Dave Belcher

  • Welcome to CGC, Robbie! Please let me know if you have any questions as you get settled in and I’ll see you around the site!

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Welcome to CGC, Russell! Please just let me know if you have any questions as you get settled in.

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Welcome to CGC officially, Jacques!

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Welcome to CGC, Pengyu! We’re glad you’re here. Please do just let me know if you have any questions as you get settled in.

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Hi Jane,

    Great job with the rhythms and capturing the different feel of the two sections! The one thing I’d encourage you to work on is getting “stronger” slurs, that is, where you’re not bending the strings with the slurring finger but where the slur is light and snappy, where the slurring finger gets off the string more quickly. So, to do that…[Read more]

  • Beautiful performance, Rick. This is a piece I used to perform (along with the other two solo pieces from the Summer Garden Suite, Remembrance and Dreams). Have you seen the film this music was written for? I highly recommend it if you can find a copy: Natsu no niwa: the Friends. Best wishes for the recital.

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Hi Bob,

    Roger’s got you covered: all of the above info he gave you is correct. Basically everything you need for the Practice routines and the (public domain) solo repertoire from the Grades are included in the two print books. (*Please do note we cannot publish any of the copyright pieces included as “extra” pieces in the curriculum, such as…[Read more]

  • CGC Coaching Call with Connie Sheu 3/16/19
    Jim Carroll – Sor Study Op. 31
    Vaughn Edwards – Sor Study Op. 35
    Rick Hill – Barrios Prelude in Cm
    Drew Burgess – Sor Study in D Op.35
    Linda Tsardakas – Bach Allemande BWV 996

    CGC Coaching Call Dave Belcher 3-16-19
    Judy Gordon – Tisserand, Simple Mambo
    Jeff Peek – Aguado…[Read more]

  • Welcome to CGC, John! Thanks for sharing your story with us — we’re happy you’re here. Please let me know if you have any questions as you get settled in…you know where to find me. :)

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Thought you guys here in the CMC might enjoy this great video from one of my favorite YouTubers, Nahre Sol — who is an extremely knowledgeable and talented pianist known for her improvisations and compositions:

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

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

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Really beautiful, Drew! That’s a new piece to me, but I loved the “color” in this music — would really enjoy hearing the other five colors too! The guitar sounds very nice too. Thanks for sharing!

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Sanne and Julie,

    I think you guys might just happen to be lucky enough to have the fastest international printer available of all the Lulu printers we use! Australia always seems to get their books earliest. :)

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Hi Jennie @thanks2u,

    Yes, of course you are more than welcome to sit in and listen. Thanks to Kari @kkconroy for posting the link to Zoom! If you have any trouble with that or need help figuring out the Zoom software please just let me know, Jennie.

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Simon will be hosting the next Live Seminar this Sunday, March 17, but please note there is a time change: the seminar will take place 1-3pm NYC time (please double check that time as you make plans).

    Sign up below to let us know what piece you’d like to perform. Anyone is welcome to sit in and listen and to join in for the international round…[Read more]

    • What an absolutely fascinating and entertaining podcast. Narayan, you are a fabulous story teller. You joined CGC, WITHOUT a guitar. I literally laughed out loud in surprise. That story is AWESOME. But my favorite story was the reason you started to play the guitar again, after all these long year (ok, ok…not tooo many years, you’re still a young pup). Oh, and a second favorite moment was how you chose your Spain guitar (Roger did a great job eekin that one out of you…well done, Rog).
      I am so glad to get to know you more. All I can say is, “The dude abides” (pop culture reference, check out the movie “the big lebowski.”
      Cheers,
      Kari

    • That, seriously, was the most adorable interview I have ever heard in my life! Roger…what can I say! Awesome! Narayan… you are so interesting, a real Tatiana with your selfie duets and quartets. I love your history with learning western popular music and the Creedence Clearwater Revival quote was enjoyed by my whole family!

      • That CCR thing just popped out taking even me by surprise, just one of those things that come out of nowhere. Thanks for all the nice things you say, Janie. So kind of you.

    • Such a wonderful podcast Narayan and Roger thank you both. Seems like Serendipity has walked with you on your guitar journey Narayan. My copy of Noad cost me $1:95 AUD in 1968 and was my introduction to learning to read notation in relation to the guitar. Happy for you on your reuniting with guitar.

    • Thanks Kari, Janie and Lynny for listening to that l-o-n-g, never-ending episode and for the kind words. It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this and I must obviously learn the art of restraint. Lynny, that’s so perceptive – you don’t know the number of times I’ve used that word ‘serendipity’ to myself by way of describing my own musical journey.

    • What an absolutely fascinating interview! Thank you, Narayan, for being so open and willing to share your experiences. You have such a natural, easy way of sharing and telling stories! I could have listened longer! BTW my copy of the Noad book cost $2.95 USD in 1971. Times have changed!

      Thanks again for a really cool interview!

      Dave :-)

    • Yes, it was definitely worthwhile listening! Narayan, that interview was as great as your recordings of multiple Narayans!! I loved hearing about your start with tapes of CCR, The BeeGees, etc. when you didn’t even know what on earth they were singing about! Music really is the international language!

      When are we having the CGC Mumbai Meet-Up?

      Thanks Roger for another great podcast!
      Judy

    • I listened to this interveiw while traveling yesterday, it was wonderful! Narayan, you are such a good story teller and Roger – your interveiw skills are awesome. I laughted completely out loud at your joining CGCA without a guitat and then just loved the story of getting a guitar in Spain! Thank you for another awesome interview!

      Donna

    • Haha how does Roger interview a classical guitarist from India, and end up discussing sub genres of heavy metal? I love it! That was hugely entertaining and at the same time very open and candid discussion. Thank you for sharing so much Narayan!

    • Thanks, folks. Dave, if I get caught for some nefarious dealings, they should do well to send Roger to talk to me. I will open up and tell him everything! He is gentle, involved and skilful. And my sincere thanks to you for suggesting Amalio Burguet, I so love it.

      Judy, on the CGC Mumbai meet, I believe we have to tackle the formidable Linda who is gunning for Germany ;) Thanks.

      Donna, thank you for listening to this in all your busy scheduling.

      And Michael, you are too funny, man. Enjoyed your comment.

    • Narayan and Roger. This is by far the best and most enjoyable podcast so far. I was inspired by what you discussed as you were so “down to earth” and easy to relate to.

    • Oh, how did I miss your comment? Thanks Terry!

    • Narayan and Roger. What a delightful podcast…truely a bases loaded home run!! Thank you both. Regards, JR

    • Narayan! I loved putting your fascinating voice with the face and music we’ve all come to know and love! Such energy; such exuberance; and such wonderful stories! You are quite the raconteur my friend. I must say I was quite relieved to learn that you actually didn’t burn your classical guitar. And like Kari, I cracked up when you said you joined CGCA without a guitar! Thank you for sharing your guitar adventures with us, and thank you Roger, for another well crafted page in our collective book of special CGCA memories!

    • Thank you John and Mark. As you well know, Mark, our friend Roger has an effective way of following up on every thread and sub-thread in the conversation with the skill of a surgeon. He put me at ease and I just went on and on and on, I really think. Must learn to shut up once in a while ;)

    • I finally had a chance to listen to this great podcast. Thanks, Narayan, for sharing! Very helpful and enjoyable — like your videos!

  • Thank you, Ian, for the detailed response! Dave, you may also want to check this out, which, though it is intended for Grade 5, is a great resource for this particular question:

    NC301 Notating voices in classical guitar music CC

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Welcome to CGC, Mohammad! It’s great to have you here. Please let me know if you have any questions at all as you get settled in.

    Peace,

    Dave B (CGC team)

  • Coaching Call with Connie Sheu
    Robert Guerrero – Bach March in D
    Vaughan Edwards – Sor in Bm
    Rick Hill – planting question
    Glenn Shell – Sor Study No. 3
    Rick Lord – Bach Allemande from BWV 996

    Coaching Call with Dave Belcher
    Wade Landeche: Giuliani, Papillon 19
    Thomas Decker: Giuliani, Etude 1
    Immanuel Creagh: Pujol,…[Read more]

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