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D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:04 am

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D01.

I'm going to talk to you about the minimum time you need to devote to the study of the guitar, and about the classical position for holding the guitar.

Timetable for the beginner:
In order to progress, you need a little time each day for 6 days of the week. Here is the minimum necessary when you are a beginner:
3 days when you can devote 10 minutes to repeating each difficult passage from 6 to 12 times. I'll indicate these difficult passages to you by putting a box (a rectangular border) around them.
and
3 days when you can devote 30 minutes to studying the guitar, made up of
- 10 minutes practising the difficult (boxed) passages,
- 15 minutes repeating the individual phrases (indicated by phrase marks) several times in succession (3 to 6 times)
- and finally 5 minutes playing the piece or pieces in full.

Note that you must play for 6 days of the week. If you combine all this time into one day, that is to say, 2 hours in a single day, you will not make progress and furthermore you will risk injuring yourself by making demands on certain muscles for too long. Divide up your practice and play a little each day.

Spend most of your practice time on the parts you have trouble playing: difficult passages, difficult phrases. Only play pieces the whole way through once or twice a week.
So we understand one another properly, here is an example of a timetable where sessions alternate between 10 and 30 minutes:
Monday 30 minutes
Tuesday 10 minutes
Wednesday 30 minutes
Thursday 10 minutes
Friday 30 minutes
Saturday 10 minutes



The position for the classical guitar is the product of past experience. The classical position enables us to reduce effort to a minimum, and has arisen from a compromise between the needs for stability, comfort and the efficient use of both hands.

The principles of this position are:
sitting position, back straight, shoulders level,
the guitar rests on whichever thigh is on the neck side.
We raise the head of the guitar level with our head, with the aid of a footstool or of a support placed on the thigh.
The hand which plays the strings is placed over the sound hole, the elbow rests on the edge of the body of the guitar, level with the bridge.
The arm on the neck side is bent to bring the hand up to the height of the shoulder, the thumb is placed behind the neck, beneath the second fret and behind the third string, the fingers are over the strings.
Try to achieve relaxation, from the shoulders right down to the hands.

Some classical guitarists adopt a position similar to that used by cellists. I am not competent to teach you that position, but it is worth being aware of.



We will study some techniques and some exercises.
D01, page 6 and page 7:
- The rest stoke technique (apoyando). Apoyando is a way to vibrate the string by a finger movement which plucks the string and then continues to come to rest on the adjacent string.
- The technique of alternating the index and middle fingers of the hand that makes the strings vibrate. To stabilize the hand and fully benefit from this exercise, it is necessary to place the tip of the thumb on the fifth string (A string).
- The tempo. To measure yourself the time, you count the time aloud, as indicated in the score.


The rest stoke technique (apoyando)

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Tirando

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MI SI SOL RE

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Page 6 number 1

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Page 6 number 2

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Page 7 SOL LA SI DO

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Page 7 number 1

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Page 7 number 2

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Page 7 number 3

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To complete this lesson we will try four simple studies, D01, page 8 to page 10,
A la claire fontaine
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune
Il est minuit
SOL LA SI RE

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A la claire fontaine

Youtube


RE MI SOL LA SI

Youtube

Old Mac Donald

Youtube


RE MI FA# SOL LA SI SI

Youtube

Au clair de la lune

Youtube

Il est minuit

Youtube



I ask you first to work on all these exercises and pieces for one week and then to post your recordings on the forum for:
Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) : CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Anonyme : Old Mac Donald
Anonyme : Au clair de la lune




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:

CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune


Peera Tienthong
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Jonathan Lamb
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Au clair de la lune
Old Mac Donald

Salvatore Lovinello
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)

Cao Nguyen
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Chad Coffey
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Chris McIntyre
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Michael Lavelle
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Janet Hillenbrand
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Tom Hayes
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Lê Vĩnh Hà
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

David Florea
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

QuintinBulnes
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Warley Lima
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Cha Ming Cheng
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Zafar Haq
Au clair de la lune
Old Mac Donald
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)

Charles Ramcharan
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Steven Galvin
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Pyit Phyo Aung
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Mark Coprada
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Mariana Wulandari
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Ramon Candido
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)

Shahab Edalatian
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Angela Zhao
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)

Jenni Gribble
Au clair de la lune
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald

Juan Silva
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Beth Penn
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

Thuc Anh Nguyen
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Peera Tienthong » Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:19 pm

Hi,every one
Open string1

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Open string2

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Old Mac Donald

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Au Clair De La Lune

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby John Montes » Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:49 pm

Peera Tienthong wrote:Hi,every one


Hi Peera -- nice job with the recordings :bravo:

The video links were broken, but I fixed 2 of the 4 submissions and left 2 that you can fix/edit to help learn the technique.

When using the youtube anchors [youtube] {VideoID} [youtube], only place the video identifier in between the tags or else the links will be broken and no one can see the videos.

This embedding Youtube videos post helps explain how to do this with screenshots

Minor Note
- Watch for repeat signs/markings such as in the Claire De La Luna piece (p10) in measure 4, the vertical double dots indicate the first 4 bars of the piece should be repeated, then continue at bar 5 till the end.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Peera Tienthong » Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:20 pm

Do I have to send the rest two videos?

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Marko Räsänen » Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:27 pm

Peera Tienthong wrote:Do I have to send the rest two videos?


Hi Peera, just edit your post, and fix the two remaining video links. No need to send anything.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Stephen Jessup » Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:39 pm

Hi Peera, nice job, well done! :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Jeremy Gillard » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:23 pm

Hi Peera:

Just a couple of things I noticed that may help you. Your right wrist is a little flat. It should be up off the soundboard a bit more (about an inch or so). Also your right hand is a little high over the soundhole. You may want to bring it down a bit towards the bottom of the soundhole. This is a good standard position which does not have your hand blocking the soundhole. Where you are playing you will get more bass, which is a good effect but not the best all the time.

For your left hand, your index finger seems to be flying away. Even though it's not in use, you should try to keep it much closer to the fingerboard along with your other fingers. This will help a lot when you do use it. It will not have so far to travel to get to the string.

I hope this helps!
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Jonathan Lamb » Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:59 pm

Hello everyone,
Here is my Claire de la Lune:

Claire_de_la_Lune.mp3


Thanks for listening!

JL :)
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Jonathan Lamb » Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:41 pm

... And I am pleased to play, and to upload here the two Open Strings exercises, and with some difficulty Old Mac Donald too!
Cordes_A_Vide_1.mp3
Cordes_A_Vide_2.mp3
Old_Mac_Donald.mp3
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Salvatore Lovinello » Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:15 pm

Im having a bit of trouble up loading my files. I recorded them on my phone, then emailed the files to me via my desktop computer only to find that are in MP4 format and this site doesn't recognize MP4...


posting.php?mode=edit&f=41&p=1054932#

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Salvatore Lovinello » Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:34 pm

Hi Jonathan,

Good effort. I'm hearing a bit of string buzz. Without a video I can only guess that your fingers are too far behind the fret and/or you're not pressing down hard enough with your left hand. I find that the real power in my left hand starts at the shoulder so that my whole arm works to keep the sting/s down and my thumb is just an anchor point that exerts SOME pressure but not all.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Salvatore Lovinello » Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:40 pm

Please bear with me...

Cordes A Vide #1:
1 (1).mp3
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Salvatore Lovinello » Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:51 pm

The balance of the assignment...

Cordes A Vide#2:
2.mp3
Cordes A Vide #3:
3.mp3
old mc.mp3
au Clair....mp3
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby QuintinBulnes » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:13 pm

Hi Salvatore,

Great work! very consistent and smooth. I am in the process of uploading my submissions and for now audio will have to be sufficient. If you are looking for a good PC based program to convert audio files between multiple formats try SoundTaxi.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Cao Nguyen » Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:14 pm

Hi everybody.
Here are my first vids:

Cordes a vide 1

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Cordes a vide 2

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Old Mac Donald

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Au clair de la lune

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Never noticed my right hand was that crooked :o


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