Teaching in a group

  I.  Holding Positions

     1. Sitting position
     2. Ancient Guitar Position
     3. Left Hand
        a) Placing the hand
        b) Mark and Press
     4. Right Hand
     5. The plectrum

  II.  Playing

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


The New Music Educational Project - My Ancient Guitar Music Creativity

How to teach composition

The principles of composition will be based on two of the important qualities of sound: pitch and duration. The other sound qualities - intensity and timbre - are of less importance in the initial stage, and they may be incorporated in the performance stages, as we approach the final concert.

Stage A - The preparation
We will begin by composing a phrase of four bars. First we will instruct the students how to do this: we begin by drawing a line across the page. On its left we will write the meter: 4/4. On its right we will mark the two closing lines. Now we will divide the line in three, and so we will get a line of four bars ready for composition.

Stage B - Rhythmic organization
We will suggest that the students fill in notes, according to the rhythmic values we have learned (for example, a whole note, half notes, quarter notes and 8th notes). This will be done through experiments in playing an open string. Each student will fill the values in according to his will, choice, talent, etc. As a result we will have a line of rhythmic values.




Stage C - Determining sound pitch
Now that we have a pattern of rhythm, we will add pitch to each sound by writing a number above the note. The students will do this after experimenting on their own instruments. Thus we will have a sound with a pitch and duration - a musical phrase composed by the student. Such a line may look like this:

We will suggest that the students add repeat marks (reprise) at the beginning and end of the phrase.

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