For me; I was relearning the bass guitar after 40 years or so of absence. I was frustrated with my progress and realized I was buying bass guitars in order to maintain a desire to keep on, despite my frustrations with learning. I then came to the realization that I didn’t particularly like listening to bass lines. I love the sound of a bass…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing Francis. It was a valuable lesson for me as well as I share some of the same issues with my left hand position and keeping a consistent rhythm through a piece.
And well done! I might add.
Francis Burke Roderick replied to the topic CHALLENGES My journey so far in trying to learn this fascinating instrument has in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 3 months ago
I enjoyed listening to your submission and reading your comments as I am working on the same pieces and also going through the same struggles …and besides that I like your name!
Really nice playing Richard I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your playing of the repertoire pieces. My only concern is now that you have set the bar so high, is when and if, I make a grade 3 submission …am I going to be graded on a curve?
Actually Narayan the fault probably lies with me rather than Fernado, considering I’m working on his easiest set of etudes …I’m just not willing to accept responsibility for the results ;)
Francis Burke Roderick replied to the topic Deb Hendrickson – Grade One Certificate Submission in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 3 months, 1 week ago
Congratulations Deb, I especially liked the Sor #2 and I also thought the arpeggio’s from the technical exercises came across really nice. And as already commented by others love your tone as well.
Thanks for your comments and encouragement …and as of today. the restart has commenced. And, damn Sor anyway, that man has tortured me enough ;) …sorry, just had to express that thought
Very little guitar time the past two week. Dealt with a bad case of food poisoning not long after having the flu and then after a couple of days of ‘wish I were dead’ followed by a couple of days of ‘please don’t make me walk more than ten steps’, my father-in-law who is in his nineties became sick and had to be hospitalized and now is…[Read more]
Wow! Really impressive. Well beyond what I would have expected for a grade 4 submission. I too am hoping your curiosity and resolve win out and you continue to share your achievements.
It appears to me that you have been fully adopted by the community and rightly so. The initiative you demonstrate by finding ways to communicate in a foreign language in order to help yourself pursue your other goal of learning classical guitar while studying full time is impressive. I have no doubts you will be a success in both your…[Read more]
No, the back pain is not related to the flu. I ride a bike quite a bit and its the same kind of pain I would often feel after long rides. I think it’s probably a result of tension accumulating after holding my neck and shoulders in the same position for an extended period. But that’s a guess. I started seeing a massage therapist for the…[Read more]
Actually I’m kinda charged up with enthusiasm right now …just surprised that it came about by practicing less but I still practice daily and to your point one of the things that has helped is I think about what I want to practice rather than simply what I should be practicing. Although …at some point guilt does take over and then I…[Read more]
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