I can’t emphasize enough how helpful watching these evaluations has been. Even when it’s someone else, the advice applies universally.
Re: rhythm practice. An alternative to the metronome is counting out loud. Our speech is so rhythmic that just the act of doing it can help make your rhythm more consistent. This video was helpful for…[Read more]
Though it’s not required for moving through the grades, my personal approach is to learn and memorize all pieces in the grade level. I like having plenty of repertoire memorized. I also find that pieces I may not have liked at first become more interesting to me as I learn how to use phrasing and dynamics.
The temptation for me is to neglect…[Read more]
Eddie, really well played, your hard work is paying off.
I agree with Sor Study 3 – I avoided playing it for a long time because I find the numerous C# and F# 4th finger notes difficult. That’s what I’m working on now, in fact. Back to grade 1 for me!
Hey Roger! Thanks for the tips – the double stops are definitely giving me trouble. One thing that’s helping me is disregarding the left hand and playing all open strings. Helps me focus on those quick RH movements.
Thanks Robert! Brouwer is precise with his dynamic markings, so I’m trying to do them justice…
My reference video is Gohar’s performance, I like her tempo and how she articulates the bass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXzfTZvNHnE
Thanks Nick, Narayan, and Thane!
Thane – I used two mics for this recording. There’s a visible SM57 pointed at the 12th fret. There’s also an MXL 990 condenser mic, not visible, pointed at the bridge.
Okay, I’m on it! Here’s a work-in-progress take:
Things I want to work on here:
- Balance of the bass and treble (louder, clearer treble)
- Rhythmic consistency, especially in the treble
- Bass: louder, more gravitas
- Contrast in dynamics between sections
Well hello. It’s been a while. What’s been happening?
Still practicing, slightly less in the run up to submission time. I became quite frustrated with the Guiliani Allegretto and put it down for a bit. The main problem are 2-4 descending slurs.
My technical routine right now is dominated by 4th finger work. Left hand walking…[Read more]
Great to see you posting more videos. Your Sor No. 2 sounded great and your technique is really coming along. No harm in trying out extra material like Ole Jose – play what inspires you! It was also cool to see your son playing the Gibson. That guitar looks like a fun one to play.
Hi Sven! It can be hard to get that feedback after putting in so much work, but it sounds like you have some concrete areas to focus on and improve. Polishing your technique will pay off in the long run. I’m watching Dave’s feedback and learning a lot myself! Best of luck going forward with refining this material and re-submitting.
Hi Debbie! Nice to see your submission. Your tone changes in the Sor piece were excellent. I also liked the rhythms of the chords in the waltz. Great feedback from Simon!
I didn’t notice until I posted – it really looks like I’m rocking out in the thumbnail!
Narayan – yes, that’s an SM57 pointed at the 12th fret. That’s for the left channel. I have an MXL 990 condenser mic, not visible, pointed at the bridge in the right channel (you can see it in Mr Doggies). Props to Brian Bowersox for his recording video,…[Read more]
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