Great news, John! May I suggest you head over to the forums, find the Progress Journal thread and start your own Progress Journal. Simon has a post in there about how to start and use one (if I remember correctly), but you can also look at how other people use theirs. You don’t have to post any videos yet, just start one, even to mark this date as…[Read more]
You are right about getting inside the guitar. Even on mine, I struggled getting the my hands in comfortably where I could position the magnets where I wanted them. I finally had my wife (who is only 4’11” and has very small hands) handle the inside part and I lined things up from the outside.
You definitely have a unique guitar. I really enjoy watching you play on it. You might try calling Strings by Mail and explaining what you have and get their thoughts. They also may be willing to let you try the Sageworks support with the option to return it if it doesn’t work. Or, if you know someone near you that has one, just buy the…[Read more]
I finally was able to listen to the podcast last week. Roger, another great job interviewing. I appreciate the way you prompt the subject and then just let them tell their story. I know putting these together takes a lot of time and work, but I really enjoy listening to them and getting to know other members in the academy. I finish listening to…[Read more]
The mirror suggestion is a great one. I have been doing that when working on my arpeggios trying to watch my a finger movement and LH placement. It helps a lot. (Not that I have fixed the problems, yet!)
Metronome at 60 bpm, using one beat per quarter note instead of 40 beats per eighth note as I did in week 2. I think I am getting a better, more consistent sound from each note (except for one or two that I missed). Closer to keeping time with the metronome but still rushing at times.
My stepson came in from playing basketball right at the…[Read more]
Great job, Steve! Stayed right with the metronome. Eighth notes sounded great. My only suggestion has nothing to do with the playing. Perhaps for the next video you could move the camera a little lower so it shows both hands. One of the things the exercises focus on is finger alternation in the right hand and with the camera so high, the right…[Read more]
Great job Nick! I agree with Deb about improvement. You inspired me last week to try this exercise. I am amazed at how hard it is for me to move between normale, ponticello, and tasto without stopping. You made great strides on this from last week. It appears to me that the eighth notes at the end are still being played as quarter notes.
Deb is absolutely correct on the You Tube link. Sometimes, I think we tend to make simple things complicated. But, WordPress will take any URL you past into the message and handle the link correctly. No extra work on our part.
There are a lot of posts on here about playing without nails.
I tend to have healthy, strong nails, but also tend…[Read more]
I cheated a little on the metronome. I am using the metronome in the Guitar Tuna app on my iPhone. In it, you actually set the time signature so that it will give a different “ping” on the first beat of each measure. Since I wanted to have one beat per eighth note, if I set the tempo I wanted on the apps 3/4 setting, that first beat ping…[Read more]
Great job Judy! Picked up the tempo a bit, too. I really like your tone. Each note is consistent in tone and volume with the others. Something I really struggle with. Also, your fingers are close to the frets each time. Another issue I struggle with. I love watching the progress and the improvement you make each week. Sometimes I feel like I’m not…[Read more]
Glenn Shell replied to the topic Performance Seminar #52 [Sign Up] January 20, 4pm NYC time in the forum Live Member Events 1 week ago
Rather than try to explain, it might be easier to watch the replay of a previous session to see how it goes. One tradition that has started, is when each person finishes, Simon un-mutes everyone’s microphone for an International Round of Applause. It’s really…[Read more]
I echo Dave’s comments. Truly amazing how international this community is. You will also find it very supportive. So, dive in, explore the site, and never hesitate to post questions. People are always willing to share what they have learned. While you are at it, check out the Progress Journals thread in the Forums. Once you get…[Read more]
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