I and M String Crossing
- Thumb stays on the string behind the string being played.
- Move your entire hand to the new position of each string.
- Keep the hand consistent through all the strings.
- Don’t reach for the next string. Instead, move your thumb and hand.
- Continue with your I and M alternation while crossing to a new string.
String Crossing is part of classical guitar scale technique for the right hand. When we master string-crossing, we can speed up scales on guitar. We play more smoothly and cleanly, and make fewer mistakes. Guitar scales are a fundamental element of guitar practice, and string crossing is part of the study.
Hi, I’m Allen Mathews.
I started as a folk guitarist, then fell in love with classical guitar in my 20’s. Despite a lot of practice and schooling, I still couldn’t get my music to flow well. I struggled with excess tension. My music sounded forced. And my hands and body were often sore. I got frustrated, and couldn’t see the way forward. Then, over the next decade, I studied with two other stellar teachers – one focused on the technical movements, and one on the musical (he was a concert pianist). In time, I came to discover a new set of formulas and movements. These brought new life and vitality to my practice. Now I help guitarists find more comfort and flow in their music, so they play more beautifully.
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