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D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:05 am

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D02.

We are going to talk about the minimum time you need to devote to the study of the guitar, about the position for holding the guitar, and finally about some techniques, exercises and pieces.

Timetable for players of a year's experience:
In order to progress, you need a little time each day for 6 days of the week. Here is the minimum necessary for players of this level :
3 days when you can devote 15 minutes to repeating each difficult passage 6 to 12 times. I'll indicate these difficult passages to you by putting a box (a rectangular border) around them.
and
3 days when you can devote 40 minutes to studying the guitar, made up of
- 15 minutes practicing the difficult (boxed) passages,
- 15 minutes repeating the individual phrases several times in succession (3 to 6 times)
- and finally 10 minutes playing the piece or pieces in full.

Note that you must play for 6 days of the week. If you combine all this time into one day, that is to say, 2 hours in a single day, you will not make progress and furthermore you will risk injuring yourself by making demands on certain muscles for too long. Divide up your practice and play a little each day.

Spend most of your practice time on the parts you have trouble playing: difficult passages, difficult phrases. Only play pieces the whole way through once or twice a week.
So we understand one another properly, here is an example of a timetable where sessions alternate between 15 and 40 minutes:
Monday 40 minutes
Tuesday 15 minutes
Wednesday 40 minutes
Thursday 15 minutes
Friday 40 minutes
Saturday 15 minutes



The position for the classical guitar is the product of past experience. The classical position enables us to reduce effort to a minimum, and has arisen from a compromise between the needs for stability, comfort and the efficient use of both hands.

The principles of this position are:
sitting position, back straight, shoulders level,
the guitar rests on whichever thigh is on the neck side.
We raise the head of the guitar level with our head, with the aid of a footstool or of a support placed on the thigh.
The hand which plays the strings is placed over the sound hole, the elbow rests on the edge of the body of the guitar, level with the bridge.
The arm on the neck side is bent to bring the hand up to the height of the shoulder, the thumb is placed behind the neck, beneath the second fret and behind the third string, the fingers are over the strings.
Try to achieve relaxation, from the shoulders right down to the hands.
Finally, choose a chair of a height that allows your thights to be horizontal, like this your guitar will rest in a stable manner. If your thigh is angled in one direction or the other, your guitar will slip and interfere with your playing.

To begin the course we will firstly look at, or relook at, pages 26 and 58 of volume D01.
- page 26 of volume D01 : Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) POLYPHONIE
- page 58 of volume D01 : Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) REST STROKE - APOYANDO
These exercises will work upon the technique of simultaneous rest strokes (apoyando) with the thumb and index finger, and also with the thumb and middle finger.
The rest stoke is a way to play the string with a finger movement which plucks the string and then continues to move until it comes to rest on the adjacent string. The work on this technique will allow you to discover the best position for your plucking hand (the right hand if you are right-handed).
If you are already used to plucking the strings with free strokes, the simultaneous rest strokes with the thumb and a finger will seem difficult to you, even impossible. But be assured, with patience and consistence, this difficulty will be resolved in 30 minutes. I know from experience that the first tries are truly discouraging, particularly for adults. It is for this reason that I wish to reassure you in advance, take heart, you will be able to do it.


D01 p26 n1 - Delcamp Polyphonie


D01 p26 n2 - Delcamp Polyphonie


D01 p58 n15 Buté - Apoyando - Rest stroke


D01 p58 n16 Buté - Apoyando - Rest stroke





Then we will study three pieces, the easiest of volume D02. Two pieces are to be played either with rest stroke or free stroke, both for the melody and for the bass.
- page 7 ANONYME (1750) DANSE D'AVILA with rest strokes (apoyando).
- page 8 Stephen Collins FOSTER (1826-1864) OH! SUSANNA with rest strokes (apoyando). This piece will serve to work on rhythm. To keep time, count out loud the beats as indicated above the stave.
- page 19 ANONYME (1750) QUE NE SUIS-JE LA FOUGÈRE with free strokes (tirando),



D02 p7 - Anonyme - Danse d'Avila


D02 p8 – Stephen Collins FOSTER (1826-1864) – Oh Susanna


D02 p19 – Anonyme - Que ne suis-je la fougère



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 26 du volume D01 : Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) POLYPHONIE (apoyando).
- page 7 ANONYME (1750) DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando).
- page 8 Stephen Collins FOSTER (1826-1864) OH! SUSANNA (apoyando).


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:

POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)


Zafar Haq
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Stephen Jessup
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Chu Bun
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

David Hobstetter
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Bert Stendahl
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Jeremy Gillard
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Jose Ramon Martinez
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Rajesh Dhungel
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Edna Lopez
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

John Hughes
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Nathanael Benassi
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Warley Lima
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

CasperVankerschaver
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Teodora Despotovic Kosanovic
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Andrei Puhach
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Kushtrim Avdiu
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Colin Bullock
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Alma Wistara
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Angela Zhao
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Agnel Joseph Noojibalthila
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Zafar Haq » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:27 am

Good morning to all fellow students,
It is early morning here.Just,turn on my camera and mini audio mixer to check and get ready for this month assignment recordings.All o.k
Hope, you all be well,excited and ready to practice and participation.I'll post this month music sheet breakdowns as usual.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Zafar Haq » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:56 am

Hi,
This month assignment, music sheet breakdowns are as follows.
1.POLYPHONY,page 26,taken from D01 volume.
Part1
1.Time Signature: 4/4
2.Tempo:132
3.Strokes: Apoyando
4.Measures: 12
5.Phrases: Not defined
6.Dampings: 2,using right hand thumb
7.Repeats: No
8.Special effects: Yes,Dynamic effect,f,mf
9."#" symbol: No
11.Lyrics: No
12.Rest: Yes,half note rest at measures 1,3,5,7,9
13. Definition for dynamic effects:"f" pronounced as "forte" meaning "loud"
"mf" pronounced as "mezzo forte" meaning "half as loud as forte" :)

Part2
POLYPHONY,page 26,taken from D01 volume.
1.Time Signature: 4/4
2.Tempo:132
3.Strokes: Apoyando
4.Measures: 18
5.Phrases: Not defined
6.Dampings: 3,using right hand thumb
7.Repeats: No
8.Special effects: Yes,Dynamic effect,f,mf
9."#" symbol: No
11.Lyrics: No
12.Rest: Yes,half note rest at measures 1,3,5,7,9,11
13. Definition for dynamic effects:"f" pronounced as "forte" meaning "loud"
"mf" pronounced as "mezzo forte" meaning "half as loud as forte" :)

2. ANONYME (1750) DANSE D'AVILA ,page 7,D02 Volume
1.Time Signature: 3/4
2.Tempo:160
3.Strokes: Apoyando
4.Measures: 23
5.Phrases: Not defined
6.Dampings: 24,using right hand thumb,index finger
7.Repeats: No
8.Special effects: No
9."#" symbol: Yes
11.Lyrics: No
12.Rest: Yes,quarter note at measures 1,8,19,22,half note rest at 8,19,23

3. Stephen Collins FOSTER (1826-1864) OH! SUSANNA, page 8,D02 Volume
1.Time Signature: 2/4
2.Tempo:104
3.Strokes: Apoyando
4.Measures: 24
5.Phrases: Not defined
6.Dampings: 16,using right hand thumb
7.Repeats: No
8.Special effects: No
9."#" symbol: Yes
11.Lyrics: No
12.Rest: NO
13.Tie:YES
Tie definition:to join two notes of same pitch showing a curved line between the two notes.First note is played and held for time duration of the both notes,second note is not played.
This breakdown help me to closely watch and analyze music sheet for correct rhythm,melody etc.Hope it help other students too. :)

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Kushtrim Avdiu » Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:19 pm

Hi Everyone.
Welcome to :delcamp_fiesta: 2nd year of classical guitar lessons.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Zafar Haq » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:30 am

Hi, Kushtrim Avdiu,
Good to see you.

Stephen Jessup

Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Stephen Jessup » Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:44 am

Hello everyone. Is this page where we post audio/video footage also? Not sure where to post it when I'm ready!

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Marko Räsänen » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:17 am

Stephen Jessup wrote:Hello everyone. Is this page where we post audio/video footage also? Not sure where to post it when I'm ready!
FAQ: Where and how should I post my recordings of practice pieces for the lessons?
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Stephen Jessup » Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:52 am

Thanks Marko for your kind help

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by David Hobstetter » Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:01 am

Kushtrim Avdiu wrote:Hi Everyone.
Welcome to :delcamp_fiesta: 2nd year of classical guitar lessons.
Go team D02! :casque: :casque: :casque:

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Claude Huddy » Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:09 am

Hello guys
I am looking forward to starting again, enjoying an occasional win and more than a few frustrations which will make everything worthwhile at the end. Great to see your contribution again Zafar, thank you.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jeremy Gillard » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:35 am

Hey everyone in D02! I hope you all enjoyed the break and are ready to get back at it. At the end of D01 I was super busy with moving. This caused me to have zero time to really work on classical guitar. I was barely able to practice for the exam piece and my playing suffered because of it. I also never really looked at lessons 9 & 10, so I have some unfinished business from D01. I will try and make my way through that material at the same time as the D02 lessons. (on my own)

I've also recently re-kindled my interests in steel string acoustic guitar which is stealing some time from classical practice. But hey, we will see how that goes.

The good news is that I'm settling into my new place, so once again I can dedicate time to playing the guitar. I will do my best to help others here and I hope to get some good constructive criticism on how to improve my playing. Thanks!
It's the player, not the guitar...
But, the guitar helps!!!

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Zafar Haq » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:57 am

Hi, Claude Huddy, Jeremy Gillard,
Good to see you both here continuing this course.
Music sheet is a subdivision of quarter note.Need more right hand practice for 1/8 th and 1/16th notes practice. Hope Jeremy will show us his practice technique for sub-division.I'm also practicing 1/16 note arpeggios for right hand improvement.

David Hobstetter

Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by David Hobstetter » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:17 pm

Question... is Oh, Suzanna! the only piece in which we are supposed to count out loud while playing?

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Colin Bullock » Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:27 pm

David Hobstetter wrote:Question... is Oh, Suzanna! the only piece in which we are supposed to count out loud while playing?
It would appear so David.
Welcome back everyone, I can't start practicing for another week, so looking to you folks to lead the way. :lol:

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by David Hobstetter » Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:31 pm

Colin Bullock wrote: It would appear so David.
Welcome back everyone, I can't start practicing for another week, so looking to you folks to lead the way. :lol:
Thanks, Colin!

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