||Playing according to our
notes-numeric-system (TAB) offers many possibilities:
1. Playing solo pieces.
2. Playing melodic lines together.
3. Playing in two voices (it is possible to play more, but we recommend two).
4. Playing orchestral music (accompaniment) with an Ancient Guitar soloist.
5. Accompanying a melody or a song.
6. A combination of playing and tapping the backside of the Guitar.
7. A western piece played with Ancient Guitars (combining east and west).
9. Representing piece of music form a certain culture or nation;
[We have performed an American: Country music, Blues, Jazz, Soul and...Twist, came out
We have all these contents on a CD. Now
you can run the program all by yourself !
do we begin?
It is important to begin by making sure that the
students are able to play spontaneously (improvise) and together according to the
notes-numeric-system, and gradually improve their technical skills. For example, we ask
the students to work in pairs and prepare a musical phrase of two to four bars, which they
can play four times in a row. We could then transcribe a musical phrase or two in the form
of an orchestral piece, by using these phrases as a core around which we build a whole
structure (form). An example of a piece the children play in all programs (an obligatory
piece) is Ancient Melody. This is its theme:
Now we start
adding a form:
One student begins by playing the melodic theme, another student joins him, and then
everyone joins in together with a solo part (played by the teacher). The piece ends with a
tremolo, and then we move on to a percussion part performed by tapping the backside of the
instrument. This piece is made up of imitations, and it too ends in a tremolo. The student
who started the piece enters again here, and is again joined by the other student with the
rest of the players joining in together with the soloist until the end of the piece. This
piece is about 5-6 minutes long.
It is possible to use this form with any theme
(up to 4 bars) which has rhythm and character. In fact, it is possible to play many of the
studentsí compositions in this way. Of course, the teacher must be able to improvise.