Sounds like a great time, Rick. I wish we all could have been there to enjoy it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts afterwards with us. You have a great way of describing the experience. I think your last line is a perfect summation.
Not sure I will ever make it that far East, so I just may have to wait and catch you when you do your US Concert…[Read more]
Congratulations Eleanor! The first video is the hardest. I would like to tell you they are all easy after this, but that might be stretching the truth a bit too far. I like your analysis and goals. You are off to a great start. I only have one suggestion for future videos. Make sure you have more light in front of you than behind you. Because the…[Read more]
Great job Bob. I really like this piece and originally thought about trying to get it ready for my submission, but I can’t seem to get my 3rd and 4th fingers to separate for the B and D in measures 2, etc. the way you do. Deb’s advice is spot on and I have no doubt you will have this polished and ready to go for your submission.
I happened to run across an article in my news feed on my phone about the travel changes. Apparently there was some misinformation printed at first, and US citizens don’t have to get a VISA if they stay less than 90 days. Just fill out an online form. So, keep dreaming Linda!
Ordered my spiral bound! Really looking forward to having all the routines in one location instead of a bunch of printed loose sheets of paper. Plus, I think it will be great to easily look at the scores for the pieces more advanced players are playing in their progress journals to follow along with the video.
Donna, great story about your…[Read more]
I think it would be almost impossible to provide the option (guarantee?) for every student to have a 30 minute lesson every week. Especially as the community grows. I think your focus on the student coming to the session with one or two specific, targeted issues to work on is correct, and that is how I approach it. I have thoroughly enjoyed…[Read more]
All I can add to what other’s have said is, “WOW!” That was great!. I truly enjoyed listening to your repertoire. It felt like I was at a concert, the way you moved from piece to piece, and the way you put it together. The improvisation was just a joy to not only hear, but watch you play.
Congratulations on a great submission. I am going to…[Read more]
Congratulations on a great submission! And the first one to post! I think I’m going to be pushing the EOM deadline, if I submit. I am still trying to decide if I can get the two pieces where I want them, and get through the Practice Routines all in one take.
Watching your submission helps me a lot. You did a great job on all of these, but…[Read more]
I thought you did a great job, Mark. And, as you said, this is a progress journal, so what if there are a few head scratches and eye rubs. But, those did make me wonder how a performer handles that when it happens in the middle of a performance. How do you keep concentrating on the music when you really just want to scratch that itch?!…[Read more]
I don’t want to clutter up Brian’s Progress Journal with discussions about armrests, but…I guess I’m going to anyway!
I have looked at that armrest before but couldn’t decide if I wanted to spend the money for it. I have read some reviews that it raises your arm up far enough that people had to adjust their arm position to maintain their…[Read more]
Great start to your journal. It can be intimidating to start one, but your reasons for doing it are spot on.
I love the picture-in-picture.
I thought your tone and rhythm were great.
I only have a few thoughts:
Your left thumb appears to be fairly high up on the back of the neck. Almost like acoustic or electric guitar. You might see…[Read more]
I know I have commented on the Podcast site, but since you mentioned the upcoming podcast here, I thought I would just drop a line to thank you for putting these together. I know they take a lot of time and effort, but I, for one, thoroughly enjoy the interviews and getting to know each of the members at deeper level than what is posted…[Read more]
Sounds like you are staying busy, and staying involved in music the best way you can at the time. But, with two kids, school, a job…. now you know why there are so many of us that are in our 50s, 60s, and 70s, “coming back” to CG after many years away. Kids are grown, schooling is complete, jobs are winding down with retirements.…[Read more]
Since you posted this, I have been paying more attention to my left hand. When you are in 1st position, as with Sor 1, and almost all Grade 1 pieces, the LH index finger is going to slant towards the headstock. In fact, the whole hand does a bit. I hadn’t really thought about it much until you posted this, and I was reading in David…[Read more]
She has a smile on her face, a drink in her hand, and one or two cell phones with her (naturally). Life is good!
Although, I’m not sure if the smile is because of the successful surgery, the drink, the phones, or my guess is its because her grandfather is there with her.
Thanks for posting the picture. She looks great!
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