GabrielSilva wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:29 am
Is there some technique or method to choose the best position to play a section when position shifting is not indicated in the scores? I have some trouble with shifting between positions and I tend to use only the first position even when it produces uncomfortable finger movements...
Mastering fingering is an important part of developing technqiue. What I have discovered is that guitarists refinger everything so that they can play it securely with minimum risk. The first position is actually the most difficult, because the frets are the furthest apart. Playing a passage higher on the fingerboard can often simplify left-hand fingering and drastically change the tone quality.
In the beginning, analyzing left-hand fingering is very difficult. I sit down with a piece of graph paper and map out the exact movement of each finger between chord A and chord B. You want all these movements to be as close to the natural position of the hand (without stretching) as possbile. With practice, you can just play the transition from one note or group of notes to the next, and observe carefuly what happens to each finger. You want as few fingers changing strings as possible. Remember that all fingering is about preparing to get to the next group of notes with maximum smoothness and security.
Right-hand fingering is equally important. I only learned right-hand fingering very recently from Marco Tamayo's book (which I recommended to you in a different post).
Now, as for shifting: Marco Tamayo says always shift slowly and glissando (with one finger playing the in-between notes). You may not want to perform pieces that way, but it is great for developing smooth technique. Once it becomes second nature, you can slightly lift your guide finger if you do not wish to play the in-between notes. Hope this helps.