Simple answer: I don’t know. It just draws me in.
I think that there are two parts to consider here. Why play guitar and why play this particular type of guitar and musical style. In Western culture, unless you have had a very narrow classical only upbringing, education and influence, the guitar in its many forms is almost embedded…[Read more]
I could have written that myself John – in fact I have in my Progress Journal. I totally understand the problem.
I believe that tension somewhere in the body is one source of unforced errors. Not the only one but something to throw in to the mix. I think there might be a couple of books around on that topic <G>.
You Bach sounded great…[Read more]
I admire careful and slow way that you are approaching them. As Michael has just said, you do need to watch the metronome. Following the metronome beat at slow speeds is actually quite hard paradoxically.
Just a thought, but I see that you are working on quite a lot of pieces at once. Would focussing down on a few be more beneficial to…[Read more]
Well here is my final recording. I hope you enjoy the blackbird singing outside my window more than you enjoy my playing.
A lot of learnings here and I have rambled on about it in my progress journal, but this is just the best output of numerous takes today and I am very disappointed in myself.
Picks himself up.
Dusts himself off.
Winds the…[Read more]
Totally understand about having to balance reading time with activities – guitar or otherwise.
I have a copy of that book. Seems difficult to get hold of outside of the US but I managed to track a second hand copy down. It seems to cover much of the same ground as the David Leisner book although in a different, and I think, more accessible way.…[Read more]
Ian replied to the topic Music in the Castle of Heaven: The Genius of J.S. Bach in the forum General Discussion 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Wow! Great teaser Nels.
Looking forward to my education about Bach.
Update 31st May 2019
The great thing about this process is that I am always learning something new about myself and specifically the way that I learn. There is a constant cycle of reviewing and analysing what I am doing and adjusting practice as a result. Unfortunately, more often than not the result of this review and analysis is the realization…[Read more]
Great chat as always, but Simon you’ve confused me. Your graphic (at about 3.25 min) says the submission dates for the Fall are Oct 1st to 31st. Did you actually mean Sep 1st to 31st ie the month leading up to the deadline of Oct 1st.
Well done on getting your progress journal started. I think if you carry on with the goals that you have indicated in your assessment you will be in a good position to move onwards. You seem to be playing with confidence and accurately. Playing with more changes in tempo and volume is worth experimenting with – especially quietly. I…[Read more]
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