Stabilize your Right Hand with Carcassi (June 18) Questions / Suggestions
Hey y'all, very excited to take a closer look at Carcassis No.1, op.60 with you in order to improve the stability of your right hand! Feel like you're moving around too much when changing between rest stroke, free stroke, arpeggios or thumb? Then you are in for a treat, because this etude requires you to work exactly on that!
Did you ever feel that your right moves a lot when changing between rest stroke, free stroke, arpeggios or thumb melodies? Join us today to look at one of Carcassi's major pedagogical work, the Etude No.1 from the "25 Etudes Mélodiques" Op. 60, as this piece offers a lot lof possibilities to work on the stability of your right hand! Find the scores here: http://tb.media/Carcassi-no1-op60
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We are going to be using this thread to gather suggestions and questions!
- What questions do you have about this movement?
- Any particular area you would like me to focus on?
My view of Carcassi Op.60 No.1 from the 25 Etudes.
"Play the rests" they have a purpose.
ex. line 1, measures 1 ,2 and 3, beat number one is a (crotchet,quarter note) downstem bassnote.
therefore release the "C" 5th string 3rd finger (damper) by 2nd beat of descending scale passage. in other words "don't sustain the bass note part" This follows the "staccato" intention.
see measures 1,2,3,5,6,7,9 (note quarter note bass melody Do Do Mi/ Sol Sol Ti/Do
Line 3, 1st measure (actual measure #11 in score), beat number 1 (Quaver, eighth note) on upper B note the role is reversed, play B for one -half of one beat, dampen it then play with "P" (thumb) the ascending a melodic minor scale.
Measures 13,15,17,18,19,20 Carcassi contracts the above techniques with increasing energy to the B dominant 7 (measure20) leading to the midway of the study.
Line 5, 1st measure (actual measure 21) new technique of (minim, half-note) "e" bass note held for e minor arpeggio then release (dampen) for single notes on beats 3 and 4. Similar for measure 22.
Measures 23,24 and 29 through 36 downstem (minim, half-note) bass melody line with arpeggio
Measures 37,38,39,40 recap of opening technique.
Measures 41,42,43 "Play the Rests" Drama1
Don't hold note values longer than written (with the left hand fingers) for this Etude.
This is how I hear it. Martin will cover use of RH strokes and other details.
Try it, you'll like it.
Respectfully submitted, Michael
Hi, Martin. No livestream for me today. I´m sorry. Still at work. This is my question: it seems to me that you always have a suitable piece in order to work on a specific subject or problem, be it planting, slurs, chords, etc. Is this how you teach your students? I mean, do you follow a "path" made of repertoire pieces? I know the answer could last for a whole day, so please feel free to summarize.
THANK YOU!! Your explanations are awesome.
Thanks for a great lesson - a few questions / observations
1) it strikes me that this is a great study for exploring the use of planting the “a” finger to stabilise the hand on the top e string- as mircea advocated in his review of Cuban technique - is there any reason you do not use it ?
2) In bar 15 where we jump to the bass - I get the use of “pim” to jump from the “b” to the “g” - but what are merits of the following “pipm” versus “Imim” ? I find the use of the thumb in scale passages useful but they introduce an emphasis - unless you are very careful.
I would love to have this kind of analysis on a piece of Bach - 1006a prelude ?
Hi, Martin. I´ve been so busy lately working on the concepts presented in this livestream. Knowing I had to nail this, I took Pujol´s method searching for exercises wich helped changing from rest-stroke to free-stroke. This is what I found (everything is in the third book):
- Exercise 157, and etude XXI.
- Exercise 167 and etude XXVIII.
- Exercises 168 to 171 and etude XXXI. Interestingly, this etude presents a 5/8 rhythm, well known in the Basque Country, where I come from.
Now I play these as a part of my weekly routine, hoping my right hand stability will improve.
Hope this helps.