Dave Belcher

  • Just to add clarity here:

    The Grade Exam Submission requirements does say “Four Pieces from the following” and “#2-4” just means numbers 2 through 4. So only four pieces are required.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Thanks, Richard. And just to reiterate: it really is best to only submit for one grade at a time, especially given that we can only consider one submission anyway.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Hi Robert,

    Congrats on starting your progress journal! As I said to you in my email, your video was great and it was very nice to get to hear you play. You play very well and though you mentioned a couple of things to keep working on we’ve talked about before you should really be proud of this milestone! I look forward to seeing more updates in…[Read more]

  • Hi Jozef,

    I will contact you by email, but it’s best to record something that you’re comfortable playing and you feel like you can play well. Maybe a piece that you spent a lot of time on (even if it’s been some time since you last played it). As Roger said, it really is best to begin with the Fundamentals and to proceed from there, but I’m…[Read more]

  • Does this mean we’ll soon get to hear you sing, Magdalena?!

    Oh, and Mark, many of Gary’s scores look crazy from all the fun things he does all over the guitar — he’s a master of extended techniques. There’s a moment in his suite for the American West (Scenes from the Wild West) where he emulates the sound of horse hooves trotting along by…[Read more]

  • CGC Coaching Call Dave Belcher 9-7-19
    John Brownbill: PR 1.4
    Terry Johnson: Sor Study 1
    Hanna Blackledge: Giuliani, Le Papillon 19
    Kari Conroy: PR 11.5
    Roger Ramirez: Ramirez, Tarantella

    CGC Coaching Call Simon September 7 2019
    Lissa Wick: Tarrega, Estudio in Em
    Tim Flanigan: Sor, Study 8
    Marten Bergstrom: Thumb…[Read more]

  • Welcome to CGC, Logan! So glad you decided to join the Academy! I look forward to hearing more from you. You already know where to find me if you have any questions so don’t hesitate to reach out! Best wishes.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Welcome to CGC, Jozef! As you can see there are a lot of friendly folks here from all over the world — this is a very warm and inviting place. It’s been great to talk with you so far by email. I’m always here to help out so if you’d like to set up a time to talk about where to start just let me know and we can do that.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Welcome to CGC, Gino! We’re happy you’re here. Please let me know if you have any questions at all as you get settled in.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Dave Belcher posted a new activity comment 4 days, 6 hours ago

    Hi Roberto,

    Welcome! I sent you a message about this, but if you go to “Forum” and then “Introduce Yourself” you can introduce yourself to other members and you’ll get some nice replies from other members. As for where to start, I believe you received an email about that from me yesterday, but let me know if I can help out more by email:…[Read more]

  • Welcome, Brent! You have quite the extensive musical background, experience, and activities. We’re happy you’re here. Please let me know if you have any questions at all as you get settled in to the site.


    Dave B (CGC team)

    • A very happy anniversary to the Rogercast!
      Roger, thanks for a year of inspiration. It has personally kept my motivation tank full.

      Great to hear the voices of Dave B and Niki.

      And finally, to the woman of the hour, Miss Magdalena. We are so incredibly blessed to have you as part of the academy. Your spirit, spontaneity, and vibrancy shine through your playing. I look forward to see the moments you play. Best wishes on your upcoming exam and all the other fin projects you will take up.

    • Thanks Roger for a year of inspiring interviews with our classmates. I’ve enjoyed them all and learned a lot.

      Magdelana, thank you for sharing your approach to the guitar. I found it very heartening.

    • Great podcast Roger.. It was very informative and entertaining!

    • Roger,

      I like the unscripted thing. Worked well for you. It would be great to hear more from Niki, though you’ll need to come up with cool music for her intro. Maybe Carmina Burana? Happy Birthday CGCA members podcast! You get your own cake today. 🎂


      It was great hearing about your story. I can’t imagine teaching 80 different people how to play guitar. Your patience must be amazing! Really looking forward to your submission. You’re a trailblazer, tackling Grade 8. I’m sure it will be fantastic.


    • Hi Roger,

      The unscripted podcast is fine – it’s you!

      The conversations with Niki and Dave were very interesting and I loved hearing about Magdalena’s background. I had the pleasure of sharing a stand with Magdalena in orchestra and of being in Berta Rojas’ ensemble, too.

      All the best,

    • Happy anniversary, Roger!

      I thought I may have missed it, as we had spoken earlier in September last year (or was it the end of August?), and I still have my September 12th message to you suggesting that you interview Kari, as she was going to be the next CGC Ambassador ;]

      What a marvelous way to spend your anniversary, speaking with Magdalena! it was almost surreal in Summer School hearing the buzz that Magdalena was going to be there, but once I met her I totally got it. Yet another radiant personality joining the many others here at CGC (including those who go unscripted).

      I do have a quote for you, although I’m not sure how inspirational you’ll find it. Also, though it’s commonly ascribed to Winston Churchill, I guess the evidence for that is nonexistent:

      “Success Is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”

      it is appropriate, though, to your podcast as I think that helps all of us to keep our enthusiasm going.

      Many thanks,

    • Thank you Roger, Dave and Magdalena. This was wonderful! Listening to Magdalena talk about summer school brought so many of those wonderful memories flooding back to me. Magdalena’s students are so fortunate to have such a warm, creative and music loving teacher to study with!

      A suggestion for a future podcast Roger – how about bringing all our wonderful member teachers together on one podcast? I’m thinking Lynda, Linda, Donna and Magdalena – and I’m guessing there are others. It would be fun to hear their different teaching approaches, experiences, and how CGCA has influenced their teaching. A bit of a logistical nightmare perhaps, but hey, you’re an IT wizard right? Go for it! And obtw, happy birthday and thanks for all you do for all of us!

    • MC2 replied 3 days ago

      And if you need another alliterative segment title, how about “Hobnobbing with Niki” ?

    • Thank you Roger. Loved the interview with Dave, Niki and Magdalena. Such a joy meeting all of you at summer school. I have recently had a request to give one little 10 y/o student guitar lessons. I can’t imagine 80 students! Magdalena, you are amazing!

    • I enjoyed listening to the podcast, Roger. Nice to hear thoughts of Dave, Niki, and Magdalena. Regarding inspirational moments, last night I enjoyed a concert in Iowa City with Audra McDonald who finished with Somewhere Over The Rainbow as a encore. She inspired us to work for love within the world.

  • Welcome to CGC, Matt! Let me know if you need anything at all as you get settled in.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Great job with the Canon, Roger! Love it. And nice to hear your latest piano recording as well.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Congrats, Bubble! I’ll connect with you by email this week so we can get you set up on a Coaching Call soon — I’d be happy to help with that.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Hi Ian,

    They are simply phasing out their print material and will move entirely to digital — they are not abandoning the magazine. There are a handful of other smaller magazines out there, including one called Soundboard published by GFA.



    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Hi Clark,

    Great info above from Jeff and Immanuel (thanks, guys!). Just to add one other tidbit of info:

    You may sign up for one 15-minute slot per week and signups are first-come first served within that two-week window that Immanuel mentioned leading up to a call (signups are locked out twenty-four hours before a call to avoid surprise,…[Read more]

  • Welcome to CGC, John! We’re glad you’re here. Please let me know if I can help out at all as you get settled in.


    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Hi Vikas,

    One great marker for moving forward is the Practice Routines. These are cumulative in the sense that they sum up all of the lessons in that unit and focus them into several exercises that make up the routine. If you can make it through the routine comfortably, then you are probably ready to move on. There are other factors of course,…[Read more]

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