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Hi Julie, Narayan, and Nick! Thanks for following the progress journal. Much appreciated! It really helps to have a community to share the music with.
I have Reaper on my “check it out” list, Narayan — but I am procrastinating a bit. I did watch all the videos by Rick and Brian — and I followed closely the discussions threads with Kari, you…[Read more]
Thank you, Scott. I just watched your recent video on the Allemande, and it sounds quite solid. I’m looking forward to your progress updates. Gosh, we’re lucky that we have Bach in the repertoire.
Hi Donna: yes, I agree with that comment by Andrew York. It was really a mind altering experience to hear the Maestro play Adelita as an encore — particularly after the extremely virtuosic Koshkin sonata. Thanks for following my progress journal!
(Reporting on events in April)
I want to share a concert experience I had a few days ago. My wife and I and a friend attended a recital by Rovshan Mamedkuliev sponsored by the local guitar society. I heard Mamedkuliev once before in 2017, when he played as the warm-up act for Christopher Parkening at the La Gitarra festival in San…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing your submission review, LD. I agree with Martha that recording is for me, now, a very useful and important practice discipline — along with performance practice as best it can be scheduled. Dave offered lots of good advice, all of which I found useful to hear again. I think if you focus on Simon’s lessons and keep an eye on all…[Read more]
Thank you, Richard, for that very informative post. I wasn’t aware of the Kindle book that you mention, and I’ll take a look at it. I’m glad to hear from your post that the methods you are applying are getting good results. I’m looking forward to meeting you in Boston. It sounds like you are making the best musical use of long haul flight time possible.
Hi John, I’m a little slow getting to enjoy all the submissions recently, but Bravo! I think you should keep this set as a performance set and play it for folks as much as you can. They will enjoy it. The set sounds really solid and musical. Congrats!
Gosh, Roger, it sounds like you had a really hard week. I think the Kinkachoo is as lovely as ever — and it’s a great piece for you. The “gosh, I knew this but I forgot it” syndrome is familiar, alas. Alack. Thanks for all you do. Onward!
Hi Barbara: I thought your repertoire submission was very well performed and a pleasure to listen to. I’d urge you to keep it under your fingers and grab every chance you can find to play the set in recital contexts, like open mics, for people — because I’m sure they’d love it. All best, Bruce
Congrats, Sanne. And thanks for the podcast interview, which I just listened to and very much enjoyed. That’s great that you have the clarinet in your life. What a lovely instrument.
Congratulations, Nels, on the submission and the results. Dave really does an excellent job giving advice on an excellent submission. Wow, I learned a lot! All best for the next grade-level adventure!
Hi Mark: I’m trying to get caught up with all the rich content here, and I just had a chance to listen to your submission. I hadn’t read any of the comments — I just went to the video — so when the dog barked I had kind of an out of body experience because I was so entranced with your performance of Birds. Lovely! Very impressive presentation!…[Read more]
I just want to put in a plug for the Setlist feature in ForScore. A couple years ago I was running into the cluttered music folder(s) syndrome. I was having trouble cycling through an increasingly large library of pieces that I had worked on — in addition to the problem of organizing future pieces that I wanted to learn. ForScore Setlists really…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing this with the community, Sven. I learned a lot from Dave’s comments. I totally hear what you are saying in the last comment, about work and joy. Personally, for me, it’s been a tricky balance over the years — and I’ve found likewise that “leaving the treadmill” now and then or maybe often was a satisfying strategy. All Best, Bruce
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