Hi all, I wanted to let everyone know that the 2019 GFA International Concert Artist Competition is streaming as I type this. Currently in the preliminary rounds. Great playing!
2019 International Concert Artist Competition: Preliminary Rounds
Posted by Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) on Monday, June 17, 2019
Michael – so glad you asked! I have a lot to say about this piece.
My first step was to annotate the score with all the right-hand fingerings and notate the places where I wanted to use bass stopping. I’m VERY glad I did this because I don’t have to go back and re-learn with all the bass stops.
The piece frustrated me at first because the 4-2…[Read more]
Thanks for listening Steve! Yes, the exaggerated dynamics are the goal for sure. Sometimes the loud thumb rest strokes cause my other fingers to get tangled up. Probably could use some more slow practice there.
Been promising this for a while. Finally made a recording of this piece.
It’s still kinda shaky, but I’m happy to at least be able to play through it. I may keep practicing it for a few days, but then it’s on to Grade 4!!
Hey Robert! Noticed I hadn’t posted an update about the salon a couple weeks ago. It went great! I played both Brouwer Etudes, No 1 and 5. No 1 felt better, I’ve practiced it more. It was interesting to notice that the compliments I got afterwards were at odds with how I felt in the moment (nervous and shaky). I guess it didn’t come through!
I am…[Read more]
Thank you ShannonAnn! That helped a lot with my practice this week.
Some observations: I haven’t been putting a ton of time into this, maybe 5 minutes a day. Even this amount is very effective! The shift is getting smoother, and my slurs are getting stronger.
Maybe another way to look at it is that 5 minutes is 1/6…[Read more]
Thanks Michael! I still feel there’s room to improve the shifts. I want to be able to play them without thinking. I still “miss” the shift sometimes, in the sense that I don’t always land smoothly. Going to keep practicing slow to iron that out.
Musically, I want to work on the separation between the voices during the shift section. See if I can…[Read more]
My practice sessions have felt haphazard lately, but I think I’m making good progress. Reviewing one of my goals, I said “My goal for the next two months is to be able to play all combinations of slurs cleanly at the 3rd fret.” I can’t say that I’m playing them COMPLETELY clean, but I’m playing them at the first fret. Goal achieved!
Michael – that’s right, no hard material for me! I stick with the easy stuff :P
Thanks for the advice Dave! It’s been helpful to focus on left-hand finger placement in a tiny excerpt.
For this week, I decided to record with a metronome. I noticed my slurs weren’t even so I wanted to work on that. Still having a tough time with the 4-2 descending…[Read more]
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