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D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:32 am

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)

Vincent_Pera
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)

LindaWoodford
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Pentti Kotilainen
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Mark_Steed
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Valerie Reid
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)

Win Chaivipas
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Rajasubramaniam Balakrishnan
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Marian Kmet
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Matt Bell
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

Marie-Cécile Satonet
POLYPHONIE (apoyando)
DANSE D'AVILA (apoyando)
OH! SUSANNA (apoyando)

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

Post by Giuseppe Gasparini » Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:22 am

Greetings to all participants DO2 :casque: :discussion: :bye:

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Mark_Steed » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:09 am

Hi Giuseppe and all fellow students of D02 - I am sure we will have lots of laughs and learn a lot on the way. Bon voyage.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by LindaWoodford » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:15 pm

Hi all, after completing most of the D01 lessons out of sync with the official timeline, I'm really looking forwards to working through this course along with everyone else :discussion:

BTW, I'm determined to keep up with the schedule this time - so if you notice that I'm not posting, please send me a stern PM, which will also send me a reminder by email :contrat:
Happy plucking! :casque: Linda xx

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Goran Penic » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:05 pm

Good luck to all of you with D02
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by LindaWoodford » Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:48 pm

Hi there,
After struggling to work out how to dampen the both of the open E and A strings in Danse D'avila, bars 7&8, before playing the third string A, I took a close look at how Mr Delcamp does it in his video, and spotted a nifty trick. He plays the open A with his first finger.... and now I've just noticed that this was actually indicated in the score. Doh! :oops:
Anyway, despite feeling a bit foolish, I'll share it with you, in case any of you are as blind as me, and missed it too.
I've also just sent myself into shock, by turning on the metronome, and seeing what crotchet equals 160 means...
Going back to practice some more :wink:

Robert Goodwin

Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Robert Goodwin » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:00 am

Hi Linda, :bye:
don't worry about beating the clock. Play as slowly as it takes to play each note correctly. Speed comes with familiarity. As you become familiar with your guitar, your speed will pick up naturally. As you become more familiar with a particular song, the speed picks up dramatically if you practice it long enough. I have seen many comments in the main forum from experienced players saying that with familiarity comes contempt. By the time they can play something perfectly, they are sick of playing it. :lol:

Everybody, :bye:
Try for a comfortable posture that doesn't put stress on your left wrist, back, or shoulders. Concentrate on clean. clear, full notes and a consistent tempo even if it is a slow tempo. it's ok to even just play one note until it sounds right to you. Don't worry about perfection to a point where you get frustrated. It's a habit with me now to stop every so often and picture a flowery mountain meadow surrounded by trees that rustle in the wind and the sound of flowing water from a stream. Frustration melts away and my playing suddenly becomes easier and better.

Identify those parts that give you trouble and work on just those parts until they become familiar to you. Then, work on blending the surrounding sections into the difficult area. I find when I practice a section in isolation, I sometimes begin playing at a different starting hand position than if I arrived at that point from playing through from the beginning. That's something to watch for when isolating a small section. Think about how your hands would be if you arrived there from the previous measure.

Best regards and good luck with your studies,
Bob G.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Marko Räsänen » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:58 am

Very wise words , Bob :!:
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by LindaWoodford » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:01 pm

I agree, sage advice indeed, thanks Bob. :merci:
when isolating a small section. Think about how your hands would be if you arrived there from the previous measure
Reading this has just crystallised something that I was slowly coming to realise. Even after practicing small and difficult sections on their own, to the point where I more or less get it, I still tend to mess them up in the context of a longer passage. Your comment could explain why - my hand position is probably different, depending on what it was last doing. For isolated sections, I set up an optimal position for that little bit, but probably don't quite manage to replicate this optimal position within the flow of the longer passage. Interesting, and something else to think about :)

BTW happy birthday!

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Vincent_Pera » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:27 pm

Hi everyone!

Great to be back here in Delcamp Online Guitar class. It's another year of learning and discovering classical guitar.
I wish us all a great and fun year together and would like thank all the people who've helped and encourage me during the last year at D01 class.
:bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

Here are my first videos for D02. Thanks once again for your comments and feedbacks. :merci:
I will post DANSE D'AVILA next week. :oops:

- page 26 du volume D01 : Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) POLYPHONIE (apoyando).
[media]https://youtu.be/C-LA8lkLPNw[/media]

- page 8 Stephen Collins FOSTER (1826-1864) OH! SUSANNA (apoyando).
[media]https://youtu.be/yHuT1W4w0bU[/media]

Best regards! Vincent :bye:

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Sun Sep 16, 2012 5:06 pm

Hi Vincent!

Very smooth and flawless playing. :bravo: Congratulations. Your posture is otherwise good, but your left hand thumb creeps up on top of the neck when playing "Oh! Susanna".

Thanks,

Pentti

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by LindaWoodford » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:48 pm

Hey, well done Vincent, what lovely, clear and lively playing :bravo:

I've just made my first video of the season - a rather slow version of Danse D'Avila with a few duff notes. Anyway, it's a start. Look forward to your feedback :D

[media]https://youtu.be/94NIQB6CQhM[/media]

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Goran Penic » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:57 am

Linda and Vincent :bravo: :bravo:
Very good :casque:
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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Robert Goodwin » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:45 am

Hi Vincent, :bye:
Very impressive playing. I'm sure you will do well in D02. :bravo:

Hi Linda, :bye:
Your right hand technique is an example for us all. Well played :bravo:

Best regards,
Bob G.

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Re: D02 Classical guitar lesson 01

Post by Håvard.Bergene » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:03 pm

I agree. Very good.
Vincent: I'd like to comment on one thing in your "OH!Susanna". About length of the dotted B note in measure 4,12 and 20. It should last 1,and,2,and,3,and (before the AB on 4,and). In this tune it might be easier to just count 1,2,3,4 (start at each whole base note). Then the dotted B should be 1,2,3. Otherwise your playing was great.
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