FINGERSTYLE WARM UP - GUITAR LESSON 9
The tremolo. Note the RH fingering I suggest. Although a very few guitarists play that as PIMA, classical guitar instructors since Francisco Tarrega, the father of modern classical guitar technique, have claimed it is much easier to maintain a steady rhythm with PAMI. With PIMA there is a tendency to "gallop". If this is difficult, I suggest isolating this exercise and changing the tempo to about 60 bpm. Play it at that speed for two weeks. Don't cheat or give yourself a progress report, but instead, play this very slowly for 15 minutes a day. Your goals is to program your subconscious. Cheating defeats the programming. At the end of two weeks, guaranteed, you'll have a fine tremolo.
TIP OF THE WEEK
1) Your fingers learn by doing. Whatever they do, they remember and repeat. This is called Muscle Memory.
2) Practicing means knowing the right thing to do, and then making sure you do it. Your job, when you practice, is to make sure you understand what you're supposed to do before you play a note, and then make sure that is what actually happens when you do play a note. This is much easier said than done. This demands your absolute attention.
3) Your fingers are energized by Intention and Attention. This is how your mind tells them what to do.
4) We must be aware of the result we want, and the result we actually get. We must not let blind spots become part of our practicing. We must then treat every 'unwanted result" as an effect whose cause must be discovered.
5) We must watch our fingers most of the time while practicing.
6) It is essential to spend a good amount of time doing No Tempo Practice. This means you are playing with no beat, only examining each movement as it takes place, and making sure only the correct movements occur. While doing this, you will become aware of the stress points that occur in the music, that is, the movements that are causing you the most unnecessary muscle tension, and therefore the most difficulty.
7) Posing, along with No Tempo Practice, will train, or re-train the muscles to perform the required movements with no harmful tension. As stress points are discovered by observing and analyzing unwanted results, we use Posing and No Tempo practice to 'de-stress" these points.
8) As your understanding of guitar technique advances, you will know what to do about each one of these stress points. In the beginning, you must rely on the guidance of your teacher.
9) The techniques of Posing and No Tempo Practice are the best ways to deal with extra tension, because they are themselves the practice of becoming aware of the tension. You can eliminate a great deal, of tension from the muscles simply by being aware of how they feel, and consciously relaxing them as you do your slow and no tempo practice.