Koblenz Guitar Festival report

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Koblenz Guitar Festival report

Post by JohnyZuper » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:00 am

Here's a listing of all the things I have learned at the Koblenz Guitar Festival in May-June 2017.

It was a strange experience to be a beginning amateur player among virtually exclusively high level conservatory students. But I learned a lot sitting in on masterclasses with Hans-Werner Huppertz, Dale Kavanagh, Hubert Käppel, Pavel Steidl and Marcin Dylla.

Here's a personal selection:
  • Figure out what the character of the music is.
  • Act out different roles to embody the emotions.
  • Your sound will never be more beautiful than you can imagine.
  • The first chord decides how people will listen.
  • Think of the dynamics in music as waves.
  • Sometimes you can make a crescendo in warmth or beauty, rather than volume.
  • Make the left hand fingering easy and compensate for musicality in right hand intonation.
  • Be careful to not exceed the instrument’s capacity when playing Forte.
  • Have the resting thumb follow the playing fingers so they always attack with the same angle.
  • The left hand is important because it’s controlled by the right hand side of the brain, the creative side.
  • When shifting, lift fingers on bass strings, to avoid scratch sounds.
  • You need to feel the vibration of the guitar in your body.
  • You need to feel the tension of the string before the sound.
  • Try to play apuyando with same hand position as tirando.
  • Practice on piano level to learn the motions.
  • When you played a phrase well figure out how to you did it.
  • Speak along with the melody to help concentrate on the music.
  • Practice each part until it becomes easy.
  • Practice from the end to the beginning. So later when playing the whole piece you find security.
  • Play the melody separately to shape the phrase.
  • Body movement is better than a metronome.
  • Playing silently on stage is an act of courage. When done well, the audience will become very quiet in order to hear.
More here.
―Michaël Samyn.

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Re: Koblenz Guitar Festival report

Post by Stephen Taylor » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:25 pm

Hi JohnyZuper,
Thank you for posting this report. You did an especially nice job detailing the "Bullet Points"
I hope many Delcamp members have a chance to see this post. There is plenty of good information listed in your observations. Regards, Stephen
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Re: Koblenz Guitar Festival report

Post by MikeJay » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:51 am

Thanks. Lots of useful info, particularly in the extended version on your blog page.

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Re: Koblenz Guitar Festival report

Post by georgemarousi » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:50 am

Hi Michaël,

I really want to thank you for your very informative report on your blog and the bullets. One can find much useful information in there.

On your Epilogue you also state another important issue, you reminded me of a know guitarist that stated it too in one of his videos, as "finger gymnastics" ..

Finally, allow me to observe that only by reading your report, I believe that you the 4-year amateur are more of a artist/guitarist than some others that even may play the guitar for many years. Keep it that way ! :)
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Re: Koblenz Guitar Festival report

Post by marusanek52 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:22 pm

Great report with some great recommendations, but the link for the rest of it doesn’t work. I would love to read it. Can you please repair it or something?
Thank’s
Mark

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Re: Koblenz Guitar Festival report

Post by JohnyZuper » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:22 pm

―Michaël Samyn.

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Re: Koblenz Guitar Festival report

Post by Stephen Taylor » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:54 pm

Hi Michaël,
The link in your original post worked for me. And I agree with MikeJay that the extended info in the Blog is very informative as well. Stephen
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