D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ed Butler » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:14 pm

Here are me first cuts for Lesson 1

POLYPHONY 1


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POLYPHONY 2


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Oh Sussanna


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QUE NE SUIS-JE LA FOUGERE


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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Lucian Bistreanu » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:10 am

Tom, very nice, everything seems to be OK, the posture, the hands, the rythm...maybe Oh Susanna should be played with rest strokes, but I'm not sure that is mandatory. Other than that, Bravo!
By the way, thank you!
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Lucian

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Lucian Bistreanu » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:14 am

Ed, not bad after just a week or so. I guess, both of us, can use the magic metronome :) (it helped me a lot last year).
Bravo and keep up the good work.
Best regards,
Lucian

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Colin Bullock » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:57 am

Ed Butler wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:14 pm
Here are me first cuts for Lesson 1
Good first attempt, I can see practice on D01 has helped.
Couple of small points. Most people find holding the guitar a little more vertical makes LH fingering easier by keeping the wrist straighter for bass notes. Depends what is comfortable for you.
Some notes are rather staccato, listen to Susanna, I think you are moving your finger off the fret too early, but smoothness will come with practice and you'll get a faster change from one note to another.
Keep up the good work.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ed Butler » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:25 pm

Lucian - very good first attempts. You my be doing this (my eyes are not good) but on the Polyphony 1, you should be damping the lower string as your thumb moves to the upper strings. On the QUE NE SUIS-JE LA FOUGERE, listen to the teacher recording for the first 4 measures and then play along so that you get timing of the piece. Again, well done

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ed Butler » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:45 pm

Colin - thank you. I do have a note on my music stand to hold my guitar more vertical but sometimes I forget, yours is a good reminder. I will work on holding the notes longer, my quick finger movements are a bad habit due to worrying I won't hit the next note. Thanks again

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ed Butler » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:51 pm

Tom - very well done. I like the damping on the POLYPHONY 1 and 2 and the timings, note sustaining, on the 2 pieces. I envy your posture and straight

left wrist - 2 things I need to work on.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Colin Bullock » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:10 pm

Tom Wimsatt wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:58 pm
The audio is muted somewhat for the first second or so. I'm not sure why this is happening.
If your camera has agc- automatic gain control- it might take a moment or two to adjust the volume.
You should be ok for exam as you will need a few moments to state your name.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:10 pm

Lucian Bistreanu wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:10 am
Tom, very nice, everything seems to be OK, the posture, the hands, the rythm...maybe Oh Susanna should be played with rest strokes, but I'm not sure that is mandatory. Other than that, Bravo!
By the way, thank you!
Best regards,
Lucian
Lucian, thanks for the feedback.

I agree with your rest stroke comment. I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks working on string muting (using rest stroke techniques) as noted in the pieces. I have a habit of sometimes muting using my left hand, and I'm not sure this is the way it should be done.

Also, I find the tempo (Oh Suzanna) almost impossible at this point, but I'll concentrate on string muting at this point. I don't know if I'll ever be able to play it that fast.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:17 pm

Ed Butler wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:51 pm
Tom - very well done. I like the damping on the POLYPHONY 1 and 2 and the timings, note sustaining, on the 2 pieces. I envy your posture and straight

left wrist - 2 things I need to work on.

Ed Butler
Thanks Ed! I've had some back pain in the past and have had to work on correct posture to avoid back and neck pain/tension. Good suggestion (to Lucian) on tempo by the way. That never occurred to me. :bravo:

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:32 pm

Colin Bullock wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:10 pm
Tom Wimsatt wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:58 pm
The audio is muted somewhat for the first second or so. I'm not sure why this is happening.
If your camera has agc- automatic gain control- it might take a moment or two to adjust the volume.
You should be ok for exam as you will need a few moments to state your name.
Thanks. I'll check my phone settings also.

I've never actually watched myself play before (the act of recording is also taking some getting used to...), I'm seeing what looks like a lot of wasted motion with my left hand. This should improve somewhat as I become more familiar with the piece, but I was surprised by all that flopping around.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Lucian Bistreanu » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:59 am

Ed, Tom, thank you! I know it's a lot of work and I 'll try to do my best keeping in mind your suggestions. Thanks again, Lucian.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:17 am

Well folks, here's another attempt at Que ne suis-je la fougère. Honestly, I cannot play this piece without messing up notes. I'll keep trying.
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ed Butler » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:56 pm

Tom - remarkable improvement. Even with the missed notes, the music flowed nicely. Well done.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:46 pm

Thanks Ed. Hope all is well up in Massachusetts. I used to live in Rhode Island, by the way.

I'll bet I've played this piece 500 times since my first post.
I'm still getting used to recording. :shock:
I'll just keep playing over and over until I get it right.

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