“Danse Paysanne” – Ferdinando Carulli

Below is the lesson for “Danse Paysanne” by Ferdinando Carulli.

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Learn three ways to add expression and emotion to your performance of this Classical piece by Italian composer, Ferdinando Carulli. The three stylistic approaches are:

1) Shaping Your Sound – We can produce a variety of tones by simply moving the position of the picking hand in relation to the soundhole. For example, picking the strings towards the bridge produces a thinner tone with more treble and clarity. By contrast, picking the strings towards the neck of the ukulele produces a much warmer, fuller tone.

2) Rubato – Involves the subtle slowing or speeding up of tempo. Music played to a strict, metronomic beat can sound dull and robotic. To overcome this, rubato can be used to achieve a more natural, human feel.

3) Dynamics – Refers to the volume of the music being played. We can make a huge impact on the expression and emotion we convey in performances by varying the volume.

These three approaches are taught in complete detail in our Classical Technique & Style Course. If any of these stylistic approaches are new to you, I encourage you to take the course before attempting the piece. The course will explain each approach and show you when and how to apply them in your performances.

Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson

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