"Home On The Range"
Most of the difficulties of this piece, and their solutions,
have been treated in the preceding Checkpoints. So, there is not a lot to
say about this solo. Just make sure you have thoroughly learned what has
come before, and keep reviewing!
||The easiest way to do this change from a
small C chord to a small C minor chord is to simply "squeeze" the 2nd
finger back behind the 1st, onto the Eb.
||Remember, whenever you use
the 2-4 finger combination like this you have to do careful no tempo and
posing, it is always a stress point. Pay attention to the inactive 3rd
finger, it will want to tense and pull up in the air.
|| Use fingers 1-2 for
the double notes (3rds). Shift position to the 2nd, then the 3rd.
||Shift 1-2 back down to 1st
|| Use 4 on the G note and keep it
there for the A7 chord. Use it instead of the 3rd finger marked there.
Place 1 on the A, and 2 on the C#, instead of barring as Mel suggests.
While holding the 4 and 2 with the heavy arm, position
the 1st finger on the F#. Play the G, then relax your upper arm as you
reach with 4 for the high A. You are in 2nd position now. Keep 1 lightly
on the string as you are playing the A, and use it to guide you back
down to 1st position for the A minor chord.
"The Little Prince"
Don't neglect the duets in the book! Record
the bottom part and play the top to it, then vice versa. There is valuable
musical training to be gained by doing this.
These instructions are for the top part.
||Position the 2nd finger on the G note
while you are still holding the 3 on the D.
||Touch 1 on the 2nd string while 4 is
still on the A. Use it to guide you back to 1st position.
|| You might as well use the 2nd
finger on the first G, rather than using 3 and switching.
||Stay in 2nd position
||Notice the F natural. This means the
music has modulated to the key of C (briefly, until the C# in the bass
of the next measure).