D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Christopher Langley » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:05 pm

Jeffrey Wijnans wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:24 pm
Is there a reason why we use the rest stroke in most pieces instead of a free stroke? Imo the rest stroke is harder in fast pieces like for example this weeks Jig than the free stroke.
Rest strokes seem harder at first. But, they are actually pretty much just as easy and have much better tone with a little practice.

Be sure to lift one finger as the other strikes.. At least this is my method for quick. Reliable rest strokes. Should have honed this skill a bit with old mac Donald.

However, I don't think anyone will chop your head off if you play free strokes. Rest stroked just tend to sound better, more full and more importantly they dampen the string above, which can often be really helpful.

I think we are supposed to learn to favor rest strokes primarily for their better tone.

Maybe post a video playing it both ways. It's a short little piece. If you can play it well and get a good sound with free strokes.. I say by all means, play how you want to. Just acknowledge that you are doing so.

I play with no nails.. And I often alter fingerings ;)
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by James A. Showalter » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:36 pm

Chris,
Do you know of any usage in American literature for the phrase "So it goes"?
James
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Christopher Langley » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:16 pm

James A. Showalter wrote:
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:36 pm
Chris,
Do you know of any usage in American literature for the phrase "So it goes"?
James
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five :)

Recommended reading. I also got a kick out of Cat's Cradle and Breakfast of Champions. Also by Vonnegut. You could say he is one of my favorites.


I haven't read a good book in a while.

So it goes.

(.. I use it like this, all the time. Lol.)
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by James A. Showalter » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:24 pm

I was wondering if you had read it. Your usage had that same tone.
It was a must read for my generation.
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1972 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO 18
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1990 Takamine C132S
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (D28, MC28, D12-28, J40)
National Resonator Guitar
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Robert Drechsler » Sun Oct 07, 2018 7:52 pm

Hi all, had some problems this week and it was quit hard to finsih ;-) not perfect but at least i made it ;-) after watching my videos i realised that i have to work on my alternate fingers....


The C major scale

Exercise No 20

Jig

La tête bizarde (is quit hard for me ;-) )

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by William Byrd » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:56 pm

Excellent effort Robert. Ill make you a deal. Let’s both continue to work on La tete bizarde and repost in a couple of weeks. Hopefully we will both show improvement.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by James A. Showalter » Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:05 pm

Robert,
That is a good push getting the submissions out for us to review. As you indicated and I agree the lessons are hard. You are seemingly aware of the need to practice and much of the difficulty you illustrate will resolve by doing just that. My question is in how you interpret the C-scale notes to be played. I really can't tell if you are playing 1/4-notes for the Do and 1/8-notes for the other six or not.
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1972 Morris No 12
1972 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO 18
1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO. 20
1990 Takamine C132S
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (D28, MC28, D12-28, J40)
National Resonator Guitar
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by James A. Showalter » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:41 pm

Here is Part-4 of Lesson-2:

La Tete Bizarde


In light of what seems to be a recurring trend for me I am resubmitting La Tete Bizarde. As before it is in the interpretation of the music as opposed to brute force playing of what is written. I'm leaving my original submission for contrast.

La Tete Bizarde (II)


Again, thanks in advance for any review, comments or criticism.
James
1972 Morris No 12
1972 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO 18
1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO. 20
1990 Takamine C132S
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (D28, MC28, D12-28, J40)
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Ian Howe » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:36 pm

Hey James, The second submission is progress on the first submission.
You are still a little off for the first part of the tune. try to hymn the tune as you hit the notes.
I think you are very close to nailing it :) Keep going, great work

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by James A. Showalter » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:55 pm

Thanks Ian.
As previously proclaimed, a work in progress.
James
1972 Morris No 12
1972 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO 18
1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO. 20
1990 Takamine C132S
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (D28, MC28, D12-28, J40)
National Resonator Guitar
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Ian Howe » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:29 pm

Below are my Submissions for Lesson 2.
There is still a bit of work to be done but wanted to put something up there.

C Major Scale


Exercise No. 20


Irish Jig


Le Tete Bizard

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by James A. Showalter » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:01 pm

Ian,
You being an Irishman I knew you would play an exemplary jig.

It all looks good so if you make improvements it will be hard for me to note them.

15 notes on the C-scale.
James
1972 Morris No 12
1972 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO 18
1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO. 20
1990 Takamine C132S
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (D28, MC28, D12-28, J40)
National Resonator Guitar
Les Paul 1960 reissue

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Charles Cook » Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:17 am

Judy Verbeeten wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:43 pm
Charles Cook wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:55 pm
I am having a little bit of fingernail frustration going on this week. You may notice in the tone of this week's videos. Hopefully, they'll grow a little bit for the next round.
Charles well done, notwithstanding the issues you described vis-a-vis your right hand. I must say that as a retired surgeon, I cannot tolerate the idea of having even slightly longer nails. (You cannot teach an old horse new tricks). I have never considered playing with nails on my right hand, so it is not an issue for me. I know that I will not achieve the same tone that is possible with nails, but I am okay with that. Notably, somewhere in my reading on this board, I believe I read that Professor Delcamp commented that because of nail issues, he has had to start playing without nails also.

Judy
Thank you. The trick with fingernails is to find something that works for you. The problem is if you file them in a way that doesn't work, it takes them too long to grow back out. Eventually, I'll figure out what works best for me.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Robert Drechsler » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:36 am

James A. Showalter wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:41 pm
Here is Part-4 of Lesson-2:
La Tete Bizarde (II)
Again, thanks in advance for any review, comments or criticism.
James
Good job James, I just realised your flying fingers on left hand. I have same problem and try to work on it. maybe this video is helpful.


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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:08 am

Robert Drechsler wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:36 am
James A. Showalter wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:41 pm
Here is Part-4 of Lesson-2:
La Tete Bizarde (II)
Again, thanks in advance for any review, comments or criticism.
James
Good job James, I just realised your flying fingers on left hand. I have same problem and try to work on it. maybe this video is helpful.
Robert,
My fingers are untrainable. I concentrate on holding them just right and then shift my focus to the notes, the rhythm or to where I'm at in the piece and it's not until I review the video that I see them dancing and that pinky standing out like a noblewoman drinking tea. I think it would be a quicker route to just cut them off and regrow them like the tail of a lizard and then teach them how to behave.

I will review the video and appreciate your thoughtful guidance.
James
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1972 Morris No 12
1972 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO 18
1973 Ryoji Matsuoka, NO. 20
1990 Takamine C132S
2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-J
Martin Guitars (D28, MC28, D12-28, J40)
National Resonator Guitar
Les Paul 1960 reissue

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