D01 Classical guitar lesson 08

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Jean-François Delcamp
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D01 Classical guitar lesson 08

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:54 am

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.
Page 57 - Jean-François Delcamp : ARPEGGIOS

Finally, we'll look at five tunes, pages 39 to 43.
Page 39 - Anonyme : Menuet en ré majeur

Page 40 - Anonyme : Danse anglaise

Page 41 - Jean-François Delcamp : Accompagnement de blues

Page 42 - Anonyme : Fais dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère

Page 43 - Joseph Küffner : Duo opus 168 N°15

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" ("1 and 2 and 3 and" in English)
Using a metronome is useful, but it is only a temporary crutch to lean on. You will benefit far more by counting the beats out loud as you play than by using a metronome. Internalizing the rhythm allows us in time to achieve both freedom and discipline when playing, that is, to be a musician.
If counting the smallest values out loud seems difficult, or very difficult, to you, it only means that you have to persevere, or persevere a lot more. Keep at it with determination until it becomes easy and natural for you. When, after having practised it long enough, this exercise of counting out loud while you play becomes easy, then you don't need to bother with it any more.
When you start working on a new piece, start by working very slowly, concentrating on precision. The essential thing is that you should play the music perfectly, that your rhythm should be precise, your sound well controlled, and your playing musical and expressive.
Speed will come with your new skills acquired in time through work. You should not worry about speed when tackling a new piece. At the beginning, such a preoccupation would only hinder you in your progress. It is only once you have mastered the piece within the comfort of a slow tempo, that you can start to think about playing progressively faster until finally you reach the right tempo.

You can memorize different tempi (tempos) by mentally associating each one with a tune you have learnt by heart. Learn a suitable tune for each tempo. Begin with Good-morning to all (the same tune as Happy Birthday) for the tempo of 120 (beats per minute).

I ask you first to work on all these exercises and tunes for a week and then to upload your recordings of:
Page 57, number 12 - Jean-François Delcamp : ARPEGGIOS
Page 39 - Anonyme : Menuet en ré majeur
Page 42 - Anonyme : Fais dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère

Good luck!

I thank Geoff (GeoffB) who has helped in the translation of my lessons into English.



Exam qualifying submissions:

Menuet en ré majeur
Fais dodo, Colas mon p'tit frère
:( + ♫ = :)

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Andreas Hanuschek
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 08

Post by Andreas Hanuschek » Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:53 am

This time I will start

And very slowly

Andreas (Bremerhaven/Germany)

Lucian Bistreanu
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 08

Post by Lucian Bistreanu » Wed May 03, 2017 12:33 pm

Well done Andreas,

Nelson Lee
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 08

Post by Nelson Lee » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:52 am

Hi Everyone. The following videos are my D01-07 Lesson pieces with the following focus:

1. Start with slow tempo, tapping the beat, internalizing the beat.
2. Increase tempo only if rhythm and the beat are together.
3. Shape piece by experimenting with dynamics and tone. Play soft/loud. RH position to bridge and fingerboard.

Again, I have included video with and without metronome beats. Moreover, I counted the beats with the metronome while playing.

Please feel free to give me feedback. Thanks so much for the support, Nelson.

Arpeggios Page 57-12

Minuet Page 39

Fails Dodo, Colas Mon P'tit Frere Page 42

"From the Past"
I have include two pieces from a earlier lesson. I tried incorporating the what I learned musically to these early pieces.

A La Claire Fontaine Page 8

Old Mac Donald Page 9

Lucian Bistreanu
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 08

Post by Lucian Bistreanu » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:28 pm

Very well done Nelson! And nicely done the new versions of the old ones!

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