Thank you, David, for pushing me to play all of the exercise, Practice Routine X, 10.3. I had been planning to take it a step at a time up the fretboard. As you will see I have some accuracy issues, especially as I move to ninth position. I also am struggling actually not to play ahead of the metronome. I have it set at 60. I feel I can move it up…[Read more]
This sounds most useful, but where are they found? Could I have directions or a link? Also, where do I find the recent samples of scores that Simon is adding one at a time?
Thank you, Drew. I had an early morning coaching call today with David, who helped me to think about my musicality. David is so spot on with his analysis. I continue to comprehend it is the smallest of details that matter so much.
Progress Journal Entry 9 – Oct, 25, 2019
Mostly focused on two Level Two pieces – Carcassi’s Andantino and Calatayud’s Vals scores this week. Taking my Level One evaluation comments and applying corrections to these two scores as best as I am able. One way to help myself to improve is that I am developing a rubric for each level as I move through…[Read more]
Stephen Holland replied to the topic Simon's Evaluation – Grade 1 Patrick Thomas Murphy in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Hello Patrick – Nice Job. I learned here where to look for ponticello sound. Small step for me. An aside, Dean Smith is from Minnesota and a new member. He was interested in your call out to Midwesterners.
Congrats on your first post, a huge accomplishment.
I think you have identified key concerns for your focus. I suggest adding rhythm as this is my big need. Simon made a recent recording on rhythm. You should also look to view evaluations for level one. Did you submit for evaluation? The team of instructors will give you good…[Read more]
Hello Ian, Kari and Roger mentioned the chaining lesson, and I am glad that I went forward and viewed that one. It makes sense to me that going too fast is an issue for the fingers in that they have not learned well enough what to do. It is not logical, I suppose, that to increase speed, one must slow down at first. I am currently working with…[Read more]
Congratulations, Rocio … Congratulations to you. Grateful that you shared the evaluation. I learned so much myself by viewing and listening as Simon comments. Smallest of steps make such a difference.
Hello Drew, thank you for this excellent thought. I am finding that it is a good idea to look for the smallest steps. I break down scores measure by measure now. This works but for a time the scores feel like they are in little pieces. This is similar to my process of teaching English composition to college students. I am often faced with a…[Read more]
Welcome, Jove … I find it is the details that make me improve. I uncover what is needed to be learned in each piece as I go. So perfectionist is a plus when seekimg out details. Best of luck in your guitar adventure.
Hello, Glenn, I appreciate your thoughts. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your progress. I leave coaching calls very encouraged, most always immediately applying tips.
Progress Journal Entry 8 – Oct, 20, 2019
I continue to be impressed with the learning opportunities afforded through the CGCA and, frankly, I am overwhelmed at times. I so enjoy taking advantage of the opportunities to learn.
This past week I put an emphasis on Largo. I am at the planning stage, as well as the introduction level for my f…[Read more]
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