D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

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D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:18 am

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D01.
If you are new to the course, please read this message to familiarize yourself with the conditions for participating in the lessons. You should also read the first message in lesson 1, where you will find advice on how to make the most of your study time and on the methods of practising that I recommend.



First we will study some technical exercises from volume D01.
Page 54: G major scale and C major scale, numbers 4 and 5. Be sure to damp the notes properly in the descending passages. To damp the notes in the descending passages: lean the fingers of the left hand against the vibrating strings.

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Finally, we'll look at six simple tunes, pages 21 to 25
Anonyme : La cucaracha
Anonyme : C'est la cloche du vieux manoir
Anonyme : Le coucou
Anonyme : Alouette, gentille alouette
Anonyme : Vent frais, vent du matin
Anonyme : Lundi matin
Anonyme : Cadet Rousselle

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I ask you first to work on all these exercises and tunes for a week and then to upload your recordings of:
Anonyme : La cucaracha
Anonyme : Alouette, gentille alouette
Anonyme : Lundi matin
Anonyme : Cadet Rousselle


Good luck!


I thank Geoff (GeoffB) who has helped in the translation of my lessons into English.


Jean-François

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Exam qualifying submissions:

La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle

Zafar Haq
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle
La cucaracha

Cao Nguyen
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle

David Florea
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle

Angela Zhao
La cucaracha
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle
Alouette, gentille alouette

Charles Ramcharan
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle

Warley Lima
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle

Jenni Gribble
Cadet Rousselle
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin

Juan Silva
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle

Tom Hayes
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle

Jonathan Lamb
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle
:( + ♫ = :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Zafar Haq » Sat Dec 05, 2015 4:34 am

Hi, Classmates,
Here is my study assignment "ALOUETTE,GENTILLE ALOUETTE" video link. :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Zafar Haq » Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:10 am

Hi, Classmates,
Here is my study assignment "CADET ROUSSELLE" video link. :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Zafar Haq » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:51 pm

Hi, Classmates,
Here is my study assignment "LUNDI MATIN" video link.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Jonathan Lamb » Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:50 pm

Hi Zaf, This is great work, and quick too! (Apologies if I am draggin my feet to get mine in)
Anyhow, here is my response to the three pieces you've uploaded for us so far: I enjoyed listening to you play. In particular I appreciate the dynamic range and attention given to phrases in the melody throughout the three pieces: <<Alouette, Gentille Alouette>>, <<Cadet Rouselle>> and <<Lundi Matin>>. This comes out especially nicely in your rendition of <<Lundi Matin>> I think, you play this with confidence and hence, allow your efforts to shine through so well done and keep up the good work!
With best wishes,
Jonathan

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by David Florea » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:46 am

Yes, I agree with Jonathan. Keep up the good work. Are you also in the D02 class? I'm afraid to get in over my head.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Zafar Haq » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:59 am

Hi, Jonathan Lamb, David Florea,
Thanks,
I was D01 student last year, 2014-15.I felt the same as you guys feel this year.Yes I'm D02 student too. I decided after passing the D01 final exam to readmit myself again at D01 level to improve my basic weaknesses.Here I'm in front of you guys!.Little better than last year.Lesson learn from my writing is.
Stay committed.Practice daily.Begin your practice slowly and you will achieve your goals with time.
I may be helpful if any of you guys need help.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Colin Bullock » Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:56 am

Zafar Haq wrote:Here I'm in front of you guys!.Little better than last year.
I disagree Zafar, I think you have shown noticeable progress. Very brave to go back and redo D01.
David Florea wrote:Yes, I agree with Jonathan. Keep up the good work. Are you also in the D02 class? I'm afraid to get in over my head.
Give it a try David, you can always drop out later. The only problem is likely to be time to practice both streams, which could make it difficult, in which case better to concentrate on one.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Zafar Haq » Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:29 pm

Hi, Classmates,
Here is my study assignment "LA CUCARACHA" video link. :)
Thanks, Collin, for encouragement comments about my progress.

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Cao Nguyen

Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Cao Nguyen » Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:57 pm

Hi everybody,

Here are my submissions for this lesson:

La Cucaracha & Alouette, Gentille Alouette (I combined the two songs into one video)

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Lundi Matin

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Cadet Rousselle

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by David Florea » Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:49 pm

Pretty darn good!

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by John Montes » Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:03 am

David Florea wrote:Pretty darn good!
+1
Superbly executed :chitarrista: :noel: :daccord:
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Salvatore Lovinello » Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:58 pm

Nicely done, Coa.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by David Florea » Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:13 pm

Here are my submissions for D01 Lesson 05
La cucaracha
Alouette, gentille alouette
Lundi matin
Cadet Rousselle


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Cao Nguyen

Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Cao Nguyen » Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:57 am

Hi David,
I like the clear tone you produce. I see you're using staccato to add some expressions to the music as well, very good!

@everyone
A lot of you haven't posted your videos yet, so I want to share some thoughts that I came up with recently when practicing that may be helpful to you. From the previous lessons I have a feeling that we're focusing too much on the technical aspects of the pieces, i.e. where to place the fingers, when to pluck the strings, etc. Some of us can play very well but monotonously. We forget the final goal that we're trying to achieve - making music! Of course, we're beginners and the technical part is very important but I think it's not less important to practice playing musically. Here is my new approach to practicing a new piece:

1. Listen to Mr Delcamp's playing, acquiring the piece's name.
2. Search for the song on youtube, listen to other versions of it (vocal). At this stage most pieces are popular children's song. This step widens our perception of the song to allow us express it more freely, instead of limiting ourselves to the guitar version of Mr Delcamp.
3. Search for the lyrics if available. Translate and try to understand the meaning, and the deeper meaning if exists, of the lyrics. Read other information about the song - the composer, the circumstance in which the song was composed, etc. The song La Cucaracha has some interesting stories about it.
4. Listen to one favorite version of the piece, memorize the melody and sing a long. Take notes of where I want to put it louder, quieter, where to sing the notes together (legato) and where to cut them prematurely (staccato), etc. Write them down on the score.
5. With a clear melody in mind, approach the guitar and try to reproduce it at the actual speed with all the dynamics noted above. You need to play fast enough in order to feel the flow of the music. Play it several times, don't care about fingering, damping or some slips that may occur. Play free strokes if it's more comfortable.
6. Slow down, practice with a metronome. Adjust the fingering, the rhythm, damping, string crossing and other technicalities according to the score while maintaining and polishing the musicality of the piece. Memorize all the technical details. Speed up to the desired tempo. I practice in front of my laptop screen with the webcam opened to adjust my hands and posture.
7. Practice more until it becomes muscle memory.
8. Find a quiet free time ( :( ) to record and submit the recordings.


Thanks to everyone for the positive comments. My playing still needs to be polished more. My left hand staccato at high speed produces too much buzz when lifting the finger off the strings :(. I haven't practiced right hand staccato yet.

Happy practicing :bye:.

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