D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

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D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:58 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)

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

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

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

James A. Showalter
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

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

Post by William Byrd » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:33 am

Thank you Professor Delcamp.

I look forward to another year with hopefully many of the same people from last year's group. :applauso:

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ian Howe » Mon Sep 02, 2019 6:20 pm

Yep hoping yo see a few more registrations over the coming days
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jeremy Gillard » Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:46 pm

Looking forward to the year. :)
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by William Byrd » Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:23 am

Jeremy Gillard wrote:
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:46 pm
Looking forward to the year. :)
Welcome aboard Jeremy. :bye:
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Paul Cezanne » Wed Sep 04, 2019 12:32 am

I’ll be here! I’m doing D01 again since I never made it to the exam and I hope to be ready for D02. I’m sitting by a campfire in rural NH now, haven’t practiced in a week!
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Repeat student D01, Student D02

I play vertically because of back and joint pain, plus my goal is to someday play a Brahms guitar like Paul Galbraith.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Graham Gaya » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:33 am

Ready to go again....are there specific steps needed to register returning students? Or is the fact that I can post here indicate I am enrolled? Looking fwd to another year of growth musically with those who come aboard!!!!

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ken Kim » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:00 am

Graham Gaya wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:33 am
Ready to go again....are there specific steps needed to register returning students? Or is the fact that I can post here indicate I am enrolled? Looking fwd to another year of growth musically with those who come aboard!!!!
Welcome back, Graham. :bye:
The rule has been changed we all have to re-register online course for every year.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jules Wilkins » Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:27 am

I see that I am supposed to register, but I cannot find where to do that. In the interim, here are my opening submissions. I hope I do this right...it has been quite some time since I last tried.
A little rough...new guitar, new AV equipment (had a real time of it getting the sound more or less OK), new chair and a very rusty player.
Looking forward to meeting my fellow students.




As soon as I figure out how to properly register I am all on it. I am sure it must be obvious, just not to me :cry:

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jules Wilkins » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:00 am

Ah, I figured out how to register finally.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ian Howe » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:07 am

Hi Jules,
Very good submissions and great to have you on board. :bye:

Musically the pieces sounded very good. :casque:
I would say the tempo only needs a little work in Oh Suzzanna, Are you practicing this one with metronome or just going with the ear?

Otherwise solid effort and set the standard for the rest of us to follow : :bravo:


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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by William Byrd » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:29 am

Hi Jules,

Thanks for getting the ball rolling in D02. Here are a few observations. In the exercise Polyphone, your tempo is off. It should be played in 4/4 time. In Danse D'Avila measures 7 & 8 and 18 & 19, you are not damping the open E and open A. In Oh Susanna, I noticed you were raking strings in a few places rather than alternating. I suspect all of this can be contributed to your rustiness. I just wanted to point it out so you are aware going forward so as to not repeat the same type of errors, most of which I am guilty of as well from time to time. Good job and welcome aboard.

Bill
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jeremy Gillard » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:57 am

Hi Jules Wilkins:
Most of what I was going to comment on has already been said. No need to repeat. The only thing I would add is that in Oh Susanna, I think you were missing using the a finger in bars 3, 6, 14, 22.
I would recommend you slow down and concentrate on your rhythm & thumb damping. It's obvious you know the music, so slowing down will allow you to work on your trouble spots and perfect the techniques you are working on. (I know I'm guilty of wanting to play everything too fast from the start)
Keep up the great work.
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by James A. Showalter » Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:32 pm

Hello Jules,
I was hoping you would reappear. I completed D01 last year and if I can get myself focused I'll be with you in D02. There are some really good people in this group and it is already starting out with a good pace.

Good to see you and looking forward to another great year of classical guitar.
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Ian Howe » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:37 pm

Folks,
I'm looking for videos and examples of this thumb damping myself method. I dont think i'm quite seeing it in Mr.Delcamps videos.
This is defo an area i want to work on but i need to see it done properly ultra slowly so i can attempt to replicate the skill. Andy Ideas?
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