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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Andrei Puhach » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:23 am

Chu Bun wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:02 am
I believe the prof advises using rest stroke for the upper melodies in both the Sor's and Tarrega's piece.
Is it ok to play free stroke? I'd play free stroke throughout the Sor's piece at least. Then, after it is confident enough I'd try to introduce rest stroke.

BTW, I just discovered that "Sight Reading for the Classical Guitar" by Robert Benedict is amazing, I started from book 1 from simple exercices. Very well organized and progressive.
Also, found this site http:// t h e f l u e n t g u i t a r i s t.com/all-exercises (remove whitespaces) - a very big collection of different music arranged by difficulty to practice guitar sight reading.
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Colin Bullock » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:08 pm

Andrei Puhach wrote:
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:23 am
BTW, I just discovered that "Sight Reading for the Classical Guitar" by Robert Benedict is amazing, I started from book 1 from simple exercices. Very well organized and progressive.
I've just bought this and it looks like a good regular exercise, I got bothvolumes.
thanks for the link, that looks useful as well. Up to now I've been using fiddle tunes as sight practice.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Andrei Puhach » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:48 am

I find it a bit difficult to play the measure 3 of Tarrega's estudio if keeping the finger 4 on string 1 and sliding it to A (5th fret) (for legato effect). Somehow the tip of the index finger does not want to go that far back and reach B on string 5, it tends to lend on the fret itself producing muffled bass sound. But when lifting all the fingers and setting the index and pinky at once it is ok.
A lot of exercise for the pinky in this study ;)
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Colin Bullock » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:28 am

Andrei Puhach wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:48 am
I find it a bit difficult to play the measure 3 of Tarrega's estudio if keeping the finger 4 on string 1 and sliding it to A (5th fret)
For me the difficulty with this bar is that the 2nd finger onto G feels awkward and slows the move.
I also find the stretch from 3 on A and 4 on G in bar 2 very awkward, so moving to that position is slower at the moment.
As you say, lots of exercise.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Chu Bun » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:42 pm

Colin Bullock wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:28 am
For me the difficulty with this bar is that the 2nd finger onto G feels awkward and slows the move.
I also find the stretch from 3 on A and 4 on G in bar 2 very awkward, so moving to that position is slower at the moment.
As you say, lots of exercise.
That how I feel as posted earlier 2nd finger is too long and 4th finger is too short! A bigger problem for me is fingers getting tired quickly when doing barres. For the Sor's piece, after 3, 4 takes my hand is in pain and does not have much strength left when getting to the last two rows in the score. Unfortunately, these are the most difficult and full of barres. I've been struggling for many days trying to avoid dead notes in that section without much success.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Chu Bun » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:27 am

It feels like learning barre for the first time. I don't remember having problems playing these pieces in my teen years. Below are my 2/3 of this month lessons, a few wrong notes and a bunch of dead notes. I skipped the repeat in the Sor's piece because I doubted my hand could take another round of torture.



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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Chu Bun » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:19 am

My lucky day, five takes and I got a decent clip of the last piece. I didn't keep track of the tempo so there are some extra beats plus a few missing damping, but I'm happy to get over this month assignment.


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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Colin Bullock » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:13 pm

Chu Bun wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:19 am
My lucky day, five takes and I got a decent clip of the last piece. I didn't keep track of the tempo so there are some extra beats plus a few missing damping, but I'm happy to get over this month assignment.
You've done well Chu, all your pieces are very musical and the extra beats etc don't stand out.
Your Barres are well performed and again any dead notes don't stand out. You've done well despite the presure on your hand.

I won't be posting my pieces for a while, my wife's mother died and we are in the thick mourning and making all the arrangements. At 98 she did well, amazingly she was deaf but played guitar, piano and clarinet being able to feel vibrations and hear just bass frequencies, it wasn't until much later in her life that hearing aids became good enough to give her some midrange frequencies.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Andrei Puhach » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:52 pm

Colin Bullock wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:13 pm
Chu Bun wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:19 am
My lucky day, five takes and I got a decent clip of the last piece. I didn't keep track of the tempo so there are some extra beats plus a few missing damping, but I'm happy to get over this month assignment.
You've done well Chu, all your pieces are very musical and the extra beats etc don't stand out.
Your Barres are well performed and again any dead notes don't stand out. You've done well despite the presure on your hand.

I won't be posting my pieces for a while, my wife's mother died and we are in the thick mourning and making all the arrangements. At 98 she did well, amazingly she was deaf but played guitar, piano and clarinet being able to feel vibrations and hear just bass frequencies, it wasn't until much later in her life that hearing aids became good enough to give her some midrange frequencies.
Colin, my condolences. It is good to hear that she lived such a long life and was so musically talented.
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Chu Bun » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:01 pm

Colin,

Sorry to hear about your loss. There have been a few unfortunate events happened to members of our D04 class lately.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Colin Bullock » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:36 pm

First attempt Mistris Winters Jumpe
I rather like this one, more practice


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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Chu Bun » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:45 am

Colin,

Nice playing. Besides a few hesitations here and there, I think you nailed the rhythm and hit all the notes loud and clear.

By the way, if anyone has problems with barres like I do, low tension strings may help a little. I switched the bass strings to Hannabach Custom Made Low Tension, and it's somewhat easier to produce good bass notes with barres. The drawback is losing some loudness which actually is good for me because my bass notes tend to be too loud.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Andrei Puhach » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:47 am

Hi, here is my 2/3 of the assignment

- page 54, 55 Sor, Fernando Exercice opus 35 n°22, en si mineur, Segovia n°5

This one took too much time and takes :)


- page 88 Tárrega, Francisco Estudio, en mi minor
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Chu Bun » Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:02 am

Andrei,

It looks like you have little problem with barres. Your last few measures of the Sor's piece was played very cleanly. Other than a few weak notes here and there, very nicely done.

Do you hear anything about the plan for this month lesson? Maybe we just start on the assignments for last year?

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 05

Post by Colin Bullock » Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:29 am

Andrei Puhach wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:47 am
Hi, here is my 2/3 of the assignment
As Chu says, you dont seem to be having any great difficulty. The rest of us struggle on trying not to get too far behind - another 3 pieces this month!

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