D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

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D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:21 pm

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Kimbrel
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ken Kim » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:17 pm

Hi, all.
So glad to join D02 group. I received D01 Certificate on May this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed D01 lessons provided by Maestro Delcamp and here I am going for next level. I had some times to practice couple lessons ahead after D01 Year Exam. Here are my 3 submissions.

Polyphonie 1&2


Danse D'Avila


Oh! Susanna
Ken

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:34 pm

Ken Kim wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:17 pm
Hi, all.
So glad to join D02 group. I received D01 Certificate on May this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed D01 lessons provided by Maestro Delcamp and here I am going for next level. I had some times to practice couple lessons ahead after D01 Year Exam. Here are my 3 submissions.
Hi Ken. I corresponded with you on the Delcamp board last April/May. I had just signed up on Delcamp and was in the process of becoming accustomed to maneuvering around the board and getting up to 20 posts to become part of the 020 group. I have decided to try and do both D01 and D02 simultaneously, this year.

I know we are supposed to critique each other's work, but your first pieces on D02 are similar to the pieces you played last year in D01 - clear, tonal, and well-timed. You are setting the standard for me to try and meet.

Judy

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:47 pm

Greetings to all D02 classmates. Like Ken, I have been working on these first D02 pieces ahead of time. So, I thought I would post my submissions now and get things going some more. Please find my submissions below.








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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ken Kim » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:04 am

Judy Verbeeten wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:47 pm
Greetings to all D02 classmates. Like Ken, I have been working on these first D02 pieces ahead of time. So, I thought I would post my submissions now and get things going some more. Please find my submissions below.
Hi, Judy.
Very welcome you to join Delcamp lesson and D02 group. Nice playing and it is good enough if you enjoyed the music. Your rest stroke will get better thru D01 lessons. Your left hand's movement looks very familiar with guitar, which is your advantage to focus on right hand. D01 is very focused on apoyando, basic sight reading and first position and D02 is focused on 2nd & 3rd position, pinky training, and introducing slurs in my opinion.
I also learned many technics from Bradford Werner too, who operates thisisclassicalguitar.com and I still watch his lesson videos. Please, watch his videos about right hand positioning and plucking and it will give you some ideas. Keep it up and don't miss your daily practice.

Happy playing! :bravo: :guitare:
Ken

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Cordoba C12 SP* Rodriguez CD*Torres SP
Hill New World Player CD 615mm
Ryoji Matsuoka M60 SP '84
La Patrie Presentation CD
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:54 am

Ken Kim wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:04 am

I also learned many technics from Bradford Werner too, who operates thisisclassicalguitar.com and I still watch his lesson videos. Please, watch his videos about right hand positioning and plucking and it will give you some ideas. Keep it up and don't miss your daily practice.
Ken, thank you for the advice. Yes, I should and will revisit Bradford Werner's excellent site.

Judy

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Rick Beauregard » Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:14 pm

Hello D02 2018-19! Good luck on your travels.

Judy, you are indeed taking on a challenge with D01 and D02 simultaneously. I concur, you seem to know your way around the 1st position pretty well.

Since you asked for my feedback: take some time to work on using rest strokes in the exercises and keeping your right hand quiet and not pulling up. Watch JFD’s demos carefully. It is hard to do at first but with practice you’ll get it. On the D’Anse Avila, work on letting each note sound for the full beat (legato) and not cut off (staccato). My teacher in 1980 drilled this into my head and I finally got it. Start slow and then slow down more.
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:09 pm

Rick Beauregard wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:14 pm
Judy, you are indeed taking on a challenge with D01 and D02 simultaneously. I concur, you seem to know your way around the 1st position pretty well.

Since you asked for my feedback: take some time to work on using rest strokes in the exercises and keeping your right hand quiet and not pulling up. Watch JFD’s demos carefully. It is hard to do at first but with practice you’ll get it. On the D’Anse Avila, work on letting each note sound for the full beat (legato) and not cut off (staccato). My teacher in 1980 drilled this into my head and I finally got it. Start slow and then slow down more.
Rick, thank you so much for your valuable constructive criticism. Yes, I noticed that my notes are a little staccato, and not as legato as I would like. I think part of that issue is, that indeed, my right hand is pulling up. Lots to work on. Thank you again.

Judy

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by MikeTaylor » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:52 am

Hello all. I just wanted to send my greetings to the group. Unlike the rest of you I have not worked ahead on these initial pieces so I am on my way to catching up. I look forward to working through this second level as we advance our playing together. I hope to have my recordings up by this weekend.

Mike
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ken Kim » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:17 pm

MikeTaylor wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:52 am
Hello all. I just wanted to send my greetings to the group. Unlike the rest of you I have not worked ahead on these initial pieces so I am on my way to catching up. I look forward to working through this second level as we advance our playing together. I hope to have my recordings up by this weekend.

Mike
Hi, Mike. Welcome back. I also look forward to listening your records. It is quite early to submit exams, but I and Judy did. No hurry and have some enjoyable practicing time. :guitare:

Cheers,
Ken

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Cordoba C12 SP* Rodriguez CD*Torres SP
Hill New World Player CD 615mm
Ryoji Matsuoka M60 SP '84
La Patrie Presentation CD
Yamaha Silent SLG200NW

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:14 pm

MikeTaylor wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:52 am
Hello all. I just wanted to send my greetings to the group. Unlike the rest of you I have not worked ahead on these initial pieces so I am on my way to catching up. I look forward to working through this second level as we advance our playing together. I hope to have my recordings up by this weekend.
Hi Mike, I parrot Ken's comments. Nice to have another classmate in this group. I am also on D01 and we got off to a very active start. Hope I am up to speed with you and Ken.

Judy

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by MikeTaylor » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:08 pm

I have recorded my first video for lesson 1. I hope that I am doing this correctly. There is a bit of a learning curve since I only posted audio files for Course 1. The other videos will follow shortly. I look forward to your feedback.

Thanks,

Mike

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"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to"
"I don't much care where–"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go”
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:20 pm

Great job Mike. Perfect tempo and fingering. May I ask, what audio setup are you using, and are you using an iphone/ipad for videoing? Are you using a separate audio program?

I am using my ipad and its internal camera app for videoing and a USB microphone that also has a lightning flash adapter which plugs directly into the ipad and takes over its internal microphone. I like it, but sometimes my ipad is freezing up in the middle of a recording - not sure if that is a hardware conflict problem.

Judy

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by MikeTaylor » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:32 pm

Judy Verbeeten wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:20 pm
Great job Mike. Perfect tempo and fingering. May I ask, what audio setup are you using, and are you using an iphone/ipad for videoing? Are you using a separate audio program?

I am using my ipad and its internal camera app for videoing and a USB microphone that also has a lightning flash adapter which plugs directly into the ipad and takes over its internal microphone. I like it, but sometimes my ipad is freezing up in the middle of a recording - not sure if that is a hardware conflict problem.

Judy

Thank you for your comments Judy.

I am using a basic Canon Vixia HF R800 portable video camera and record audio with the built in mic. I just turn it on and play. It records to an SD card and so after I have completed a satisfatory performance I pop the SD card into my computer and edit the video to length using Adobe Premiere Elements. Very simple.

Last year for Course 1 I used a Tascam DP-008 portable 8 track studio with an MXL small diaphragm condenser mic and it worked very well but I could only post audio, no video.

I also have a very nice little camera made by Zoom called a Qn2 which is specifically designed to make video with high quality audio. It is fantastic but a little fiddly to use and I have found that for this level of performance it doesn't add much.

If you are particularly interested in the different methods people use to record there is a lengthy discussion on this forum in the general topics section. I read through a large part of that last year and there are many fantastic ideas there.

Ciao,

Mike
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Judy Verbeeten » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:50 pm

MikeTaylor wrote:
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:32 pm

If you are particularly interested in the different methods people use to record there is a lengthy discussion on this forum in the general topics section. I read through a large part of that last year and there are many fantastic ideas there.
Thanks Mike, for the info.

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