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Lesson 3: Working in the Key of C (1st Position) (Guitar Lesson)


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Pamela Goldsmith

Lesson 3: Working in the Key of C (1st Position)

Pamela demonstrates how to get your fingers warmed up while working in the key of C. Using The "PIMA" technique, this lesson will help open doors to classical style playing. Enjoy!

Taught by Pamela Goldsmith in Classical Guitar with Pamela Goldsmith seriesLength: 11:18Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:59) Intro In this introduction scene, Pamela performs a classic etude in C major written by Fernando Sor. Pamela provides some technical exercises that will prepare you to play in this key in the following scene.
Chapter 2: (10:19) Working in the Key of C Lesson Objectives

-Learn how to play the C major scale in first position.
-Develop right hand technique by applying various right hand fingerings to this scale.

Check Up!

Before you proceed with the remainder of the lesson, make sure that you are sitting and holding the guitar with the proper posture guidelines presented in the previous lesson. Also, make sure that your guitar is perfectly in tune and that your nails are shaped properly. Make sure that you check up on all of these elements prior to every practice session.

Review of Proper Left Hand Technique

Remember that the thumb should remain positioned roughly behind the second finger at all times. Do not let the thumb come up and over the fretboard!

C Major Scale in First Position

Pamela demonstrates the C major scale at 01:30 in the lesson video. Pay careful attention to the stroking movement of her thumb as well as her left hand technique. Notice how the left hand fingers remain arched and close to the fretboard at all times.

Note: Tablature and standard notation to the scale can be found under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

Review of First Position Fingerings

In lesson 1, Pamela mentioned that there are proper left hand fingering designations for each fretboard position. In first position, the first finger plays notes at the 1st fret. The second finger is assigned to the 2nd fret. The third and fourth fingers play at the 3rd and 4th frets respectively.

Practicing the Scale

As you work on this scale, do not worry about speed! Focus on playing the scale musically. Practice all technical exercises as though you are playing a beautiful melody line. Make sure you are playing with a clear tone and steady rhythm. Regular practice with a metronome is the best way to develop your timing skills.

Open Strings in First Position

When performing scales and melodies in first position, the open strings can potentially lead to problems. Do let an open string continue to ring as a fretted note is played on an adjacent string. For example, when descending the C major scale, the open B string is plucked followed by the note A at the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. Do not let the open B note ring in conjunction with the A note. This will create a sharp dissonance. Instead, lightly mute the open B string with the second finger as you pluck the A note with the right hand.

Right Hand Practice

When you can successfully play the scale with the thumb, practice alternating with other right hand fingers. Remember that fingers I and M are predominantly used when playing scalar passages. Consequently, they are an ideal starting point for this type of practice. Continue to alternate fingers I and M as you ascend and descend the scale. Pluck each note twice. Then, repeat the same process while alternating fingers M and A. Go as slowly as you need to!

The next logical step is to play straight up and down the scale without doubling each note. Focus on accuracy and tone when practicing the scale in this manner. Keep in mind that you can never practice too slowly!


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paul1962paul1962 replied on September 6th, 2013

Hiya Pamela, I have only just really started learning classical guitar, and find your method of teaching excellent as you explain everything in such detail. Thank you.

charlietrevcharlietrev replied on August 30th, 2013

The intro is Etude in C major Opus 31 #1, you can find the score in "A beginner's guide to classical guitar" by Jeffrey Goodman

DroidiphileDroidiphile replied on March 30th, 2014

I'll answer my own question : this song is simply called Andante by Fernando Sor and is the third piece in Classical for Guitar arranged by Jerry Snyder. Cost me $8 at my local mom and pop music store.

DroidiphileDroidiphile replied on March 29th, 2014

Well, based upon the timeline of posts/replies, I don't really expect any kind of response, but here goes: I cannot find the music/tab to the opening Etude online anywhere. Is it possible to have that music/tab posted here? Or do I need to pay for yet another book ? I just think it is disappointing to bait us with a nice etude and then fail to supply the music/tab as part of the lesson.

john103141john103141 replied on March 20th, 2013

Pamela, I have been taking weekly private Classical Guitar lessons for several years but have recently decided to stop and study on my own. You course is a welcome relief as I begin to start over and review what I've learned.

georgelfrancis01georgelfrancis01 replied on August 18th, 2011

Pamela, I am a Palliative Care ( Hospice) chaplain at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida. I have been working on learning to play guitar for about 18 months. I am wanting to learn primarily fingerstyle. while I started on a Martin D18-s steel string (12 frets and wide nut 1/ 78) I am now drawn almost exclusivily to classical. Our Heart surgeon here Dr. Crayton Pruitt is also a renownend Lutheir and just presented me with a beautiful classical guitar . do you have s series on the 120 right hand practices of guliaina that might help me to know which ones say the 10-15 lessons which would most help me.? do you do consluts ( for a charge) over the phone or scype lessons that might supplement what I am learning on Jamplay? My email address is [email protected]

rodrigo2005rodrigo2005 replied on November 12th, 2009

Hi, great to have a new classical guitar instructor (i was really looking for it), but please keep focusing on technique on the lessons. Music lessons can be put into phase 3

larazarlarazar replied on November 12th, 2009

Pamela, will you teach us music you played in intro to 1st and 3rd lessons, ple-e-e-ase? I am so glad we have another classical guitar teacher!!!!!!!!

Classical Guitar with Pamela Goldsmith

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

The origins of the classical guitar date back to the fifteenth century. The vihuela, lute, and baroque guitar are the early predecessors of the guitar. With its origins reaching deep into the past, the classical guitar repertoire spans over five hundred years worth of material. Pamela Goldsmith explains the techniques necessary to mastering this timeless art form.



Lesson 1

Introducing Pamela Goldsmith With Classical Guitar

Here we go JamPlay! A new instructor is joining the squad. Her name is Pamela Goldsmith, and she is here to teach us about classical guitar.

Length: 14:58 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Picking Technique

In lesson 2, Pamela provides more introductory information about playing classical guitar. You will learn about nail care and proper tone production.

Length: 17:08 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Working in the Key of C (1st Position)

Pamela demonstrates how to get your fingers warmed up while working in the key of C. Using The "PIMA" technique, this lesson will help open doors to classical style playing. Enjoy!

Length: 11:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Working in C Major (2nd Position)

In lesson 4, Pamela continues from her last lesson by moving the C major scale to second position. She demonstrates a few new technical exercises in this position.

Length: 14:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

More Picking Technique

Pamela is back in lesson 5 with more right hand technique. Here you will learn how to advance the "PIMA" technique and work through each finger as you transition from chord to chord.

Length: 9:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Learn Malaguena

Pamela Goldsmith once again grants us insight in our quest to learn classical style guitar. In this lesson she explains how to play the classic piece "Malaguena." Lesson topics include right hand patterns,...

Length: 13:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Learn Slurring Techniques

Pamela introduces proper slurring technique. Also known as hammer-ons and pull-offs, this lesson will take you on a knowledge bound adventure. You will learn some exercises that muscle memory and dexterity....

Length: 12:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Applying Slur Technique to Your Playing

Need more information on how to perform slurs? In lesson 8, Pamela provides additional slur practice with an original study in the key of A minor.

Length: 12:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Matteo Carcassi Study in D

Pamela is back with a great lesson on a Matteo Carcassi study in the key of D. Here you will be able to apply the slurring techniques you have learned in previous lessons with an in depth look at Matteo...

Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Etude Inspired by Leo Brouwer

Today, Pamela has the pleasure of teaching you an original etude inspired by Leo Brouwer. Here you will utilize all the techniques you have learned so far. In addition, you will walk away with a beautiful...

Length: 12:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Enhancing Your Overall Technique

In lesson 11, demonstrates how to play the C major scale in diatonic thirds. This lesson will hone your technique and overall knowledge of the fretboard.

Length: 8:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Fernando Sor

Pamela brings us Fernando Sor's "Andante." This is a short and sweet piece that reinforces the techniques that Pamela has demonstrated in previous lessons.

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Leo Brouwer Inspired Etude

Pamela brings a cap to her first 13 JamPlay lessons with another original etude inspired by the great Leo Brouwer. This is a short but sweet lesson in which you will mainly stay in 1st position but will...

Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 14

P, M, I Picking Techniques

Welcome to lesson 14 in the Classical Guitar Series! Here Pamela demonstrates some fingerpicking exercises that use fingers P, M, and I.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

P, I, M Easy Etude

Pamela demonstrates what she calls her "Easy Etude." This short piece utilizes the P, I, and M fingers.

Length: 17:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Dionisio Aguado Study

Pamela takes a look at a study written by Dionisio Aguado. It's in the key of A minor with a P, I, M, I pattern.

Length: 30:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Free Stroke & Rest Stroke

Pamela demonstrates the difference between free strokes and rest strokes.

Length: 11:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Chords with P, I, M, A

Pamela covers an exercise that uses the rest stroke technique within some simple arpeggio patterns.

Length: 6:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Francisco Tárrega - Lagrima

Pamela teaches "Lagrima" by composer Francisco Tárrega.

Length: 28:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

E Major & Minor Scales

Pamela explains the theory and fretboard patterns pertaining to the E major and E minor scales. She also demonstrates Andrés Segovia's famous three octave scales.

Length: 38:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Slur Technique

Pamela takes an in depth look at some different slur techniques.

Length: 13:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Ornaments

Pamela works off of lesson 21 and demonstrates different ways to create ornaments within your playing. You can hang this one on a tree.

Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Developing the Fret Hand

Welcome to Lesson 23 of Classical Guitar with Pamela Goldsmith! Here she demonstrates some exercises to develop your fretting hand for classical application.

Length: 11:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Spider Walks

Pamela introduces a new fret hand endurance building technique known as "Spider Walks."

Length: 15:41 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Fret Hand Stretching

To help continue with fret hand development, Pamela demonstrates an exercise that improves fret hand reach, finger independence, and flexibility.

Length: 11:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 26

A Major Octave Scales

Pamela demonstrates 1, 2, and 3 octave patterns for the A major scale.

Length: 27:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Op. 44, No. 11

Pamela teaches Fernando Sor's Op. 44, No. 11.

Length: 28:36 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 28

Aguado Study In A

Pamela presents this study by Aguado. It has a cheerful, circus-like sound and will be a great addition to your repertoire.

Length: 17:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 29

Another Aguado Study

Pamela presents another fantastic Aguado study that utilizes all P, I, M, A picking fingers. Pamela also tells a little history about Aguado himself and his style of guitar playing.

Length: 23:53 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

Fernando Sor's Andantino

This Fernando Sor piece features light, free flowing movement in 3/8 time. Pamela demonstrates the correct fingering and chord positioning.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

Simple Sextuplet Study in G

This study features a sextuplet arpeggio pattern. Expand and apply your current knowledge of classical guitar with this great lesson!

Length: 21:09 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 32

6 String Barre Chords

Pamela dives into techniques that develop your fret hand for barre chords.

Length: 24:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 33

5 String Barre Chords

Pamela continues to discuss barre chord techniques. This time around, she moves to the 5th string.

Length: 18:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

Matteo Carcassi - Op. 60, No. 3

This beautiful Matteo Carcassi piece labeled "Andantino" is presented by Pamela. Op. 60, No. 3 is a great piece to work on to develop your dynamic control.

Length: 39:40 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

Romance - Part 1

Pamela introduces the first part of a two part lesson on the classical song titled simply "Romance."

Length: 20:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

Romance - Part 2

Pamela demonstrates the second part or B part to the classical piece titled "Romance." This lesson complete the piece as a whole and presents yet another opportunity to practice dynamics.

Length: 16:01 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 37

Carcassi Slur Study in D

Pamela uses this Carcassi study to help demonstrate more slur techniques.

Length: 18:51 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

About Pamela Goldsmith View Full Biography "A native of New England, Pamela Goldsmith was first introduced to classical guitar by Joe Zuccala in Massachusetts. His inspiration and guidance prepared her for her future as a student and teacher. Since studying with Zuccala, Pamela has worked with Keith Crook at the University of Maine, Jeff Ashton and Bryan Johanson at Portland State University and Scott Kritzer in Portland Oregon. Pamela has performed in master classes and continues to perform solo concerts in the Northwest.

Pamela received her Master's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Portland State University and her Bachelor's Degree in classical guitar studies from the University of Maine in Orono. She has served as a graduate assistant teacher at Portland State University in downtown Portland, Oregon, and is an adjunct faculty member at Linfield College (McMinnville, OR) as well as a private guitar instructor. Pamela is passionate about the history and vitality of the pieces in her repertoire.

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