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Right Hand Technique

In lesson 19 Matt provides instruction on developing right hand skills such as string skipping. He uses Matteo Carcassi's epic composition "Caprice" as an example.

Taught by Matt Brown in Rock Guitar with Matt Brown seriesLength: 26:38Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (02:28) Introduction Thought Matt was done with string skipping? Think again! He returns to this important right hand concept in the current lesson. This time around, he uses Matteo Carcassi's "Caprice" to address string skipping technique. Watch at 00:42 as he performs this piece. Also, get on YouTube and watch some famous classical guitarists play the piece. Remember that it is much easier to learn a piece that you have heard several times.

In addition to string skipping technique, Matt will also explain how to properly interpret a written piece of music. You will learn how dynamics and phrasing techniques can be added in order to bring the piece to life. As you watch Matt's performance, notice the dynamic contrast between key phrases.

Note: "Caprice" is typically performed at a faster tempo. Matt has chosen to play the piece at a slower tempo in this lesson for teaching purposes.

Carcassi Biography

The following information about Matteo Carcassi is taken from lesson 2 of Steve Eulberg's Phase 2 Fingerstyle Series.

Matteo Carcassi, the famous Italian guitarist and composer, was born in 1792 in Florence, Italy. He began his musical training as a pianist. However, he began to study the guitar as well at a young age. Carcassi decided to move to Germany in 1810 to pursue a career in music. He soon gained a reputation as a virtuoso pianist and guitarist. While in Germany, Carcassi met French guitarist Antoine Meissonier, who published most of his pieces.

In 1820, Carcassi decided to move to Paris. He continued to tour Europe for the next two decades, but spent the majority of his time in Paris. Carcassi quit performing public concerts in 1840. He died in Paris, France on January 16, 1853.

The Complete Carcassi Guitar Method

One of Carcassi's most important contributions is his method book for the guitar (op. 59). This book remains a fixed standard among classical guitar educators across the globe. Along with the Aguado, Giulliani, and Sor method books, the Carcassi Method is a key component of many undergraduate classical guitar programs.
Chapter 2: (08:32) Musicality Discussion Steps to Follow When Learning a New Piece

1. Make a note of the official title and composer. The official title of this song is "Caprice." Matteo Carcassi is the composer.

2. Note the tempo and style of the piece. Titles such as "Caprice," "Gigue" Allemande" and "Bouree" all indicate a specific style of piece. Do your own investigation into the Caprice. What are some key elements of a Caprice? How is a Caprice typically performed? What is the tempo range? Is it a lively or solemn type of piece?

3. Note the key signature. There is one flat in the key signature, so it can be determined that this song is in the key of F major or D minor. Since the song begins and ends with a Dm chord, it is safe to assume that the piece is in the key of D minor.

4. Note the time signature. This song is played in 4/4 time.

5. Make a note of any important features such as syncopation, multiple parts (i.e. melody and accompaniment), dynamics, pickup notes, etc.

In the original score for this piece, there are no dynamics written. All of the dynamics that have been included in the "Supplemental Content" section have been added to the score by Matt. Just because no dynamics are written doesn't mean that you can play without them. Instead, you must add your own. As the lesson progresses, Matt will explain where and why he has added dynamic markings to certain measures.


A. Right Hand Technique

Matt uses alternate picking throughout the entire piece. However in measures 20 and 22, you may want to experiment with using all downstrokes.

Remember the rules pertaining to proper string skipping technique. A review of these guidelines is provided below.

Do not rest any part of the right hand on the body or the bridge of the guitar. Rest the top of the forearm on the upper hip of the guitar's body. This allows for maximum range of movement with the right hand wrist. The wrist is also free to move at a greater speed when this technique is applied. Watch Matt at 07:35 for a demonstration. Notice how only the forearm is anchored to the body of the guitar.

B. Left Hand Technique

Pay very close attention to the left hand fingering that Matt uses for each chord. These fingerings will allow you to play the piece with the least amount of difficulty. Economy of movement is key when playing solo guitar arrangements. Using sensible chord fingerings will help keep your movements economical. The smallest amount of movement and effort must be used at all times. This will allow you to play comfortably, accurately, and with maximum speed. Economy of movement becomes increasingly more important as the repertoire you work on continues to increase in difficulty. Consequently, you must develop a sound technical foundation from the very beginning.

Implying a Melody Line within an Arpeggio

A repeating arpeggio pattern occurs throughout most of the piece. Whenever this arpeggio figure occurs (all measures except 20 and 22), highlight the notes that are played on the B and E strings. This will create a subtle melody line within each arpeggio shape. To accomplish this, the accompaniment part must be played slightly quieter in comparison. Grip the pick tighter when picking the B and E strings. As a result, the notes on these strings will be louder and will stand out as a melody line. Always remember that the melody line is sacred. It is the most important part of a piece. Do not bury it by playing the accompaniment too loud.

Performing the Bass Line

Make sure all bass notes are held for their full value. Otherwise, the bass line will sound disjunct. This is a relatively easy task since almost all bass notes are played with open strings. Play through the bass line a few times by itself to hear how it should sound. Make sure all of the notes ring into one another in a connected, legato feel.

Measures 1-2

Measure 1 features an "open" D minor chord. An arpeggio pattern is applied to this chord in conjunction with a D pedal tone. Remember that a pedal tone is a note that remains constant while changing material is played against it.

Measure 2 utilizes the viio diminished chord (C#o) in the D harmonic minor tonality. As you learned in Lesson 18, the VII chord is major in the natural minor tonality. Due to the raised seventh scale degree that occurs in the harmonic minor scale, the vii chord becomes a diminished triad.

Similar to Dm in the first measure, C#o is also played with an open D pedal tone. Once again, remember to highlight the notes played on the B and E strings.

Note: The harmonic minor tonality / scale will be discussed in detail in an upcoming rock lesson.

Measures 3-4

Measure 3 is identical to measure 1.

The melody shifts to the bass voice in measure 4. To highlight this change in the arrangement, Matt adds a slight crescendo to this measure. A D pedal tone is played in conjunction with the melody. This time around however, the pedal tone is played in the upper voice.

Measure 5

The arpeggio pattern returns in measure 5. Now, the pattern is applied to the V chord, A major. Remember to highlight the notes on the B and E strings in order to bring out the melody line.

Measure 6

As expected, the V chord resolves to tonic (Dm) in measure 6. An A pedal tone is played in the bass.

Measure 7

This measure is the same as measure 5.
Chapter 3: (04:28) Lines 3 and 4 Measures 8-9

The melody shifts down to the bass voice once again in measure 8. Here, the melody implies the dominant V chord A. An A pedal tone fretted on the third string is played in conjunction with the melody.

The V chord in measure 8 chord begins the cadence that ends the first section of the piece. A return to the tonic chord occurs as expected in measure 9. To highlight the return to the somber, tonic chord, Matt adds a light decrescendo to measures 8-9. What effect does this decrescendo have on the overall feel of the first section?

Measure 10

The melody shifts back to the bass voice in this measure. Add a slight crescendo to highlight this change.

Measure 11

This measure begins a modulation to the relative major key of F major. The dominant chord in F, C7, is used to establish the modulation. To highlight the key change, Matt continues to crescendo in measure 11.

Note: The following information pertaining to relative major and minor keys is taken from lesson of Matt's Phase 2 Reading Music and Rhythm series.

For every major key, there is a relative minor key. Relative major and minor keys are written with the same key signature.

Note: Open "Circle of Fifths" listed under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

Around the outside of the circle, each major key is listed. The key center ascends by a fifth interval each time as you move around the circle in a clockwise direction. Moving inwards towards the center of the circle, the key signature for each key is listed. On the inside of the circle, the relative minor key to each major key is shown. For example, A minor is the relative minor to C major. E minor is the relative major to G major.

Finding the Relative Minor Key

If you do not have a circle of fifths diagram handy, you can use a simple shortcut to determine the relative minor of any major key. Simply write out all of the notes within the major scale. To not neglect to add any sharps or flats that may occur in the key. Then, count up to the sixth note of the scale. This note is the root of the relative minor key. Let's use the key of Bb major as an example. This scale features two flats in the key signature. Consequently, this scale is spelled as follows: Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb. The sixth note of the scale is G. G is the relative minor to Bb.

In many musical compositions, the key center modulates from the relative major to the relative minor or vice versa. This happens very frequently in the classical, jazz, rock, and country genres. Switching from major to the relative minor creates a drastic change in emotional quality.

Measure 12

The melody shifts down to the bass voice in this measure. Continue to crescendo through this measure until the F major chord is reached in the following measure.

Measure 13

In this measure, the basic arpeggio pattern is applied to an F major chord.

Measure 14

An A7/E chord occurs in this measure. This chord establishes an effective resolution back to the home key of D minor.

Measure 15

A tonic Dm chord is arpeggiated. Return to a mezzo forte volume level.
Chapter 4: (05:14) Lines 5 & 6 Measure 16

Play a crescendo in this measure to highlight the shift of the melody from the upper voice to the lower voice.

Repeat Signs

An open repeat sign occurs at the beginning of measure 16. Once you reach the closed repeat sign that occurs at the end of measure 23, repeat back to the beginning of this measure. Always follow the musical road signs indicated in a piece! The repeated section is an important part of the piece.

Measure 17

This measure is the same as measure 2. A C#o diminished chord is played with a D pedal tone.

Measure 18

Here, the basic arpeggio pattern is applied to an A7 voicing. Notice how a D pedal tone is played in conjunction with this chord.

Measure 19

This measure is the same as measure 1.

Measure 20

The VI chord, Bb occurs for the first time in this measure. The Bb chord begins a grand VI-IV-V-I progression that closes this repeated section (mm. 17-23). Highlight the progression by adding a crescendo.

Measure 21

The arpeggio pattern is applied to the iv chord. A Gm6 voicing is used for this chord. Continue to crescendo through this measure.

Measure 22

Reach a forte volume at the beginning of measure 22.

Measure 23

Perform a decrescendo to mark the return of the somber Dm chord.
Chapter 5: (05:51) Lines 7 & 8 Measure 24

Play the final two lines of the piece using a mezzo piano volume level.

Notice how the rhythm of the bass line changes in this measure.

Measure 25

This is the same as the first measure.

Measure 26

The same bass rhythm from measure 24 is played again.

Measure 27

Do not ignore the repeat sign! Repeat back to the beginning of measure 24.

Measure 28

The tonic Dm chord is first played in first inversion. On beat 3, the bass note of the chord changes from F to A. This puts the chord in second inversion.

Measures 29-31

"Rall." is indicated at the beginning of measure 29. "Rall." is an abbreviation for "Rallentando." Rallentando indicates a simultaneous decrease in volume and tempo. Gradually slow down and get quieter through the final measures. A Rallentando is not the same as a ritardando. A ritardando lacks the volume component. It only indicates a gradual slowing of tempo.

Preview of Next Lesson

Matt returns to lead guitar concepts in the next. He will explain how to improvise over several non-diatonic chord progressions. These chord progressions are taken from songs that Matt has covered in Phase 3.

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thesnowdogthesnowdog replied

G'day Matt, When you're playing something like this are you worrying about muting the unused lower strings? Is it technically feasible to effectively mute, for example, the low E while droning the A and playing higher strings? Presumably, if it is, then a lot of that is done in the left hand? I find I'm periodically in position to mute them when playing through this but there's still plenty of time where I can hear them. Thanks.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

G'day to you, sir! Nah, I don't worry about muting the low strings that are not being used...With the left hand, you'll hopefully be able to see that I'm only worried about fretting the necessary notes in each chord (no muting of open strings)...If I had to guess, I imagine you're having some accuracy problems with hitting the correct low string with your picking hand. If that's the case, you've discovered what the problem is and know what to work on. As an exercise, eliminate the left hand and play through the tabs using all open strings. With the left hand out of the picture, you'll be able to focus all of your attention on your right hand accuracy and technique. Yeah, it sounds terrible and it's not particularly fun, but if you work on it for a few minutes at a time, it's an effective means to an end. Then, isolate the left hand...Just strum in time where the chords change to nail the left hand switches...Finally, put it all together when you've nailed the individual components. Hope this is helpful! Please let me know if you still have any questions / comments!! Thanks!

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied

Thanks Matt. No, it's definitely just a sympathetic resonance and I've discovered that I really only tend to notice it when practising at very slow tempos. Anyway, it's reassuring to know you're not performing some sort of surreptitious muting dance. :)

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Glad you sorted the problem out! Maybe practice in front of a mirror and imitate what my right hand looks like...I use photo booth on my laptop when practicing. If you're a pc guy, I imagine there's a similar program (assuming you have a webcam).

chris49chris49 replied

I cant print the entire Suplemental content...it only prints about 2/3s of the measures...I print preview and it only shows 2/3's of the piece. Is this a tech issue? Any suggestions appreciated.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Yeah, that sounds like a technical issue to me. Give this a try...Open up the page you want to print by clicking on it in Supplemental Content. Then, click on the actual image of the notation and drag it to your desktop. Once the image is on your desktop, open it up with a program like Preview for mac or Image Viewer / Paint for PC. Finally, print the document from the program. Sorry about this! I'll see what the computer wizards can do.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Attention everybody! The supplemental content is faulty at the moment. I'll post a new comment when it is fixed.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Ok...all fixed now. sorry!!!

aquariartyaquariarty replied

I just wondered why the chords used in this piece aren't shown on the score and in the Supplemental Content, as some of them have alternative fingerings. I, for one, would find this very helpful.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

well..Classical pieces never have the chords written in. I was trying to introduce you guys to that and sort of get you used to it. You can get the proper fingering for each chord by watching my hands in the lesson video. If you need help with the fingering for a specific chord(s), feel free to shoot me a message or something and I'll be glad to help you out!

mattbrownmattbrown replied

Actually, on second thought, I will add chord diagrams to the supplemental content section. I'm sure there are plenty of others that would like to see them. They will be listed in the order that they are used in the piece.

blake winstonblake winston replied

this is too funny, i learned this song for classical guitar when I first picked it up

mattbrownmattbrown replied

cool! yeah...This is one of the first classical pieces I ever learned too.

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About Matt Brown View Full Biography Matt Brown began playing the guitar at the age of 11. "It was a rule in my family to learn and play an instrument for at least two years. I had been introduced to a lot of great music at the time by friends and their older siblings. I was really into bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins, so the decision to pick up the guitar came pretty easily."

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Brown continued his music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2002. While at Capital, he also studied jazz guitar and recording techniques in great detail. "I've never had any desire to perform jazz music. Its lack of relevance to modern culture has always turned me off. However, nothing will improve your chops more than studying this music."

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Interactive Games

We have teachers covering beginner lessons, rock, classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, fingerstyle, slack key and more. Learn how to play the guitar from experienced players, in a casual environment.

Beginners Welcome.. and Up

Unlike a lot of guitar websites and DVDs, we start our Beginner Lessons at the VERY start of the learning process, as if you just picked up a guitar for the first time.Our teaching is structured for all players.

Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.

Price Per Lesson < $0.01 $4 - $5 $30 - $50 Free
Money Back Guarantee Sometimes n/a
Number of Instructors 127 1 – 3 1 Zillions
Interaction with Instructors Daily Webcam Sessions Weekly
Professional Instructors Luck of the Draw Luck of the Draw
New Lessons Daily Weekly Minutely
Structured Lessons
Learn Any Style Sorta
Track Progress
HD Video - Sometimes
Multiple Camera Angles Sometimes - Sometimes
Accurate Tabs Maybe Maybe
Scale/Chord Libraries
Custom JamTracks
Interactive Games
Learn in Sweatpants Socially Unacceptable
Gasoline Needed $0.00 $0.00 ~$4 / gallon! $0.00
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Mike H.

"I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"

I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!

Greg J.

"With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"

I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg


"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."

I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.

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