Hi Marko,Marko Räsänen wrote:Hi Madeleine,Madeleine Pashkofsky wrote:Hi all,
Any suggestions for pieces to work on alongside D01 lesson material? While the lesson exercises and short pieces are excellent for building many skills, I find myself wanting to begin learning more full pieces and to begin building a repertoire. I think I am probably a bit beyond basic level and feel ready to try pieces like Romanza or Malagueña. particular like the sound of Sor and am also enjoying the melodic sound of Sagreras. Any other suggestions?
If you feel you're beyond basic level and ready to try more complex pieces, may I suggest that you transfer to D02? The first simple polyphonic pieces in D01 course appear only in January on the 5th lesson. I see very little sense in spending just a couple of days (if that) with D01 pieces, and then spending the rest of the month with more advanced repertoire. I mean, how do you expect to benefit from D01 lessons at all like that? It's much more beneficial to pick a level that you see keeping you busy for most of the month.
Romanza appears on Delcamp lessons in the 5th year, mainly (I think) because there are some barrés that are hard for the left hand (and therefore not suitable for absolute beginners). It also uses rest stroke for 'a' finger while rest of the fingers play free stroke, a technique that is practiced during D04.
As I understand that you have some steel string experience, it'll be a while before your right hand skills will catch up with your left hand skills, and therefore I'd suggest D02 as a good compromise. D02 already has some pieces that are enjoyable to play and to listen to, there's some malaguena and soleares, as well as some simple Sor, Carulli and Carcassi studies. If D02 seems too easy for you, I would then suggest taking a look at D03 lessons (you'll be able to see the lessons of the previous years' courses in Classical guitar lessons archive forum. D04 is starting to get quite difficult for someone without any prior methodological study in classical guitar (even with some experience from other finger style guitar playing styles), and especially without proper right hand damping skills.
You can switch to any level you want to without making any official announcement to moderators, but when you do, you must start from the first lesson of that level. You can also do two or more levels at the same time, if you feel up to it / have the time.
Even if you decide to stick with D01, nothing will prevent you from downloading the Delcamp collections for the higher levels, and see if you can find something that will keep you challenged.
Hopefully this helps!
Thank you very much for your thoughtful reply. I had a look at D02 and while I did not find the first few pieces too difficult, I feel it will take me a while to get them under my fingers (too long to jump in now and be on track for the D02 class). I looked ahead in D01 and see that there are some pieces by Sor and Carcassi that look interesting so I may try them as we go. In the meantime, I am fine with staying in D01. I already see that my technique is improving and I may benefit from taking my time. I will continue working with my Noad and Sagreras materials as well.