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D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:25 am

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D04.
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.
- page 113, numbers 14, 15, 16 - Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES – ESCALAS
When changes of position are needed, you will be using the "position shift" technique. Position I is the left hand position where the index finger (1) is placed behind the 1st fret, position V is the hand position where the index (1) is placed behind the fifth fret, etc. The position shift involves moving the left hand along the neck, from position to position, from fret to fret. In the scales we're looking at today, notice that my first finger never leaves the first string, I use it as a guide for my hand. Position shifts are shown by oblique lines linking two fingering indications given for the same finger.
The following videos are for numbers 14, 15, 16 on page 113. Concentrate your practice on the passages highlighted in yellow, and do your best to perfect the position shift technique.







Finally, we'll look at 4 pieces, pages 26, 62, 63, 76, 77 et 98.

- page 26 Anonyme Scarborough Fair
The phrase structure is of 4 bars. (Phrase structure is the division of the larger musical phrase into parts of equal length, with the most common division being into sections of 4 bars. This division is linked not only to walking, but also to dance, poetry and singing.) Here we have an English tune dating from the end of the Middle Ages. The accompaniment in eighth notes (quavers) gives a fluidity to the whole. It's enough to accentuate the notes of the melody slightly for "Scarborough Fair" to evoke a feeling of space and peace. I think this piece has strong therapeutic powers both for us playing it and for those listening.



- page 62, 63 Giuliani, Mauro Etude opus 51 n°12
In this arpeggio study, the melody is in the bass. The index and middle finger play the accompaniment on strings 1 and 2, while the thumb plays the melody on strings 3, 4, 5 and 6.
The point of this study is to seek to keep the index and middle finger strokes of equal strength throughout, whether the distance between them and the thumb is small (when the thumb is playing string 3) or large (when the thumb is playing string 6).
From bar 20 onwards, the instruction sf (sforzando, sforzato, sf, sfz ) means that you should give a sudden, strong emphasis to the note immediately above the instruction.
In bar 22, I use a hinged barré (indicated by a dotted line instead of a solid line) to play the D and A on the open strings, and I don't apply the full barré until the third beat of the bar, to play the bass Bb.
Mauro Giuliani is the first teacher to have published a systematic study of arpeggios ( http://www.guitareclassiquedelcamp.com/ ... liani.html : Opus. 1 - Studio per la chitarra, Prima parte : 120 arpeggi). I recommend that you practise a few arpeggios each day and change them regularly with the aim of studying all of them in two years. You can listen to the mp3s of the 120 arpeggios recorded by Marco Cairone here: http://www.chitarraclassicadelcamp.com/ ... 32&t=25253 .



- page 76, 77 Paganini, Niccolò Ghiribizzo n°24
Ghiribizzo n°24 is in two sections, each of 20 bars. It has a phrase structure of 4 bars. In the second section, Paganini repeats the melody of the first section an octave higher. The piece is in the key of A, and this key allows the optimal use of the 3 bass strings of the guitar: E (dominant), A (tonic), D (subdominant). Observe the exact duration of the bass notes, and damp them by placing your thumb on the string as and where indicated by the damping symbols and finger indications on the first line.



- page 98 Delcamp, Jean-François Novelette n°3, à Alexandra
This piece is divided into two sections, like Paganini's Ghiribizzo n°24. In the first section, the melody in the bass is played by the thumb. In bars 10 and 12, to conclude the first section, I use the whole tone scale (F G A B C# D# F). In bar 16, the melody passes to the treble notes, while the thumb repeats the tonic (E) until the end. The harmonics in bar 23 are played by very lightly touching strings 1 and 3 exactly over fret XII.




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:
- page 113 number 14, Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES - ESCALAS
- page 26 Anonyme Scarborough Fair
- page 76, 77 Paganini, Niccolò Ghiribizzo n°24
- page 98 Delcamp, Jean-François Novelette n°3, à Alexandra


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:

GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES - ESCALAS
Scarborough Fair
Ghiribizzo n°24
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra

Stewart Doyle
GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES - ESCALAS
Scarborough Fair
Ghiribizzo n°24
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra

Pentti Kotilainen
GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES - ESCALAS
Scarborough Fair
Ghiribizzo n°24
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra

LindaWoodford
GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES - ESCALAS
Scarborough Fair
Ghiribizzo n°24
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra

ChrisCapener
GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES - ESCALAS
Scarborough Fair
Ghiribizzo n°24
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Stewart Doyle » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:09 pm

Hello everyone - here are my first submissions for this lesson. Apologies for the background family noise during Novelette and for the scratchy sounds (need to spend longer on my nails I think!) in Scarborough Fair. Needless to say the Paganini will be later this week, along with the scales. Last year I only managed to record Scarborough Fair and I have played it a few times since. I'm not sure why I didn't manage to record M. Delcamp's Novelette as I really like it, which usually gets me to practice a piece enough!

Novelette
[media]https://youtu.be/57-xd0fG1h4[/media]

Scarborough Fair
[media]https://youtu.be/Ui0Bune50q0[/media]

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Marko Räsänen » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:25 am

Well played both the pieces, Stewart! :bravo:

I don't think you made any mistakes there :)

I only wish you would play a little louder. Some sections were really quiet. Were you trying to keep it quiet for others' sake, is it a confidence thing, or do you just like playing quiet? The downside is that all the right hand finger / nail noise becomes enhanced when you try to play quiet (and the listener needs to turn the volume up), and the basses do not resonate properly.

Something I have noticed myself. Whenever I am forced to practice in my bedroom, the guitar gets uncomfortably loud and I automatically play it softer. In a bigger space I am able to play it louder (or the way I consider normal) without producing too much volume. That's kind of obvious, but I just thought that now that you have a top of the line Alhambra, it's probably louder than your old guitar, and perhaps you would feel more comfortable playing it in a bigger space if that's feasible?
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:33 am

Hello Stewart
Your Scarborough Fair is beautiful :casque:
The novelette is great too, there's just a little error measure 15 ; you played A/E instead of A/A
You play very well, it's a pleasure to listen to you :okok:

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Goran Penic » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:06 am

:bravo: Stewart. Very nice performance :casque: :casque:
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Stewart Doyle » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:08 am

Thanks for your kind comments Marko, Gabriel and Goran.
Gabriel - Yes, it was a slip in the Novelette rather than a misreading of the music. That section does need more practicing on its own.
Marko - I think the reason for the quietness is somewhere between confidence and liking playing softly, but you have a valid point. I did move the microphone for Scarborough Fair in an attempt to cut out the 'family noise' which I don't think helped either. I'm not sure I have anywhere more suitable but I'll see what I can do in my usual room.
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Stewart Doyle » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:07 pm

Here is the A minor scale and a very ragged Paganini. The latter needs a LOT more work - there are several pauses, wrong notes and I miss a lot of the damping, particularly the second bass note in the bar. I don't think I play much more loudly either, Marko. I'm hoping to get some time at the weekend to improve the Paganini and if I get time I'll try to record a louder/more confident Scarborough Fair.

A minor scale
[media]https://youtu.be/cpc-xam4wCs[/media]

Paganini
[media]https://youtu.be/Rn76t-aWTgQ[/media]

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:24 pm

:bravo: Stewart!
Very well done all of them. You played them very musically and fluently. :casque: Even the Paganini sounded good.

It has been a busy week here, but anyhow here are my recordings for this lesson after one week of practice.
GAMMES - SCALE - SCALES - ESCALAS
[media]https://youtu.be/gdzcpH27C1U[/media]
Scarborough Fair
[media]https://youtu.be/b30HMYbr-qI[/media]
Ghiribizzo n°24
[media]https://youtu.be/VM9XphOrLaY[/media]
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra
[media]https://youtu.be/Q83LcOmXS4g[/media]

:merci: for watching :bye:

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Gabriel-guégan » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:24 pm

:bravo: Stewart & Pentti
The Paganini is hard and needs time to be well played
Anyway Stewart it's a good begining :ouioui:
@Pentti your Ghiribizzo is more advanced (measure 30 you played an E instead of G). Did you voluntary made slurs (hammer on) instead of glissando measure 1 & 5 ? Your Novelette is well done :okok:

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Stewart Doyle » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:23 pm

:bravo: Pentti, well played, particularly for pieces you have only just seen. One thing I might consider, now that I have uploaded the full version, is to just record a part of Scarborough Fair to really bring out the melody. Perhaps just bars 5 to 8 where the notes (as written) are A,A|E,E| B,C,B|A - apologies if this is obvious to everyone, it is a very popular tune! The pressure to record a full piece without mistakes sometime means we miss the opportunity to concentrate on perfecting a few bars which I think can serve a useful purpose. This is something you may want to consider too Pentti.
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:44 pm

Thank you Gabriel and Stewart,
for your kind comments!

@Gabriel:
-Thanks for your sharp observations regarding the clear mistakes in my playing.
-Yes, I made those slurs on purpose. I should have been more accurate in reading the notes. Anyhow thanks for pointing this out.
@Stewart:
-I quite agree with you. Recording is a challenge. Thanks for your useful suggestions.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Stewart Doyle » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:37 pm

Hello, I've been too busy to spend any longer on the Paganini, but I have just tried to record Scarborough Fair a little louder (for Marko - although I would like you to reciprocate and increase the light levels for your recordings! :lol: ) I've also tried to concentrate on bringing out the melody during a short excerpt, although there's not a big difference compared to the full piece. One of the trickiest bits is the C in bar 7 followed by B, where it's hard not to play the accompanying E and then D at about the same volume.

Scarborough Fair (Full piece)
[media]https://youtu.be/TXqsNVwLtP8[/media]

Scarborough Fair (Excerpt)
[media]https://youtu.be/johFgQykonA[/media]

Thanks for listening and see you in the next lesson!
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Marko Räsänen » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:04 am

You're not alone with your wish Stewart! In fact at the moment I would like to increase the light level of the whole country I live in :lol:

Your volume is now much better, and you bring the melody to the front very nicely in the full recording. The excerpt is perhaps a bit over the top in that sense, at least I prefer the way you play in the full recording. Something about the way you play the piece (perhaps the tempo you've chosen) makes me think of 'Stairway to Heaven', and that's not a bad thing :bravo:
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Goran Penic » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:49 am

:bravo: Stewart. Very nice. I like your performance.
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by LindaWoodford » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:57 pm

Hi all,

Just a short note to let you know that I haven't completely disappeared - just been very busy with other things and didn't even manage to touch my guitar for 2 full weeks :shock: :cry:

I'm going to try and record something this weekend. As is becoming usual for these lessons, I've got completely hooked on the non-required piece, which is probably not the best strategy for keeping up with the schedule :roll:

It's probably a bit late to post feedback on to Stewart and Pentti, except to say :bravo: :bravo: All the submissions were very good indeed. I think that you emphasise the melody in Scarborough Fair sufficiently in the full recording, Stewart, and the extra emphasis in the excerpt seems to make it more disjointed. The full recording is just beautiful.
@Pentti - I think this is the best I have heard you play. Well done!

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