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Scenes From the Lessons
ONE TO ONE INSTRUCTION The lessons take place in an
informal atmosphere simulating as far as possible the environment of a private
lesson. Teaching is not directed to an on-screen student, but directly to the
viewer. The early part of the lesson often includes anecdotes and legends of the
STARTING WITH THE BASICS
Students learn how to tune the guitar, since no prior knowledge is
assumed. Also covered is the adjustment of the playing action of the guitar,
since an incorrect setting can cause extra difficulties for the beginner.
LEARNING SIMPLE CHORDS The TV format is excellent for
learning how to place the fingers for chords and how to relate this to commonly
used chord symbols.
LEARNING THE NOTES The notes of music and how they
relate to the guitar are taught in easy stages. As always no prior knowledge is
assumed. After a few notes are memorized the viewer plays simple tunes with
these along with the teacher
THE RUDIMENTS OF MUSIC
The musical staff, clefs and time values lose their mystery as they
are explained by the teacher with clear diagrams. Any points missed during the
lesson can be found in the Workbook, which also includes the relevant musical
examples and technique illustrations.
ELEMENTARY HARMONY Although the lessons are mainly
practical some time is given to explaining how chord are constructed. The
mysteries of musical harmony are made simple with clear and graphic examples.
THE SPLIT SCREEN VIEW As the lessons progress
students become familiar with this view, which shows the operation of both hands
as well as the relevant musical notes. Progress through the music is marked with
a pointer so the student never loses his place. Following a split screen
run-through the music is shown full screen so that full concentration may be
focused on the notes.
MORE ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
Progress through the course is gradual, allowing for step by step absorbtion
of the musical notation and guitar techniques. Here a more advanced technique is
demonstrated, the Half Bar
WATCHING THE PERFORMANCES At the conclusion of each lesson Frederick
Noad performs a complete piece from the guitar repertoire, concentrating mainly
on music that the viewer may aspire to play before too long. Detailed views of
both hands are a characteristic of these sequences, so students may learn from
observation of the techniques in action. These pieces are also available on
separate CDs (FN47 & FN 48), together with the practice exercises and studies.
LEARNING THE SEVILLANA
As a recreation from the formal instruction students learn some of the elements of Spanish Flamenco. Here the popular Sevillana is studied, first by learning the necessary chords.
THE RASGUEADO STRUM
The next step is to learn the exciting rhythmic strums associated with this dance. After clear demonstrations the students play along so as to become familiar with the technique.
A "CLASS OUTING"
After learning the Sevillana the viewers are taken on a film trip to Seville in Andalusia where they see many examples of the dance in action at the time of the famous Feria.