D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

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D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:42 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.




Improvisation work - D01
These exercises in improvisation are to be done several times a week, for several months.
Vary the volume (mf, pp, ff, p ...), timbres and rhythms. Never play the same thing twice, because it would cease to be improvisation, and would become composition.


1/ improvise on a single note (A) for 20 seconds.
2/ improvise using only two notes (G - A) for 20 seconds.
3/ improvise using only three notes (G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
4/ improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.












Finally, we'll look at 8 tunes, pages 33 to 38. 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.
Anonyme : Quand j'étais chez mon père
Jean-François Delcamp : Bref n°2
Anonyme : Savez-vous planter des choux ?
Jean-François Delcamp : Bref n°1







Anonyme : O bella ciao : 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 4 e" ("1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and" in English).
Anonyme : No le daba el sol
Anonyme : Ah ! mon beau chateau !
Fernando Sor : Leçon II opus 60








I ask you first to work on all these exercises and tunes for a week and then to upload your recordings of:
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Anonyme : Quand j'étais chez mon père
Anonyme : O bella ciao : 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 4 e" ("1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and" in English).


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:

Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

James A. Showalter
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Judy Verbeeten
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Christopher Langley
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Jono Diel
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

William Byrd
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Robert Drechsler
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Staffan Strömberg
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Mike Cook
O bella ciao
Quand j'étais chez mon père
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.

Graham Gaya
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Ian Howe
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao

Aaron Haskett
Improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
Quand j'étais chez mon père
O bella ciao
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:23 pm

Post Mardi-Gras Day Greetings my fellow classmates.

Here are my submissions for Lesson-7

Improvisation using 4-notes (D, G, A, B):


I found imposing a restriction on playing improvisation in 1st position to be somewhat difficult. My thoughts on improvisation are that you harness the creative force within you and portray a part of yourself. In the end I decided that the more expressive part of myself is best demonstrated by showing a competent assembly of notes attempting what I need to improve upon most - cadence.

As an aside from that effort I submit this alternate improvisation using 4-notes (D, G, A, B):


Quand J'etais Chez Mon Pere:


O Bella Ciao:


Being 1st this time I am putting myself in the position of receiving all of the best feedback and I welcome it. In addition this is the qualifying round.

That said I think I'll go fishing.
James
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:53 pm

Please find my D01 week 7 submissions below:






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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:00 pm

Judy,
Your submissions are very nice. Musical with a nice tonal quality.
James
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Christopher Langley » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:49 pm

Nice submissions James and Judy. :bravo:

Congrats on beating me to posting.

Here I go:





Took a month off here.. Notice the beard growth. Haha. Also the ergoplay. I'm in love.



Bonus submissions:











Sor Op 60 N.2 is still a work in progress. I'll have an upload soon, with any luck.
Why is the bed never made?

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:16 pm

Chris,
You are the over achiever. Your submits are excellent.

I did note on "Ah! Mon Beau Chateau" that you were successfully executing dual rest stroke (thumb with opposing finger). That's a nice demonstration of a technique that I am trying to realize. Another area of difficulty is in damping. I find that in some instances where damping is noted that I achieve the damping as a natural effort. But in some instances it requires forceful effort. In the JFD, "Bref-2" piece you do a very nice job playing it but it appears you are making no effort to execute any of the damping. Am I missing this in my review?

Good effort.
James
1972 Morris No. 12
1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, No. 20
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (MC28, D12-28, J40)
National Resonator Guitar
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Christopher Langley » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:34 pm

James A. Showalter wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:16 pm
Chris,
You are the over achiever. Your submits are excellent.

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In the JFD, "Bref-2" piece you do a very nice job playing it but it appears you are making no effort to execute any of the damping.
Thanks for listening James,

I'm only able to be an over-achiever in this field because I'm a failure at most other facets of life. :chaud:

All I do is play guitar or watch Netflix or YouTube. I'm very obsessive, which is why you see such tight recordings from me. But, it also means I really pretty much don't leave my room, let alone my house :/

I will say it is very nice to do well at something for a change. It does not come easy or without considerable effort. I'm just very stubborn and obsessive when I'm genuinely interested in something. I'm glad to have struck a spark on something that feels somewhat productive. In the past I have mostly gotten absorbed into video games. Total waste of time, just like my netflix and youtube habits. But, down time is actually important. I just over do it.

Sorry for turning this into a personal journal. But, it felt worth mentioning why I do probabaly come across as an over achiever. But, I'm really the last person you would ever call that. Haha. I struggle very much to stay motivated. Even with guitar some times.

On Bref N2 I definitely did miss the last dampen. Good catch. The others I'm pretty sure I hit via rest stroke or the whole thing would be a muddy mess with A and E both ringing out. To be honest I didn't put a lot of time into the Bref pieces. Such short studies are not my cup of tea. I don't plan on fixing it. More worried about getting a good recording of Op 60 N2 and then moving on to lesson 8!
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Robert Drechsler » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:03 pm

Just noticed there is leasson 07 on....and three submissions already :bravo:
@ Chris perfect as always, i realy like the sound of your playing.
@ Judy also realy good submission, cant believe how you manage to do also D02 simultaniously
@ James, congratulation for being the first :D following your submissions Ican see a static improvement :bravo:

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:15 pm

Thank you Robert.

That is an interesting use of the word static. I had to think about it to garner your meaning. It is a joy wordsmithing with you.
James
1972 Morris No. 12
1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, No. 20
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Christopher Langley » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:02 pm

Thanks Robert!

Much appreciated brother.

I too like how alive D01 is. Very nice!
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Robert Drechsler » Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:56 pm

James A. Showalter wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:15 pm
Thank you Robert.

That is an interesting use of the word static. I had to think about it to garner your meaning. It is a joy wordsmithing with you.
James
ups i also have to work on my english :casque: i meant "steady"

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by William Byrd » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:33 pm

James A. Showalter wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:23 pm
Being 1st this time I am putting myself in the position of receiving all of the best feedback and I welcome it. In addition this is the qualifying round.
Hi James,

I preferred your second attempt at the improvisation. I like the fact that you weren't afraid to go to different positions on the guitar to achieve the assigned result, plus it was very musical.

On Chez Mon Pere, it was difficult to hear your bass notes. Perhaps a little more force on the attack. I found a reference to these two videos here on Delcamp that talk about the P stroke. I found them useful. Perhaps you and others will as well.

On O Bella Ciao, perhaps the best pacing you have shown during the course of D01. Well done.

Bill



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1967 Sadao Yairi Seijin

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by William Byrd » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:37 pm

Judy Verbeeten wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:53 pm
Please find my D01 week 7 submissions below:
Hi Judy,

Very good submissions as usual. As with James, it was difficult to discern your bass notes on Chez Mon Pere and O Bella Ciao, more so on the former. I posted a couple of videos in the reply to James that address the P attack.

Bill
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by William Byrd » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:40 pm

Christopher Langley wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:49 pm
Congrats on beating me to posting.

Here I go:
Hi Chris,

I suspect James was up before the crack of dawn in order to be the first to post. :D

As always, your submissions set the standard for the D01 group.

Congratulations on qualifying for the exam.

Bill
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:48 pm

Bill,
Thank you for the well thought and direct recommendations on how to improve my play. I agree that my attack with P is lacking. I will review the videos with emphasis on integrating the techniques into my play. You have been a very supportive member of the group and the videos you've provided have been very helpful to me and I'm certain to the group as well.

I appreciate the recognition of progress on O Bella Ciao. I try harder when motivated by such direct encouragement.
James
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1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, No. 20
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (MC28, D12-28, J40)
National Resonator Guitar
Les Paul 1960 reissue

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