I tried to get this posted over the weekend but I was busy. This last week I was trying to progress by slowing the tempo way down. In this video the metronome is set at 30mm uning 1/8 notes. My objective was to move my fingers and hover over the next notes to be played while leaving the “playing fingers” in place. If I couldn’t actually hover…[Read more]
Dave, thanks for starting this thread…I loved everyones guitar stories. I started my CGCA guitar life after I retired with a 35-year-old, 660 scale Takamine guitar. After several local lessons and finding CGCA I knew what I was going to do in retirement to keep growing and not stagnate. The Takamine sounded great but was way to large for my…[Read more]
John Rabinowitz replied to the topic Open question for Dave or Simon/answer might help all in the forum General Discussion 5 days, 17 hours ago
Thank you Donna, Dave, and Nels. I guess the bottom line is to be able to use any number of combinations depending on the various factors involved.
John Rabinowitz replied to the topic Open question for Dave or Simon/answer might help all in the forum General Discussion 6 days, 17 hours ago
Thanks for the detailed response Donna. In specific pieces of repertoire I have found ways to play scale runs without using open strings just to avoid this situation. I find it much more natural to “staccato” a string by lifting the fretted note with the left fingers rather than dampening the open string with the RH fingers…I’m curious to see…[Read more]
John Rabinowitz started the topic Open question for Dave or Simon/answer might help all in the forum General Discussion 6 days, 17 hours ago
So I am running into a continual issue with staccato on open strings. I am working on Practice Routine X, the Scales and Arpeggios section which is the 2 octave C Major scale. This is the portion of the exercise that calls for the entire scale to be played staccato…If I am alternating imimim when I get to an open string, if I’ve played it with…[Read more]
Welcome Elaine. You sound like a busy lady doing some very noble work…thank you for that. With your busy work schedule perhaps the Progress Journal would help you keep track of your progress here. Good luck…enjoy the ride. JR
Manuel, I listened to your playing twice…once with my eyes open and then closed. When I was watching, I could see some of the tension in your hands that you mention. When I listened with my eyes closed, none of the tension seemed to come through in the sound. I think you are doing great and you are progressing.
John Rabinowitz replied to the topic Per Eirik Vigmostad-Olsen, Practice routine 11.4 Chromatic octave scale in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 1 week, 3 days ago
Hi Per. I think you have definitely improved even if your tempo has not increased. Your notes sound to me like they are sustained well and they sound clear. Your LH fingers are preparing nicely for the next set of note too. Nice job.
John Rabinowitz replied to the topic "Neil Gow's Lament for the Death of His Second Wife" in the forum Classical Guitar Student Showcase 1 week, 4 days ago
Brian, that was beautiful. I too remember Mark playing this at the summer school. Mark shared the music with me and I’ve taken a look at it but have not done any serious work on it yet…a bit beyond me at this stage I’m afraid. Thanks for sharing. JR
John Rabinowitz replied to the topic Dave Coleman, Practice Routine 17.1 (triplet slurs) in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 1 week, 4 days ago
Dave, you’re sounding really good. Your endurance must be building up as well if you are doing all those other exercises as warm-ups.
John Rabinowitz replied to the topic Robert Guerrero, Practice Routine 5.3, Sustaining Notes in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 1 week, 4 days ago
Wow Robert! What a difference one week of practice makes…nice job
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