From Wednesday, 7 September 2016, I will be starting a new series of lessons corresponding to the first seven years at music school (D01, D02, D03, D04, D05, D06, D07).
My aim is to help isolated amateurs who don't have the opportunity to have a teacher. I ask my forum students to provide help and encouragement to one another. My role as teacher will be to give you a reasonable goal, offering you, while respecting copyright, a repertoire with the greatest possible musical value. I will be illustrating my lessons with audio and video examples for each piece or exercise. Unfortunately I shall only rarely be able to reply to your questions through lack of available time.
Registration for courses at the first three levels (D01, D02, D03) is available to anyone who has posted 2 messages on the forum: a message of introduction and a message requesting registration into the students group.
Registration for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh year courses (D04, D05, D06, D07) is available only to members who have already posted 20 messages on the forum.
Before accepting a new student, I require these four conditions to be met:
1. You must be registered on the forum with your real forename and surname. To change your username, post a request in the forum: "Your messages to the site administrator".
To register for the lessons and to confirm that you have satisfied the conditions set for participation in my courses, use the thread you are in now: "Conditions for participating in the lessons".
2. You must publicize the 2016-2017 course sessions. Publicize the lessons, for instance, by putting up a notice in the window of your local baker or guitar store. Publicize them on FaceBook, Twitter, Youtube, discussion groups, your blog or website. The more students there are, the more effective the mutual help will be. Mention the lessons to your guitarist friends in conversation or by email.
Here is some suitable wording:
Free classical guitar lessons on the internet
Lessons given by Jean-François Delcamp
The lessons will begin in September 2016 and finish in June 2017.
These classical guitar lessons correspond to the first sixth years at music school.
The lessons are free. They are aimed at the isolated amateur who does not have the opportunity of having a teacher.
The conditions for registration are available on the forum: http://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/
Here is a poster in PDF format:
Here is a poster in JPG format:
3. You must undertake to post the recordings required for at least 7 out of the 10 lessons of the course. If for some reason a student is temporarily unable to keep up with the course, he should let the other students know and catch up on the missed lesson or lessons as soon as possible. If the interruption goes on for several months, the student should alert a moderator of the student group so that the moderator can keep the student list up to date. A student can follow more than one course at different levels on condition that he undertakes to post the recordings required for at least 7 of the 10 lessons of each course. A student may change courses during the year, but in this case he must start by catching up on the lessons of his new course in the proper order. A student who does not complete the course may repeat the same level the following year, but must begin again from lesson 01 of that level and submit new recordings of the required pieces.
4. You must undertake to listen to the recordings posted by the other students at the same level and comment on their work. This involves posting at least one message per week containing encouragement, constructive criticisms, or advice.
Students can ask for help on the forum at any time, whether in connection with the lessons or the working of the forum in general.
Conditions of use for Delcamp documents:
The scores, online guitar lessons, audio and video recordings found on Delcamp are free to use and free of copyright for private and non-commercial use. You are not authorized to distribute copies of any of them, either in their present format or converted into any other format. If you are a guitar teacher registered on one of the forums of this site, you are authorized to give out printed copies of scores to those of your students who do not have internet access. The help you provide to members of the forum is the contribution asked from you in return for free use of the documents made available to you on the forums. If you should cease to participate in the forum and stop helping its members, you should stop using Delcamp documents.
Calendar of lessons and exams for the 2016-2017 session:
This is how the lessons will be conducted:
On the date announced, I will update an existing lesson or post a new one. In my message I will indicate the pieces and exercises which should be practised during a period of 4 weeks. Certain pieces are to be practised with a view to posting them in the lesson to be discussed constructively with the other students. I will provide links to the scores to be downloaded, along with numerous audio and video recordings. Participation in a course remains open during the whole year. The ideal is to start in September, but you can start to follow the lessons at any time in the year, and likewise you can catch up on lessons at any time.
I ask all students to listen to the recordings of each of the other students at the same level and then to give their encouragement, their opinion and, if possible, their advice. Each student receiving such advice is invited to demonstrate that he can make good use of the advice of other forum users by posting a new recording. If you are not able to post a video, posting photographs of yourself playing the guitar will enable others to give you advice on the best position to adopt for holding your guitar. All constructive advice will be welcome, and I am counting on the help of all forum users. In particular, I ask the help of my fellow teachers to assist, encourage, advise and finally promote the progress of the students of the online lessons.
The calendar in detail:
Lessons (D01, D02, D03, D04, D05, D06 and D07) will be updated on the following dates:
Lesson 1 updated Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Lesson 2 updated Wednesday, October 5
Lesson 3 updated Wednesday, November 2
Lesson 4 updated Wednesday, December 7
Lesson 5 updated Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Lesson 6 updated Wednesday, February 1
Lesson 7 updated Wednesday, March 1
Lesson 8 updated Wednesday, March 29
Lesson 9 updated Wednesday, April 26
Lesson 10 updated Wednesday, May 31
First-year final exam 12, 13, 14 May
Second-year final exam 20, 21, 22 May
Third-year final exam 28, 29, 30 May
Fourth-year final exam 28, 29, 30 May
Fifth-year final exam 20, 21, 22 May
Lessons at sixth-year and seventh-year music school level (D06 and D07) will take place on the Spanish forum only.
Level D06 and D07 lessons will contain only video demonstrations.
These lessons will not contain any explanatory text.
To follow these lessons, you need to register on the Spanish forum:
If you wish to take the end-of-year exam, the conditions for doing so are the same as for levels D01 to D05.
The final sixth year exam (D06) will take place on the Spanish forum on 12, 13, 14 May.
The final seventh year exam (D07) will take place on the Spanish forum on 28, 29, 30 May.
In September 2016 the 2016-2017 session will begin. The previous year's lessons, 2015-2016, will then be closed and moved to the archives.
At the end of the year, students who have posted all the work required for at least seven of the ten lessons of the course can take the exam and obtain a diploma.
Good luck to you all!