Interactive Class: Shifts and Scales!
Hello everybody, in this Interactive Class we are going to focus on Shifts and Scales, so basically vertical and horizontal movements across the fretboard! I will introduce you briefly to the core principles and then focus on some examples in the Interactive Class!
It would be absolutely amazing if you want to present a shift or a scale that you are struggling with, we can take a closer look at that LIVE, like in a real masterclass! For that it would be hugely beneficial to submit the scores for that before the livestream in this thread!
It's best to prepare for that lesson to get the most out of it in the interactive part! So listen to some of our fantastic releases on some of the related topics:
- Marco Tamayo - On Essential Principles
- Tillman Hoppstock - On Shifting
- Matt Palmer - On A-M-I-Scales
- Alí Arango - On Fast Scales
We are going to be using this thread to gather suggestions and questions!
- What questions do you have on this topic?
- Any particular area you would like me to focus on?
Forum questions will be answered first!
This will be an interactive Livestream, so let me attach all the info needed for this exciting new tonebase LIVE format!
What is this?
This interactive Livestream is our take on the cohort based learning model. We are used to learn in groups, we do that in school and in university, we do that when we interact in a community and learn from different perspectives. With new developments in online video communication software, we can bring this concept into tonebase and explore a new form of how you interact with our fantastic community!
What do I need?
- We are going to use ZOOM for the interactive part of Livestream (the same piece of software that we have been using for the Virtual Hangouts). While it is not necessary to download the software, I would recommend it as it runs more stable as the browser version.
How does this take place?
- Simply watch the Livestream at the time indicated in the Live Calender!
- At the end of the approx. 25-35min Livestream, I will share a ZOOM Link in the Chat. Click on that link, it will take you to our ZOOM Cohort Based Course
- In the Zoom Call, we will get into greater depth about challenging passages of that piece, we can discuss certain fingering possibilities TOGETHER and YOU can get a full masterclass experience if you decide to take part with audio and video (not necessarily needed, more on that below)!
- Because we want to offer a place where true interaction can take place!
- Because we want you to have the full masterclass experience!
- Because we want you to truly engage with our inspiring and motivational community!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to watch the Livestream before the interactive class?
While it is not mandatory to watch the Livestream, the link to the class will be only shared in the chat of the Livestream! As the contents of the Livestream are going to be interactively worked on and discussed, it's a great opportunity to get you up and running on that topic!
I want to be there and watch, but I don't feel comfortable taking part actively and share my audio and video. Can I still participate?
Of course! You can still enter the ZOOM class without audio and video. Though I highly recommend to see this Livestream more as university group lesson and - more importantly - a chance to have a meaningful interaction not only with me but with fellow tonebase users!
I want to participate with audio & video, but I don't like to be recorded.
The interactive class will not be recorded! In order to allow meaningful interaction to happen, we create this safe space, where you can fully immerse into a class. No single moment of the interactive class will be shared outside that virtual room! However, the Livestream prior to the interactive class will be recorded as usual and thus accessible after the Livestream happened.
LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, WE LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Martin I almost forgot about this session, looks very useful! I actually do a have a piece I was working on in my lesson book prior to the Carcassi challenge that starts with a scale and 3 quick shifts that is a real challenge for me. You'll see in the first few bars what I mean. If there is time, would love to cover this and maybe I could play the first few bars. See you and everyone else tomorrow, thank you!
It might be too late, but here is something I would not mind looking it. It's the C section of Carcassi Op 60 No 24. There are shifts all over, but I circled three big ones. The score is unfingered.
I plan to attend the beginning, leave about 50 minutes in, and then come back again about 40 minutes later, just like I did for the last class. Sorry - parental duties trump guitar!
Another shift from the Carcassi 'Etudes' occurs in measure 9-10 of the first study. Here, we jump from the first to the fifth position (and back) on the first string. I have a lot of difficulty maintaining a good legato in this passage, particularly during the downwards (i.e. towards the nut) shift. When I played this piece some years ago, I avoided the problem by shifting to the fifth position after the open 'E' and playing the notes 'F' and 'G' on the second string. But this is almost certainly not how Carcassi would have done it and I am trying this time to play it as intended. (The Schott edition, which seems to be the earliest, clearly indicates that the shift occurs on the 'A'.) The arpeggio section (mm 29-34) also involves a series of quick 'on the beat' shifts that make it very difficult to maintain musical coherence. (The tendency is for the last note of each four note grouping to be cut short, disturbing the continuity.)