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D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Nov 05, 2014 7:19 am

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D05.
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.



Now we are going to work on a series of exercises:
To render polyphony clearly, you have to be able to control the force applied by each of the fingers plucking the strings.
Here is a little exercise. The first few times that you try it, the exercise will seem impossible to master. Tell yourself that this difficulty, though very real, will be resolved after an hour of diligent work.


We'll start with 2 voices, exercise 107, page 159.
- Bring out the bass played with the thumb. Then bring out the soprano played with the ring finger.

Next, 3 voices, exercise 108 page 159
- Bring out the bass played with the thumb. Then bring out the soprano played with the ring finger. Then bring out the alto played with the middle finger.

And now 4 voices, exercise 109 page 159
- Bring out the bass played with the thumb. Then bring out the soprano played with the ring finger. Then bring out the alto played with the middle finger. Finally bring out the tenor played by the index finger.

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Once you've managed to bring out a single note in a chord, you've got it beaten!
The easiest thing to start with is to bring out the bass with the thumb.
It can help to exaggerate the movement of whichever finger is plucking more strongly than the others, as I demonstrate on this video.

There are other ways of distinguishing one voice from another. You can apply a different articulation to one voice from that applied to another. For instance, you might play one voice staccato and the other legato. You can also distinguish voices by varying the timbre of each voice. For example, you could play the bass with the flesh of the thumb and the other voices with the nails. We'll see these other techniques in the next lessons.




Today we'll look at 5 pieces.
- page 18 Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
This piece in two sections is based on a sequence of 4 chords: D minor, C major, D minor, A major.
This sequence of 4 chords is repeated in bars 5 to 8, with the last two chords both incorporated into bar 7, in order to be able to finish on the tonic in bar 8, with a chord of D minor. Luys de Narvàez made use of the same contracting together of two chords in bar 7 of his Diferencias sobre guardame las vacas (previous lesson).
As for the rhythm, in the first section, bars 1 to 24, the beat is divided into 4 eighth notes (quavers). In the second section, bars 25 to 64, the beat is divided into 3 eighth notes (quavers). The tempo remains the same, with the overall length of a bar switching from a half note (minim) to a dotted quarter note (dotted crotchet).
Feel free to improvise on this sequence of 4 chords.

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- page 46 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Menuet Anh. 132
This is a minuet with two voices, in the binary form (AABB). The minuet here is in E minor. The first part concludes in the key of the relative major, G major. The second part concludes in the main key, E minor.

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- page 76 Johann Kaspar Mertz (1806-1856) Ländler opus 12 n°1
A Ländler based on 3 chords, A major, D major and E major (the three bass strings of the guitar). It's easy to make it ring out. The 3 eighth notes (quavers) which start the Ländler can be played freely, without strict tempo. This will help to emphasise (by contrast) the stability of the tempo from bar 9.

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- page 86 Juliàn Arcas (1832-1882) Preludio en re mayor
This prelude is made up of arpeggios. The second part makes systematic use of the diminished 7th chord.

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- page 108 Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja
Here we have a transcription in A minor by Juliàn Arcas. The work uses the rhythm of the polonaise.

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I ask you first to work on all these exercises and tunes for a week and then to upload your recordings of:
- page 159 Delcamp Polyhponie N°109
- page 18 Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
- page 108 Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja


Good luck!


I thank Geoff (GeoffB) who has helped in the translation of my lessons into English.


Jean-François


Exam qualifying submissions: :
Delcamp Polyhponie N°109
Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja


Gabriel Guégan
Delcamp Polyhponie N°109
Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja

Stewart Doyle
Delcamp Polyhponie N°109
Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja

Pentti Kotilainen
Delcamp Polyhponie N°109
Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja

John Montes
Delcamp Polyhponie N°109
Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa

David Smyth
Delcamp Polyhponie N°109
Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja

Chris Capener
Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa
Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Stewart Doyle » Sun Nov 09, 2014 4:40 pm

Hi everyone

It's a little early for this lesson's recordings but I thought it might be helpful to submit a slowed down section from Wascha Mesa. Of course it will only be helpful if I've got the rhythm right so someone please let me know if it's wrong! I haven't put in the repeats and there is the odd wrong note (an extra bass note in bar 46 and a wrong bass note in bar 49) but I thought it might help someone.

Excerpt from Hans Neusiedler; Wascha mesa

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At the moment I'm rather more worried about El Postillon . I'm not sure why I am struggling so much. I think it's mostly because it's unlike most pieces I've played before, the majority of which have been study/arpeggio pieces. Which I guess should be a good reason to try harder with it.

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:13 pm

Hello Stewart
The rhythm seems me correct :okok:
I am just sceptic about several third beats where you shut-down the melodic line
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:59 am

Hello everyone
Here my recordings :bye:

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Stewart Doyle » Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:39 pm

:bravo: Gabriel, the recordings sound great and it's good to see that you've managed to get a camera working. Both songs sound very accomplished, with no obvious weak points and some good dynamics in both. The only piece of constructive criticism I can think of is that you could bring out the last few descending notes in the final chords of El Postillon?
I was hoping to do my recordings this weekend, but was too busy with other stuff!
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:57 am

:merci: Stewart

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Goran Penic » Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:58 am

:bravo: Gabriel. Very good.
I like your performance. Lacking a bit of confidence, but this is a matter that requires more time for training

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Goran Penic » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:00 am

Bach:

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:merci: for watching.
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:53 am

Nice play Goran :bravo:
Goran Penic wrote:I like your performance. Lacking a bit of confidence, but this is a matter that requires more time for training
:merci: :bye:

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Goran Penic » Thu Nov 27, 2014 2:22 pm

:merci: Gabriel.
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Stewart Doyle » Tue Dec 02, 2014 7:46 pm

:bravo: Goran, my only comment, other than how well you handled the shifts into the higher positions, is that something sounded a little out of tune, which was a shame. I'm very impressed that you've had time to record the Bach. I've struggled with the required pieces in this lesson, as the videos below amply demonstrate. They really need a lot more work. The 'glitch' around 1:23 in Wascha Mesa (not long after one of several spurious notes at 1:17) isn't an edit by the way!

Wascha Mesa

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El Postillon - (I must find out the Italian musical term for 'Sluggish and haltingly' :oops: )

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Polyphony no. 109 - (Emphasising p, a, m then i - No, I can't hear the difference either! :lol: )

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:37 am

Hi Stewart
Sorry to not have commet you earlier
-Washa mesa :bravo: it's well played. Perhaps measure 24 , there is somethings. The fermata could be more marked and the associate rest note (D) not sure is respected. The secon part would require some more of practice, but actually the all piece it's already musical :okok:
-El postillon : really need more pratice. Actually the reading is correct and you managed to play it completely :okok: It isn't a easy one
Perhaps, you could take care of several basse note value (string damping) especially for quaver basse which could be stop. It would be more legibility
-Polyphony : More marked on the first chords than the last, but it's well done :okok:
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:57 am

Well done from all of you. :bravo:

Time flies. Here are some hasty recordings.

Delcamp Polyphonie N°109

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Hans Neusiedler (1508-1563) Wascha mesa

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Cristóbal Oudrid (1825-1877) El postillon de la rioja

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:44 pm

Pentti Kotilainen wrote: Here are some hasty recordings.
Well done Pentti :okok:
Washa mesa and El postillon both need some more practice but are in good way
Becarful in El postillon to well respect the doted eigthth note for example measure 2, 4 and 5 there're all too short or had forget their dots :wink:
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 03

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:41 pm

:merci: Gabriel.

:bye: ,
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