D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

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D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:54 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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgi Chernishov
CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING (page 6)
Old Mac Donald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Drummond
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune

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

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

Ryan Bassette
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 Binh NguyenKhac » Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:48 am

Hi everyone, this is my assignments. I don't use to damp the preceding note and this is a challenge for me: play notes and damp last note, too many things to care. And sorry for my videos quality, I recorded them from my potato laptop. Have a nice weekend, my classmates. :discussion:



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Last edited by Binh NguyenKhac on Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby John Montes » Sun Sep 11, 2016 5:58 pm

Binh NguyenKhac wrote:Hi everyone, this is my assignments


Hi Binh, 2 of the 4 video links have been updated to embed the youtube video in the forum.
You can update the other 2 by "editing" the original post, place the Youtube video ID number in-between the Youtube tags, then submit the changes.

No worries, many folks do this their first time, me included :-)
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Binh NguyenKhac » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:17 pm

Thanks John, I tried and googled how to embed youtube videos into forum but no luck. I learned a new thing today, you're a good teacher!

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:17 am

Hi everyone,
Here are my attempts :)

open string 6 1


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open string 6 2


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au claire de la lune


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old mac donald


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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Marko Räsänen » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:47 am

Hi Lucian, I fixed the video embedding for you. Please look at your post in edit mode (by clicking the pencil icon) to see how it should look like.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:04 am

Marko Räsänen wrote:Hi Lucian, I fixed the video embedding for you. Please look at your post in edit mode (by clicking the pencil icon) to see how it should look like.

Thanks Marko,
I think I've got it, I'll try to fix myself the others,
Thanks again for your help :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby hoang tran » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:38 pm

Binh and Lucian, you guys did well and inspired me to practice a bit harder.
It is taking me longer to be a bit smoother in damping the notes. The melody I got was not there yet.....lol, would make a child cry!!!!

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Uriel Garcia » Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:53 pm

Binh,
I enjoyed your rendition of Au clair de la lune. It is inspiring for my upcoming attempt.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Uriel Garcia » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:04 am

I have completed the first four videos for this exercise. I will continue to practice and record the follow on exercises.
The videos will be updated often, this will be done in order to record a more proper performance.

Cordes a Vide - Open String 1

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Cordes a Vide - Open String 2

Youtube


Old Mac Donald

Youtube


Au Clair de la Lune

Youtube



Change 1: fixed my "youtube" link.
Change 2: updated my "Cordes a Vide" recording.
Change 3: fixed de verbiage and layout of the post.
Change 4: Added the links for "Old Mac Donald" and " Au Clair de la Lune".
Change 5: added my change track notes.
Change 6: updated my "Old Mac Donald" recording
Last edited by Uriel Garcia on Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:42 am, edited 6 times in total.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Binh NguyenKhac » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:33 am

hoang tran wrote:Binh and Lucian, you guys did well and inspired me to practice a bit harder.
It is taking me longer to be a bit smoother in damping the notes. The melody I got was not there yet.....lol, would make a child cry!!!!


Thanks man, that's mean a lot to me. Keep it up Hoang.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Binh NguyenKhac » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:42 am

Nice play Lucian but i think there is a problem with the timing: you might want to play notes full duration: black note = 1 beat, white note = 2 beats, egg note = 4 beats. :D. And the little finger of your left hand seems tilted, stressed or not normal.
watch this video from our teacher:
Youtube

His little finger doesnt "fly" high or moves too far from the keyboard, it stays close to the string. I have this problem too, with my index left hand, when I play hard part of the song and in stressed, my index moved away. I haven't realized this until my father showed it to me.



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Notice my left hand index :lol: . It flies.

How to cure it? I don't know :(
Happy practicing Lucian :bravo:
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Binh NguyenKhac » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:48 am

Binh NguyenKhac wrote:
Uriel Garcia wrote:Binh,
I enjoyed your rendition of Au clair de la lune. It is inspiring for my upcoming attempt.

Thanks Uriel for your kind word. :merci: and I think your youtube link doesn't work. I clicked but the videos didn't show up. You might want to edit your post with command like that:
your original youtube link https://wwwyoutubecom/watch?v=ForExample
Just copy the text after v= then add it beetween these two: [youtube] [/youtube
Like that [youtube]ForExample[/youtube
( remember add ] at the end of the command)
I learnt this trick from John.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:25 pm

Binh NguyenKhac wrote:Nice play Lucian but i think there is a problem with the timing: you might want to play notes full duration: black note = 1 beat, white note = 2 beats, egg note = 4 beats. :D. And the little finger of your left hand seems tilted, stressed or not normal.
watch this video from our teacher:
Youtube

His little finger doesnt "fly" high or moves too far from the keyboard, it stays close to the string. I have this problem too, with my index left hand, when I play hard part of the song and in stressed, my index moved away. I haven't realized this until my father showed it to me.



Youtube


Notice my left hand index :lol: . It flies.

How to cure it? I don't know :(
Happy practicing Lucian :bravo:


Hi Binh,
Thanks for your input, very helpful. I'll keep your tips in mind when I'll practice. But there is no promises that will be corrected soon, I'll try though :)
And as Uriel said, very impressive your "Au clair de la lune" :bravo:
About the little finger, you know what they are saying: let it fly, let it fly, let it fly...
but not so high :wink:

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:30 pm

Binh NguyenKhac wrote:
hoang tran wrote:Binh and Lucian, you guys did well and inspired me to practice a bit harder.
It is taking me longer to be a bit smoother in damping the notes. The melody I got was not there yet.....lol, would make a child cry!!!!


Thanks man, that's mean a lot to me. Keep it up Hoang.


Thank you, Hoang! I guess we all need to practice a little bit harder, so
happy harder practice to you and to all of us! :)


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