Wednesday March 17, 2004

Jeremy, when you listen to Julian Bream's rendition of  Prelude No 4 by Villa Lobos, take note of the pulse and timing of the  3/4 4/4 time signatures.  Check that your harmonics sound the same and that they are clear and bell-like.  Don't try to match his speed in the animato section.  Just try to keep you semi-quavers accurate, clear and even for now.

Sunday February 1, 2004

Jeremy, here are the relevant pages for the Grade 6 Aural Test B (Sight singing) Cover, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6  To download and print at page size, right-click and select "Save Image As"

You need to know a little more about the kinds of questions that might be asked in the first part of Test D. Click here.


Saturday, November 22, 2003

Hi Guitar youngsters,

This is for you Jeremy, Tia, Alex and Nikki

Here is a free computer metronome and an online computer guitar  tuner.

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Hello Tia,

Here you'll find  Noteworthy Composer Player, the programme I was talking about.  Download it by clicking on the blue words Noteworthy Composer.  Make sure you know where on the hard drive you're saving it.  Click on the downloaded file to install it.

Then download the tune we have begun to learn.  There are two versions, "Cumbanhero(slow)" and "Cumbanchero (fast).    Launch Noteworthy Composer Player them open them from within it.  Later, you'll learn how to vary the speed of any noteworthy music file.

Here are some pictures of the left hand posture. Left hand 1;     Left hand 2;     Left hand 3;     Left hand 4;     Left hand 5.


Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003


Here are two versions of the Bourée, one by Segovia and the other by (Someone Else).

You know that Segovia is known to turn a phrase like no-one else can.  He isn't too much out of the ordinary here and I suggest using his tempo and phrasing particularly for what he does at the cadences.  Note that the second part is expressed as one long musical paragraph, but each section of it is given its own particular flavour, depending on whether the general movement of the  music is "upward" or "downward", building up to a climax or focal point or moving down towards final resolution.

The other one seems to have been electronically altered a bit on the recording.  Ignore that. 

In this one, note the way the short three-note motifs are played.  There is a tendency for this guitarist to give different motifs a quality of their own, sometimes tight, sometimes more loose, sometimes swelling sometimes rumbling; even staccato.

As in both renditions, make sure that all your notes are not choppy, but smooth and connected,  except where, occasionally, you may want to use staccato. 



Sunday, Oct 12, 2003

Hey Jeremy,

I couldn't find an mp3 with someone playing the Valse a Nando Riera, so I dashed off a recording myself.  There's more to be done with it and I'm still researching the best speed to play it at (it maybe too fast as it is).  But at this point you can at least get the general rhythm and flow of it.