Update 19th April
When I first started playing classical guitar I somehow got the idea that your nails had to be quite long. Mine started that way but have slowly been getting shorter and shorter. I really thought that I had sorted nail shape but it seems not. Getting a decent tone when playing with fingers on the bass strings has always been a…[Read more]
Ian replied to the topic Roger Hyam – Grade 2 (aka Level 1) Submission – March 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 23 hours, 29 minutes ago
Well done Roger. I was a little concerned for you when I saw that you had recorded the wrong practice routine for your submission, but Dave obviously saw enough in your playing to negate that.
Worth noting too is that the Giuliani excercise is required for the technical submission in G2 although a far more limited selection than is in T117. I have no idea whether Simon would accept an alternative chord in the exam. Persevere with G7 and believe in yourself.
The Giuliani RH studies are a perennial problem for many of us. They should be considered a long term goal rather than something to be completed and then forgotten about. I still find some of the exercises very hard on my hand after 18 months of regular practice. Stick with the standard fingering suggested and persevere. Eliminating that…[Read more]
I really liked the sound of Ole Jose – a very Spanish feel to it. Well done.
I think it is a very good idea to try other pieces other than the specific ones in the course. It will all help to improve your sight reading and help to develop your fingers. You need to discover music that you want to play because those pieces appeal to you…[Read more]
Ian replied to the topic Progress Journal_Pianofingers, Sor op.60_1 Sound test in the forum Progress Journals 1 week, 5 days ago
Lovely tone Pianofingers. Look forward to hearing more from you.
BTW updates to your progress journal are better done as replies to your initial progress journal post – so they all stay together in your own one thread.
I think you are in a good place for G2. A little slowing down, get the timing sorted in the tricky spots, and a bit more musicality and you will be G3 in no time.
I hope you realise that we will now be expecting something special for your G2 submission! (no pressure then)
This is a great topic Lori.
My view is that if you are following the route of self-teaching, without the guidance of an external teacher, you will never achieve perfection without direct personal feedback from knowledgeable individuals. Perfection in the context here is, of course, a relative thing not an absolute. What is perfection at G4 might…[Read more]
If you play free stroke with nails then you are probably going to use nail in the rest stroke with the fingers – it seems difficult to avoid it. A shorter nail may be helpful but that is a compromise with the nail length needed for free stroke. Experimentation with the exact positioning of the fingertip is the way. You are looking to get…[Read more]
One of the goals for the left hand is to have full independence of the fingers, ie that any finger, or combination of fingers, can be made at will to go where we want them- within limits set by the structure of the hand as well as the layout of the guitar. If you come from a background of acoustic strumming then placing the full chord…[Read more]
I don’t know whether your submission will or wont get accepted but, whatever happens please persevere with your playing. You do have a lot of positives in your playing so take heart!
If it does turn that you have missed the deadline what I would suggest to you is that you update your progress journal and repost your recordings there…[Read more]
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