DonnaSutliff wrote:Goran, that Paganini was very good. Here is a question; did anyone try Aguado, lesson 19, p.58, for example? Here there are 16th notes that theoretically all need to be damped, but how? I have always used a "free stroke" with this piece, letting the notes just ring through. I never had a teacher who instructed about damping treble notes, just the basses (with the thumb). So this Aguado piece should sound staccato? (Sorry, Coen, I did not download your stuff yet. It takes too long!)
You're playing it correctly. Arpeggio studies are meant to ring out, it's just a 'convention' to notate it the way we do, I think for ease of reading. Any notes meant to be played staccato would likely have dots over them. The asterisks in M Delcamp's transcription are simply a reminder to damp the open string from the previous measure to keep the melody in the bass sounding nice and defined. And speaking of the stem-down melody notes, be sure to give them a little extra 'oomph'. I often like to play the stem-down melody line from an arp study like this by itself to get it in my head.
While we're on the topic of damping especially with regards to the Paganini piece, I've got a question. Are we all in agreement that the great pains we're all taking (myself included!) in the damping only applies to the bass strings? The melody shouldn't be staccato, right? I figure it this way since it's a waltz and all and might have been written to be danced to (even though it's so short). Remember all of our discussions of 'bounce' from the last lesson?
I've enjoyed watching everyone so far and will come up with some comments when I can. I'd like to say that my own postings will be up soon but I'm on a string of midnight shifts this week and so I'm not making much progress. Need a few more days!!-yawn.