Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D01
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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.
First we will study some technical exercises from volume D01.
Page 54: C major scale. Be sure to damp the notes properly in the descending passages. To damp the notes in the descending passages: lean the fingers of the left hand against the vibrating strings. Work on controlling the volume by playing crescendo and decrescendo.
Page 59: In the following exercises, you will work on getting a smooth join between notes, that is to say that you will end one or more notes at the exact moment that you start the following note (or notes). Exercises 17 to 20 are for the fingers of the right hand. The sign (x) indicates that the right hand finger is placed on the string.
Exercise 21 is for the left hand: lean the left hand finger to damp the adjacent string at the same time as you start the new note.
D01 p59 n17
D01 p59 n18
D01 p59 n19
D01 p59 n20
D01 p59 n21
Finally, we'll look at six simple tunes, pages 11 to 15
Anonymous: Doucement, doucement
Anonymous: London's burning, canon
Anonymous: Une souris verte
Anonymous: J'ai du bon tabac
Anonymous: La tête bizarde
Anonymous: Frère Jacques, canon
I ask you first to work on all these exercises and tunes for a week and then to upload your recordings of:
The C major scale
Exercise No. 20
La tête bizarde
I thank Geoff (GeoffB), Dan (dng) and flameproof, who have helped in the translation of my lessons into English.