Hi Martha, Bruce and Richard,
Many thanks to you all for your helpful replies. Sounds as if the problems people have talking about on the web with the cases may have arisen if the soft case wasn’t being used in transit. All your experiences sound to have been very positive and you all seem happy with the cases. If you didn’t know the hairdryer…[Read more]
Hi Bruce – many thanks for your response. Really sorry to hear of the damage to your Cordoba – you must have been upset but hopefully the guitar was insured and it was fixable.
Have you tried the hair drier trick I wonder on the dents? Regarding the soft case, the UK distributor tells me that the soft case is made of rip stop nylon and that…[Read more]
Here is my update for this week. Two videos – the first for the Giuliani studies and the second is the baseline video for the Aguardo Lesson 19 bars/measures 3 and 4 and 8 and 9.
I think the smoothness of chord changes in the Giuliani Studies has improved but I need to work on…[Read more]
Thank you so much for the very prompt response. You have a lovely looking case. It is really helpful that you have both versions of the case and can give a user’s perspective. I was interested to hear your comment about the Active case feeling heavier. The spec says it is only 50g heavier and I thought that that should not be…[Read more]
I’m in the market for a new guitar case as I have decided to take the plunge and get a new guitar. I’ll need to travel with it on occasion (maybe even to Summer School at some point) so I’m looking at the Visesnut case (amongst others) and Simon’s review and all your comments above have been really useful. Could I ask Visesnut case…[Read more]
I’m behind the curve on this one as I have been away – minus my guitar sadly. Managed to register for the challenge just before I headed off but this is the first chance I have had to post a video. So this is my belated baseline video. I’ll have to condense the Challenge into the time remaining but thought it was better to do join in and do…[Read more]
Welcome to CGCA. This is a great place to learn – lots of excellent material and support from the CGCA team but also a wonderful community of adult learners from all round the world. We now have what appears to be a growing U.K. contingent. I’m in Yorkshire (aka God’s Own County!)
Good luck with your learning.
This is a great idea. Count me in too. I’m still working on this piece and will give an update over the weekend with progress and targets for next week.
I think it is just amazing to be able to link up with kindred souls potentially all round the world working on the same piece at the same time.
You can get the Sagework guitar support easily in the U.K. by mail order from the London Guitar Studio. They have it listed as a Barnett support – it is simply a former name but exactly the same product. I looked at importing from the US but by the time the import duty, VAT and handling charges were added on it came to about the same…[Read more]
I struggled with my back too when I first started learning the guitar and initially used a footstool. The most I could play for was 30 minutes before the pain became so bad I had to stop. Life was transformed when I started using a guitar support. The footstool puts a slight twist in the back I found but with a guitar support the back…[Read more]
I noticed that members at my local guitar society simply use a piece of plastic mesh anti slip shelf liner cut down and laid over the left upper leg. Very cheap and very simple. I tried it myself and use it every time I play now. Have not had a problem since regardless of the trousers am wearing at the time. It tucks easily into…[Read more]
Thanks so much for setting up this thread on the Forum. I don’t Instagram or Facebook so will be following all your progress via this thread. Have a wonderful time! Look forward to hearing the final concert when the replay appears on the site.
Here is my final video. This time I have recorded without using the metronome as in the baseline video. Still more to do but much improved over the Challenge period. Interestingly having slowed the metronome speed right down I have found it a bit tricky to speed it back up again towards performance speed. Not sure whether this is a common…[Read more]
Here is my week 3 video – late again! I have been practising diligently this week and I do feel there is much more consistency and I am getting more comfortable in the LH. This week I plan to see if I get the speed up a little and try keep a consistent tempo without the metronome.
Thanks for your comment. Dave’s comments about my LH position were very helpful and may help you too. I’m still not there and I think my wrist is a bit “violinist” but I am concentrating on that this week. Good luck with your own LH practice – at these early stages we need to spend time to really get the technique right to help us as…[Read more]
Here is my week 2 video. Sorry it is a day late but it has been a busy weekend. Also although I thought I had the ipad video set so you could see both hands it has the RH not fully in the picture – will do better next time.
Thank you so much for taking the time to view the video and for the tips Dave. I have watched Simon’s video on Slurs and…[Read more]
Recently had some information from the very excellent Stafford Guitar Centre here in the UK on the impact of Brexit on guitar purchase which I thought I would pass on which may or may not impact the timing of your purchase decision and depend on how much you plan to spend when you do buy. Sadly they are having a terrible time as they…[Read more]
Here is my week1 video. Thanks to Michael’s tips I feel I have moved forward but still a long way to go. The slurs are in bar 21 remain a real challenge both as to technique and rhythm. I have been using the metronome religiously this week with a double beat per 1/8th note which I found very helpful but decided to record with a single beat…[Read more]
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