Time for an update! I have achieved two major CG milestones in the past two weeks: This morning I passed a live certificate performance exam at the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society and a few weeks ago I attended a Zoran Dukic live concert in D.C. These are two achievements that I would not have considered but for CGCA.
The live certificate exam…[Read more]
I must have telepathically channeled your thoughts before you posted because I had already decided this week to slow the pace as much as possible and focus on left hand position and the slurs. My second week take is posted below. Adjusting to the slow pace was initially very difficult. The metronome is at the slowest setting and I…[Read more]
Barbara replied to the topic If you could send a message to yourself back in time! in the forum General Discussion 1 week, 5 days ago
I would tell myself to focus on what’s most important at that time of life. Raising two kids and getting them through college, two Masters degrees and a doctorate while working full time, aging parents, work demands, and international travel – yes life gets in the way. But now that things have settled down I’m back at it, and very thankful.
Barbara replied to the topic Reginald Smith Brindle—An entrée into the avant-garde in the forum General Discussion 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Thanks Mark for your performance. I am fascinated by RSB and trying not to get too distracted by all of these very new concepts!
I was searching for more on Guitarcosmos I and found this on Delcamp: https://robmackillop.net/guitar/guitar-cosmos-reginald-smith-brindle/.
A list of Guitarcosmos I pieces by grade would be helpful if it exists.
I am…[Read more]
Barbara replied to the topic Reginald Smith Brindle—An entrée into the avant-garde in the forum General Discussion 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Thanks Richard – I am intrigued and purchased and downloaded Guitarcosmos (what a great title). Looking forward to this month’s journey.
This is truly a Big Ending to our Giuliani-fest! Thank you Nels, Martin, Narayan, and Bruce, and above all Tom, for leading us on this journey and capping it with a performance of Blacksmith, which is high on my list of Giuliani favorites. Thanks also Bruce for making me aware of the Noad 100 graded CG studies volume, so now I must go buy it.
Thank you Mark, Martha, and Rick. I found that sweet little piece in a collection I’ve had for decades and never thought to play it until now. I would say it is very Giuliani-esque, if simple, and even has a bit of a “Big Ending” ala Richard.
Lest Nels and Duju put us to shame with their comments and thoroughly enjoyable performances, I am posting my humble contribution to the Giuliani-fest below. Tom, thank you for enhancing my appreciation for Giuliani beyond any expectations. I used to associate MG with the 120 RH studies (which I devoutly practice) and various tormenting repertoire…[Read more]
Mark, you let the cat out of the bag about the Blindfold Test (JK)! Thanks Dave, Rick, and Richard for the further insights re Bream, Rossiniana, and Big Endings. I am just so amazed by MG. I listened to Simon’s Rossiniani Podcast today and it is so helpful to understand the context of the arias. Makes listening to Rossiniani even more enjoyable.
this is a very cool site, thank you Mark. I write with my left-hand and almost exclusively use fountain pens when I use ink so I love this site. I am also fairly picky about paper choice as a result (is there a guitar paper site?). Why do I use fountain pens? Because the ink dries fast and stays dry so it doesn’t smear on the side of my hand. I am…[Read more]
Glad you enjoyed Dyens. I was not aware of his work and learned that he died unexpectedly in 2016. He certainly added a jazzy touch to MG’s compositions. I am THRILLED that we are focusing on Rossiniana and the Harmonious Blacksmith this week.
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