This is sounding and looking very smooth. The vibrato is a nice touch.
For what it’s worth, my own combat with the airborne pinky was greatly assisted by focussing on releasing any tension from the thumb on the back of the neck. This seemed to produce a more relaxed and pronounced curl in the left hand, and made me pull into the fret b…[Read more]
Glorious — thanks Mark. Perfect antidote to a Scottish winter, believe me.
As it happens, in a couple of weeks I’m going to hear Nicola Benedetti performing Marsalis’s Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra (with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra).
Finally, I get a week 2 video up. I’ve only been able to extract 15-20 minutes a day from the last week, so progress has been slower. I’ve taken this up to 160 on the metronome, which is a bit beyond comfort. I can play it cleanly at 150, but not so here. That’s what I’ll work toward for the next recording: a clean and comfortable perform…[Read more]
Adrian Hunter replied to the topic Julie Watson Practice routine 19.1 cross string trills in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 2 months, 1 week ago
Looking great, Julie. I find the trills down on the wound bass strings pretty difficult. I think it’s the increased friction. My a finger seems to stick for a nanosecond if I consciously plant it; whereas if I don’t plant it makes a thin scraping sound. Do you notice anything similar?
Thanks, Mark! I’m amazed myself how much easier I’m finding the exercise now. I’ve never done that kind of concentrated technical practice, every day, just on one thing. But it proves the old synapses are still firing.
I know exactly what you mean about Holdsworth! Just add an amp and some syncopation…
Good luck with week 2.
Vazquez Rubio is a quality instrument indeed. Looks don’t deceive! Mine isn’t quite in that echelon, alas, though I’m very pleased with how it plays and sounds. It’s by a Madrid luthier called Geronimo Mateos who is famous mainly for jazz guitars (the most gorgeous things you’ve ever seen), and who also has an affordable line of classical…[Read more]
End of week 1. I worked every day on this for 30-60 minutes and can really feel the difference. I’ve managed to get the metronome up to 100 to the quarter note, and it feels quite comfortable. Key has been the 4th finger, which I’m now curling more so I can land it right on the tip. This seems to help a lot with the ascending pha…[Read more]
This is sounding very clean: good work! Something that strikes me from my experience with the related 13.6 is the extent to which the fingertips need to be curled, especially the pinky. On the ascending phase, I’ve found it helpful to focus on curling the 4th finger more than I normally would, and planting it quite precisely on the tip.…[Read more]
Thanks for this. I see from your video that you’re also working on accurate fretting in the higher positions. I’ve found the exercise below, by the Scottish guitarist Matthew McAllister, quite useful. The simple act of focusing on how each finger in turn addresses the string up around the 12th fret has revealed quite a lot to me: for…[Read more]
Hi Mark – and thanks for the tip. I’ll focus on lifting the fingers. I had a look at your own (excellent) rendition, which gives me a good target to aim for. Your fretting is considerably more precise and your hand position more secure than mine, I notice.
Thanks, Martha. I’d never tried these exercises before, but they really expose left hand technique, particularly in the higher positions where there’s more resistance from the strings. I think the benefits will be considerable.
Many thanks, Roger. My resolution this new year is to be more involved with the site, whatever the pressures of work! Your encouragement is both timely and welcome.
Adrian Hunter replied to the topic Julie Watson Practice routine 19.1 cross string trills in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi Julie – a great start! Like Martha, I’ll be interested to follow your progress with this exercise, which is on my ‘to do’ list.
Metronome at 60 to the quarter note.
I find this routine surprisingly hard, especially coming back up the fretboard.
My aim in the first week is to achieve more accurate fretting, particularly with the third finger where the action is higher (in the higher positions). I notice quite a few pitch distortions arising…[Read more]
Thinking of new blood, the brilliant Sean Shibe is doing some really interesting things with the instrument. I don’t know of any player who extracts more right-hand colour. His two CDs are worth a listen. Here he is on YouTube:
For similar reasons, the equally excellent Laura Snowden. Like Sean Shibe, s…[Read more]
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