Dirck Nagy wrote:
Larry McDonald wrote:Hi,
I just saw your post and ordered "Summa Kitharologus" today. Perhaps it will help explain some things that he does in "Kitharologus".
what things are you referring to?
In my teaching, I came across a few things while using this book that I thought were questionable. For example, on pg 12 lesson one, R.I. writes ...
Rest Stroke: Finger stroke should start with a fully extended finger. Do not bend any joint except the first (the hand knuckle joint).
I never teach rest-strokes this way because I teach the modern open-hand school. This feels like flat-hand scale technique introduced for later scale work, but he never explains why he starts with this. It's important to use flat-hand school stuff, but why in exercise one? I'd like to see a justification for starting with the exception instead of the rule.
In exercise 2 he says [about the right-hand] ...
"The long-note values (half-notes) should be used to slowly stretch out the finger that is going to play next, so that this preparatory movement takes up all of the duration of the half-note
Whoa. I teach the the fingers should twitch and activate the fast twitch muscle fiber bundles intrinsic to the hand, not the slow burn muscle fiber bundles as he suggests. I think he is teaching the wrong muscle use for this mechanic. Nevertheless, I'm willing to entertain his notion of slow extension, but I need an explanation. And I'm not going to experiment with students to find out why he trains the hands to be slow at first.
And what's up with the breves? This isn't species counterpoint. Why start with the ancient 4/2 time signature?
So you see, there is plenty to defend even in the first exercises. I have all his books, I think, and he is a thoughtful writer about all things guitar, but I need more evidence and explanations. Summa K. is a slow read that only a guitar teacher could love. But I think it is written at a high level and oozes expertise. I put it down a few months ago during the summer performance season. I'll pick it up again in September.
Dr. Lawrence A. McDonald, D.M.A., Art Kaplan Fellow
Author of The Conservatory Tutor for Guitar
2018 Michael Thames "Ancient Dragon" Cd/Ir
2008 Michael Thames Cd/Br
Royal Conservatory Advanced Guitar and Theory Instructor