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CGC Coaching Call with Sanja Plohl:
Sanne: fingering Ave Maria Cello/guitar duet
Manuel: Brouwer study nr 6, left hand pressure
Marten: Luigi Legnani, Caprice no.2 (grade 7)
Magdalena: Verano porteño
Martin: Rest stroke (grade 2)
CGC Coaching Call with James Erickson:
Roger Ramirez: Mertz, Nocturne Op 4, no 1
It’s okay to jump in and participate now if you’d like, but we are just starting the second week of the challenge now, so you may want to follow along from the sidelines. It’s up to you. Best wishes.
Dave B (CGC team)
Great start with these exercises! For the rest of the challenge, you may want to select just one of these exercises to focus on so you can set some goals for where you want to end up by the end of the month. You might set a target tempo to shoot for by the end of the month (keep it modest and achievable). Please try and keep your video…[Read more]
Great job, Roger! I think your 80bpm update is already more secure than your 75 was! My guess is that you may hit 90 earlier than you think and you may need to raise your goal. But keeping your goals modest and realistic is a great thing so cross that bridge when you get there.
There are just a couple of moments where synchronization is ever so…[Read more]
Dave Belcher replied to the topic Cindy Perz – Challenge#8, C Major scale (PR 10.6, staccato) in the forum Member Challenge #8 Speed 3 days, 23 hours ago
Looks great, Cindy! Clear, simple goals that I think are achievable within the month’s end. 155 will definitely be a challenge, so you’ll need to come up with some practice techniques to help you get there — speed bursts are a great way to focus on relaxing into the faster tempo. You might also try working at a much faster tempo than you’re used…[Read more]
Great goals, Diane! I think you can achieve that stretch tempo by the end of the month. It will take some work to control excess finger movement as you speed up. You might combine some slow work focusing on accuracy and minimal finger movement (when fingers lift) with faster speed bursts that push you past where you’re currently comfortable and…[Read more]
Great simple goal that I think will still give you a good challenge. Have you decided on where you’d like to end up by the end of the month? Shoot for something within your reach but will still push you. If you find the left hand difficult at all as you focus on speeding up the right hand, you might try using either different chords…[Read more]
Great start and great goals with this one! Nice and simple and clear. I think you’ll be able to hit that target speed no problem. I do hear slight gaps in the shifts in a couple of places so I do think focusing on those will be beneficial throughout the month as you speed up. Best of luck!
By the way, I love it: Why 320bpm? Because…[Read more]
Dave Belcher replied to the topic Julie Watson left hand preparation string crossing in the forum Member Challenge #8 Speed 3 days, 23 hours ago
I think this is a great thing to focus on and your goal of 10bpm is definitely achievable — you already did it! One thing to focus on throughout the month will be synchronization of the two hands. There are some places where synchronization is ever so slightly off and spending some time building up the connection between the two hands…[Read more]
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Dave B (CGC team)
For the arch in the pinky specifically I think one thing that can help is allowing the palm of the hand to be a bit closer to the neck. If you have too much space in the palm the fingers tend to straighten out. I don’t believe it has anything to do with the elbow position. Do also check the position of the thumb…it may need to be a…[Read more]
Sounds great, Sultan! Making adjustments to your goals will help you either keep them realistic or make them more challenging to keep you motivated, so that’s fantastic. Best wishes.
Dave B (CGC team)
Great start with the exercise and, as Magdalena said, you do indeed have fast hands! You have a lot of agility on the instrument already so I definitely think you can reach your goals by the end of the month. Magdalena’s suggestion of speed bursts is a great one. Another variation you can use is to use dotted rhythms, switching from…[Read more]
Great start with this set of exercises! If you find you’re having trouble with the rhythm or finding the beat, you may try using subdivision with the metronome so you can be much more secure with the beat. Counting out loud is always a great tool as well. One thing I’d recommend at the slower speeds is, even though the tempo is…[Read more]
Great start with this exercise! I think that’s a pretty clear and, yes, I do believe achievable and realistic goal for the end of the month. Some things to focus on would be the left-hand transitions so you’re not cutting off the last note of each chord before you shift. That will require some spot practice of each of those sections. It…[Read more]
Dave Belcher replied to the topic Glenn Shell – Synchronization-Ascending with String Crossing in the forum Member Challenge #8 Speed 5 days, 4 hours ago
Great start with this exercise! Your goals look pretty straightforward, though I do think the jump from 60 on the quarter note to 45 on the sixteenth may be a big jump. My best advice there is to play that by ear for your final goal, or adjust along the way based on what you think you can achieve within the month. Be sure also to…[Read more]
Great job, Sultan! You’ve got some excellent LH finger preparation going on here, which I think is important to make your finger movements as efficient as possible, but also helps with synchronization and legato. Your goals are simple and definitely achievable so I look forward to seeing your progress with the piece! Best of luck.
Dave B…[Read more]
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