Hi again Richard. I too struggle with my very recalcitrant 3/4 fingers. Here is an exercise I came up with to specifically target the issue. It is my variation on the spider exercise but for this very passage. When I first tried to play this I could only get my 3/4 fingers one string away from the #2 finger that was stationary. Now I can go…[Read more]
Hi Richard, I just watched all your videos. I am so impressed! When I started practicing this piece I was not able to play mm14 at all. I could not hold the G with my #2 finger and then play the C and B…the fingers just wouldn’t do it. I created and exercise just for that measure and it took me about three weeks of daily practice to get the…[Read more]
Wade, that is a beautiful guitar. Incorporating the wood that Roger got while on his mission really adds a special touch. The fact that you are “playing” out your passion on two levels (building/playing) is magical. Thanks for sharing. JR
Linda, I just listened to all the videos and your progress is really nice…so smooth in the last one. I don’t want to sound creepy but I love your hands…they dance so smoothly, it’s like the music is just flowing out of them…well, I guess there is no “it’s like,” about it, the music IS flowing out of them. JR
Welcome Lloyd…fasten your seat belt…you are in for a heck of ride here. In addition to access to the CGCA there seems to be a vibrant classical guitar community Down Under and now you are part of that too. Enjoy it all.
There are some pieces that seem to be more than the sum of the composer, the written notes, and the the artist…this is one of those for me…Simon, that was just beautiful!
As always, thank you for sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experience. Every little bit is useful and expands our music world. So glad to hear that Nikki will be officially joining the academy…Dave, Connie, and now Nikki…you are building your site well and it never ceases to amaze me at all the resources we have here. Thanks you!
Hi Sofia. My no. 3 finger is the least cooperative of the four left-hand fingers. My only suggestion is to give it extra attention when practicing any of the left hand drills in the practice routines. I have been playing for about 5 years and it has yet to really behave…be patient. I wish I could wave a wand and make it behave. Don’t give up…JR
Donna and twins (sorry, I don’t know your names), you all put a huge smile on my face and brought a tear of joy to my eye. They are working their fingers off and doing a fantastic job…so is the teacher:) Donna please share my response with the twins…Thanks for sharing, JR
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