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Module 4 of 6
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Stephen Mattingly Masterclass

Ross June 30, 2020

Time Markers by Topic:

0:00 – Artist and performer Introductions 0:40 – Beckett plays “Song of thr Bells” 4:00 – Choro dance rhythm & 1st measure bass line + inner voices

  • Bring out the rhythm
  • Damping the bass notes
  • Aligning the wrist
    • Knuckle over the strings
    • 3-4 fingers space between wrist and soundboard

10:00 – Emphasizing the melody

  • Compound melody
  • “Landing” on the C#

12:20 – Measure 13-14: Overcoming shifting challenges

  • D# into F# shift
  • Shifting comes from the shoulder
  • Simplify the shift: Start with 1 fret, expand shift gradually

16:35 – Importance of notes outside key signature 18:45 – Greater resonance and more legato

  • Thumb preparation

22:20 – Changing tone to match Key Change

  • More warm

25:25 – Andrei performs Villa-Lobos Etude 11 30:00 – Slurring in opening line

  • Dont rearticulate A

32:55 – Wrist deviation

  • Keep straight wrist
  • Pencil on wrist technique

36:10 – 2/2 vs 5/4 time signatures

  • Dont cut 5/4 measure short
  • Counting the rhythm in 5/4 measure

41:40 – Emphasizing rhythmic pulse

  • 1,2,3 1,2,3 1,2 emphasis

45:30 – Extending the thumb, rotating the wrist to achieve greater reach 46:40 – Relax pinky and move with ‘a’ finger

  • Keep ‘c’ and ‘a’ touching to encourage movement

50:00 – Avoid right hand “drift” 52:30 – Releasing tension

  • Start practice sessions with focus on present, staying centered and breathing
  • Playing pieces that are too difficult
  • Playing too fast too soon
  • Record yourself and watch for signs of tension

58:00 – How to improve and teach good tone

  • Listen to examples of good music and good tone
  • Imitating vowel sounds on instrument
  • Find a good “base” tone and position
  • Emphasize movement from he large knuckle
  • Cintact point
  • Playing treble strings together
  • Projection and using weight in right hand

1:04:00 – More on releasing tension, shorter scale guitars, and ergonomics

  •  Serap Grey
  • stretching exercises
  • Chair cushioning
  • Posture
  • Guitar supports
  • Left hand finger stretching exercise
  • Avoid “torsion” (twisting body while holding a guitar)

1:10:30 – Wrist deviation, common problems, when to use it and when to avoid it 1:12:45 – Double thumb technique

  • Aiming for lower string
  • Making little circles

1:14:00 – Growing nails

  • Eating healthy
  • Take a multivitamin and calcium
  • Nailtiques no. 2
  • Healthy hoof
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