Group 2

Assignments:

  • Watch the first of three video and practice the exercise "Cross String by Thirds"
  • When you're feeling comfortable, share a recording or ask a question!

All About String Crossings with TY!

If you conquer the cross-string training, you can play any scales or passages in music with ease, power, and confidence. This training course aims to provide exercises to enhance our right-hand rest-stroke cross-string abilities with details on how to practice and both hands' fingerings. We will have three assignments plus one bonus exercise for those who are finished early!

About TY

The highlight of TY Zhang’s international career was the Grand Prize of the 2017 Guitar Foundation of American International Concert Artist Competition (GFA-ICAC), known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world. TY become the first Chinese to be honored with this prize. His win was followed by a tour with over 50 concerts in the U.S., including his Carnegie Hall debut. In 2018, TY released his solo album with Naxos company as the Laureate Series · Guitar Recital. It was praised as: “one of the most talented young players… I’m struck by the extraordinary levels of mastery, comfort and relative ease.” - Classical Guitar Magazine.

  • Sign-Up: now until November 11th
  • Course Period: November 14th - 25th
  • Class Size: 4 Groups á 10 Participants
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: November 19th, 11 am PST

Link to the Zoom Check-In: https://usc.zoom.us/j/9596313032

Passcode: tonebase

 

 

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    Dear friends, I've posted the link and the passcode into the thread:

    Link to the Zoom Check-In: https://usc.zoom.us/j/9596313032

    Passcode: tonebase

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  • Looking forward to this one. Been busy the last week and lost some motivation for playing. I know this will get the train rolling again. 

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    • Steve Pederson
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    • Steve_Pederson
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    Hello! I'm looking forward to this one for sure! String crossing is something that I get hung up on a great deal. I'm very excited to get some insight into this and applying it to my playing.

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  • Great exercise. Looking forward to working it up. 

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  • I’m sure I’ve crossed a lot of strings along my guitar journey, but I’ve never looked at it by itself!  I’m looking forward to TY’s insight!

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  • Hello everyone! I am looking forward to improving another aspect of my technique and learning new insights from a professional guitar player such as TY. 

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    • Steve Pederson
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    Okay, first run to get familiar with the exercise with eighth notes at 60bpm. I liked TY's suggestion to have the right hand at an angle so the index and middle fingers are essentially at the same length. I practiced it that way, but then I noticed that I didn't play it that way in this recording! 😄

    Oh, well, there's always next time! 

    I will also admit that I had to create a "chart" for this. I'm reading the notes so I can focus on maintaining an alternate picking pattern with my right hand. Very hard to do when doing the ascending scale leading with the m finger. 

    Feel free to hammer away at my technique. I appreciate any helpful feedback.

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    • Steve Pederson looked really good, still charting over here. It seems harder to get right hand tome to the left a bit for me.

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      Peter Thanks Peter! 

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    • Steve Pederson Hi Dear Steve! Loved your writing haha so funny ! Sounds so controlled and even with the tone and volume! The left hand fingertips, try to stay close to the strings, minimize movements. The right hand, move more the finger joints (power generated from the 3rd joints, soften the first fingertip joints) and stabilize the back of the hand, great playing Loved it!!

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  • Looks good, could the sheet music for this be available? I don't think I mapped it out correctly.

    Thanks.

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    • Peter It's not fancy, but here's what I wrote out. With the exception of the high a's it appears the fingering is straight ahead in first position (1 always on 1st fret 2 on 2nd fret, etc). A scale chart is below the score. Hope it helps and let me know if you see any errors.

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    • Steve Price Thank you for sharing!

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    Hi everybody, here's the score from TY, I just received it :)

    • Martin Thank You!

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  • Hi everyone. Looks like a great practice. I started doing this exercise after a weekend with the superb Antwerpen Guitar festival:  Annabel Montesinos, Xuefei Yang, Artyom Dervoed, Goran Krivokapic, and Zora Dukic! Their virtuosity is impressive. (as well as inspiring). TY’ s technique - as showed in the video- is also impressive, but that will not discourage me from doing my best. I hope to record (and post) my practice later this week.

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      joosje Oh wow, I'm super jealous! I was very close to Antwerpen when the festival happened (in Brussels), but was absolutely swamped with work there! I'm sure Jan organized a great festival!

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    • martin you really missed a spectacular session. And yes, Jan is a great organizer/host. Just try to be there next year (if there is a next time, Antwerp City council decided to significantly cut culture budgets !)

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  • Thanks for the score 

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    Hi guys from Pa Italy: too much room-reverb on voice, plz next video fix this -I can't understand so well ))))

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  • Here's a take of the exercise. I'm a new convert to using rest strokes for more passages than just accents but I find my hand position is quite different with my knuckles being directly over the strings for free strokes but moving towards the upper bout for rest strokes. I'm curious if that's normal and if so how much of a shift there is.

    Thanks

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      Steve Price wonderful job Steve! I'd love to hear you play through it while leading with the m finger. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on that. 

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    • Steve Price Hi Dear Steve, very clean and precise playing! Love your observation with the hand position and the difference of the angles of the hand. Yes, I draw my right hand back a little when playing rest strokes! Try to still have a higher wrist while playing in this rest stroke position, the wrist angle is important! We will gain more control and power when the wrist is a little higher. Please feel free to show me tomorrow or in the next video!

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    • Steve Pederson Thanks Steve. I actually had one recorded with m-i but I noticed a ton of clicking on the strings so I had to troubleshoot that. I'm a big fan of playing all the combinations of i, m, and a even though I doubt I'd ever play a scale that way. In Rene Izquierdo's lesson on Pujol studies he talks about using p-i for exercises too which is a lot of fun. 

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      Steve Price ooh, that's a good idea - the p-i. I hadn't thought of that. 

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