by Jean-FranĂ§ois Delcamp » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:15 am
Hello everyone, Please start by downloading the new version of volume D04 that I updated today. 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.
Finally, we'll look at 5 pieces. - page 18, 19 Adrian Le Roy Premier branle de Bourgongne Each phrase is followed by its division. The first phrase and its division each consist of 4 bars. After that, the structure of phrases and their divisions is of 6 bars, to the end of the piece.
- pages 80, 81 Losy, Jan AntonĂn â€“ Ciacona sobre las Folias Page 80 - I have adapted for the guitar the original tablature of this chaconne for mandore. Page 81 - I suggest an ornamentation the elements of which came from a recording made last month with a baroque guitar.
Melodic ornaments are the addition of neighbouring notes, before or after the original notes. These additions are formed at an interval of a major or minor second (depending on the key of the piece) above or below the original note. Note that these same neighbouring notes are used in mordents, turns, appoggiaturas, acciaccaturas and trills. Neighbouring or conjunct notes are the basis of ornamentation, to be fitted in between the original notes while taking great care not to distort the tempo. As there are limits to the maximum playing speed that we can achieve, we would put more ornamentation in a slow passage than in a fast one. For the same reason we would ornament long notes more than short ones in the same piece. As far as rhythm is concerned, the crucial thing is to maintain the tempo and accentuation throughout. When we first start to improvise ornaments, we often tend to distort the tempo unintentionally. But don't worry, if you persist and, above all, if you improvise an ornamentation while counting the beat out loud (1 and 2 and 3 and), you will be pleasantly surprised to find you make fewer and fewer mistakes. There are also metronomes which you can set so that one in every 3 beats or in every 4 beats has a distinctive sound, as a marker of the first beat of the bar in 3 or 4 time. At the start of the chaconne, the first two 8-bar phrases are made up principally of chords, and lend themselves well to strumming. I also introduce a few percussive effects, to add zest to the rhythm. This sort of rhythmic improvisation can be a very pleasant way to practise improvising while concentrating particularly on keeping to the beat.
- page 77 Paganini, NiccolĂ˛ Ghiribizzo nÂ°37 This piece has great simplicity, and the bass notes (tonic, subdominant and dominant) are unobtrusive. Paganini indicates: "Adagetto con espressione". It is through phrasing, articulation and accentuation that we can be expressive.
- page 84,85 Johann Kaspar Mertz Valse en sol majeur, here the rhythm is the main element, and it is by reproducing the accents and articulation indicated (legato, staccato) that the valse will become lively and light.
I ask you first to work on all these exercises and tunes for a week and then to upload your recordings of: - pages 80, 81 Losy, Jan AntonĂn â€“ Ciacona sobre las Folias - page 48 Ĺ tepĂˇn Rak - NostalgickĂ˝ valcik
We have reached the end of this year of studying together. I am intending to resume next year.
My thanks to the students, to Geoff for his splendid translations, and also to Robert Goodwin, Alan (Tarbaby), Rich (oski79) and lagartija who have enabled these courses to run so smoothly.
I wish you all a good summer. See you again soon.
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I am going to start these excellent guitar lessons with M. Delcamp, but before I do, it looks like I have to post this message so I can reach the number of posts required for downloading the D04 material! So here is that post. Will try to start tomorrow.
Thorn Hill wrote:I am going to start these excellent guitar lessons with M. Delcamp, but before I do, it looks like I have to post this message so I can reach the number of posts required for downloading the D04 material! So here is that post. Will try to start tomorrow.
Please read this post about the 2012-13 lessons. You will need to subscribe to the 020 Group and that post has a link that shows you how to do that.
I'm a bit confused, however. It seems that you requested a name change about a year ago and Mr. Delcamp changed it. But now it's different. How did that happen?
Anyway, we'll get it sorted out...
Good luck with the lessons!
"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." - C.S. Lewis