Developing the requisite technical skills, mastering key expressive techniques, and learning how to perform songs are the rites of passage that every guitarist must travel through on their path to becoming a great fingerstyle player.

These etudes I’ve prepared are designed for students to use these techniques and creative approaches in your own daily practice routines and as tools ultimately for your own compositions.

In this etude, we’re going to work on sliding. Sliding from one fret to the next can hurt your fingertips, especially if you’ve never done it before. The good news is that if you keep on practicing, you’ll slowly build calluses and everything will become much easier!

In this etude, you’ll be sliding essentially from the 5th to the 7th fret of the 2nd string with your ring finger. The only exception is on measure 14, where you’ll be sliding from the 5th to the 3rd fret of the 1st string with your index finger. The bass notes are keeping a straight 3/4 waltz tempo.

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