Prelude in A minor - Basic Membership


Matteo Carcassi was a virtuoso Italian guitarist and a prolific composer during the early Romantic period. During his lifetime he made considerable contributions to the development of modern classical guitar technical fundamentals. In a somewhat sad twist of fate his achievements were often overshadowed by those of Ferdinando Carulli. 


This Prelude represents just one of his many technical studies written for the guitar. I believe that this study focuses on several techniques:

  • Keeping the right-hand steady
  • Practicing full & sequential planting
  • Developing apoyando (rest stroke) with the thumb
  • Crescendo and diminuendo
  • Changing timbre from sul tasto through naturale and on to ponticello

Let your fingers fly!