Postby Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:47 am
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.
First we will study some technical exercises from volume D01.
Page 54: C major scale. Be sure to damp the notes properly in the descending passages. To damp the notes in the descending passages: lean the fingers of the left hand against the vibrating strings. Work on controlling the volume by playing crescendo and decrescendo.
Page 59: In the following exercises, you will work on getting a smooth join between notes, that is to say that you will end one or more notes at the exact moment that you start the following note (or notes). Exercises 17 to 20 are for the fingers of the right hand. The sign (x) indicates that the right hand finger is placed on the string.
Exercise 21 is for the left hand: lean the left hand finger to damp the adjacent string at the same time as you start the new note.
Hi, To all classmates,
This month study lessons are already released.
I, did watch and practice Mr. Delcamp C Maj scale video few times. I read the C Maj Scale music sheet on page 54.Few new techniques to be practice in C Maj study.
1. Time signature is 2/4
2. Damping on descending. ( we all know this technique in our lesson1 practice).
3.Dynamics, meaning applying Crescendo and Decrescendo in our playing.
I search online for a lesson, how to play Crescendo, decrescendo on classical guitar. Not yet successful.
I found this link explaining dynamics in music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF-6Hq5mdcc
Hope other students may comment. Lets begin our learning together.
Nice Mr. Delcamp put a lot of things on this lesson, i think its going to be interesting to practice all that, i am going to be busy these days , i have enough material to practice.
Thank you maestro Delcamp
Have fun everybody!
It may be that the increase and decrease could be the use of "open" and "rest" strumming techniques. Would apoyando be quieter than a free strock that glides over the string but does not come to a rest on the next string?
(a good discussion subject, eh?)
Sorry I had to find the right term: Rest stroke = Apoyando Free stroke = Tirando
Also it could be the even-ness of playing. We all vary our volume involuntarily.....striking a note a little harder and producing a louder sound.....startling ourselves a little and then playing more quietly.
Hi, Chris Strecko,
Thanks for your comments,advice.
I did try today to observe, how the notes on different strings ring for loudness in C Maj scale.The three base strings ring louder even,If I voluntarily try to play it soft. The three high strings by design produce soft sound in normal play. If I like to raise the loudness of these strings, I have to apply extra effort to create loudness comparative to three base strings.After few tries, I was able to listen some variations. I'll keep practice to make it better.
Hope other students will express their observations.
Hi Chris, you are correct. The number after the forward slash indicates the left hand finger to be used for damping, and the letter right hand finger. While you are still practicing your damping skills in early stages, I would suggest to use the indicated finger. After a while as you progress with the lessons there won't be an indication anymore, just the flower sign, and then you'll need to figure out yourself which finger to use for damping.
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Hey Chris, I think you shouldn't use free strokes in C major scale exercise for crescendo and decrescendo. All notes are played with rest strokes, and we should control the volume, starting low and raising the volume gradually.
Hi, D01 Classmates.
Today,I switch my practice from C major scale to exercise 20 at page 59.It is a right hand practice exercise.Watched Mr. Delcamp video.My observations are as follows.
1. Free strokes used.
2.Thumb is placed on D string.three remaining fingers are placed on G,B E high strings.Fingers remain planted through out the exercise.
3. Exercise begins between thumb and Index finger.Both thumb and Index finger alternately apply free stroke and came to rest on respective strings.It is repeated four times.Same is repeated between thumb and middle finger four times.Same is repeated for thumb and ring finger for four times.
4. I found that, if I move my right hand closer to sound hole and practice, my middle finger and ring finger respond better.I f, my right hand is placed closer towards bridge, ring finger and middle fingers hardly able to move from their positions and cause problems.I'll keep practice this exercise especially watching middle and ring fingers.