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Learning classical music on guitar was one of the best things I’ve ever done to improve my technique. You practice picking, scales, and arpeggios while making some insanely awesome music. Here are a few tips to remember:
- Follow the picking! You MUST follow the STRICT alternate picking. Not just for technique purposes, but to maintain the rhythmic “motor” feel so prominent in Baroque and Classical music. Don’t cheat on this – take the time to master it. Rock solos will be much easier once you do.
- Don’t let strings ring together. Separate all of the notes – no bleeding between strings.
- Follow the fingerings. Another aspect of classical music is the smoothest and most efficient way of connecting phrases. If your fingering is messed up, the phrase will be disconnected and the flow will be destroyed.
C.P.E. Bach was a son of J.S. Bach, the greatest composer of all time when it comes to “note-smithing.” He taught his children through piano music that he wrote for young students to learn. Solfeggietto is C.P.E.’s best-known work.
Nate demonstrates his transcription of C.P.E. Bach – Solfeggietto on Electric Guitar with tabs linked above. Great for shredders and neoclassical metal style! Learn alternate picking, scales, arpeggios, and more techniques in classical music style. I can tell you that my electric guitar technique has gotten much better by practicing classical music on the electric guitar.
Measure 9: fingers 3-1-4-1-2-4-1-2
Measure 11: fingers 4-1-4-1-2-4-1-2
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