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D01 Classical guitar lesson 1

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:50 am

Hello everyone,
I'm going to talk to you about the minimum time you need to devote to the study of the guitar, and about the classical position for holding the guitar.

Timetable for the beginner:
In order to progress, you need a little time each day for 6 days of the week. Here is the minimum necessary when you are a beginner:
3 days when you can devote 10 minutes to repeating each difficult passage from 6 to 12 times. I'll indicate these difficult passages to you by highlighting them in yellow. (I've just updated Volume D01 by adding highlighting for difficult passages).
and
3 days when you can devote 30 minutes to studying the guitar, made up of
- 10 minutes practising the difficult passages (highlighted in yellow),
- 15 minutes repeating the individual phrases (indicated by phrase marks) several times in succession (3 to 6 times)
- and finally 5 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 10 and 30 minutes:
Monday 30 minutes
Tuesday 10 minutes
Wednesday 30 minutes
Thursday 10 minutes
Friday 30 minutes
Saturday 10 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.

Some classical guitarists adopt a position similar to that used by cellists. I am not competent to teach you that position, but it is worth being aware of.



We will study some techniques and some exercises.
D01, page 6 and page 7:
- The rest stoke technique (apoyando). Apoyando is a way to vibrate the string by a finger movement which plucks the string and then continues to come to rest on the adjacent string.
- The technique of alternating the index and middle fingers of the hand that makes the strings vibrate. To stabilize the hand and fully benefit from this exercise, it is necessary to place the tip of the thumb on the fifth string (A string).
- The tempo. To measure yourself the time, you count the time aloud, as indicated in the score.


The rest stoke technique (apoyando)

Tirando

MI SI SOL RE

Page 6 number 1

Page 6 number 2

Page 7 SOL LA SI DO

Page 7 number 1

Page 7 number 2





To complete this lesson we will try four simple studies, D01, page 8 to page 10,
A la claire fontaine
Old Mac Donald
Au clair de la lune
Il est minuit
SOL LA SI RE

A la claire fontaine


RE MI SOL LA SI

Old Mac Donald


RE MI FA# SOL LA SI SI

Au clair de la lune

Il est minuit



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:
Anonyme : Old Mac Donald
Anonyme : Au clair de la lune


Jean-François
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NelsonMoreno

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by NelsonMoreno » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:48 pm

Dear Professor, I need your help. On November 9th, I started making my first guitar exercises from Lesson # 1, D01 level of your course, but I see that the exercise was complicated from exercise No. 4. At the beginning of each video page tells me I should read in advance before doing the exercise, but I do not know where this reading is. I think it is a Guitar Support Method.


Thank you very much for your help.
nemo

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Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by GeoffB » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:59 pm

Hello nemo,

The scores can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=57&t=7589&start=0 under Level D01, as a PDF file.

By the way, to follow this course you need to register in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=54023 . Please see the conditions at the start of that thread. You need to advertise these lessons and confirm there that you have done so (that is your "payment" for the lessons), and you need to change your username so that it includes your real first name, not just a nickname. There is more information here: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=54023&start=0 (or if you prefer it in Spanish, you can find it here: http://www.guitarraclasicadelcamp.com/v ... 62&start=0)

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Mauro Ferreira

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by Mauro Ferreira » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:56 pm

First of all, thanks for the initiative. Great idea.
I am trying to upload a movie with my attempt at playing some of the pieces, but apparently .mp4 files are not allowed. What format should I use?
Best regards,
Mauro

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Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by GeoffB » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:19 pm

Hi Mauro, formats accepted on the forum are listed here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=49807&start=0
In your case that would mean a WMV or MOV file with a maximum size of 8MB

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Chip_McCullough

Re: D01 - Lesson 1 - String Muting?

Post by Chip_McCullough » Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:23 am

A question about fundamental technique:
When playing "Open Strings" numbers 1 and 2, should one let the notes ring freely when beginning to play the next string? The best example of this is at measures 9-11 in "Open Strings #2"

Thanks in advance,

Chip

DarrenV

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by DarrenV » Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:24 am

Hello again. My name is Darren. I'm returning to the classical guitar after a 20 year layoff. Here is my attempt at "A La Claire Fontaine" on page 8.

[media]https://youtu.be/7aV2yI7xwgE[/media]

Mauro Ferreira

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by Mauro Ferreira » Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:51 am

GeoffB wrote:Hi Mauro, formats accepted on the forum are listed here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=49807&start=0
In your case that would mean a WMV or MOV file with a maximum size of 8MB

Geoff
Thanks for that Geoff.
So here we go again. Please find attached my attempt at playing some of the pieces listed in lesson 1.
I must admit I found the pieces rather easy but the rest stroke technique a bit tricky. Free strokes are so much easier.
I look forward to reading some tips on how to improve.
Best regards,
Mauro

SusanGRas

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by SusanGRas » Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:37 pm

Hi, I tried to watch Darren's video but am unable to. Am I missing something? Thanks! Susan

GuitarVlog

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by GuitarVlog » Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:57 pm

SusanGRas wrote:Hi, I tried to watch Darren's video but am unable to. Am I missing something? Thanks! Susan
His YouTube videos are set to private. He needs to change his settings on YouTube.

Chris NewVillage

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by Chris NewVillage » Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:39 pm

Open Strings 1, pg. 6
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Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by Chris NewVillage » Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:54 pm

Open Strings 2, pg. 6
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DarrenV

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by DarrenV » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:17 am

Sorry Folks. I'm a newbie to this. I have changed the YouTube Settings, so my video should be playable. Thanks for the heads up.

Darren

Chris NewVillage

Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by Chris NewVillage » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:37 am

Page 7 SOL LA SI DO 1
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Re: D01 - Lesson 1

Post by Chris NewVillage » Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:43 am

Page 7 SOL LA SI DO 2
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