? Making classical guitar music wherever you are and whenever you need it! So, I stayed up an extra hour or 6 that night and did this version. As with most of these pieces, I'm sight reading, but this one I'm reading even more than most.

Notice that I take my time. A few moments, it's more time than I wish, but hey, you gotta stay humble. ONLY play what you can, and you'll build confidence and good character. There is no "GO for IT" in classical guitar, or in most music really. The musician who blindly runs onto the pool without looking first usually cracks her or his head open.

For those interested, check out the original piano score, and compare it to my leetle version.

Generally speaking, there are a few golden principles applied here:

-BIG chords on the piano sound bad on guitar. Fewer notes sound bigger on the guitar. Simply put, the more notes you play on your guitar the less tone per note. So, choose the important ones and chords will sound fat. Play too many and they will sound out of tune and thin and icky. ICK.
- Use open strings and harmonics (and other guitar techniques) to add character and vibe to your version, and to just to make it easier!
- Try to use timbre to change vibe rather than jumping up or down octaves, where the guitar is hard to play and sounds more or less crappy.
- Be creative, but know the style. If you have questions about the style, listen to the masters, and choose what you like. Oh! And if you are so inclined, read books on the music. It's a really cool technique this "reading books" thing. Lots of amazing info out there that even Mr. Google doesn't know.

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