D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Rick Beauregard » Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:21 am

Nice Alex, not at all as tortuous as my practice. At the risk of repetition: the thumb. Nice thing to work on for correct classical hand position. Think about it: when you try to make those stretches down the neck on a classical fretboard, there's no way you'll be able to reach with your thumb wrapped around. Practice placing your thumb on the back of the neck and closing your hand position so your fingers are over the strings, not flared out like in the picture. You'll thank yourself later when you float across the board with little effort! I have a great exercise that will help with this and with independence of finger motion if you like.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Alex Lototskyy » Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:16 pm

Thank you Joseph Gontarek and Rick Beauregard for your comments. I will try to watch that thumb :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Chu Bun » Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:23 pm

Sorry for very late posting. Just joined the class a few days ago. I played at a slow tempo compared to the suggested tempo. Please give your advices. Thanks.
1- Open strings: http://youtu.be/KgIx42SpYXQ
[media]https://youtu.be/KgIx42SpYXQ[/media]

2- Old Mac Donald: http://youtu.be/9M_7qX_XNJY
[media]https://youtu.be/9M_7qX_XNJY[/media]

3- Au Clair de la Lune: http://youtu.be/qYOArd4jt-o
[media]https://youtu.be/qYOArd4jt-o[/media]

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Bert Stendahl » Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:04 pm

Chu Bun

Good start. Keep it up!
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Steven Galvin » Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:09 pm

Welcome Bun - sounds clear

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Chu Bun » Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:59 pm

Thank you for the comments.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Colin Bullock » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:32 pm

This is my first upload. Started late and trying to catch up so I will post the open string exercises first
I think next time I will change the camera angle as this doesn't show right hand too well.

CORDES A VIDE - OPEN STRING
[media]https://youtu.be/RcxZ5OAUr1o[/media]

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Chu Bun » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:16 pm

Welcome Colin.
I'm also late to the lessons here. My observation on my own clips and yours. I don't know if it was old-school, but we seem to have a "Segovia" like right-hand. That is we bend our wrist and our fingers plugs the strings at a close to 90d angle. I watched youtube for right hand technique and it seems younger performers use a very straight wrist (no bending in either updown or sideway directions) and their fingers plug at a close to 45d angle. For example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olW6-jhSgMg&#t=9

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Colin Bullock » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:35 pm

thanks Chu
never seen myself play so had never noticed this. I think you are right, it is an attempt to pluck at rt angles to strings. I'll get through the next 2 uploads and then do some experiments. It should certainly affect the tone.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Colin Bullock » Sat Nov 22, 2014 11:31 am

OK, how hard can it be to play Old MacDonald?
I joined this forum to get to grips with basics and damping is giving me problems, my fingers want to stop the string I'm playing rather than damp the ringing string! Also being conscious of my right hand means some of the playing is a little ragged and uneven volume.
Anyway, here is rest of 1st lesson

Old Mac Donald
[media]https://youtu.be/3TB9NclaiXo[/media]

Au Clair de la Lune
[media]https://youtu.be/VNf4IOvvEvU[/media]

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Chu Bun » Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:02 am

Colin Bullock wrote:OK, how hard can it be to play Old MacDonald?
I had the exact same thought! To me doing the damping is like multitasking. It's a separated task from the main playing task, and distracts us from playing the notes.
It's hard to see from the clip, but apparently we also share a few other problems such as once the thumb moved to damp the D string, it floated instead of returning to the A string, and speeding up the tempo at the "oink oink here, oink oink there".

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Colin Bullock » Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:27 pm

Chu Bun wrote:
Colin Bullock wrote:OK, how hard can it be to play Old MacDonald?
I had the exact same thought! To me doing the damping is like multitasking. It's a separated task from the main playing task, and distracts us from playing the notes.
It's hard to see from the clip, but apparently we also share a few other problems such as once the thumb moved to damp the D string, it floated instead of returning to the A string, and speeding up the tempo at the "oink oink here, oink oink there".
Before starting these lessons I wasn't really aware of my rh thumb, the hand just balanced without needing to rest on anything. Now I am painfully aware of the bass strings ringing during treble string sections eg Tabac, so I'm now starting to put the thumb on E&A string, but it still floats unless I concentrate.
Speeding up? Either a feeling of let's-get-this-over-with-quickly, or reversion to the tempo I sing with my granddaughter!

Loo Kin Xing

Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Loo Kin Xing » Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:30 pm

Hi All, I am a little bit late here, this is my self recorded video for this lesson.

All your advice will be appreciated, thank you!

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

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

[media]https://youtu.be/pwqCWG8_99E[/media]

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Haris Karachristianidis » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:29 pm

Hi, a bit late I decided to follow D01 together with D03 which is my current class. I started last year from D02.
Here are my submissions.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Bert Stendahl » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:00 pm

Hi Haris Karachristianidis

Sounds good. Why have you started with D01 if you have finished D02?
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