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D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Jean-François Delcamp » Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:06 pm

Hello everyone,
Please start by downloading the latest version of volume D03.
If you are new to the course, please read this message to familiarize yourself with the conditions for participating in the lessons. You should also read the first message in lesson 1, where you will find advice on how to make the most of your study time and on the methods of practising that I recommend.


Now we are going to work on a series of exercises:
- page 100, numbers 46 and 47 Jean-François DELCAMP (1956) BARRÉ - BARRÉ - BARRÉ – CEJILLA

You have to be careful and listen to what your body is telling you when you begin to practise the barré. Be sure to keep in mind that if you overdo your practising of the barré, you risk developing tendonitis which often takes a long time to heal and will cause you a good deal of stress if, like me, you love the guitar with a passion. Pain is a warning sign that should be respected. As soon as you feel pain, you should have the wisdom to stop practising immediately until the next day. In the 80's, I wasn't prepared to listen to the pain caused by practising the barré, and only a total break from the guitar lasting a whole year enabled me to start playing again. Now I stop immediately at the first warning sign of pain. Since I started being careful, I've had no more problems.

To acquire the technique for the barré, it is essential above all not to force it. The ideal is to practise a little, but every day.

- For greater effectiveness, the thumb is placed opposite the middle finger, rather than behind the index finger making the barré.
- Place the index finger very close to the fret, almost on top of it.
- Make sure that your shoulder, forearm, wrist and hand are really relaxed. Only the fingers should be exerting a light pressure, otherwise you'll be heading for disaster and at risk of jeopardizing your future progress by giving yourself tendonitis. Relaxing the arm and forearm allows you to take advantage of the weight of the arm and forearm to help the index finger to press more easily against the strings.
- Avoid bending the left wrist, as that will hurt and will impede the action of the fingers. Find the position (of the guitar neck, your elbow and your shoulder) which will allow you to make the barré without bending your wrist.

- The creases of the finger joints cause some slight problems. In particular the crease of the joint between the last two bones of the index finger (the middle and distal phalanges).

To illustrate this, here are 2 photos of my right hand index finger ready to make a barré (I am left handed). I am not pressing on the strings, so that the crease of the joint is more visible.
1. In this photograph, the joint crease of the index finger is situated exactly over the third string, so the third string will not be pressed fully against the fingerboard, and the sound will be muffled or non-existent.
joint crease of the index finger on the 3rd string
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2. A solution is to position this crease where it will not cause a problem (between the strings)
joint crease of the index finger between the 3rd and 4th strings
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Practising the barré demands patience. The first results of this practice (improvement in strength) only become noticeable after several weeks or months of daily practice.

The tension of the strings (normal, hard, or extra hard) also plays a role in barrés. A set of "extra hard" tension strings requires more strength than a "normal" tension set. A "normal" tension set of strings and a low action* will help you.
* The action of a guitar is the distance between the stationary string and the frets, usually measured at the 12th fret. You can have the action adjusted by a luthier.




Next, we will be working on 4 pieces.
- page 20 Emmanuel ADRIAENSSEN (1554-1604) BRANLE ANGLAIS




- page 21 Gaspar SANZ (1640-1710) JACARAS
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This dance will serve as a basis for improvisation work proposed in lesson N. 7. The sequence of the chords requires imagination to avoid monotony. In order to avoid monotony use dynamic changes (fortissimo, forte, piano, pianissimo), different sound colors (sound hole, fingerboard, bridge, with nail, no nail) and different strumming styles: rasgueados, plucked chords, arpegiated to the bass or treble, etc … .



- page 80 ANONYME (ca. 1850) NESTA RUA
The piece is in 2/2 time. Maintain some flexibility in your rhythm (rubato), while balancing the parts where you speed up against those where you slow down, so that you don't alter the overall duration of the phrases.




- page 81 ANONYME (ca. 1850) SAMBA LELE




I look forward to hearing you play these exercises and tunes.
- page 20 Emmanuel ADRIAENSSEN (1554-1604) BRANLE ANGLAIS
- page 21 Gaspar SANZ (1640-1710) JACARAS
- page 81 ANONYME (ca. 1850) SAMBA LELE


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:

BRANLE ANGLAIS
JACARAS
SAMBA LELE

Pentti Kotilainen
BRANLE ANGLAIS
JACARAS
SAMBA LELE

George Karpenkov
BRANLE ANGLAIS
SAMBA LELE

Catherine Livingston
BRANLE ANGLAIS
SAMBA LELE

Satyajit Kadle
BRANLE ANGLAIS
SAMBA LELE

Win Chaivipas
BRANLE ANGLAIS
JACARAS
SAMBA LELE
:( + ♫ = :)

Robert Goodwin

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Robert Goodwin » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:07 pm

Hi everyone,

I have just recieved word that the title of your exam piece for D03 will be anounced on Friday 25 April 2014 on the Spanish forum. You will need to be registered on the Spanish forum as a student to participate. There is an 'english' subforum where you can sign up and request student status.

I wish you all, the very best of success with your studies and with the exam.

Remember to tune your guitar before recording. I have noticed a few 'off' sounding recordings in all of the levels recently.

Best regards,
Bob G.

Pentti Kotilainen

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:34 am

Thanks Bob for the info.

Here are my submissions for this lesson.

BRANLE ANGLAIS
[media]https://youtu.be/J2yn7_aLSbs[/media]
JACARAS
[media]https://youtu.be/nvjMsx04JVA[/media]
SAMBA LELE
[media]https://youtu.be/vi4lf7DoKfE[/media]

:merci: for watching.

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Satyajit Kadle
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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Satyajit Kadle » Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:53 pm

Pentti, that was very good! These are not easy pieces and you've managed them superbly.

George Karpenkov

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by George Karpenkov » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:19 pm

Wow, Pentti you've already finished all three pieces! Comments coming shortly.

I was hesitating whether to upload my "Branle Anglais", but since the timeframe is coming to an end I have to switch to a different piece.
[media]https://youtu.be/lutZhfJ-cdw[/media]

George Karpenkov

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by George Karpenkov » Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:33 pm

Comments for Pentti:
1) Branle Anglais --- good! Some slurs sound a bit too weak, I would recommend working on those (especially on the G string)
2) I would say rhythm fluctuates too much, it's hard to feel the underlying theme.
3) Samba Lele --- good again! Could use some polishing with a metronome (so does my piece, I know). There was one wrong note I think around 0:49

Pentti Kotilainen

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:56 pm

Thanks Satyajit and George for your kind words!

I’m going to have quite busy weeks ahead of me without too many chances to record, so I decided to record now although knowing that there is still much to do with these pieces.

@George
1.Regarding my Branle Anglais I quite agree with you. Some of the slurs are weak. I already submitted one recording before this one, but I happened to listen to professor Delcamp's playing and I noticed some rhythmic issues that made me replace the first one with a new. The replacement was made just in couple of minutes (with already sore fingers) and was submitted without checking the result.
2.You are right, my Jacaras is too messy thus making it difficult to feel the underlying theme. When playing I was too much focused on dynamic changes, different sound colors and different strumming styles etc.
3.Although all these three pieces were/are demanding, I felt that Samba Lele was/ is the hardest. Wide use of (a) finger, rhythmic issues, use of tirando, and wider use of fretboard among other things made this piece quite challenging for me. As you suggest the use of metronome would certainly help when polishing this one.

What comes to your Branle Anglais, George, I have to say that it was really brilliant. No hesitation, loud and clear, very pleasant to listen to. And above all --- your amazing speed for this branle. The only thing that I missed was a chance to see your both hands in action. Excellent job.

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Satyajit Kadle
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Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Satyajit Kadle » Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:04 pm

I agree with Pentti. George, that was a virtuoso performance! Heck I'm nowhere even near getting the slurs at quarter speed :)

Win Chaivipas

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Win Chaivipas » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:53 pm

Pentti,

Looks like you are making good progress on all of your songs. One question about Banle, I noticed that the score said to put a capo on the 5th fret as you have, however it seems to me that the score was written for first position in mind, with clear indications of using the 2nd position and lower E bass notes, did you replace the lower E with an octave higher E when using the capo?

Win Chaivipas

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Win Chaivipas » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:58 pm

George,

Great sounding Branle Angelia's, you have great rhythm and play at a very good speed, and clear notes!

Pentti Kotilainen

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Wed Apr 09, 2014 3:53 pm

Thanks Win,
Hope that I got your question right, but I just put the capo on and simply played as if the capo was replacing the nut of the guitar.

George Karpenkov

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by George Karpenkov » Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:49 pm

@Win: the capo almost always means that you simply play all the notes on top of the capo, as if your guitar started at Nth fret.

Win Chaivipas

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Win Chaivipas » Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:23 pm

Pentti, George,

Thanks for the answer. I honestly didn't know that before! Good thing we haven't had many songs that used capo so far!
Just to clarify, so by putting the capo on the fifth fret the key is changed from a minor to d minor?

Pentti Kotilainen

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Pentti Kotilainen » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:05 pm

Hi Win,

Look bellow what George says about this. I was first mixing things here with wrong info, so I took it away.

Sorry.
Last edited by Pentti Kotilainen on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:44 pm, edited 2 times in total.

Catherine Livingston

Re: D03 Classical guitar lesson 09

Post by Catherine Livingston » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:32 pm

Hello! So sorry for the late submission this time. I have been very ill.
Here is my Bran Anglais. I will post the Samba Lele later this evening.
Thanks for listening
:wink: Cat Livingston
[media]https://youtu.be/xsaFG5CJPJc&feature[/media]

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