I have played the guitar for 6 years now and have never seen this notation. What do these arrows mean?


EDIT: Bach Chaconne, arrangement by Edson Lopes, classical guitar (for electric guitar players: played with fingers, not a pick).

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    Just a guess so not a real answer: The advice to play both notes with a downstroke?
    – MeanGreen
    Jul 7, 2020 at 11:21
  • Need more info - composer, piece, violin or guitar, more of the page?
    – Tim
    Jul 7, 2020 at 11:26
  • Your having never seen this notation before may well be because this music is not for guitar. Looks like it's for violin based on the name portion in the picture.
    – Dekkadeci
    Jul 7, 2020 at 11:38
  • @Dekkadeci this is an arrangement for guitar specifically, that’s why i’m curious
    – Betydlig
    Jul 7, 2020 at 12:15
  • @Tim youtu.be/9AKC6e96pno video (didn’t notice anything). Full sheet music in the description.
    – Betydlig
    Jul 7, 2020 at 12:22

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Thank you for including more information, it is very important to see and hear things in context, like knowing the key and time signatures in order to be able to give an accurate answer.

The notes happen at about 3:56 and are at the top of page 4. The arrows indicate shifting the positioning so the 1st finger extends towards the nut and playing the F and Eb with fingers 4 and 2. This allows the quick playing of the Bb of the double stop on the downbeat with the 1st finger.

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