Aspects of Technique: the Exercises
Published: 1997 Author: Gordon Crosskey
The purpose of these exercises is explained in Gordon Crosskey’s article Aspects of Technique, also published on this site.
Touch strings (6) and (4) without sounding during each arpeggio.
Damp string (6):
a) immediately (before playing second bass note)
b) in between 2nd and 3rd bass notes
Extract from William Walton, Bagatelle no.1
Play bass As staccato!
Apoyando with Right-Hand Thumb
All bass notes to be played apoyando
‘Double apoyando’: fingers and thumb both play apoyando
Chordal Strumming Techniques
‘Tremolando’: m and i move together where shown by the brackets
Start with this triplet version before going on to exercise 4
Begin with all four left-hand fingers pressing down in the position shown:
Perform upward and downward slurs as follows. Do not use the right hand: the first note in each group is a pull-off from the higher-placed finger. Practise on different pairs of adjacent strings.
Again, begin with all four left-hand fingers pressing down in the position shown:
Slur in parallel. Do not use the right hand but begin with a pull-off. Remember to execute the downward slur in a downward direction, so that finger 4 and 2 come to rest on the next string.
Slur in opposition. Do not use the right hand and slur downwards.
Slur 2 against 3:
Play in position II: