Jim, I can’t say it better than Ian’s perfectly analytical poetic praise. Well done.
But is that really a glass of water, or is that a half glass of gin and tonic, without the lemon or the ice?
Thank you Magdalena. I having been viewing your submissions in your progress journal with awe and admiration.
I look forward to your Grade 8 submission, whether you plan to submit this term or in the near future.
Brian, wonderful submission. Your self-confidence and skills came through in shining color and tone.
And oh, after reading your submission commentary, where you credited performing during coaching calls as helping mollify performance anxiety issues, I booked my own coaching call. I have not had a coaching call in months, and I know you are…[Read more]
Congratulations Bubble – solid effort. Yes, we all share the same anxieties and insecurities as we move along in the curriculum, so you have lots of company – present company included.
Getting the first submission together is a big milestone. You are on your way, for sure. Congrats.
Linda, a hearty congratulation to you on your daughter’s wedding.
Okay, so here I am lamenting my performance anxiety issues about recording three short Grade 2 pieces, and there you are, the mother-of-the-bride, performing advanced repertoire in front of the entire wedding party. Whoa. No pressure there! What a lovely complement to the…[Read more]
Dave, congratulations on a great submission. And that tempo!
Dave, we undoubtedly share some similar challenges, not the least of which is performance anxiety while recording, and getting used to trying to grow RH nails. But I definitely do not share your penchant for memorizing musical pieces. Wow. Good for you.
Thank you Mark for listening to, and commenting on my submission and for commiserating on the performance anxiety issue.
May I take this opportunity to congratulate you, on your solid submission also. Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to likewise compare notes on the challenges in Grade 3.
Barbara you are so right. I think the FOBN problem comes down to the metaphor: first the rain, then the umbrella.
For some reason, finally using gloves after a nail is broken, doesn’t quite do it.
Thank you Nels for taking the time to view and comment on my submission.
Full disclosure: I previously viewed your Grade 5 submission with admiration, but I thought it would be presumptuous of me, a Grade 2 student, to comment up on a student’s performance, three grades higher. I can only mirror what the other students accurately noted – a…[Read more]
Sanne, just an additional question, if I may. I also have small hands, and was intrigued by your decision to go back to a 660 mm guitar. If your 630 mm sounded as good as your 660 mm guitar, would you have stayed with the 630 mm, or did you find it cramped your style now that your technique had improved? But 660 mm is a big guitar! You are a…[Read more]
Sanne, a wonderful submission. I absolutely agree with Kari, it was lovely and melodic. I have followed the progress of students who are just a couple of grades ahead of me, and Sanne, your progress has been solid, steady and impressive. You really are setting a standard for me, that I hope to be able to follow.
Your thoughtful commentary…[Read more]
Thank you both Ricks for the kind words and feedback.
Rick Hill, I will definitely go avail myself of the information on the Performance under Pressure unit.
Yes, while I still hold out hope that the performance anxiety issue can improve/diminish with time/practice, I (unfortunately) can foresee the logic of your argument coming to pass,…[Read more]
Thank you Richard for the comments and for the link (I’ve bookmarked it). Definitely reassuring to know that I am not alone – I was just not anticipating the extent of my ‘vulnerability’ to this issue. Live and learn. Thank you again.
Barbara, congratulations on a great submission. I always feel a bit presumptuous when I comment upward on higher grade submissions, but I just submitted for Grade 2 and am very interested in the Grade 3 submissions. Then again, it is also presumptuous of me to assume that Grade 2 is behind me. Anywhoo…
Your commentary about the challenges…[Read more]
Thank you Richard for your feedback. Yes, ‘misery’ definitely likes company. At least I am reassured to know that I have a lot of company vis-a-vis performance issues.
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