One of the more difficult left-hand techniques on the classical guitar is the infamous barre technique. A tendency for many players when first learning the barre technique is to apply too much pressure in the left hand, adding tension by squeezing with the thumb on the back of the neck, which then accumulates and eventually leaves the whole hand very tired. In a piece with many barres this can obviously create some problems!
Over at CGC Academy we’ve been treated recently to some great masterclasses on the Brouwer Etudes Simples with Cuban virtuoso guitarist Rene Izquierdo. In his lesson on the first etude Rene offered a wonderful solution to the above problem with barres and we would like to share it with you — with many thanks to Rene. Check it out below. (We’ve also created a score of the exercise for you to download / print out and follow along.)