2018-2019 Lesson 14

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72-80 and remember to always alternate fingers with i and m, especially for G and Am  

- learn E minor harmonic if you feel ready to move on

Exercise 

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers 

A Simple Dialogue 

- next step is to memorize, one line at a time. First play with music, then play in your head while looking at music, then try playing from memory  

Sicilienne

- great job with rhythms, just practice correct rhythm at th end of the piece and watch 4 finger for Re  


Etude in A minor

- work on one line at a time, slowly with a metronome at 72

 

Flash cards

- continue to go through flash cards for all strings.

2018-2019 Lesson 13

Scales

- C Major, G Major, A minor harmonic. Practice with a metronome at 72 remember to always alternate fingers with i and m. 

- learn E minor harmonic if you feel ready to move on 

 

Exercise   

- finger independence exercise with 1, 2, 3, and 4 fingers  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

 - great work. Next step is to watch right hand positioning while playing the piece. 

 

Sicilienne

- great job with rhythms, just practice correct rhythm at th end of the second line. 

- watch right hand fingerings, especially when you see “a”. 

 

Etude in A minor

- work on one transition at a time, remembering to keep common tones down and other fingers close to the fretboard. 

 

Mel Bay book

- practice next exercise with high A note.  

 

Flash cards

- continue to go through flash cards for all strings.  

2018-2019 Lesson 12

Scales

- C Major, G Major, and A minor harmonic. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers, and play with a metronome at 72-80.

Flash cards

- today’s record was 35 seconds for all six strings. Keep up the good work!

A Simple Dialogue 

- Great job with piece. Try working on the poco rit. 

Sicilienne

- Practice with metronome at 60, and count out loud. Work on one line at a time, trying to get each line 3 times in a row perfectly. 

Mel Bay book

- practice high A note exercise 

Etude in A minor  

- great start with the piece. Continue to learn two measures at a time.   

 

reminder: play with a little rolled up towel under your right arm to make sure you always have the right position. 


2018-2019 Lesson 11

Scales

- C Major, G Major, and A minor harmonic. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers, and play with a metronome at 72-80.

Flash cards

- today’s record was 27 seconds and 45 for all six strings. Keep up the work with the flash cards!

A Simple Dialogue 

- practice whole piece with metronome at 80. 

 

Sicilienne

- Great job with the rhythm, keep practicing while counting. Try playing along with a recording of the piece (will email later) to make sure you always have the right rhythm.

Mel Bay book

- practice six string exercise 

 

reminder: play with a little rolled up towel under your right arm to make sure you always have the right position.  

 

New piece: start learning Etude in A minor  

2018-2019 Lesson 10

Scales

- C and G Major. Make sure to always alternate your right hand fingers.  

 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 33 seconds. When practicing, do one round with looking at your fingers and one round with looking at your fingers no more than twice.  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- practice one line at a time, making sure to follow right hand fingerings on page. Try to get each line 3 times in a row perfectly.  Do everything with metronome at 72. 

 

Sicilienne

- much better job with the rhythm. Add one measure at a time, and try to focus on getting the first two lines smoothly. 

 

Mel Bay book

- practice half notes and quarter notes exercise for the sixth string.  

2018-2019 Lesson 9

scales 

- C major and G Major: watch left hand fingerings, and remember to alternate your right hand fingers.  

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- work on playing it two lines at a time with metronome at 66. Then try playing the whole thing with metronome. 

- remember to hold notes in the second to last measure for two beats each.  

- watch notes that need to be played with the a finger.  

 

Sicilienne

- first work on getting dotted eighth not rhythm by playing only the top line. Focus on just the first line. Then add the bass notes.  

2018-2019 Lesson 8

Scales  

- C major - play at 60, remember Do is played with your third finger. Play the chord at the end as well. 

- G Major - start working on the G Major scale as well

 

A Simple Dialogue   

- much better job with tempo and rhythm. Learn the last line. Next week's goal is to play the piece from beginning to end without stopping.  

 

Sicilenne  

- continue to work on the dotted eighth note rhythm in the beginning. First march to the rhythm, then try playing and counting out loud. Once you feel comfortable with the rhythm, move on to the rest of the piece 

 

Buffalo Gals

- read the second line. Remember to use i and m fingers to play notes.  

 

Flash cards

- today’s record was 33 seconds. Do two rounds when you practice: one with looking at your fingers, one with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. 

2018-2019 Lesson 7

C Major Scale

- always start your practice with this scale, and remember to play the C major chord (at the end of the line) as well

- practice scale with a metronome beat of 60 (or slower if you find that to be too fast) 

 

A Simple Dialogue

- practice the rest of the piece line by line.  

- once you get each line perfectly, work on transitions between lines.  

- remember to play the Re note with your 4th finger  

- your goal is to be able to play the whole piece through smoothly by the next lesson.  

 

 

Sicilienne

- first focus on getting the rhythm right in the first measure.  Try counting out loud while you play. 

- once you master the rhythm (remember to always alternate your right hand fingers), try moving on one measure at a time.  

- goal is to be able to play the whole first line. If you want to move on beyond the first line, go for it! 

 

Flash Cards

- today’s record was 26 seconds. Next goal is to get it under 25 seconds, and then under 25 seconds without looking at your fingers at all.  

 

Mel Bay Book

- try reading through Buffalo Gals. Work on the first two lines first, then the next two lines if you have time.  

 

REMINDERS

- always, always, before you play, check your right hand and left hand positions.  

- left hand thumb is always behind the neck and not sticking out, and remember to the finger test with your left hand.  

- try to always keep your right hand over the outside part of the sound hole, and don’t let it start dragging towards the bridge.  

2018-2019 Lesson 6

- C major scale - make sure to always watch left and right hand positioning before you play the scale. Also remember to play your strokes as if you are trying to touch the inside of your palm.  

- exercise 13 and prelude no. 9 - run throughs went great today, and good job keeping your focus even with distractions.  

- A Simple Dialogue - practice one line at a time, making sure to keep the tempo and keep your right hand positioning.

- Flash cards - today’s record was 32! When practicing, do two rounds: one with looking at your fingers, and one with looking at your fingers no more than twice.  

- practice Elsie’s Waltz to get practice reading notes on the fifth string.   

2018-2019 Lesson 5

- C major scale - always warm up with this, and make sure to alternates our i and m fingers when you play

- Prelude No. 9 - third line transition - remember to keep your left hand thumb down and hiding behind the neck, and make sure there is space between the palm of your hand and the neck (do the finger test). Always press down with the tip of your fingers, and prepare the Sol note with your 4 finger in advance.  

 - exercise 13 - everything sounds good, just remember to cut the sound when you are done playing the piece. 

- practice doing run throughs of both Prelude no. 9 and Exercise 13. 

- flash cards - did it in about 1 min today with only looking at your fingers no more than twice. Keep doing these flash cards daily to improve your time.  

2018-2019 Lesson 4

 - remember to play through C major scale at beginning of practice sessions. Make sure to alternate with i and m fingers

- Prelude No. 9 - practice with a metronome at 56 to make sure you are always keeping a consistent beat 

- Exercise 13 - sounds great now! Keep it up by playing run throughs of the piece

- A Simple Dialogue - keep focusing on first three lines. We will spend more time working on this piece next week

- flash cards - today’s record was 55 seconds. Keep doing the cards daily, making sure that you only look at your fingers no more than twice.  

2018-2019 Lesson 3

 - Always warm up with C major scale. Remember to use your i and m fingers to play the scale. 

 - Prelude No. 9 - play with metronome at 56 to make sure that you stay in time. Once you can do this, try starting at different places in the piece  

 - Exercise 13 - practice playing from random places in the piece  

- A Simple Dialogue - practice with Metronome at 64. Make sure to hold the melody notes over the bass notes.

- flash cards - today’s record was 20 seconds. Next goal is to do it in under 30 sec, looking at your fingers no more than twice.  

- keep practicing Elsie’s Waltz. Mainly work on getting the rhythm correct.  

 

2018-2019 Lesson 2

- keep up Prelude No. 9 by playing through the piece once a day. 

- exercise 13 sounds great, just remember to prepare your p finger before starting the piece, and play all Re notes with the 4 finger. 

 - A Simple Dialogue - work on two measures at a time, with a metronome beat of 64. Try to get each section three times in a row perfectly. Focus on the first three lines. 

 - Flash cards - today’s record was 29. Try to get under 25 seconds next time!

- to practice reading notes on the fifth string, work on Elsie’s Waltz in the Mel Bay book. 

- start working on the C Major scale as a warm up exercise.  

2018-2019 Lesson 1

Exercise 13

- everything sounds great, just always remind yourself to play Re with your fourth finger.  

 

A Simple Dialogue

- work on the third line - fix right hand fingers, and work on it slowly (metronome at 52), one measure at a time.  

- if you feel comfortable playing through the first three lines, try learning the next line as well. 

 

Flash Cards

- reached goal of under 25 seconds! Next goal is to do it under 30 seconds without looking at your fingers.  

 

Mel Bay book

- eighth note studies 1, 2, 7, 8

- do exercise piece (waltz) to get familiar with the notes on the fifth string  

2017-2018 Summer Lesson 6: Sasha Vinbor Costa Santos

Prelude No. 9

- everything sounds great, just remember to not repeat the m finger, and follow the p-i-m-a-m-i right hand fingering  

 

Exercise 13

- watch the rhythm in the last measure, just make sure to hold the quarter notes for two eighth note beats  

- make sure to play the open Re note with your thumb

- remember to play all Re notes on the second string with your 4 finger  

 

A Simple Dialogue

- notes are all correct, just make sure to follow the right hand fingerings   

- goal is to learn the first three lines  

 

Flash Cards 

- record was 27 seconds today, aim to get under 25 seconds. Do flash cards once daily

 

Mel Bay book

- review notes on the fifth string, try quarter notes exercise  

- play through the first two exercises under “eighth note studies” 

2017-2018 Summer Lesson 5: Sasha Vinbor Costa Santos

Prelude No. 9 - tempo and memorization were great today!

 

Exercise 13

- make sure to count a full quarter note beat in the last measure  

- work on the starred section at a metronome beat of 60, goal is three times in a row perfectly   

- remember to play Re with your fourth finger, and use your a finger when indicated.  

 

A Simple Dialogue

- begin to learn the piece, working on two or four measures at a time.  

 

Flash Cards

- today’s record was 37 seconds. Continue to go through the flash cards once a day. Next week’s goal is under 30 sec.  

 

Sight Reading  

- exercise 15 - work on the second half of the exercise, and remember to follow the right hand fingerings  

2017-2018 Summer Lesson 4: Sasha Vinbor Costa Santos

Taught by Koh Kazama

 

Exercise 13 

- much better job with the first half. Work on transition in the last measure to the middle of the second line. 

- learn the new part (last line) and break it up into smaller parts.

- remember, your goal for each part is to get it three times in a row perfectly with the metronome beat at 60. Once you can get it three times in a row perfectly on the first try, you can start combining parts. 

 

Prelude No. 9

- always look at the music while practicing 

- practice making the chord transitions on time. Try doing four measures at a time, with the metronome beat at 84. Always look/think ahead, so you know which fingers you will need to prepare or take off. Once you are comfortable with doing the transitions, try playing the whole piece with the metronome. 

- again, the goal is three times in a row perfectly 

 

Sight reading exercise 15

- just like the other pieces, aim to practice small parts at a time first and then combine them.

- make sure to always follow the right hand fingerings 

 

New repertoire - Can start learning A Simple Dialogue

 

Flash cards - much faster, was able to do it in 32 seconds. Next goal is under 25 seconds, then do it under 25 seconds with only looking at your left hand no more than twice. 

2017-2018 Lesson 3 of 3: (with Koh Kazama)

Lesson taught July 29th by Koh

 

- Prelude No.9 - Tempo is more steady. Focus on preparation of left hand fingers for the third line of the piece so that it is in time.


- Exercise 13 - Better job with following the right and left hand fingerings. Practice slowly at eighth note = 60, phrase by phrase. Goal is to get each phrase 3 times in a row perfectly. Still focus on the first half, but she may move on to the next part if she feels ready.


- Sight reading exercise no. 15 - first play just the top line, making sure to follow the right hand fingering, then add the bottom line.


- Flash cards - say and play the notes. She can now do it in about 1 min, next week's goal is about 45 sec.


Best,

Koh

2017-2018 Lesson 2 of 3: (with Koh Kazama)

Lesson taught July 22nd by Koh Kazama

 

- Prelude No. 9 - p finger is fixed. Next step is to work on keeping a consistent tempo and not pausing between chord changes. Use a metronome and prepare your left hand fingers in advance before the chord changes.

 

- Exercise 13 - focus on only the first line and a half of the piece. Watch out for the p finger (make sure it stays near the 5th string and does not plant on the third string). Practice with a metronome at eighth note=60. Remember that Re note should be played with the fourth finger. Practice in small sections (1-1.5 measures at a time).

 

- Work on perfecting the first half of the sight reading exercise no. 15. Practice the top line separately first, making sure that the right hand fingers always alternate.

 

- Flash cards - say and play the note. Today's record was 1min 30sec. Next week's goal is under a minute.

 

2017-2018 Lesson 1 of 3: (with Koh Kazama)

Lesson taught July 15th

 

- Prelude No. 9 - make sure that the p finger stays free after plucking with it. Do not place it on another string right after using it.

 

- Exercise 13 - continue to pay close attention to the right hand fingerings that are written in (especially the a finger). Also watch out for the p finger and make sure it stays free (not touching other strings) after you pluck a string with it. Practice measure by measure, focusing on correcting the right hand.

 

- Continue to do the bass note exercises in the sight reading book.

 

- Flash cards - say and play the note, to become faster at reading notes on the first four strings of the guitar.

 

- Study and do the fourth string exercises to become more familiar with the notes on the fourth string (D, E, F)