Group 1

Increase Legato Playing in Both Hands in Two Weeks with TY!

Every instrument has its limitations and weaknesses. Playing legato is one of the hardest things to master on the guitar. Every note is so fragile: if your right hand accidentally touches the string or your left hand leaves the string in-between notes, the note will be stopped. Let鈥檚 explore and discuss the techniques and experiences on the details of how to maintain the notes with your left hand clean shifting, shifting motion, fingertip motion, exercises, and right hand training processes of free strokes for perfect legato playing.

Fellow Participants in Group 1:

TY Legato Group 1

PETER

KHIEM NGUYEN

VALDIR FERREIRA

DAVE MCLELLAN

NORA TORRES-NAGEL

BILL YOUNG

DON

BARNEY

STEVE PRICE

EDWIN CANO

RODRIGO ESPARZA JR

RAMA

CHARLES COTTRELL

 

Assignments:

Share a video where you demonstrate the three exercises as presented by TY. As a bonus, add measures 1-10 by Carcassi op.60 no.1

  1. Release the String, don't pluck it!
  2. Spider Exercise! 
  3. Left Hand Shifting / Change Fret Exercises
  4. Carcassi Op.60 No.1 Measure 1-10

 

Watch TY's Lesson on Carcassi op.60 no.1 here!

 

How to get the most out of this course

  • Start by watching the introduction video and practice the exercises given in the video.
  • Write a post where you had big issues with legato!
  • Share two videos per week and help your course partners through feedback on their submissions!

 

Zoom Check-In: Sunday, July  24th 3pm EST / 12 noon PST

https://usc.zoom.us/j/9596313032

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    • martinTeam
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    TY asked be to share his recording of the Zoom Call with all of you!

    By the way, how is everybody doing? 馃

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      martin Thanks! Hard for me to join live so this perfect for me. Thanks!

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    TY Legato Group 1

    New Assignment by TY!

    Hi Everybody! This is TY! Since most of you are DONE with the easy exercises I asked for last week, let鈥檚 do this for this week: Please choose a short section of your current repertoire that you feel is challenging to achieve legato, practice and record the music, upload the video to the discussion section! Please allow everyone and me to share some of our thoughts and feedback! Wishing you all enjoy the fun of improvement and practice!

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  • Looking forward everybody!馃幐

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  • Hello TY thanks for the lesson. Currently practicing the exercises: I like the left hand ones; the right hand one is more difficult than I thought 馃槄 

    I'll keep you all posted...

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    • Edwin Cano Hi Edwin, you mean the open string free stroke exercises are challenging? okay! Noted! Looking forwards to see your progress and videos!!

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    • TY Zhang HI TY sorry for taking long; my first time ever recording/uploading a video 馃ぃ

      I hope I did it right!

      Thanks to Martin for his help

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    • Edwin Cano 

      Edwin:

       

      Right hand open strings: try to press down into the strings more, and longer, pressing into the strings for 1 or 2 seconds before playing the note, releasing the string.

       

      Spider: This is for sitting position, try to have a higher foot stool, so your left hand will feel better and easier!

       

      The shifting is very clean!

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    • TY Zhang thanks TY, I'll start working on it 馃憤

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  • Will update soon! Zoom Check-In: Sunday, July  24th 3pm EST / 12 noon PST

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    • don
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    Thanks for the lesson! Looking forward to improve with everyone!

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  • Now my first exercises 1, 2 and 3. 馃檪

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Hi Dear Nora! 

      E 1: Right hand wrist and hand needs to go more "on top of" the strings, right now seems could slide the forearm down more or to adjust the position. I will try to make a video to show you tomorrow~!

       

      E 2: the ring finger needs to stay longer before leaving its position in general! Try to connect the fingers on each string, no gaps at all. Very good!

       

      E 3:  PERFECTION

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Right hand Position: https://youtu.be/fiyG9MInJCI

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    • don
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    TY Zhang For the etude, would it be another possibility to not play open strings at all so makes it easier to not over ring? Thanks!

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    • don Yes we can do that, but the best way is to learn how to work with open strings in terms of volume control, cleanness, and we will need them for shifting!

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      • don
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      TY Zhang Thanks TY! Got it, it is actually pretty hard at least for me, have to do it really slowly. I noticed I do sometimes mute higher strings etc instinctively but they are never consistent. To do it deliberately is really difficult. 

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  • Now the study !!!

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Sublime! Sometimes the lowest bass note, try to use thumb P instead of the I finger! Cheers!!

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  • Ty,

    Got some squeaking goin on in Exercise 3 descending.

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    • Peter Ok! Try to lift fingers vertically, and practice slower with metronome!~ 

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  • Hi everyone,

      Any and all feedback is welcome since my "formal" training has been pretty limited.

    Thanks

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    • Steve Price 

       

      Steve:

      Super great sound, the tone is so good!

      Right hand position could be improved a little more, wrist higher, hand over the strings, pressing in the strings deeper for a fuller sound.

       

      Ok this is the best spider!

      Try skip one string or skip two strings now!

       

      Shifting so clean, just mind the thumb, following the hand, always point around the middle finger.

       

      I loved how clean and well practiced of your Carcassi! Keep going to the rest please!

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    Hi TY, thanks for the lessons. This is my first time I am posting my videos    on-line, hopefully my upload works. comments and recommendations from everyone will be highly appreciated. The left hand pinky reach sometimes short, than it should, working on it. Here are the videos

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