I just ordered some additional repertoire options from amazon. For Grade 2, I got Tisserand’s “Comme des Chansons” for Simple Mambo and “The Guitar Music of Spain, Vol 1” for the Calatayud Waltz. I went ahead and got the Leo Brouwer works for Guitar, too, even though I won’t need them until Level 3 and after.
Options for the sheet music (not…[Read more]
You’re welcome Donna. His books and experiences, some of which he’s shared in online interviews and podcasts, are very inspiring. I have an earlier book, “Movement for Self-Healing.”
My first guitar repair –
I purchased a second, inexpensive guitar so that I could have guitars in two places and not lug one around all the time. In Colorado, low humidity is a factor and I prefer to keep my better guitar in a good environment. When I spoke with a luthier about a year ago, I was surprised at the incredible number of cracked…[Read more]
Thanks Dave, I was curious about how others organize their practice. I have a notebook with dividers, but it hasn’t felt that organized, and keeping a log has been overly repetitive. The book mark idea is a good one. I haven’t kept up on the news – that’s interesting about Japan’s emperor, and very nice to have such a block of time to practice.
This is a great idea.
My main points to share, so far, are that I’m also starting off with the next practice routines right from the beginning of Grade 2. And, I enjoy reviewing some of the Grade 1 material. It feels quite different and good to spend a little time each day with what comes easily and is already known (to some…[Read more]
Thank you for the congratulations and confirmation about grade 2. I’m excited about continuing.
The Bates Method for eyes isn’t well-known, but has been around for decades. From Meir Schneider’s books and experiences, he started the practice for his blindness, and now drives a car without a requirement for any glasses. He has…[Read more]
Hello fellow musicians,
Another journal update:
When doing Grade 1, most of my concentrated effort was from November to March. Before that, I had had light practice with short sessions. I also took a couple months off during the summer, and then fractured my left wrist at the end of September. It was a small fracture and healed quickly, but…[Read more]
Thank you Glenn, Nick, Judy, Kari, Roger, Tom, Deb and Wade! I’ve appreciated the feedback from my submission so much. I’m taking all the tips with me to Grade 2. This process is fantastic.
For my progress update: First, I’m so pleased to have passed Grade 1. That’s a terrific milestone for me. Yay! Now, I’m filling in some details from Grade 1 and starting to play a few things from Grade 2. There are so many things to improve and learn, but I’ve chosen to focus on keeping a good, relaxed position. I tense up when learning…[Read more]
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