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        a) Placing the hand
        b) Mark and Press
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     5. The plectrum

  II.  Playing

       General
    1.Contents of playing
        a) Open string
        b) Open string and 1
    
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    2. Music Creativity
       General
        a) Composing
        b) Improvisation
        c) Solo playing
       
  III. Music pieces
      
  IV. Two strings
       General
       The pieces

  

The New Music Educational Project - My Ancient Guitar Contents of playing

Playing an Open string and fingers 1 and 2 [0+1+2]

1. It is necessary to first complete the stage of learning to play with the second finger. Also it is good to go over the : "How to teach playing in a group" chapter.

2. An assignment in pairs (or groups of three)

We can suggest the following assignments based on these two bars:
a. Play the phrase four times in a row - together.
b. Play the phrase one after the other intermittently - 4 times.
c. One player plays while the other tapping the instrument and then they switch roles.
d. Question and answer: One student plays the phrase as it is written using 0+2, and a second student answers him but uses 1+0 instead of the second finger.
e. Playing and improvising with the teacher. All the students play the phrase repeatedly while the teacher improvises by ear.

Try this Etude for: 0+1+2

 

 

Possibilities for playing:
a. All the students play.
b. Playing, then tapping the notes duration on an Ancient Guitar - and then, playing again.
c. Dividing the class into two groups - A and B - and playing intermittently.
d. Playing in two voices:
__ Voice A plays the written part and consists of two thirds of the group.
__ Voice B plays the motif on an open string and consists of one third of the group.
e. Voice complement: a second voice complements the top voice (See below)


3. Accompaniment of a holiday song (Hanukkah) "The Spinning Top":


4. "Ancient Melody" - the minor version :

The structure of the piece [Among two students: A and B]
A - A single player begins. Then he is joined by the others with the teacher as soloist.
B - tapping the back of the instrument.
A - Returning to the beginning with orchestral playing concluded by a single player playing the motif.

5. Quizzes and dictations of sound duration and sound pitch (see: Open string and 1)

Producing tremolo Tremolo 6. The tremolo - We will learn how to produce the tremolo, and what is not less important - how to end it. Just hold the tremolo while counting: One, two, three, and four, and stop playing on the consonant: "f".


Notes:
Add finger no.3 and finger no.4 according to the principles presented up to this point. At the end of this stage each of the student should be able to play all forth fingers.

It is most recommended to start now the lessons with an etude that includes all the left hand's fingers. (some students may have a difficulty playing the 4th finger - in this case suggest them to us finger No. 1 instead, the pieces will still sound fine as you will get two voices)

 
By this stage the students should be able to distinguish sound duration up to 8ths. In addition it is now possible to apply the method we use to teach composition and improvisation.

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