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Watch the Level 5: Beginner Classical online guitar lesson by Andrew Leonard from Take 5: Beginner Classical

This is the most complex of our beginner classical guitar pieces. I suggest you learn one part at a time before putting the entire piece together. One strategy is to learn the smaller sub phrases individually before moving on. Another possibility is to divide the entire piece into two measure groups.

When learning a piece, I always start by playing very slowly, focusing on accuracy and good tone. I take as much time in between notes to prepare the right hand and left hand before I play. I think of the concept as "correcting the mistakes, before they occur". The last thing I add is playing in time.

Pay close attention to the left hand fingerings. Strive for a legato sound and notice where I am holding notes down with my left hand. Again, the finger independence you develop will improve your left hand classical guitar technique.

While keeping many different fingers on the fretboard at the same time, make sure you monitor how much pressure you're using. Use as little tension as you need. A common mistake is to apply to much pressure from the left hand thumb. Lastly, be aware of the separation of melody and accompaniment. As suggested earlier in the course, take the time to learn to play the melody alone.

Congratulations on completing the course and again enjoy all the classical music you can now play!

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