Here's a handy hint that minimises left hand finger movements, two for the price of one. Using this technique helps the left hand become more efficient resulting in smoother playing.
A huge contributing factor to smooth playing is preparing the LH fingers early... Perhaps difficult to adjust to at first (focusing on fingers that aren't fretting), but if you scribble reminders on the music, eventually control will become more straightforward.
Time for another exercise.
This one is pretty essential and it breaks down the movements of the fingers as they strike the strings. As with all the exercises, slow and methodical repetition will speed up progress.
Choosing the right pieces to play will speed up development on the guitar...
What should we strive to convey when we are playing a piece of music? A good place to start would be to be sympathetic to the composer's original intentions. Ultimately though, the music should be about communication and we should aim to move the listener in some way.
In this video the example I use is 'Angel's Chant' by Bertrand Groeger.
The melodic line, the tune, is what we remember about a piece of music - locating and separating it out from the harmony and bass in a guitar score can be a challenge, but essential.
Once the rhythm has been established, we must isolate the melody and if the music is played without making connections between the notes of the melody, the music will lack form and coherence.
Our time is precious and ideally we need to perfect a piece without wasting any time. This video looks at a very useful way to approach problem passages.
The examples are sections from 'Un Día De Noviembre' by Leo Brouwer.
"...more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules!"