To add on from the “stretching exercises” above :
It has been intriguing to observe that the above exercises, as well as the LH workouts by Aguado, Tarrega, and Pujol - mastered though they may have been - have not fully prepared those who attempt to study Segovia’s Daily Study “Oracion - Por el alma de Manuel Ponce”, especially when it comes to the following bar :
where Segovia has been VERY clear with markings and fingerings : the initial C# in the bass must be held for a full minim, and every single note thereafter has been specifically fingered.
As this is a study, there is no question that those directions must be adhered to, as they are designed to stretch the student, probably beyond anything they may have encountered. To sustain that bass C# while fingering the C natural with finger 2 is particularly challenging, although not for those who have no problem playing I- V7 - V- V7 – I in C# Major!
These reflections may add fuel to the Topic “Segovia’s Remembranza” in Guitar Classes. In that score, Segovia is also very specific ; many thought that some of his specified long notes might be ignored because they were too difficult to sustain ; ditto with the Topic “Are You a Slave to the Score” ... Where Segovia is concerned, the conjunction of idiosyncratic notation compounded by distinctly accurate fingerings definitely suggests that one should conform to the author’s intentions which are abundantly clear ... and if you find it rather tough, as John Williams put it during one of his Australian masterclasses : “You’ll just have to sweat it out!”
For those who might like to attempt working on the little masterpiece that is “Oracion”, the following adapted exercise may be of help for the bar featured above ; be sure ALWAYS to finger the C natural in the treble with finger 2 (start at MM 60 and build up to MM 120) :
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