Lesson 23

Getting back to a routine of practicing. 

Remembering things takes action, but after the first breakthrough it will come back faster then you think!  

Good job with “Ode to Joy”, try playing both songs, “Pompeii” and “Shape of you” and have fun with it. We will begin one of your choices next week. 

2017-2018 Lesson 22

1. Research: Harmonics or Harmonic Series. Perhaps Wikipedia at first.

2. Technique/Warm-up: two adjacent strings, play 4 times and then fingers 1, then 2, 3, 4 on the bottom string you chose.

3. “Let it be” and “Deamons”, keep developing textures. And perhaps play with the song once or twice. Try to imagine you are a part of the band and jam with it!

4. Start reading “Lesson 46”. Pay attention to: Notes/Rhythm/FINGERS (on both hands)!

5. Re-practice a piece to see how much your memory is still sharp!  (Exercise 13, Prelude No. 9, Ode to Joy...)

2017-2018 Lesson 21

1. Research: Harmonics or Harmonic Series. Perhaps Wikipedia at first. 

2. Technique/Warm-up: two adjacent strings, play 4 times and then fingers 1, then 2, 3, 4 on the bottom string you chose. 

3. “Let it be” and “Deamons”, keep developing textures. And perhaps play with the song once or twice. Try to imagine you are a part of the band and jam with it! 

4. Start reading “Lesson 46”. Pay attention to: Notes/Rhythm/FINGERS (on both hands)! 

2017-2018 Lesson 20

1. Warm-up/Technique: Play “I” and “m” on adjacent strings. Play 4 Times, add finger 1 on the bottom string, play 4 Times. Add fingers 2, then 3 and 4. Move up position twice and then back.

2. Keep playing “Vals”

3. “Andante” 

4. “Let it be”, it works! Now listen to “Deamons” by Imagine Dragons and use the same chord sequence of Let it be 1st line and the capô on the 3rd fret. I want you to work on a creative build up to this song up to the chorus. Have Fun!

We had a short lesson this week and will make up 15min next week. 

5. “Deamons”, same chord progression as “Let it be” . Let’s try and be creative with strumming patterns and finger picking.

- one strum per 4 beats on each chord

- one strum per beat 4 Times.

- “eight strums” (one AND two AND three AND...)

- Fingerpicking: p, i, m, i, m, i, m, i (eight notes on each chord) 

2017-2018 Lesson 19

1. Warm-up/Technique: Play “I” and “m” on adjacent strings. Play 4 Times, add finger 1 on the bottom string, play 4 Times. Add fingers 2, then 3 and 4. Move up position twice and then back.

2. Keep playing “Vals” 

3. “Andante”  

4. “Let it be”, it works! Now listen to “Deamons” by Imagine Dragons and use the same chord sequence of Let it be 1st line and the capô on the 3rd fret. I want you to work on a creative build up to this song up to the chorus. Have Fun! 

2017-2018 Lesson 18

1. Warm-up/technique: Try using foot rest on the lowest setting.

2. “Valse”, great job! Pay attention to mistakes or slips. Careful to not practice a mistake over and over...

3. “Let it be” learn the verse and the chorus and practice the chord shifts from Am to F and from G to F.

4. Learn the exercise on the new sheet. Go slowly and pay attention to Right hand fingers.

2017-2018 Lesson 17

1. Warm-up/technique: Make all notes even, including the 4th note of each finger! Swift smoothly by arriving the thumb on the next position.

2. “Valse”, practice memory still! Two tips: 1- Use the best fingers, make easy choices (for now, follow what’s on the paper). 2- don’t pull your hand back when you go to the 1st string. Keep your thumb flat on the back and your hand still. One time loud, repeat soft OR the opposite.

3. “Let it be” learn the verse and practice the little parts that are tricky. Listen to the song a few times!

4. “Ode to joy”, Kees practicing it and have fun with the dynamics.

Think of some music you’d like to learn!

2017-2018 Lesson 16

1. Warm-up/technique: try using the FOOTREST on the lowest setting.

2. “Valse”, move away from the paper. Trust your memory and practice the music flow. Try to make one different thing when you repeat.

3. “Shape of you” keep making it work! Fingers close to next fret always! Don’t forget the 5th string bass panther last chord!

4. “Ode to joy”,Practice the new part and add Dymanics (loud, soft, increasing...) 

Without footrest, not so good posture:

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With footrest, much better posture: 

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2017-2018 Lesson 14

Set one goal at a time.

Valsa: know the right notes, rhythm, phrases and ultimately be able to  Lay from beginning to end. Go Slow as needed so you have enough time to think!  

Shape of you: use the video if needed and practice connecting the end to the start. Try to look for the fraction of movement needed for that and isolate it for practice

2017-2018 Lesson 12

1. Warm-up/Technique: Up to 12th fret and shifting twice along the way.

Evenness on the sound!

2. Repertoire: -“Shape of You”, keep using the process to get the chords shift down as much as you need. Think of the rhythm of the song and try putting into practice the strum you like the most. Use index finger to strum up and down.

-“Valse”, learn how to play up to the 4th phrase!

2017-2018 Lesson 11

1. Warm-up/Technique: Pick a string and play it four times with index and middle finger alternating. Add first finger, round and with fingertips. Keep your thumb flat on the back! Play four times as well. Keep doing this for fingers 2, 3 and 4 on the way “up” (up the fretboard). Fingers land as close as possible to the next fret! Shift to 5th position and keep going up the fretboard with finger 1. After finger 4, shift up again to 9th position and when you reach 12th fret with pinky, go all the way down shifting on the same spots.

Evenness on the sound!

(Exercise for “bars”, go to 5th fret and make your first finger touch all 6 strings flat. Press it down and hear the strings touching the fret. Strum one and then movendo down to 4th fret. Do the same process all the way to 1st fret.)

2. Repertoire: -“Shape of You”, keep using the process to get the chords shift down as much as you need. Think of the rhythm of the song and try putting into practice the strum you like the most. Use index finger to strum up and down.

-“Valse”, learn how to play up to the 4th phrase!

2017-2018 Lesson 10

1. Warm-up/Technique: Pick a string and play it four times with index and middle finger alternating. Add first finger, round and with fingertips. Keep your thumb flat on the back! Play four times as well. Keep doing this for fingers 2, 3 and 4 on the way “up” (up the fretboard). Fingers land as close as possible to the next fret! Shift to 5th position and keep going up the fretboard with finger 1. After finger 4, shift up again to 9th position and when you reach 12th fret with pinky, go all the way down shifting on the same spots.

Exercise for “bars”, go to 5th fret and make your first finger touch all 6 strings flat. Press it down and hear the strings touching the fret. Strum one and then movendo down to 4th fret. Do the same process all the way to 1st fret. 

2. Repertoire: “Shape of You”, keep using the process to get the chords shift down. Learn the 2 2/4 rhythm that is written on the music. “Valse”, read the notes with the help of the extra sheet of the first 2 measures. Pay attention to the fingers from both hands.  

2017-2018 Lesson 9, Jan. 11

1. Warm-up/Technique: Pick a string and play it four times with index and middle finger alternating. Add first finger, round and with fingertips. Keep your thumb flat on the back! Play four times as well. Keep doing this for fingers 2, 3 and 4 on the way “up” (up the fretboard) and back down. Fingers land as close as possible to the next fret!

2. Repertoire: Keep playing “Exercise 13”. It was amazing how much you remembered it after not playing it for a while. Memory is powerfull! “Pompeii”, practice keeping your fingers close to the next fret on each chord. If you do that you should get a clean sound even when you play it louder. “Shape of You”, learn the chord sequence by applying the method I gave you, numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Go slow at first since you need to think the process at first.

2017-2018 - Lesson 2 - Jasper

1. Warm-up/Technique: Pick one string and play it four times alternating index and middle finger on the right hand. Place finger 1 round and with fingertips and play four times. Repeat for fingers 2, 3 and 4 and "walk" back fingers 3, 2, 1 and finish on the open string. Pick another string and do the same thing.

2. Repertoire: "Ode to Joy" - Keep playing it! "Exercise 13" - Apply the same practice approach, working on small phrases with the goal to make them sound good for at least 3 times. Use the other sheets to help you find the right notes. Pay attention to finger numbers (Left Hand) and finger letters (Right Hand: P, i, m, and a)

3. Musicianship: Memorize the Solfege going UP and DOWN - Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Si-Do and Do-Si-La-Sol-Fa-Mi-Re-Do.

2017-2018 - Lesson 1 - Jasper

1. Warm-up/Technique: Pick one string and play it four times alternating index and middle finger on the right hand. Place finger 1 round and with fingertips and play four times. Repeat for fingers 2, 3 and 4 and "walk" back fingers 3, 2, 1 and finish on the open string.

2. Repertoire: "Ode to Joy" practice it in parts and with a good posture and position of the hands. Complete on Page 4 from lesson 1 exercise 3 from the homework and practice these open string exercises. 

3. Musicianship: Memorize the Solfege going UP and DOWN - Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Si-Do and Do-Si-La-Sol-Fa-Mi-Re-Do.