by Jean-FranĂ§ois Delcamp » Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:04 am
Hello everyone, 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.
impro LA - A.PNG
2/ improvise using only two notes (G - A) for 20 seconds.
impro SOL LA - G A.PNG
3/ improvise using only three notes (G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
impro SOL LA SI - G A B.PNG
4/ improvise using only four notes (D - G - A - B) for 20 seconds.
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 : LeĂ§on II opus 60
Key A major. The piece uses the notes of the scale of A major (A B C# D E F# G# A)
Form. This piece is in binary form: AB Each section consists of two phrases: a1 a2 b1 b2
Comparing a1 and a2, the notes are not the same. Nevertheless, the rhythm is identical. The "harmonic path" is symmetrical: from the first degree of the scale (the tonic) to the fifth (the dominant) for a1 concluding in a half cadence and from the fifth to the first for a2 concluding in a perfect cadence.
A half cadence is where the musical phrase ends on the fifth degree of the scale. A perfect cadence is where the musical phrase ends with a sequence of the fifth followed by the first (in root position, which we'll come to later).
Only the end of the phrase differs between b1 and b2.
We say that a1 and b1 are the antecedent phrases of a2 and b2. This is more especially noticeable in section A a1 antecedent phrase: half cadence a2 consequent phrase: perfect cadence
I thank Geoff (GeoffB) who has helped in the translation of my lessons into English.
Here are my recordings. I tried using my phone instead of my computer to record them, so they aren't quite as nice in terms of video or audio quality, but I have been hard pressed for time with a busy schedule and have not been able to get the proper amount of practice or prep time in by taking time to set up my regular recording gear. I must also confess that I haven't really played the Sor study much either, which I hope to get a chance later next week.