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D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:30 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

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

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

Mark Bacon
Scarborough Fair

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

Eric de Vries
Scarborough Fair
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra

George Karpenkov
Scarborough Fair
Novelette n°3, à Alexandra
Ghiribizzo n°24

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

Post by Catherine Livingston » Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:50 pm

Hi!

I have a music theory question about Jean Francois Delcamp's Novelette n 3 piece.
In measure 11 there is a double sharp on the low D note. I am assuming that this brings it up
two half steps to a F# on the 2nd fret of the 4th string. Also, The C# indicated in measure 10 does not
carry over to the next measure so it become a natural and is played on the 5th string, 3rd fret.
I am not 100% trusting my judgement on this because I don't know much about music theory at all.
I don't want to learn this piece incorrectly.
This reminds me that I should study this on my own.
Thanks so much!
Cat

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Marko Räsänen » Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:06 pm

Hi Cat, that's not a double sharp, but two sharps. The first one is for C and the second one for D, so you play D# (1st fret 4th string) and C# (4th fret 5th string) together. That resolves your second question as well, but you're right that the accidental sharp wouldn't carry over from bar 10, and that's why there's the need to make the C sharp again in bar 11.

I'm not sure whether it's a general music writing convention to write the sharps in that order when they would overlap, or simply a decision made by the editor or particular software used.
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Catherine Livingston » Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:08 pm

Marko,

Thank you for clearing this up! That makes sense.
:)
Cat

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Catherine Livingston » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:01 am

I am posting a video of where I am at with the Scarborough Fair piece. This one was tricky for me at first because it is so much different. I think it's a beautiful piece and hope to memorize it. :merci: for listening.
-Cat Livingston

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

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Mark Bacon » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:32 pm

Cat,

Lovely playing-I can tell that you like this piece. I do as well (my version will not be capo-d though--there's some kind of a missing enzyme in my brain that keeps me from reading music while using one. Actually, I think it's the fact that I have a fret maker at VII.).

For both repeats you are dropping (not playing) beat 3 of measure 17, the open G. It makes for a slight jar heading into the next measure. Also you play a slightly incorrect rhythm in the melody for measure 20. It sounds like you're dotting beat 2. This is less detrimental to the piece, I admit and only point it out since you played it that way both times and may have been a reading mistake rather than the one-time 'flubs' that we are all prone to.

My last advice is a bit more of a matter of taste. Due to its character I prefer this piece a little slower than what even Mr Delcamp plays and I think you clocked in at 8 or 9 seconds faster than he. Have you experimented with a slower tempo to really bring out the tender beauty of this piece?

Again though-minor mistakes/suggestions. This was a joy to listen to. :bravo: I will have plenty of practice time this weekend and should be making some uploads soon.

Mark

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Mark Bacon » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:38 pm

Is it just me or has Mr Delcamp used a slightly different notation for this month's Paganini piece? I notice several of the 'muting asterisks' for the bassline in the first line when the bass note is supposed to only ring for beats 1 and 2 but not 3 (at which time the melody note is repeated). For our last Paganini piece there was instead a one-beat eighth note rest in the bass line to indicate the same thing. That which we mostly agreed gave that 'bouncy' feel. I don't have a problem with either convention, but the latter seems much more conventional. What seems more odd to me is that the asterisks pretty much drop out after the first line.

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Marko Räsänen » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:00 am

Mark Bacon wrote:What seems more odd to me is that the asterisks pretty much drop out after the first line.
The asterisks do drop out, but it says simile in the space where the asterisks would appear, which means "in the same way" :wink:
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Mark Bacon » Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:32 pm

Oops! Good call, Marko. Thank you. I still prefer the way Le Streghe is notated with respect to the bassline. It's probably just me though-as a few lines in I may forget to shorten the notes not actually seeing the rests. Granted, it does make the score a little 'cleaner' as a quick glance at Ghiribizzo 24 illustrates, but we're kinda getting to the level where simplifying the score hopefully isn't necessary. Just my opinion though. :discussion:

Mark

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Catherine Livingston » Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:28 pm

Mark,

Thanks for the feedback! I am looking forward to hearing your posts soon. I am getting so busy around the holidays but hope to post another video this weekend. I assumed that the bass note pattern continued in the Paganini piece. I still have much practicing to do with this piece. Good luck with your practicing everyone.
:) Cat

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Catherine Livingston » Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:14 am

I am posting Novelette n 3, by Jean Francis Delcamp. Please ignore the bass note I hit at the beginning. It's a mistake and I still need to figure out how to trim it out using the Youtube editor. I am still not playing this piece at a confident level but am considering this my first post for feedback.
I really like this piece! Thanks for listening and any feedback is welcome.
:) Cat Livingston

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Mark Bacon » Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:15 am

Cat,

Well played-hard to critique. There's a tempo issue in measures 10-12, that's all. I'm not sure whether or not you play the right open strings on beat 2 of measures 5 and 6. Other than that you've got this one. Good job!

Mark

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Catherine Livingston » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:04 am

Mark,

Thanks so much for the feedback on both pieces!

I decided to go ahead and record and post the Paganini piece even though it is still a work in progress because today was the best day to record this week. This has been a busy month! I am looking forward to listening to your recordings. Thanks for listening!
:D Catherine Livingston

Paganini, Niccolò Ghiribizzo n°24
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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Mark Bacon » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:35 am

Cat,

I don't think I heard any incorrect notes and you seem to have good RH alterations. You also keep the bassline pretty tight. Just a few tempo drops that probably are related to memory lapses. It's most noticeable in measure32. Where I'm at with this tricky piece I wouldn't even bother subjecting you all to-I'm not sure why I find it so tricky. I hope to at least get the other two up. Like you said, in the US December holidays are probably the toughest lesson to post on time of the entire course!

Mark

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Re: D04 Classical guitar lesson 04

Post by Satyajit Kadle » Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:56 am

Happy new year everyone!

Cat, well done on the pieces. Scarborough fair sounds superb. On the Paganini, I noticed you are doing the hammer-on note slur from the G open in the first bar. It needs to be G# throughout the piece since it's in A major.

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