Time for a quick update! While I haven’t had the flexibility to be very active on the forum lately I have been quite busy guitar-wise. Its always a little strange to transition between grades, but I am now solidly into Grade 4 and loving the various pieces, which I am finding appropriately challenging. That’s not to say that I have dropped my…[Read more]
Thanks so much Judy, Jeff, Roger, Mark, and Judy for watching and commenting. Judy V and Judy G, I too am closely watching the next grade up reviews and finding them extremely helpful!
Thanks all for your comments. I have focused hard on RH finger alternation in my technical exercises but seem to have allowed it to lapse in my repertoire! What is fascinating to me is that Simon’s feedback aligns perfectly with that I have received from the new instructor I am also working with (who too is coaching me on tone production). In…[Read more]
Here is Simon’s incredibly insightful and helpful feedback on my Grade 3 submission. Simon’s observations and suggestions are spot on, and give me clear direction on how to move forward as I embark on Grade 4. Many thanks to Simon and the entire CGC community!
I am woefully overdue for an update to my progress journal. That is not to say that I haven’t been working hard. I submitted for Grade 3 earlier this month, and, while awaiting feedback, this feels like a good time to take stock.
I find that preparing for grade submissions takes me off my regular practice track for at least a month, as I begin t…[Read more]
Thank you for the excellent summary Kari. I thoroughly enjoyed the gathering and everyone’s Giuliani’s performances. And many thanks to Bob for inviting us to his lovely home in Arlington. Once again my appreciation for the value of such gatherings and how difficult it is to perform live continues to grow.
The next DC Corner will take place on…[Read more]
Thank you Robert and Nels! Really appreciate your feedback. Regarding FOBN and GYWOG – yes, no doubt that makes a difference, the key is using them. Must make a mental note to do so.
Thanks for watching and commenting, Rick, Richard, Michael, Deb and Tom! Tom, I particularly appreciate your comment on the LH technique in Brouwer V since I suffer from LH inferiority complex (along with various other technique maladies).
Many thanks for watching and commenting Roger, Donna, Judy, Jim, Richard, Ian, Kari, and Rick!
Judy, if there is a theme to my Grade 3 experience, it is that perseverance most assuredly pays off. Also, please do give Brouwer V a chance — try listening to a recording of it (Spotify if you subscribe). It grows on you, and is really fun to…[Read more]
I wasn’t expecting to submit so early but I began to suffer from FOBN – Fear of Breaking Nails. Consequently, I began recording last week and have reached my limit. So here goes.
I have so enjoyed working on Grade 3. I found the technical rou…[Read more]
Here is my final update, where I play Snowflight at somewhere between 75 and 85 bpm https://youtu.be/Csx-4XGzLgU. I think my playing has improved somewhat, and I am feeling a bit more relaxed in the RH. I have been striving for accuracy and musical interpretation. The more I play this piece the better I feel about it but it is still clearly a work…[Read more]
Here is my week two update, where I increased the tempo to 70 bpm for both Giuliani 1-6 and Snowflight, focusing on the second 1/3 of Snowflight. Of course increasing the tempo makes it more difficult to be completely accurate. I also found that I had a lot of buzzing on Snowflight. So continuing to work on these issues. I am getting tired of the…[Read more]
Thanks so much for listening and commenting! Slowing down the tempo is helpful. I love your Snowflight breathing advice (from Simon) and will attempt it today.
Here is my week one update: https://youtu.be/OyOnVbSrnUA
Per my plan this week I play both RH 1-6 and Snowflight at 55 bpm, striving for accuracy and relaxation, and focusing on first 1/3 of Snowflight. Niki’s feedback was very helpful and in addition to my personal goals I focused on the RH thumb sound, trying to use more of the nail which is…[Read more]
Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback! I was away the past week and plan to post my first update tonight or tomorrow. I have been forcing myself to play both the Giuliani and Snowflight at a very slow tempo and that is helping my accuracy and playing overall I believe.
Thanks Immanuel. The baseline tempo is how I currently play it, at a relatively fast tempo but without finesse and accuracy. My goal during this challenge is to slow it down considerably, work out the kinks and try to relax, and then go back up in tempo. Hopefully there will be some improvement!
I also wondered whether the Challenge would interfere with my grade submission prep. But the way this challenge is structured, there are so many synergies with the grade material and repertoire pieces that I saw doing this challenge as a plus for my grade submission prep. Even just the weekly video discipline is helpful prep. Out of necessity my…[Read more]
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