Opus 299 No 4 in A Major by Carl Czerny (1791-1857)
Carl Czerny was an Austrian pianist, composer and teacher. He is best remembered today for his books of études for the piano. Czerny’s music was profoundly influenced by his teachers, Muzio Clementi, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Antonio Salieri and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Romantic. Etude. Key of A major. 4/4 Time Signature. 2 pages. 22 measures. Taken from Czerny for Guitar by David Patterson.
1) When hammering the strings, be sure to relax the pressure after the snao. Don’t continue to press into the string any harder than it takes to sustain the note.
2) Remember that pull-offs are simply a way to pluck the string. Therefore, many of the same criteria for tone and volume apply: direction of the finger, stiffness of the tip joint etc. Most pull-offs are left-hand rest strokes, so the string is pulled down and against the adjacent string. When pulling off, be sure to relax the finger after the pull and let it bounce off the adjacent string. There are freestroke pull-offs too, but they are less common.
3)Strive for consistency in tone and volume between the different finger combinations
4)Because controlling the volume of slurs is always a challenge, try accenting the slurred notes so it is louder than the articulated note. You’ll find that the right and left hand have work together to achieve this. You not only have to have good control over the slur in the left hand, but you must also be sensitive in the right hand about how hard you pluck the string.