Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

A Two-Year Classical Guitar Ensemble for Pre-College Educational Settings

When developing a classical guitar ensemble curriculum for beginning students, several considerations must be taken. It is necessary to choose repertoire that appropriately reflects the technical issues being addressed in a lesson plan. Furthermore, it is vital that the instructor presents these issues in a logical and sequential order. In addition to assigning music that reflects a didactic order of left and right-hand technical issues, the sequence of ensemble music presented throughout a pre-college guitar curriculum must also appropriately reflect both ensemble and notational issues. Regarding right hand technique, the most effective approach for the beginning classical guitar student is to avoid alternation of the right hand fingers during the early stages of instruction. Therefore, each right hand finger is assigned to a corresponding string; for instance, the a (anular, or ringfinger) finger only executes strokes on the first string, the m (medio, or middle finger) finger only executes strokes on the second string, the / (indice, or index finger) executes strokes on the first finger, and/; (pulgar, or thumb) executes strokes on the fourth string. Ensemble pieces that are introduced during this time should feature single melodic lines so that this basic technique may be applied. Once students have an understanding of this technique, ensemble parts are introduced that feature accompanied...

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