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Learn to Play Flocons de Neige from RCM Bridges Preparatory Level on Classical Guitar

Flocons de Neige is a fun piece with unique challenges.  In addition to being an interesting study in the PAM right-hand pattern, it’s also a brain-bender of sorts.

The RCM Bridges Series has many tunes, old to modern, that are fun to play and musically compelling.  The early levels especially are must-haves for any classical guitarist.

Watch the video below for tips on how to practice and learn it, so that you play it beautifully.

Click here to purchase the RCM Bridges Preparatory Level Book.

Click here to purchase the RCM Bridges Preparatory Level Book.

Related: Listen to Other Pieces from the Bridges Series

About Flocons de Neige, by Frederic Constantino:

Flocons de Neige (French for “Snowflakes”) by Frederic Constantino conjures images of falling snow and whirling snowflakes.

With a steady repeating rhythm and all notes in the lower (open) position, we’d think this a simple tune.  But it’s remarkable easy to get confused in this piece.  Why?  It has to do with how the music is written.  But if you learn it strategically, you can master it quickly and have a lovely tune to play.

In this free tutorial, you’ll find practice suggestions on how to learn this piece so you stay focused and bring out all the separate elements in the music.

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Here, the melody is hiding in the middle voice. This makes it confusing to learn – unless you know how to practice it!

Click Here for other tutorials from the RCM Bridges Series.

About the RCM Bridges Series:

(From Amazon) Bridges: A Comprehensive Guitar Series serves as the official resource for guitar assessments of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Innovative in its structure, Bridges supports students from the beginner to advanced levels with carefully sequenced repertoire, etudes, and technique. Each of the Repertoire and Etudes books in the series spans all major style periods and a variety of genres, presenting an organized compilation of pieces appropriate for that level of technical development. Nine progressive levels of Repertoire and Etudes scaffold student learning at every stage of musical development. Each book contains a balanced and representative selection of works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary style periods. From the classics of Aguado to the modern compositions of Zenamon, Bridges connects students to both essential literature and enticing masterpieces never before found together. The Etudes have been carefully selected to support the repertoire and isolate specific technical and musical challenges, making Bridges an ideal collection and a comprehensive teaching resource.

Repertoire in the Preparatory Level Bridges Book:

Valse d’automne (Autumn Waltz) Composed by L. Gingras
Exercise 13 Composed by E. Barriero
Danse des Iles (Dance of the Islands) Composed by F. Lambert
First Exercise on the E String Composed by Johann Kaspar Mertz
Dutch Dance Composed by H. Neusidler
Flocons De Neige Composed by F. Costantino
Bransle de Poitou Composed by A. Le Roy
Moorish Dance Composed by A. Shearer
Carrousel Composed by Claude Gagnon
Ejercicio Composed by J. Ferrer
Sicilienne Composed by M. Carcassi
Andantino In C Major Composed by M. Carcassi
Aeloian Mode Composed by R. Smith Brindle
The Carousel Waltz Composed by Richard Summers
Waltz, op. 241, no. 1 Composed by F. Carulli
Moonlight Composed by S. Rak
Little Herdboy Composed by O. Kiselev
Sciapodus Composed by S. Bell
Eight Composed by Richard Summers
Torito Composed by J. Zenamon
Klangbild 13 (Sound Picture 13) Composed by C. Domeniconi
Oasis-Express Composed by T. Ogawa
Petit Blues Composed by M. Belanger
Dreams Composed by Richard Summers
Studies Lesson 62 Composed by J. Sagreras
Etude in A Minor Composed by A. Shearer
Prelude No. 9 Composed by A. Shearer
Lesson 46 Composed by J. Sagreras
Andante in C Major Composed by F. Carulli
Lyrical Study No. 14 Composed by J.M. Jackman
White Horse Composed by S. Iannarelli
Ukrainian Melody Composed by Ukranian Folk Song
Lesson 48 Composed by J. Sagreras
Lesson 61 Composed by J. Sagreras
Lyrical Study No. 4 Composed by R.M. Jackman
Lyrical Study No. 9 Composed by R.M. Jackman
A la maniere bulgare Composed by C. Camisassa
The Flask Composed by Jeffrey McFadden
A Simple Dialogue Composed by S. Bell, S. Ninou Bell
Repertoire
Valse d’automne (Autumn Waltz) Composed by L. Gingras
Studies
Lesson 62 Composed by J. Sagreras
Ninou Composed by S. Bell

Click here to purchase the RCM Bridges Preparatory Level Book.

16 Responses to Learn to Play Flocons de Neige from RCM Bridges Preparatory Level on Classical Guitar

  1. Greg Lepianka July 23, 2018 at 6:02 am #

    In measures 4 and 5, the melody is: B,A,A,B the same pattern occurs in measures 12 and 13. When you play the back to back A’s do you play those both at the same volume? The first A is the end of the descending line, so it would be loud, do you play the second A just as loud, or do you back off a bit?

    • Allen July 23, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

      Hi Greg,
      We argue it many ways. The second A starts the new phrase, so we could give it extra weight. But we could give a slight accent to the m4 A as an anticipation.
      I recommend playing just the melody every way you can think of and find a way that makes sense to you musically. Then put the other voices back in.

      Good luck!
      Cheers,
      Allen

  2. Greg Lepianka July 20, 2018 at 4:15 am #

    Hi Allen, I think this was a great tutorial. I followed all of your advice, and the piece is coming along. I was wondering if you had any tricky spots as you did this piece. You mentioned measure 4, when the bass switches to the A and the high note switches to the G. I have found measure 8 to be my tricky spot: This is the switch from the A in the Bass back to the D for one measure just before the song repeats. I was wondering if anyone else has a tough time with that transition.

    • Allen July 20, 2018 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks, Greg,
      I found the measure 8 spot tricky as well, and have to pay close attention or it slips.
      Cheers,
      Allen

  3. Joe Marlow July 14, 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Allen,

    This reminds me of what an instructor told me…”A lot of white on the paper does’t mean it will be easy”. So true.

    Currently, I’m surprised at the trouble I’m having with the order of Wilson’s Wild. Just before that, little trouble and lots of fun with Sor’s Minuet in C. Go figure!
    .

    • Allen July 14, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

      So true, indeed, Joe!
      Best of luck with everything,
      Allen

    • Joe Marlow July 15, 2018 at 7:00 am #

      Oops! I think in my original comment it should be Wilde not Wild. Sorry to those with us & those gone!

  4. Marcy July 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

    Allen, when I click on your link, it says “Currently Unavailable”. When I do a Google search it takes me to another Amazon listing, which has two copies costing $8,770.00! It has great reviews, but it’s a little out of my budget!

  5. Ronald Buchle July 14, 2018 at 8:46 am #

    Allen, I purchased the “preparatory” book and received the 2018 edition… plus I got books 1 (third edition-2004), book 2 (2011 edition) and book 3 (2011 edition)… Unfortunately, RCM changes the repertoire in each edition.. Therefore this and others you are doing tutorials on are no longer available…older editions are out of print and for the most part unavailable…. If the tutorials you are doing are not in my copies can you email me a copy of this music otherwise if in your videos you pause on the sheet music I could do a print screen and make a usable copy…… Note: I am a woodshed member…. Also, RCM has just came out with all new versions of the whole series and changed a lot of the material omitting older songs… Thanks, Ron Buchle

    • Allen July 19, 2018 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Ron,
      I hear it is now in the Etudes section, but it should still be there.

      Cheers,
      Allen

  6. Mary Ann Howell July 14, 2018 at 7:29 am #

    You’re so funny. Snooooflaaakes.. Not chopping wood, not squirrels.
    Such a great teacher!
    This looks like a fun puzzle, much more rewarding and engaging than say spending my time playing spider solitaire.
    Thanks Allen!

    • Allen July 19, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

      Thanks, Mary Ann!

      Cheers,
      Allen

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