Welcome aboard. I took a forty year break without an instrument (former bass player) and I’m really glad I got back to it. I seem to have an even greater passion for it now. Also, I think you will find you made a great choice when you chose this site as well. You will find a lot of people here who will encourage and advise you on…[Read more]
I have watched some of your videos and really admire your playing ability so I really appreciate the encouraging words. I realize I’m not the first nor the only one who suffers from some of these maladies I go on about during ‘my bad weeks’ ;) but, I do really find it encouraging when people whom I respect take the time to say, we’ve…[Read more]
It has been a tough week for me to feel a sense of progress, so I’ve decided to review an entry I made in my writing journal back in August, concerning what I felt were the biggest issues impeding my progress at the time, and, to look at those issues with a fresh perspective. So some issues and a progress report, four months later.
week 15 or thereabout
So highlights of the week had nothing to do with my practice, rather I attended my second classical guitar concert and got to listen to Ricardo Cobo do a concert of Latin American music with one Napoleon Coste piece thrown in, which was really nice. Both the concert and the Coste piece. However even better for me was able…[Read more]
She was one of my favorite teachers on Tonebase. She had a talent for getting to the heart of the matter in an easy to understand and straight forward way. She also seemed to have an infectious love of the guitar that came across whether teaching or performing. I will miss her.
Some great ideas/practices Donna. One I find useful for me is randomizing sections. I try to listen to a piece if possible at first while following along with the score. I then divide the score into sections, normally based on what I feel are phrases. I then either number them or name them, introduction, first repeat etc., I will then find a…[Read more]
Kumar – I had considered a smart phone, but seemed like kind of an expensive mic, because that would be it’s primary use for me. Read the article, lots of options to consider, decided to try simple first.
pianofingers – Cool! great to hear. Hope you got to talk and work with Paul Jabrayan. I found him very helpful. He asked me where I was at…[Read more]
Yay! Guitar arrived and initial impression is very happy overall. Now I am going to look into recording options and hopefully be able to do some recording in the next week or two. If anybody wants to offer advice/opinions on a simple but effective recording set up I would love to hear it. It will be a first time experience for me. Oh, and I…[Read more]
Well this is starting to get comedic
Received a delivery notice yesterday, ‘package is out for delivery, will be delivered by 8pm.’ USPS showed up at about 7:00pm and delivered packages but no guitar. Twenty minutes later another email, ‘Your package is now available for pick up at your local post office.’ Of course the post office isn’t…[Read more]
Well I am determined to keep at it. In a long ago time and far away place, I played bass in a high school rock band. While I loved playing and performing all I did was memorize patterns that people showed me. After a year the band broke up and I had to come to the realization that without somebody showing me what to do I was completely at a loss…[Read more]
Good advice Deb and encouraging as well. Which leads me to feel that maybe most important skill for me to focus on right now is patience?
Although life would be so much simpler if you could just buy the stuff ;)
Thanks for the input. One of the early frustrations for me is separating the tasks of learning to sight read as opposed to simply memorizing and playing music. For me it is much easier at this stage to memorize and play then to keep my eyes on a score while my mind is trying to simultaneously process identifying the notes, figuring out…[Read more]
Always good to hear from you. I did listen to Simon’s podcast on goals. I’m with you in that I find a lot of value in small immediate goals as in ‘working on specific issues’ as opposed to simply repetitively playing something hoping it will get better. Although I am not above falling into the trap of practicing mindlessly hoping that…[Read more]
So my weekly goals were a bit of a mixed bag, but I’m encouraged. Looking back I can see some of my weekly goals are going to be bi-weekly, monthly, semi-annual or lifetime goals especially those specifically involving technique. I know, should have been apparent but some of us take a little longer to understand things.
Welcome Bill from another St. Lousian. I also spent some time with Classical Guitar Shed before arriving here. I thought the other program was/is excellent as well as both believe in a structured approach to learning and being patient and sticking to a path. The extra you get here, for me anyway, is more of a sense of community and by that I…[Read more]
This week’s episode: Stopping the Merry Go Round
So one of my major problems has been my lack of ability to keep focused on a particular problem long enough to really make a significant improvement. The principle reason for this is a desire to fix all problem as they incur and incur they do. So, I start with the intention of improving…[Read more]
When it comes to music there is no willing audience for what I do.
When it came to presentations, I don’t know if I can give you a clear answer other than, I had prepared to the point, where after managing to get the first few words out of my mouth without hesitating or stumbling, everything would seem to fall into cruise control and…[Read more]
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