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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Marko Räsänen » Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:36 pm

Hi Alex, please post the required recordings for lesson 01 before posting recordings for this lesson. :merci:
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by IvanHurtado » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:54 pm

PaulAshley wrote: Pretty good for having been swamped, Ivan! Here I am just retired and I can't do exercise 20 as fast as you!

It looks as though you're doing well using the rest strokes, something I'm still struggling with, as I can only use them decently at a too-slow tempo.
Hi Paul - thanks for reviewing my videos. I would say that I am clearly no teacher or expert (otherwise I wouldn't be in D01 :mrgreen: ) but my advice is to keep working on that rest stroke and it will improve. By the nature of the movement, rest strokes are unavoidably slower than free strokes, but they provide a different sound and volume than free strokes, so it's a way to add dynamics and change things up. These exercises are meant for us to specifically use & practice rest strokes, but I think when you are playing real music and have the choice of how to play a piece, you will simply use them when you can, e.g. when the music tempo is slow enough or seems to need extra volume punch.

I recently bought "Solo Guitar PLaying Vol.1" by Frederick Noad (definitely recommend it) because I read that it's one of the most definitive classical guitar books ever written... and in Lesson 1 Noad teaches the rest stroke and states that "probably the greatest difference between the professional and the amateur player lies in the use and handling of the rest stroke". So I'd say keep working on it. It will never be as fast as a free stroke - but it doesn't have to be.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by IvanHurtado » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:21 pm

PaulAshley wrote:I can't yet do this each time I try, but this is the best take of this so far.

I do notice that when using the rest stroke the string on which the finger comes to rest will sound when that finger is again lifted. This results in assort of G-string drone in the background. Perhaps that's unavoidable or perhaps I have to develop a lighter touch.

[media]https://youtu.be/5CMcD1pMcG4[/media]
Hi Paul - just listened to your videos and they sound very good. I know you are concerned about your rest stroke's speed and extraneous notes, but I'd say it sounds good to me. I really liked your ability to change the dynamics of this piece. When I played it, I felt like I was just trying to get through it without totally messing up, but when I see yours, I see more expression... well done.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Zafar Haq » Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:27 pm

Hi, IvanHurtado,
Very good advice on playing rest strokes.It is an intelligent explanation to me. I also have this book. I'm converting exercises into practice exercises in one of the software, I have.Check my introduction of this software on page 7.I'm on exercise 21 now.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Bert Stendahl » Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:21 pm

IvanHurtado wrote: I recently bought "Solo Guitar PLaying Vol.1" by Frederick Noad (definitely recommend it) because I read that it's one of the most definitive classical guitar books ever written...
Good tips.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by TomRichmond » Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:58 pm

Here's a couple ones I did recently, though I haven't recorded all of the videos for the current lesson yet:

http://www.vimeo.com/110253240

http://www.vimeo.com/110253239

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Zafar Haq » Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:08 pm

Hi, TomRichmond
Well done.
You did it very well both study assignments.Audio video quality,posture,rhythm,melody are all felt good to me.The other two studies are very short and manageable compare to these studies.Hope you will post them soon. As we are at the beginning stage of learning classical guitar, if we give attention to weak points in our playing we can control our habits which we keep repeating unconsciously.I do the same.For left hand, teachers advice to keep fingers close to frets and try to practice, no finger fly away after playing notes.

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by zhihao-wang » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:45 am

Hi all

Here are my recordings. Sorry for that I've been inactive, I will post more comments in the later lessons.
The C major scale
[media]https://youtu.be/dnEBKlzgeJc[/media]
Exercise No. 20
[media]https://youtu.be/AmCNkB4Tm7s[/media]
Une souris verte
[media]https://youtu.be/r9HsrvuR9Ks[/media]
J'ai du bon tabac
[media]https://youtu.be/PWUE4Z_yrUc[/media]

Jesse Knapp

Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Jesse Knapp » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:57 am

Hello all,
Still trying to discipline myself with how I practice and schedule time for the forum. I am still hoping to be more active as we progress.
Here are my submissions for this round of lessons...the last video is my accidental remix of J'ai du bon tabac... :lol:

[media]https://youtu.be/YjXSgthVYj8[/media]
[media]https://youtu.be/TpoKqxVVbdM[/media]
[media]https://youtu.be/9QneoGByLrc[/media]
[media]https://youtu.be/RoLbIx0I4Fk[/media]

...and the remix...

[media]https://youtu.be/VbFTzdKI-Pk[/media]

In the exercise I had a little trouble as I have a calcium deposit on my "I" finger lower knuckle that makes it hard to keep my fingers on the strings while alternating the notes...either way I was able to adjust but I hope it doesn't hinder me as we progress. Please send me some feedback on how I can improve.
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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Zafar Haq » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:12 am

Hi, Zhihao-Wang,
Well done.
You played it very well all the home assignment study videos.Tempo.Rhythm,melody,posture are all look good to me.(Left hand fingers to be close to frets. watch your left hand index finger.Not to fly away after playing notes.Translation:左手手指接近苦恼。看你的左手指数finger.Not飞走弹奏音符之后。)
In UNE SOURIS VERTE study music sheet shows repeat function at measure 12 and 13, Translation:In UNE SOURIS VERTE study video 乐谱显示了复读功能,在测量12和13. :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by zhihao-wang » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:11 pm

Hi, Zafar Haq,

Thanks for your nice comment. I'm not sure that my rhythm is good or not. I can't read aloud the beats (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4) fluently while playing. So I will practice more on rhythm. Also I don't have a good recording device, I use a cheap microphone for now.

P.S.
It's kind to provide the translation. But the automatic translation is of bad quality, and I'm able to read English. So the translation is not needed. Anyway thanks for it.

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Zhihao-Wang

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by zhihao-wang » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:41 pm

Hi Jesse Knapp

Well done! your recordings are quite clear and fluent. The rhythm is also accurate. The remix is also fun. :D

One thing to point out is that you forgot crescendo and decrescendo in the C major scale practice, you need to increase and decrease the volume when ascending and descending the pitch, correspondingly.

Regards
Zhihao

Jesse Knapp

Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Jesse Knapp » Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:51 pm

Hi Zhihao,
Thanks for the feedback. I have a heavy right hand when I play so I definitely need to work on that when trying to do crescendo and decresendo passages. I borrow a Zoom recording device from work when I record and it does pick up the audio nicely.

I listened to your submission videos as well and thought they were great. I would adjust your mic input levels lower if possible as your trebles sounded good but the bass notes buzzed loudly. A minor fix. Your playing was great though. I think if you were to continue practicing those pieces your tempo would improve as well.

Thanks for the feedback!

Your fellow student,
Jesse

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Madeleine Pashkofsky » Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:39 pm

HI all,
Just wanted to check in, provide ongoing encouragement, share my struggles, etc. I am (I think) improving in my technique with lesson 02 (we'll see when I post up some videos). I have been working a lot on those Lesson 2 exercises and pieces that are NOT required for posting here (e.g., Doucement, Jig, London's Burning, etc).

I don't know about you all but my ring finger does not seem to want to work independently! :( As a result, exercises 18C and 19c are impossible! What I've been doing is just practicing these as arpeggios. I am also practicing just simply getting the index and ring fingers to lift off/onto the strings in unison, without even trying to pluck strings. So far it's helping. :)

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Re: D01 Classical guitar lesson 02

Post by Zafar Haq » Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:01 am

Hi, Madeleine Pashkofsky,
Yes, I try myself for exercise 18 and 19 and fail to activate index and ring together when thumb and middle finger were planted. Same difficulty experienced when thumb and ring fingers were planted and unable to move index and middle fingers together to apply free stroke.I just finish my hand massage and finger physical exercises. Will try again.
It is good that you brought this subject. It creates interest and ways to look in the music sheet and be active to do practice, otherwise feel bored and reluctant to try out these exercises.
Why not at the beginning of each month, other than what Delcamp home assignment, we take one study at a time for practice, discuss its difficulties, re practice, record and show our progress by posting it on our youtube channel.This will create interest, competitiveness,encouragement and better improvement in our performance.

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