How to play 'Spanish Romance' on the Classical Guitar (TAB and Notation) | David Hartley | Skillshare

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How to play 'Spanish Romance' on the Classical Guitar (TAB and Notation)

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project/Performance

    • 3. The Right Hand

    • 4. The First Phrase

    • 5. Completing the First Section

    • 6. The Second Section

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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In this class, you will learn how to play Spanish Romance on the classical guitar. The class is best suited to intermediate players, although beginners should also be able to take something away.

I had added the notation and the tab on-screen so you can follow along. It is also attached to the project so you can download your own copy.

Check out my other Skillshare Classes.

An Introduction to the Classical Guitar

Next Steps in the Classical Guitar

Grade 1 Music Theory

How to Arrange an Easy Melody for Fingerstyle Guitar

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1. Introduction: - Hi , everyone, and welcome to this class out to play Spanish romance on the classical guitar. Parts of this piece air quite challenging. Even beginners should be able to take something away from this class. I'm going to break down the piece into small, manageable sections so that you can understand everything bit by bit. It's a beautiful piece, is one of those pieces that sounds absolutely fantastic, but it's no, actually that difficult to play. It's quite straightforward, so keep watching to find out why. 2. Project/Performance: I'm going to begin with the performance off the piece on this is also going to be our projects for this class, - I think. 3. The Right Hand: to begin with, we're going to be looking at the right hand finger pattern. This pattern repeats throughout the whole piece. So once we get it down once, we just need to keep playing it over and over with the different left hands to change the melody so we could work on it individually without any left hand working towards you can relax that by your sides. We have this repeating pattern and I'm gonna talk through it. Now if we have bought finished string a festering one and we come down on our lowest based drink String six. Okay, So one on six, I'm going to begin the pattern by playing one and six at the same time. I'm going to be using my ring finger. This is called the A Finger on the guitar on my thumb. The thumb is called Peace O P. On A to play strings one and six And then I'm gonna play the second string with my M finger on third string with my finger. So again, 16 uh, So first we want to try and get a nice even sound. We don't want anyone to particularly stick out. So, for example, if I make the 2nd 1 stick out your hair, Uh, way. Don't anything like that. We want to be nice and even way. Want to try and get a nice rhythm going as well? It doesn't necessarily have to be fast, but we want the rhythm to be nice, and even so, it sounds like it's just a continuous movement. Let us how the base of the thumb only occurs once every three groups at the start of every bar don't worry about the lot's in their left town. For now, we're just gonna be looking at the right towns a couple of things to look out for. Try and make sure as you play the string that you're not catching the string afterwards. You don't want to be arresting onto the next drink because you'll kill the sounds. You want to try and just gently play this drink without touching anything else on. The feeling isn't to pick it away. It's not like this, but it's not the president. You want to feel almost as if you're rolling the string over with your finger. Nice to relax, and again, I'm not playing to fall back here too far. playing over the sound hole. If you have any problems with the basic technique or withholding the guitar, I have another video on that. So feel free to check that out. It's on my channel. So what you can do is first of all, just work on this pattern, trying to get it nice and smooth. Nice. Once you've achieved that kind of sound, you might want to give a small accent to the first string because this is going to be our melodic note. See if you can hear the small accent that I'm giving it, okay? And then if I add in the melody, you should hear how that that just comes to life a little bit more to play the melody. I'm not doing anything different with my right towns is exactly as we've just seen. That all comes from the left hand, which will look at a bit later on. So first of all, work on this to try and get this nice and smooth. You don't want to be thinking about two hands when you you can't even think about one first of all, so work on this first of all, and then we'll come onto the left at 4. The First Phrase: in this lesson, we're going to start looking at the notes and using the left hand. I'm going to be putting the notation on the tab on the screen so you can follow along. But it's also attached to the class description. So head over there on find it and you can download it as well. It's now we can start to talk about the left hand, actually learning to play the notes remember, all the way through, apart from a few moments which I'll point out the right towns is exactly as we looked at earlier. So you just need to keep repeating that pattern as you're playing. Let's go through the notes. Now I'm gonna put the tab on the notation on the screen on You can follow along with whichever one is best for you. So we're starting with E seventh Fret, which is a bee, and you could see what playing that with the base like to use my fourth finger. Let's try thinking groups three, 23 Another group. Okay, so that group is 753 Okay, we're thinking in groups of 37777 and another group. That's our first phrase let me play through that phrase just on its own. We owe a few little tricks. Little tips, piece of advice. Try and stay right on the tip of the finger. The reason for that is it gives you a nice clean sound. And what you can do is you can use a little bit of a grotto which is just rocking the finger side site. It just helps to project the nose a little, give it a bit more sweetness. And then I like to use my fourth finger, my pinky here so that when I come up to the top, I'm nothing to reach over. Um, you know, far beyond, I just slide up with my pinky. Okay, I'll play through that phrase once more, and then we'll go into the next phrase way. Have one more bar, which is again the same pattern all the way through. I like to use my pinky for all these notes because later on, I'm gonna have to use my fingers down here just like that. So that wraps up the first phrase. We're going to be looking at this piece in sections so that you don't have to have too much to think about. At the same time, you can work through it bit by bit. Remember that this top line, the E String, is all melodic, So we want this to be the most beautiful notes we want mr to Sing outs when we can accent ever so slightly and you can practice the melody on its own really get used to finding the notes with fingers being very secure with your finger placement. You want to have the same fingers each time you play. Otherwise, you'll get confused if you start with this one and then next time this one, you want to try and have the same pattern every time. So that lesson covers the first phrase. In the next lesson, we'll start looking at the next phrase, which includes a bar chord. 5. Completing the First Section: in this lesson. We're going to be looking at the second half off the first section. This picks up from where we just left off on. We're starting with a bar court. So we've come down from here by using our fourth finger for these notes. We're in a position now where we can lay our first finger across three strings. We're going to keep this fourth finger on as we do that way. Notice how I place that on just as I was holding this note down. And this is good because from here we can Now these are other fingers for other notes. 575 Now we have our first change in the right hands Here. I had said all along that the right town doesn't change and that is true. The pattern is still the same. Except now we're going to be using the fifth string instead of the six. So instead of our thumb playing the bass on the sixth string, it's not going to be playing the bass from the fifth string. You can see that written on the tab on the notation. So, in this lesson, so far we've looked at coming down the O placing bar. Want to get your finger nice and straight. If you can only across three strings. You don't need to do the whole thing way. Okay, What's my way? Now we're moving on to a four bar on. This is slightly more difficult because we're going to have to place our finger in exactly the same way nice and straight, but across all six strings. If you're not used to doing this, this might be quite difficult, and you may have to slightly adjust your bar, but the idea is to get this technique here. Let's get you thinking nice and straight, okay? I'm also using our second finger here on the eighth threats of the third string way. Okay. On way Coming under. Needs to play the a threat First Rio and again reaching to the 11th. Fret back to the try and keep the bar held down the whole time. We're now playing the sixth string on the base. Just watch out on the notation on the tap. It very rarely changes, but this is one of those moments where it does so so far, what we've done in this lesson. I got this half by way. Okay, now we come back to the same as the first section where we're just using open strings on a melodic note on the first string way have so far. And to finish off this section, we're playing a B seven chords way Don't necessarily need the first finger. Our middle finger goes on the second fret off the fifth string. Our third finger goes on the second fret off the third string on our fourth finger goes on the second fret with the first string way. We're just gonna move our pinky up. One fret way. Finish with this slightly different pattern in the right time. Now the pattern is the same. You just need to watch out for the bass notes. That's the only thing that changes throughout the whole piece. So, to recap, everything we've done in this lesson try and think about your phrasing when you're playing. This is a very melodic piece of music. You can hear that melody being played on the first string and trying revolved all your playing around that melody. A lot of other notes on the inside in the base of their to support that melody and try and make it as beautiful as possible, Theo. So that concludes. Looking at the first section of this piece, the pieces in two halfs the first half is minor on the second half is major. We have now completed looking at the first half and in the next lesson, we're going to start looking at second half. 6. The Second Section: in this lesson, we're going to be looking at the second half of the piece. The right hand remains largely unchanged, although there are a few minor details. When we come to them, I'll talk you through them. But other than that, it's mostly the same style on the same pattern. We're beginning with our first finger on the first fret the third string on our fourth finger on the fourth threat of the first string. It's a bit of a stretch to try and keep on the tips of your fingers so you don't kill the sound of the neighbouring string and second bar. We're doing the same, but the melody is gonna be on the first drink. We're gonna go back to the second fret and open so once again from the beginning, now in this bark gonna be sliding off. First finger up to the second string on our third finger will be in the forefront of the fourth string on our fourth finger will be on the fifth for it of the second string on. Then we're going to be sliding back to the fourth fret. So this bottle together, then our second finger is underneath that. Now this line together in this section, we have to make a slight change to the right hand pattern. We still actually doing the same pattern. We're just gonna be doing different strings are fingers are gonna be coming across one string and ah, thumb is going to be coming in one strings, Wells. Everything's coming in one string on the left hand pattern. I just showed you That's again. Now we have to jump up once again to the seventh fret we're gonna replacing a full bomb across all six strings. This is very similar to what we did in the previous lesson. Although we're gonna be using our third finger on the ninth. Threats of the first string are right. Town, by the way, is back to how it usually is. So we slide up to the seventh for it. We have ah, second finger on the eight threat of the third string and our third finger in the ninth Threats the first way reach 11 from $3 again. So those two files again for these next couple of bars, you're gonna want to slide your second finger up, just one fret, and then your third finger forefinger from just be played underneath Supported to use his fingers Because we can use our first finger that care for the seventh Fret again, nine threats on Then stretch your fourth finger out to the 11th. Fret. Okay, those two miles again. Now we want to extend our full think out one more friend to the 12 foot and again, we're gonna place 1/2 bomb with our first finger. Let me show you that movement once again. So we come from here, extend the full finger and former bar with the first finger. Third down, friends second finger down another friend thistles. A chromatic movement. Now we have quite a big stretch coming up here, going to be using our full finger on the ninth for it on our second finger on the sixth fret of third string. Okay, so I'm gonna do that emotion using the fifth string in the base now and the first string is gonna be playing seventh fret And then the fifth fret. Now we're back down where we were at the start of this section. Who on the first fret on the fourth fret Let me run through everything up to that and then we'll just look at the last couple of bars. So we're starting just as we were way slide the first finger. Keep everything held down. This you change the melody. Now we have a full boat. That's what is up as well as the night for it's on the first trip. Big stretch, But keep everything held down if you can, and then slide your second finger once again. Stretch your forefinger. Extend one small thing Big stretch 9567 Threats 50 Back here again. First threatened fourth. Now we have to do another bar chord. But we're gonna keep our full thinker held down Most we place the bar Notice how the But the four think it doesn't change Adding your third finger on the fourth fret you can extend to the fifth fret Let go for the second fret And now we're playing a standard e major chord Reach back for the base. Okay, so there's quite a lot going on there and it may have been quite hard to follow along, but hopefully you've got the tab on the notation with you so you can find the notes, try and listen to my phrasing. Listen to how I accent the melody because that's the key between playing this. Just note after note and make it into something musical. So let me play through that second section all again, way through. - Don't be afraid to take your time between phrases. You can take a short musical breath just as you would if you were saying a long paragraph for a long speech. You'll notice after every little phrase, I take a little breath just so I can find my fingers. It's better to take a short breath and find a boat smoothly than to try and rush there and end up missing the boat. 7. Final Thoughts: Thank you very much for watching this class. Any details you may need the tab on the notation can be found attached to the description. Don't forget to leave her view and to follow my page for plenty more lessons. Thank you very much.