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Jean-François Delcamp
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D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:23 am

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the new version of volume D03 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.


Today, we're going to work on a series of exercises.
In these right hand 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).


- page 102 ex. 51 to 55.
Exercises 51 to 54 are for the fingers of the right hand. The (x) sign indicates that the right hand finger is resting on the string (and damping it). Exercise 55 is for the left hand: lean the left hand finger over to damp the adjacent string at the same time as you play the new note.




- page 87 Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) EXTENSIONS
Play this left-hand exercise trying to leave your fingers in place on the strings as long as you can, as I show you in the following video. If the stretches between your fingers feel too much for you, you can make it easier for the left hand by using a capo so that you play on the higher frets which are closer together and your fingers will not have to stretch so far apart. Avoid bending your left wrist, as this not only hurts, but also hinders the mobility of your fingers. Aim for the position (of the guitar neck, your elbow and your shoulder) which will allow you to play without bending your left wrist, as shown in the following video. You will be able to play this exercise more effectively if you place your left thumb below your ring finger, i.e. below the third fret.



- page 65 Mattéo CARCASSI (1792-1853) VALSE opus 59
The first 8 bar phrase is made up of short elements, it is fragmented. The second 8 bar phrase is all one block, and therefore forms a contrast with the first phrase. The third phrase repeats the first. The fourth phrase is a synthesis of the first two phrases, it is made up of two elements of 4 bars each.



- page 50 Fernando SOR (1778-1839) EXERCICE II opus 35
Sing one voice and play the other. Find the best places to breathe while you are singing.




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 5 e 6 e" ("1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6" in English)

Using a metronome is useful, but it is only a temporary crutch to lean on. You will benefit far more by counting the beats out loud as you play than by using a metronome. Internalizing the rhythm allows us in time to achieve both freedom and discipline when playing, that is, to be a musician.
If counting the smallest values out loud seems difficult, or very difficult, to you, it only means that you have to persevere, or persevere a lot more. Keep at it with determination until it becomes easy and natural for you. When, after having practised it long enough, this exercise of counting out loud while you play becomes easy, then you don't need to bother with it any more.



When you start working on a new piece, start by working very slowly, concentrating on precision. The essential thing is that you should play the music perfectly, that your rhythm should be precise, your sound well controlled, and your playing musical and expressive.
Speed will come with your new skills acquired in time through work. You should not worry about speed when tackling a new piece. At the beginning, such a preoccupation would only hinder you in your progress. It is only once you have mastered the piece within the comfort of a slow tempo, that you can start to think about playing progressively faster until finally you reach the right tempo.




I ask you first to work on all these exercises and pieces for one week and then to post your recordings on the forum for:
- exercises number 9 on page 87 and
- number 54 on page 102, as well as for the
- VALSE on page 65.


The work I'm asking of you is difficult and requires you to be both organized and disciplined. It is certain that you will struggle to get your fingers to perform the exact movements required for the exercises. In order to succeed in this, you need to make the same movements several dozen times daily. The goal of these exercises is to strengthen and stretch your finger muscles, to make your fingers stronger and more agile. Put in plenty of work, every day, on the difficult parts, focus on them and play the easy parts only occasionally.
To get the best out of your practice time, split it up into 15 minute sessions, and leave your hands to rest for at least 30 minutes between sessions. If your hands hurt, leave them to rest for an hour, the time it takes your body to eliminate the lactic acid in your muscles, which is the main cause of muscle pain.

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:

exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Ned Henderson
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Coen van Dijk
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Stewart Doyle
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Goran Penic
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Jack Jarrett
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Michael Collings
VALSE on page 65

Richard Judge
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

RossStep
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Mark Bacon
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Stephan Chong
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Marko Räsänen
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65

Richard Lawrence
exercises number 9 on page 87
number 54 on page 102
VALSE on page 65
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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Ned Henderson » Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:18 pm

Dear All

I am going away for a week and want to post something even though it is early. I have broken one of my nails which doesn't help and this all needs more practice but...enough excuses!
The last part of the extension exercise is beyond me...even with a capo I can' manage the stretch from 3rd to 4th finger across the strings.... but will keep on trying...

Michael - delighted to hear your news about a newborn child. Good wishes to you all...

Incidentally I have belatedly posted the Morlaye Gaillarde on lesson 01 if anyone feels inclined to have a look. Still trying to get to grips with 3/8, such a different emphasis in the timing...

Anyway here we go...

[media]https://youtu.be/qNJN0l2YoO4[/media]

[media]https://youtu.be/5Rh06CG3Z8A[/media]

[media]https://youtu.be/KSxoiXxcyZA[/media]

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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Richard Judge » Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:59 pm

Hi Ned well done for getting in so early.
Your Valse is coming along very well. :bravo:

In your Extensions your wrist is very bent. You have moved the neck of the guitar close to your shoulder (in order to see your fingers) resulting in you needing to bend your wrist round to reach the strings. This isn't your normal playing position.
You do get very good spread with your fingers.

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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Goran Penic » Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:19 pm

:bravo: Ned very well playing,
but as I say in previous post "too much sticking your left thumb over the neck of the guitar"

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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Stewart Doyle » Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:18 pm

:bravo: Ned - for the early posting, and for the extensions post. You are absolutely right - it is a fiendish exercise and I think it shows what these lessons are about when this difficulty is highlighted in a video. I may be wrong but I'm not sure you are doing the damping exercise correctly. When one finger plays one string of the pair of notes, the other finger should be resting on/damping the other string and then they swap over. You are much further on with the Valse than I am. There's something about the first few bars that I find very difficult. I think I'm going to have to work really hard to get some fingering that I can reproduce securely under the stress of recording....
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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Michael Collings » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:27 pm

Hello Ned,

Nice job on the Carcassi Waltz. Sorry about the broken nail. Have you ever used a fine grit sandpaper on you nails? I find that if there is even just a bit of nail on your finger, it can be smoothed enough to improve the tone.

And thank you Ned and everyone else for the congrats on little Sebastian.

Michael

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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Evangelos Skropidas » Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:45 pm

Guys unfortunately I dont know when I will be able to practice again,certainly not for at least a month.I moving to Serbia and I am already in Kragujevac,without my guitar.The thing is that later I will have to move my things and generally my programm will not be any easier.I do hope though to be able to catch up with you!

Jack Jarrett

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Jack Jarrett » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:17 pm

Sorry to hear that.It's been nice listening to you and hearing you play.Good luck
Jack

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Post by Richard Judge » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:15 pm

Good Luck Evangelos, I hope your move goes well and you are back with us later in the year.

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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Coen van Dijk » Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:03 pm

Hi all
Here are my tries after the first week of practice.
The damping excersise is not too fluent yet, I am working on it. Especially the excersises 52 and 53 give me a headache. When I started these excersises, my fingers were doing anything but what they were supposed to. Now, after a week its a lot better, but far from fluent.
About the extensions exersise, all I can say is: aaauuwww. But I guess, no pain, no gain :chaud:

I´m looking forward to hear your comments and see you guys sweat :lol:

To Ned: Well done for such sort practice time. And I agree about the left hand thumb. It should not stick out from behind the neck. This reduces your reach of the fingers. But I must admit, it happens to me too...
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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Stewart Doyle » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:38 pm

Hi everyone,

Best wishes to Evangelos - hope to see you later in the year.
Coen - I haven't had chance to look at your posts yet, I'll try to look and comment as soon as I can.
Here are my first attempts. The Valse needs a lot more work and, yes, that thumb is visible again! I can't quite tell from M Delcamp's video but I think once the i finger has played the first D then it should rest on the string while p and a play the B+G, rather like in exercise 54 on p102. I certainly can't play it like that at the moment. Anyway, here they are....

D03 page 102 no. 54
[media]https://youtu.be/ITlYVPv04Z8[/media]

D03 page 87 - Extensions
[media]https://youtu.be/mA4Rwbr4QEM[/media]

D03 Matteo Carcassi - Valse en sol majeur opus 59
[media]https://youtu.be/JrU3D0GbSRU[/media]
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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Goran Penic » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:13 pm

:bravo: Coen, Very good.

Here are my videos after one week. I had a lot of work this week, so I have only three days to practice.
:desole: for mistakes (especially the Sor-exercice) :oops:
Do not be too rigorous in your criticism :)

[media]https://youtu.be/0JzA1XUSstQ[/media]

[media]https://youtu.be/_Qhvmt3YtwI[/media]

[media]https://youtu.be/TiMorkanl4I[/media]

Matteo Carcassi - Valse en sol majeur opus 59
[media]https://youtu.be/QdJLg1A0NlY[/media]

F Sor -exercice
[media]https://youtu.be/gBDAA9ErWFY[/media]

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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Goran Penic » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:45 pm

:bravo: Stewart, very good.

:( My thumb also sticking above the guitar neck. I have to pay attention.
I saw the thumb of Mr. Delcamp on beginning of Valse, but he keeps it laid over to the left so it ( thumb :) ) later disappears behind a guitar neck.
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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Elías López Cruz » Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:36 am

Hi everybody! Good rendering of the pieces you already uploaded. When I saw the videos of Maestro Delcamp I was about to comment of the thumb almost appearing on the fretboard, and now with the message by Goran I realised that he also noted that.
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Post by Richard Judge » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:30 am

Well done Stewart. Your chords sound sound little bit clipped to me a little to much damping.
In the exercises 52-53 I find it harder if I place all fingers on their strings then play, then put all fingers down again and then play the other fingers. It is easier(for me) to imagine the fingers to be momentarily all off the strings rather than momentarily all on the strings. Swapping as I play rather than after replanting the fingers before each swap. It makes sense in my head :roll:

Well done Goran, You don't need to play the repeats the final time through.
(After the "D.C. al Fine")

Both of you manage the Extensions well. I am strugling to get the fourth and third fingers secure on opposite strings.

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