Guitar Journal, Sept. 17, 2019. I took my brand new Guitalee on the road, and it worked out nicely. First, I went with my family to Yellowstone National Park, and I squeezed a few practice sessions in the afternoons when we came back from astonishing hikes. Then, down in Colombia, even around the celebration of my mom’s 90th birthday, I was able…[Read more]
Jose Luis Orbegozo replied to the topic Alexey Plusnin – Grade 1 submission – September 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 1 week, 1 day ago
Well done, Alexey. Congratulations on your submission.
Guitar Journal, August 17, 2019. After months of working on getting rid of bad habits in mi Right Hand, during my last coaching call with Connie, she said that my hand wasn’t doing unnecessary movements. I asked her to repeat it because I wanted to be sure I had heard it right. It was after Simon, in previous weeks, gave me precise instructions…[Read more]
Jose Luis Orbegozo replied to the topic Magdalena Bergqvist Prelude BWV 999, Giuliani 102-103(grade 8) in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Great work here, Magdalena. I liked the description of your surprise when you achieved something that seemed unimaginable a few days before. That’s what practice is about. After your hard work, the reward is visible -and enjoyable.
Looking forward to watching your upcoming posts.
Guitar Journal – 08/02/19. Last night I went to a conversation with Andrew York organized by the New York City Classical Guitar Society. He talked about his process for composing music, his influences, jazz and family memories around music -it was his dad who taught him how to play guitar. Very inspiring. After the Q & A, there was an open mic…[Read more]
Guitar Journal – 07/10/19. Practicing in the woods. Last week, I went on vacation to the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in NH and practiced for a few hours in my rustic cabin. They were the most relaxing practice sessions I ever had, looking to the water and letting my fingers fly up and down the strings. It was a good ending for the last two m…[Read more]
Thanks, Roger and Nick. The coaching calls, the book, your advice and making myself accountable by posting these videos, made the learning process a completely different experience than the one I had when I started the Academy. I can say that I’m now enjoying it and I’m looking forward to starting learning my first Etude. One step at the time.
Guitar Journal – 06/19/19
The slower I practice, the better it becomes. This is undoubtedly a discovery and the result of a long struggle. In the chapter called “The Sixth Good Habit – Go Slow,” from Tom Heany’s book First, Learn to Practice, he states that “Practicing slowly gives you time and space to focus on the details of each note you play…[Read more]
Thanks, Drew. Still enjoying the ride!
Nick, the book should be required reading when we start the academy. It gives a healthy perspective on how to practice and to avoid common mistakes and frustrations. Thanks for the tip.
Guitar Journal – 06/03/19. Who knew that I would learn so much from practicing scales? I’m at the end of the fourth week practicing Routine 2.6 – Scales. Well, in the last two weeks, I had several experiences that helped me to clarify the fine grain that goes with the small changes required for good RH and LH placement, finger independence, and…[Read more]
Guitar Journal – 5/20/19. I never thought that practicing scales was so critical for finger independence. The new practice routine 2.6 I’m doing includes the C Major, the G, and the Extended C Major scales. And it has a variety of challenges. After reviewing one Grade 1 Submission and Simon’s evaluation, I was committed to slow down and get…[Read more]
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