Study in A minor – Debbie Cracknell Preliminary List A No. 4
Debbie Cracknell studied guitar and piano at Trinity College of Music in London and graduated with licentiate diplomas in both instruments. Since then she has been teaching guitar in various schools for Buckinghamshire County Council in the UK. This study is taken from her successful guitar method Enjoy Playing The Guitar, for which she has written several follow up editions.
- As with most arpeggio studies it is ideal to place all needed fingers together at the beginning of each bar. These chord changes may be studied with the left hand alone.
- It can also be of benefit to practice the piece with the right hand only, playing through the patterns on open strings.
- After the left and right hands are studied separately it should be quite easy to put it all together and play through the piece in context.
- The rallentando in the very last bar makes sense musically and also makes the melodic line of E, D to C a lot easier.
- Experiment with some more dynamic variation with this piece – but don’t go for anything too over the top.