Great entry in your Journal, Bruce. Thank you for letting us know about Rovshan Mamedkuliev. I really loved what you said about Tarrega. When Simon asked Andrew York (in a podcast) what makes art great, Andrew York responded that art is great when you see or hear something new in it even if you have heard/seen it many times.
Your Bach Prelude…[Read more]
Your March is sounding great! I noticed you have the same issue as me in measure 17 and 18, 21 and 22 – getting that high A note clear. Dave just coached me on that. What’s happening is your left hand is coming in at an angle so that your pinkie is straight; and not curled and square to the fretboard. So, it can’t get solidly into…[Read more]
What a great submission and review from Dave. Thank you so much for sharing your evaluation. I have found Grade 4 a really good place to hang out and fix issues in my playing. I think I recall you coming from a rock/pop guitar playing background? (If I’m remembering your podcast interview correctly). I have some things I need to…[Read more]
There is a famous acoustic shop in Santa Monica called McCabes. They have Goodall guitars there, at times. They happened to have one there when I visited a few years ago. I asked if I could play it. The Goodall guitar was the most outstanding acoustic I have ever played. I will never forget that moment. It was so balanced and rung so…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing about Meir Schneider. I also enjoy alternative methods for self healing and maintenance for good health. I went ahead and ordered his book, “Awakening Your Power of Self Healing”.
While I’m not near your grade level, based on what Simon wrote in the repertoire book about the high bar; I think I can say you’re in the “big leagues” now. And, what an incredible place to be. Major kudos to you. I’m so sorry your were feeling down – I think we have all been there. When I had my first experience of forgetting…[Read more]
Tom – I agree with you and Barbara – I think the title is perfect. It really caught my attention and I have learned so much thus far. I had no idea of the depth and breadth of Giuliani’s work and effect on guitar pedagogy. I am already spreading what I am learning to my little students. Thank you so much for hosting this month! :)
Donna Zitzelberger replied to the topic Tim Wang – Grade 4 Certificate Submission (March, 2019) in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 1 week ago
Woo Hoo! Congratulations Tim! 100% on alternation – incredibly impressive! Thanks so much for sharing your evaluation – have fun in Gr. 5!
My student let me keep his Cordoba Parlor Guitar (630) for a few days. In playing it, the 50 mm fretboard felt small – it was challenging for my right hand. A good compromise might be a 51 mm nut.
The big horizontal stretches were a bit more comfortable.
The first fret of the Cordoba is 15 mm closer to me.
The length of the Cordoba…[Read more]
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