Thanks Dave for the feedback. I apologize for missing last week’s update video. I had friends visiting and staying at my house for a few days then went on a family road trip. I regretfully didn’t get a chance to record a video. I did get some practice time in as I brought my cheap guitar on the road trip. I tried reducing the bounce in my rig…[Read more]
I sometimes hum. I also make up lyrics sometimes like “my kids should brush their teeth, they should go to bed, if not, Daddy may explode”. I can usually shut it off when I record though. You just have the music in your heart. Not a bad thing.
Thanks for all the kind words. Sultan, my grade 1 feedback also mentioned about my right hand curl. I’m trying to relax it but they’re stubborn fingers. Thanks for the feedback.
On the weekend I practiced the open string arpeggio exercise from the workbook. This video shows 70 on the metronome so for now the new title is No. 13 Andante. I thi…[Read more]
David Lundell replied to the topic Patrick Thomas Murphy (Grade 2) Giuliani Op.50 No. 13 in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Well done Patrick! You are completely right with your main goal of getting acquainted with this piece. I had to memorize it first before I felt I could really see any improvement. And I need much more improvement. For me, goal number one is always memorization, listening to other people play it, and persevere with playing it at least a couple…[Read more]
David Lundell replied to the topic Sultan Bamukhier, Giuliani Allegro Op. 50 Papillon no 13 (Grade 2) in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Nice work Sultan! You’ve already got the notes down and can get through the piece so I can guarantee that if you practice it a few times every day you’ll see rapid improvement. I started this one a few months ago and struggled but suddenly the muscle memory takes over and then you can add in the bass stopping. I had to go super slow at first to…[Read more]
My 1st Goal: Speed
The title of this piece states Allegro.
Today I set my metronome at the lowest Allegro BPM which was 120. Fast is an understatement. My Status video is at an easy going pace so I wanna set a benchmark speed then gradually try and increase it each week. Although unlikely to reach Allegro speed. I’m thinking I’ll set the fir…[Read more]
Hey Scott. Very good questions and for me personally I welcome all criticisms from all teachers and students alike. I joined this Academy to become the best classical guitar player I can be. Please critize so I can work on all my deficiencies. I’ve already received very constructive critiques from students that have improved my playing. This being…[Read more]
I woke up this morning to some shaking here in Japan. It seems like there has been more than usual tremors here over the last month. Like Steve, I had a front row seat for the huge earthquake in Japan in 2011. I was teaching a class of elderly students when it struck. We all got under the tables and I said to a man in his 80s, “This is the b…[Read more]
We share are stuff on this site with the understanding that it’s educational. We belong to a group that strives to improve us all musically. We post our stuff in the greater good of improving ourselves.
How is sharing already shared information an issue? How is compiling a list of already shared information an issue? How is Making it easier f…[Read more]
Interesting topic. I have another question concerning copyright. The other day I was sitting on my sofa going through YouTube videos of CGC curriculum repertoire played by various random people. Trying to get tunes ingrained in my brain. After listening to Richard Charlton play his Cantilena I noticed somebody posted several videos of the sheet…[Read more]
Hey David. I am one of those that is thinking about submitting Simple Mambo for the September submission. There are no lessons at the Academy. After getting the sheet music I just listened to random people playing it on YouTube plus a few peoples grade 2 submissions on this site to get an idea of the rhythm, etc. An Academy student, Robert…[Read more]
Thanks Judy! Where are you from in Canada? Perhaps one day when I’m in the neighborhood and hear beautiful guitar playing coming from your backyard I’ll drop some of that Japanese beer off on your front porch.
Thank you so much Lynny. I just started my 2 month summer vacation from teaching in Japan. Most of my expat buddies have gone to their respective countries for the summer so I’ve got pretty much nothing to do but drink beer and practice guitar. How much practice time can you manage in a day or week?
Thanks again for the list of grade 2 feedbacks Glenn. I’ve been watching them while lying in bed at night before sleepy sleepy time and finding lots of useful tips for my fall submission.
Here’s my 2nd practice video for grade 2. It’s Petite Caprice by Carulli, Vals by Calatuyud and Andantino by Carcassi. I go into more detail on my thoug…[Read more]
Here’s my second practice video for my fall submission of grade 2. Petite Caprice by Ferdinando Carulli, Vals by Bartolomé Calatuyud and Andantino by Matteo Carcassi. This video took less takes and I’m feeling a little calmer so I’m happy with that but they still need work before September.
Last Friday I started my almost 2 month summer vacati…[Read more]
Nice work Derek! I started this piece a few weeks ago and have gone through the new masterclass with Rene a couple times. The rhythm and speed is the biggest challenge for me right now but I’m practicing it everyday and it’s slowly coming together. Another challenge is throwing in the rest strokes after the “double attack” with the thumb. It sure…[Read more]
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