D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

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Jean-François Delcamp
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D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:04 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.



First we will study some technical exercises from volume D01.
These exercises will work upon the technique of simultaneous rest strokes (apoyando) with the thumb and index finger, and also with the thumb and middle finger.
The rest stroke is a way to play the string with a finger movement which plucks the string and then continues to move until it comes to rest on the adjacent string. Working on this technique will allow you to discover the best position for your plucking hand (the right hand if you are right-handed).
If you are already used to plucking the strings with free strokes, the simultaneous rest strokes with the thumb and a finger will seem difficult to you, even impossible. But be assured, with patience and perseverence, this difficulty will be resolved in 30 minutes. I know from experience that the first tries are truly discouraging, particularly for adults. It is for this reason that I wish to reassure you in advance, take heart, you will be able to do it.
Page 26 : Jean-François Delcamp - Polyphony
Page 58 : Jean-François Delcamp - Rest stroke, number 15.

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Finally, we'll look at 4 simple tunes, pages 27 to 28. 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.
Antonio Cano-Curriella : Leccion I (Rest stroke)
Pascual Roch : Exercices de simple alternation (Rest stroke) [No video provided]
Anonyme : Donne-moi la fleur (Rest stroke)

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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:
Jean-François Delcamp : Polyphonie, numero 2 (Rest stroke)
Antonio Cano-Curriella : Leccion I (Rest stroke)
Pascual Roch (1860-1921) : Exercices de simple alternation (Rest stroke)


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:

Polyphonie
Leccion I
Exercices de simple alternation

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Polyphonie
Exercices de simple alternation
Leccion I
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Jules Wilkins » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:04 am

As there are no video's posted on the simple alteration exercises I thought I would lead off with them even though I haven't practiced them for the week. If anyone has any doubts as to how to count them I hope I did a good enough job to at least get the general idea across. I could have done the triplets better for sure.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Jules Wilkins » Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:56 am

Here are my remaining submissions:

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This next one I initially found very easy until I added the damping. I was initially quite confused...how can one damp the 6th string with p while playing the 5th string with p at the same time? Was this an error? Did the author have two left thumbs? Then I recalled watching a video about playing the rest stroke with the thumb where an essential element was to use the string you hit as a spring board. While this has not been explained (that I noticed at least) in these lessons it is exactly what DeCamp does. He pushes his thumb through the 5th string, it bounces off the 4th string and finally comes to rest on the 6th string thus damping it. That is a brand new skill to learn and I don't yet have it down pat. This then is only my first submission of Leccion 6. I will continue to practice it 'till I get it right and then try to bring it up to the required tempo before posting an updated attempt. Not such an easy piece after all. :?

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by James A. Showalter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:42 am

Jules,
Thanks for taking the lead. I am not surprised to find you at the front.

Good work with that dancing thumb.

I hope to catch up this weekend.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Grayson Bray Morris » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:43 am

I'm going to bow out of the remainder of the lessons. I've been resisting the fact that my schedule is too full, and something needs to make way. Thanks to everyone for the encouraging and valuable feedback you've given me, and best of luck to all of you going forward!
Much madness is divinest sense, to a discerning eye; much sense, the starkest madness. --Emily Dickinson

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Jules Wilkins » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:07 pm

I'm going to bow out of the remainder of the lessons. I've been resisting the fact that my schedule is too full, and something needs to make way. Thanks to everyone for the encouraging and valuable feedback you've given me, and best of luck to all of you going forward!
Grayson: I for one am sorry to see you bow out. I understand however that one must set ones priorities and I applaud the fact that you took the time to excuse yourself. Very mature and thoughtful.
I don't think I ever commented on any of your playing, basically because I started late, but I will offer my 2 cents now because there is an off chance that my advice may have been a contributing factor in your decision as to which activities had to be axed, or at least relegated to the back burner.
1) These initial lessons can be extremely frustrating to a beginner. You need to put in what seems like a ton of work and the reward of being able to play a beautiful piece of music well seem so far away. Delcamp really throws the learner into the deep end by telling us to damp notes instead of just letting them ring on, making the exercises that much more difficult. If and when you restart, take a boo at some if the student's submissions in D05 and know that you are well on your way to achieving at least that level, but to reach that height you need a firm foundation which is what Delcamp is offering.
2) In your case you made it far more difficult because you were trying to use a Phillips screwdriver to turn a Roberson screw. With persistence and a keen awareness of what you were attempting you may have advanced well enough, but make no mistake. A steel string acoustic guitar is not a classical guitar. They look similar and share many traits, but they are totally different. I have picked up an acoustic guitar thinking I might be able to play a piece only to find that I cannot. The feel of the instrument is vastly different. The acoustic is great for campfires...nice and loud with a clear sound, but I doubt that even the likes of Tatyana Ryzhkova could make beautiful music with a steel string. Yes there are great musicians who play steel strings, but they play a different type of music which doesn't interest me and this is the wrong site to be on to learn that instrument. I am frustrated with the guitar that I am using now because it is a low end model, but it is a classical guitar with a solid cedar top and a very good choice for a beginner student. I am sure if all I had was a steel string I would have given up long ago.
If you love classical music then I encourage you to not give up. Get a good classical guitar (not necessarily a great one, but one well suited to a beginner student) and try to fit in that 15 to 20 minutes per day. Our minds need exercise to stave off later problems in life, and this is one of the best forms.
Best of luck.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:27 am

Grayson,
It has been a pleasure spending this brief time learning guitar with you. If it's any consolation I can admit to having the same difficulty with time management that you describe. I feel bad that I've fallen behind. Even though I have the right guitar and really appreciate the opportunity the Delcamp experience provides and practice hard I find the frustration of trying to be perfect almost defeating at times. I realize that I will likely not finish this year's lesson with an appropriate degree of perfection at the DO1 level. So if you find the time and spirit to readdress your commitment then you'll find me here repeating DO1 next year. I think a bit of remedial is required for me so I'll be around for awhile just plugging along. I'll miss you as I do the others who have departed this band of pickers but I do appreciate the manner of your exit. It speaks highly of your character.

Take care.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by John Montes » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:42 am

Grayson we will miss you, and you were progressing well.
Come back when you are able.
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