Speaking of fireworks and cold water. This story made me think of how much the Spanish love their fireworks. We were in Tossa de Mar on San Juan day, quite a few years ago, and everybody was setting off fireworks all day. I was sat on a wall while my wife phoned home and I watched a couple of young lads messing about with fireworks. One of them…[Read more]
Crikey Ian! How fast were you playing those arpeggios?
Seriously, my life seems to be dominated by musculoskeletal problems so I totally empathise. I hope you make a speedy recovery.
Scott, I thought your rendition of the prelude was great, but the Recuerdos takes the biscuit. If I could give you a high five, I would do. Don’t know if that’s kosher these days, but you’re getting one anyway. I loved it! Feel free to take a well-earned break. I’ve enjoyed the way you’ve been running with this thread.
Regarding your repeated bars…
My memory on this is vague because it happened about 40 years ago. I have an LP that John Williams recorded when he was 16, I think. There are some Bach pieces on there, and I bought the music so I could follow along with the recordings. There was one piece in particular, can’t remember which, that halfway through the…[Read more]
Nice update Ian. Sounds like you’ve got a plan there.
People say that playing the guitar is difficult, but playing the guitar is a damn sight easier than guessing those winning lottery numbers! :-)
The thing that impresses me is that I don’t hear the shifts, which I think is great. As an aside, with being a bookophile, I’m also very impressed with your bookcase in that background. :-)
John Hamilton replied to the topic Robert Guerrero Grade 3 Submission — September 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 4 days, 4 hours ago
I joined the CGCA when you submitted for grade 2, and I was blown away by your Simple Mambo, and I have continued to be impressed with your progress. Hats off to you, sir, and congratulations on getting your Grade 3. I can’t wait to hear your Grade 4 stuff.
Sorry Scott, @sjbrandenburg
I think you meant Buñuelo. I just Googled Bañuelo and it came back as an 11th Century Arabic baths, which confused the hell out of me! Buñuelo, on the other hand, is something you eat. Again, curtesy of Google.
I’m enjoying watching your progress. As well as that I’d like to thank you for taking the time to post an explanation of your approach. I’m acutely aware of how much time it takes to give a decent response on the forum, and that level of effort doesn’t go un-noticed. You’re doing a great job.
To echo Helen, thanks to all for the comments! I’m going to get my hands on a super cardioid mic and some headphones and then book another coaching call. I’m fascinated to know if there’ll be any difference.
I recently played several exercises in reverse, almost perfectly. Only because I was watching myself in a mirror! Seriously, if Tárrega played difficult exercises in reverse, he had to be showing off. Why else would you do it? I’m not knocking him – if you can do it, do it!
Judy – Great find! I’m now looking forward to my next ironing session.
Playing it from cold must be the reason why it sounded so cool!
I listened to the latest RogCast earlier and the Bach quote at the end made me think of Morecambe and Wise playing the Grieg piano concerto with André Previn. You may have seen it.
The clip below has been edited and is not the full sketch, but it does contain the…[Read more]
Your years of playing the piano have not been a handicap, they’ve turned you into a musician. This can be clearly observed in your grade submission. You’re being too modest. :-)
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