In Italian, dolce means "sweet", which doesn't help much. How am I supposed to play it on classical guitar? Some people mentioned "softly", which may be good, but there surely is more to it than that.

I am interested generally, but also specifically in this one measure, taken from Norbert Leclercq's Noir.


  • Closer to the soundhole. More legato. More vibrato. Softer. More espressivo.
    – user207421
    Nov 19, 2023 at 23:21

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Where along the string you pluck will vary the tone. Pluck close to the bridge, and there's more treble, nasal sound. So further away from that point will produce a more dolce sound. Perhaps even as far as over the sound hole.

Also, what produces the sound will be variable. Use only the very fleshy part of the fingers, and brush, rather than twang(!) the strings. No nails used. A combination of both will give as much dolce as possible.

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