After appealing, SourceAudio Holdings released the copyright claim on my recording of Romanze. I assume a human listened to the video audio instead of a robot and decided it wasn’t the melody for ‘Like A Breeze’. I am now free to monetize the video, but I need tens of thousands of views – so, members, start clicking furiously.
Your ornamentation masterclass is excellent. The level of detail and scholarship is brilliant – better than I have seen elsewhere. You illustrate the examples which makes it more real. Also, having suggested ornaments for the grade pieces is also great – icing on the cake so to speak.
There is an anecdote by Julian Bream in Tony…[Read more]
That was excellent. I think your piece sounds every bit as romantic- within the appropriate limits of decorum for a shy Lancashire Lad from up North like. The original is also marked Adagio.
Regarding dynamics, although the piece is marked piano at the beginning, the shape of the melody gives some guidance on dynamics, with perhaps forte in m. 19 and the one chord before, before dropping back to the ending. I also played the melody only initially to get a ‘feel’ for the rhythm and dynamics. An idea that Simon, Niki, Dave…[Read more]
Very nice, Roger!
Now here is an interesting thing. I just had a copyright claim made against my unlisted recording by SourceAudio Holdings (music publishing) on the grounds it infringes copyright of a piece called ‘Like A Breeze’. Ever heard of it? Anyway, I am disputing the claim on the grounds that Mertz got in first and any copyright…[Read more]
Richard Croad replied to the topic The Truth about the Pinkie – Your Not Gonna Like It in the forum Technique Questions 2 days, 6 hours ago
Just to be clear, the caching call replay to which Donna refers is with Brian Bowersox at around 15:00.
Hi Jane – Whakaari/White Island is offshore from the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island (around 400 km from where I live). It is an active volcano. There is no direct impact on the mainland population. But there were 47+ tourists plus guides, including o/seas cruise ship tourists, visiting the Island when it erupted. Five are dead, 8 are…[Read more]
I moderated the Reginald Smith Brindle COTM some months back and, in doing so, came across and purchased his book on musical composition.
It is quite readable and, I think useful as a resource on composition. It is certainly not formulaic, but does discuss in detail the elements that, in Smith Brindle’s opinion, make great compositions with…[Read more]
Here is a bit more information on soundports: https://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/sound-portals-soundports-for-classical-guitar/.
You might consider having a plug made as well in case you don’t like the effect.
However, here is a bit of physics for what is is worth. The sound hole in a guitar allows air to move in and out of the body…[Read more]
This free inline resource provides a good introduction to music theory: https://www.musictheory.net/. It also sounds out the chords and notes so you can hear the differences between major minor, root, first inversion, second inversion etc. It is also available as an app for phone or tablet.
Richard Croad replied to the topic Hello from Scheveningen (the Hague) the Netherlands in the forum Introduce yourself 3 days, 14 hours ago
Welcome to the CGC Academy, Rob, from New Zealand. Cheers… Richard
Congratulations on starting your progress journal. Performance anxiety is a common theme with adult players. Martha will have plenty of good advice. Also, we have a whole thread devoted to this subject which you may also find helpful:…[Read more]
Responding to Michael’s challenge, here is my humble and rather rough rendition of Romanze from Schule für die Gitarre (Op. 4, No. 9) by J. K. Mertz. I am sight reading and lost the plot momentarily at m. 11. It is pouring with rain outside, with lightening and thunder, major river flooding nearby, and landslides, but all calm…[Read more]
I thought I would show a presence in the Mertz COTM thread by asking what did Johann Mertz look like? Very few images are available. However, here is an image I found which is a stylized representation of portrait from Wikipedia. It is, I think, a fair representation, although the style of guitar and method of holding it is perhaps too…[Read more]
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