D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

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D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:45 am

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D05.
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.




Now we're going to work on a study:
- pages 156, 157 Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944) Estudio del ligado
Do your best to obtain an even volume whichever way the note is produced, whether by plucking, hammer-on (ascending slur) or pull-off (descending slur). Of these three ways of producing the sound, it is the note produced by the hammer-on (ascending slur) which demands the most energy. When you first start practising this, emphasize the hammer-ons forcefully, while playing the plucked notes and pull-offs gently.





Today we'll look at 5 pieces.
- page 5 Alonso Mudarra (1510-1580) Gallarda
I recommend that you stress beats 2 and 3 only lightly, then give full emphasis to beat 1, in order to clearly bring out the stress on the 1st beats, that is to say on all the dotted half notes (dotted minims). The dance ends with hemiolas in bars 22 and 23. In these two bars, the stress changes, falling on each half note (minim).



- page 34 Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) Pavanas Por La D, Con Partidas Al Aire Español
In Gaspar Sanz's time, European guitarists notated chords with a system whereby letters of the alphabet symbolised the positions of the fingers on the fingerboard of the guitar. These finger positions served to produce the usual chords. This system is called "alfabeto italiano": http://www.guitareclassiquedelcamp.com/ ... liano.html. Under this system, the chord of A minor is represented by the letter D. Hence the title of these pavanes in A minor.
In bar 16 you will notice the presence of a double cross or # above the staff. This symbol indicates to the player that he should play the note or notes under the symbol with vibrato.
In the last section, Gaspar Sanz makes frequent use of campanella passages, in order to give an effect of prolonged resonance to the notes of the scales, somewhat in imitation of the harp. I have indicated the fingerings which will allow this harp effect to be achieved in the scales.




- page 82 Napoléon Coste (1806-1883) Etude I opus 38
While the bass is present throughout on the strong beats, the treble part falls on the weak parts of the beat. Practise phrase by phrase, each phrase starting with an upbeat on the second beat and ending on the first beat. The phrase structure of the study is of 4 bars. Napoléon Coste breaks the phrase structure between bars 24 and 30, and again from the end of bar 38 to bar 43.



- page 89 Francisco Tàrrega (1852-1909) Làgrima
Here we are in the presence of a masterpiece of the classical guitar repertoire. This prelude, in the key of E, has a marvellous ringing quality. Tàrrega, as always, makes admirable use of the guitar's possibilities. The only serious technical difficulty concerns bars 5 and 6. In these bars, the barrés require a muscular force which takes a long time to develop, so I suggest an alternative, less demanding fingering without barrés. Bring out the melody in the upper voice by a stronger free stroke, or a rest stroke, on the first string. In bar 9 the acciaccatura (the small note) is produced by rapidly sliding the second finger from the G to the C. This C represented by the small note is followed immediately afterwards by the same C, played with rest or free stroke, as I demonstrate in the following short video.




Julio Sagreras (1879-1942) Lecciones III n°6
To get an even sound in the triplet slurs, it is necessary to concentrate on the hammer-on. The hammer-on demands energy and concentration, while it is easy to get a clear sound from the pull-off which follows it. Practise these slurs slowly, accentuating the volume of the notes produced by the hammer-ons, as I demonstrate in the following short video extract.






I ask you first to work on all these exercises and tunes for a week and then to upload your recordings of:
- page 89 Francisco Tàrrega (1852-1909) Làgrima
Julio Sagreras (1879-1942) Leccione III n°6




Good luck!


I thank Geoff (GeoffB) who has helped in the translation of my lessons into English.


Jean-François


Exam qualifying submissions:
Francisco Tàrrega (1852-1909) Làgrima
Julio Sagreras (1879-1942) Lecciones III n°6

Chu Bun
Francisco Tàrrega (1852-1909) Làgrima
Julio Sagreras (1879-1942) Lecciones III n°6

DaveMoutrie
Julio Sagreras (1879-1942) Lecciones III n°6
Francisco Tàrrega (1852-1909) Làgrima
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Chu Bun » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:04 am

Submission 1/2. I know this piece, so it took only one take (yeah!). There are a few misfretted or wrong notes. I also tend to follow my own tempo when playing from memory. Please give suggestions for improvement.

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Post by Colin Bullock » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:03 am

Chu Bun wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:04 am
Submission 1/2. I know this piece, so it took only one take (yeah!). There are a few misfretted or wrong notes. I also tend to follow my own tempo when playing from memory. Please give suggestions for improvement.
First playthrough on ipad sounds good, very musical. Yes, some misfrets etc but no real problems.
I’ll listen on headphones over weekend.

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Ed Butler » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:01 pm

Chu Bun wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:04 am
Submission 1/2. I know this piece, so it took only one take (yeah!). There are a few misfretted or wrong notes. I also tend to follow my own tempo when playing from memory. Please give suggestions for improvement.
Chu - I loved your playing of this piece. This is something I plan to work on during the summer months, as a stretch piece, and now I know the targeted sound I want by listening to yours. Great.

Ed
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Post by Colin Bullock » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:02 pm

Important: everyone please read this post viewtopic.php?f=41&t=54023&start=1110#p1346327

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by DaveMoutrie » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:52 pm

Thank you Colin.

Unfortunately I may not be able to contribute as much as I would like, as my mother (97) is under palliative care in a hospital in Kent, some 180 miles from where I live. I am spending a lot of time travelling.

It could be that I will call foul of the rules this year.

I would like to wish everyone good luck with the exams, but don't know if I will be able to participate. Thank you for your support.
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Post by Colin Bullock » Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:12 pm

DaveMoutrie wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:52 pm
Thank you Colin.

Unfortunately I may not be able to contribute as much as I would like, as my mother (97) is under palliative care in a hospital in Kent, some 180 miles from where I live. I am spending a lot of time travelling.
Sorry to hear that Dave, it's a difficult time.
DaveMoutrie wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:52 pm
It could be that I will call foul of the rules this year.
The rules allow for exceptional circumstances. Submit as much as you can, but sounds likely we will be coming back in next yr.

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by DaveMoutrie » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:35 am

Chu Bun wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:04 am
Submission 1/2. I know this piece, so it took only one take (yeah!). There are a few misfretted or wrong notes. I also tend to follow my own tempo when playing from memory. Please give suggestions for improvement.
Nice job Chu, especially for a first play through! - the rallantando at the end of the A part sounds good as well. You have taken one or two liberties with the timing on this piece, but that's OK becuase its a romantic piece and I think the Maestro does the same as well, so very well done.


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Post by Chu Bun » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:02 am

I've been lacking off on my posting. My computer broke last year and it's hard to type long comments on my tablet. Furthermore, after a while I don't really have anything new to comment about. Anyway will try my best to contribute.

'Submission 2/2. Still struggling with hammer on and pull off, especially with the pinky when the ring finger is down.

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Chu Bun » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:25 am

Ed Butler wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:01 pm
...and now I know the targeted sound I want by listening to yours. Great.
Ed,
Thank you for the kind comments. You may want to search youtube for "Lagrima Explained - Part 1" by K Gallagher. He provides many interesting techniques in the video.

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Chu Bun » Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:36 am

DaveMoutrie wrote:
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:35 am
Nice job Chu, especially for a first play through! - the rallantando at the end of the A part sounds good as well. You have taken one or two liberties with the timing on this piece, but that's OK becuase its a romantic piece and I think the Maestro does the same as well, so very well done.


:bravo:
Thank you for commenting. I think Segovia said tempo is like trees not mileposts a long a road or something like that! Besides, when I try to memorize a piece, tempo is the first thing that fades away over time.

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by DaveMoutrie » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:28 am

Chu Bun wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:02 am
I've been lacking off on my posting. My computer broke last year and it's hard to type long comments on my tablet. Furthermore, after a while I don't really have anything new to comment about. Anyway will try my best to contribute.

'Submission 2/2. Still struggling with hammer on and pull off, especially with the pinky when the ring finger is down.
The hammer ons and pull offs sound pretty good to me. The volume sounds very even for both, which of course was the object of the exercise.

A few odd mistakes here and there, but a lot less than I am making on this piece. - Once again, very nice playing.

I know what you mean about typing comments on a tablet - I've tried it and I keep hitting the wrong keys. Perhaps you can get a bluetooth keyboard that will link to your tablet.

Anyway keep up the good work, I hope to be posting soon, but my efforts are so far not as good as yours. :wink:
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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by Colin Bullock » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:54 am

Chu Bun wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 4:02 am
'Submission 2/2. Still struggling with hammer on and pull off, especially with the pinky when the ring finger is down.
This is really musical, it makes you forget the odd buzzes. The pinky pull offs don’t sound too bad, strength will come.

PS is that a big fluffy pink eared horse on the settee behind you???

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Re: D05 Classical guitar lesson 07

Post by DaveMoutrie » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:51 pm

Here is my version of the Sagreras - Struggling with some of the pull offs, especially with the little finger - the clonking sound is my dog messing about near the microphone.



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Post by John Montes » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:28 pm

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