D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

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D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Jean-François Delcamp » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:34 pm

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.




Improvisation work - D01
These exercises in improvisation are to be done several times a week, for several months.
Vary the volume (mf, pp, ff, p ...), timbres and rhythms. Never play the same thing twice, because it would cease to be improvisation, and would become composition.


1/ improvise on a single note (A) for 20 seconds.
2/ improvise using only two notes (G - A) for 20 seconds.
3/ improvise using only three notes (G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
4/ improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.

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Finally, we'll look at 8 tunes, pages 33 to 38. These tunes will work upon the technique of simultaneous rest strokes (apoyando) with the thumb and index finger, and also with the thumb and middle finger.
Anonyme : Quand j'étais chez mon père
Jean-François Delcamp : Bref n°2
Anonyme : Savez-vous planter des choux ?
Jean-François Delcamp : Bref n°1

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Anonyme : O bella ciao : In order to mark the beat yourself, you need to count the smallest rhythmic values out loud as you play, as indicated on the score: "1 e 2 e 3 e 4 e" ("1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and" in English).
Anonyme : No le daba el sol
Anonyme : Ah ! mon beau chateau !
Fernando Sor : Leçon II opus 60

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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:
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Anonyme : Quand j'étais chez mon père
Anonyme : O bella ciao : In order to mark the beat yourself, you need to count the smallest rhythmic values out loud as you play, as indicated on the score: "1 e 2 e 3 e 4 e" ("1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and" in English).


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:

Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Lucian Bistreanu
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Georgi Chernishov
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Binh NguyenKhac
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Andreas Hanuschek
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao
:( + ♫ = :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:11 am

Hello everybody,
here is my submission
O bella ciao

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Quand j'étais chez mon père

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Improvise using only D G A B

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Nelson Lee » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:07 am

Hi Lucian, Good to see and hear your Lesson 7 video. I had origainally wrote to you about my approach to practicing a new piece, but I decided to change my feedback. Nice effort on the lesson. Is your left hand feeling better? Have you modified it to your liking?

I wanted to see more detail with the left hand, but there is light reflection that makes it impossible to see your left hand. Also, your right hand is out of the frame.

You told me that you are working on posture, and it looks fine on the video.

Looking forward to seeing your next video, Lucian. Best regards, Nelson.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Georgi Chernishov » Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:41 pm

Hello! Here are my submissions for the lesson.

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O bella ciao


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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Binh NguyenKhac » Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:30 am

Good job, Georgi and Lucian. You guys play very well.
My first submission, I try my best to practice muting. It's hard for me though.


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Best regards.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Nelson Lee » Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:05 am

Binh NguyenKhac wrote:Good job, Georgi and Lucian. You guys play very well.
My first submission, I try my best to practice muting. It's hard for me though.


Hi Binh, Nice work. LH and RH looks very relaxed. Have you checked out this thread on damping?

by Richard Judge » Friday 11 February 2011, 02:25 am
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Have a look at the D02 posts in the online lessons forum, I have learnt alot about damping following these.
You only need to damp the open strings, fingered notes can be damped by removing your finger. Similarily notes played on the same string stop each other.
Use a finger rest stroke to damp a lower string. (eg Play B damp G)
Use a thumb rest stroke to damp a higher string. (eg play E damp A)
Roll the thumb back onto the previous string to damp a lower note (string) (eg Play A damp E)
Use a flattened left hand finger to damp the previous string (eg Playing C on the second string damp the 1st E string)

Sympathetic ringing I tend not to worry but you can rest the side of your thumb against the bass strings.

Also, I know you have been experimenting with the classical guitar posture. How is this coming along? I notice in this video that your right shoulder is much higher than your left shoulder. This is because of the way you are holding your guitar. I suspect holding the guitar in the classical posture will bring your right shoulder lower and left shoulder higher. Just the opposite of what your shoulders are used to while playing guitar! Just an observation.

Best regards, Nelson.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:56 pm

Nelson Lee wrote:Hi Lucian, Good to see and hear your Lesson 7 video. I had origainally wrote to you about my approach to practicing a new piece, but I decided to change my feedback. Nice effort on the lesson. Is your left hand feeling better? Have you modified it to your liking?

I wanted to see more detail with the left hand, but there is light reflection that makes it impossible to see your left hand. Also, your right hand is out of the frame.

You told me that you are working on posture, and it looks fine on the video.

Looking forward to seeing your next video, Lucian. Best regards, Nelson.


Hi Nelson,
I'm still working on all the details you've mentioned on your first post (I got a glimpse of it) but not necessary in that order. I find it more convenable for me to work from the start the damping, although is difficult, but I think is more difficult if I try to add it later. I have perfect positions of L and R Hs at the beggining of my session, but somehow the perfection is lost and I continue with my 'normal' position of my LH :)
So, yes, I'm still working, not as much as it should and not as organized as you.
I'll try to record both hands and in good light in the future for better visibility.
Thank you for watching.
Best regards, Lucian

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:59 pm

Binh NguyenKhac wrote:Good job, Georgi and Lucian. You guys play very well.
My first submission, I try my best to practice muting. It's hard for me though.

Best regards.

Thank you Binh,
And well done for a first submission.
Lucian

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Binh NguyenKhac » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:15 pm

Nelson Lee wrote:
Hi Binh, Nice work. LH and RH looks very relaxed. Have you checked out this thread on damping?

by Richard Judge » Friday 11 February 2011, 02:25 am
===============================================
Have a look at the D02 posts in the online lessons forum, I have learnt alot about damping following these.
You only need to damp the open strings, fingered notes can be damped by removing your finger. Similarily notes played on the same string stop each other.
Use a finger rest stroke to damp a lower string. (eg Play B damp G)
Use a thumb rest stroke to damp a higher string. (eg play E damp A)
Roll the thumb back onto the previous string to damp a lower note (string) (eg Play A damp E)
Use a flattened left hand finger to damp the previous string (eg Playing C on the second string damp the 1st E string)

Sympathetic ringing I tend not to worry but you can rest the side of your thumb against the bass strings.

Also, I know you have been experimenting with the classical guitar posture. How is this coming along? I notice in this video that your right shoulder is much higher than your left shoulder. This is because of the way you are holding your guitar. I suspect holding the guitar in the classical posture will bring your right shoulder lower and left shoulder higher. Just the opposite of what your shoulders are used to while playing guitar! Just an observation.

Best regards, Nelson.


Thanks for your suggestion, Nelson. It's just I'm used to my posture and it's a second nature to me :)
I know how to mute but this is a new skill and habit, that I have to integrate to my playing. So many thing to care at the same time: counting, muting, eyes on the score, etc :shock:

How's your sight singing goin' Nelson :D

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Nelson Lee » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:51 am

Hi Binh, Good to hear from you.

I'm sorry about giving your instructions about damping when you obviously know how to do it. I understand now that it is a matter of making damping a natural part of your guitar playing.

My sight singing is challenging, but it is fun. I wish my voice was better (moreover, I wish my ability to hear intervals were better!).... perhaps, it will improve in time. Regardless, thanks for your support on this. I don't think I would have tried to learn sight singing without your encouragement and help. Best regards, Nelson.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Georgi Chernishov » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:00 pm

I might be wrong but I think that in Jean-Francois Delcamp Bref N1 notes the 2nd and 3rdnotes indicated by p are played by i and m on the video. Could you please advise?

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Andreas Hanuschek » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:35 am

Quand j'étais chez mon père

@ Binh
Perfect. It always looks so easy with you. I'm impressed

@Georgi
You did it very well

@ Lucian
You better pay attention to the length of the notes. try it a bit slower
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Andreas Hanuschek » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:44 am

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Andreas Hanuschek » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:47 pm

Georgi Chernishov wrote:I might be wrong but I think that in Jean-Francois Delcamp Bref N1 notes the 2nd and 3rdnotes indicated by p are played by i and m on the video. Could you please advise?

Georgi you are right. Jean-François plays it with i and m and on :contrat: the sheets stands p and p. By the was I play the three notes only with my thumb
Andreas (Bremerhaven/Germany)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Postby Lucian Bistreanu » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:57 am

Andreas Hanuschek wrote:Quand j'étais chez mon père

@ Binh
Perfect. It always looks so easy with you. I'm impressed

@Georgi
You did it very well

@ Lucian
You better pay attention to the length of the notes. try it a bit slower

Andreas, I'll try to do this, thank you.
By the way, well done.
Lucian


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