Deb – thanks for the encouragement! I experiment with dynamic and tone ideas, but then I go to record it and I mess something else up. I need to get over my video nerves – so frustrating.
Barry – I practiced this week using 2 and 4 where marked and agree it helps keep my thumb back and hand position more correct. So sticking with that. Thanks for passing along simon and Dave’s comments on this.
Roger – great job with the Allemande and thanks for posting the BZ video, really interesting and I always enjoy trying to understand the interpretations on the original instrument. – mark
Hi Jim, Yeah I think here I’m using 3rd finger on fret 3, but as I recall it’s marked to use 4th finger. Not sure why … Is there any advantage? I have practiced it both ways but using 3 feels more natural I think. Maybe smaller hands would find using 4 better? Thanks!
My weekly update – 3rd video
Watching this clip shows me that I still need to work on proper LH thumb placement. I’d also like to work on damping the open G string next week and more interesting dynamics.
Welcome Brad – I grew up in Bethlehem PA, and studied guitar at Moravian College. They never had a music student who wanted to major in guitar so they hired a guy to drive up from Philly once a week to start a classical guitar program. Living in Colorado now but lots of good memories from eastern PA. Good luck with you studies here.
Dave – thanks for your comments and advice. I hear just what you are pointing out in those two measures and will work to clean up this week, and watch for this elsewhere as well. I’m having a lot of fun with this.
Here is my week 2 update.
I have been working on my left hand – keeping the thumb in place. Avoid the violin twist. Use preparation of fingers where I can to get a smoother sound.
I am not happy with the 8th notes yet – would like them to be smoother and more connected/legato. Practice tips for this would be appreciated.
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Steve – congrats on a great submission and thanks for sharing this. I am currently working on Grade 1 and am also working on lh issues – so very useful for me right now as I prepare for Grade 1 submission in The fall. Great job and good luck moving on to more advanced material.
Deb – thanks very much. I had some success practicing today focusing on keeping the lh thumb in place. I’ll have to continue to watch for this, but that one change seemed to help a lot.
Welcome to CGCA Diane. I just joined a few weeks ago and am really enjoying it. I’m in Colorado these days but have spent a lot of time in the greater Boston area. Such a rich music culture in your state. Look forward to seeing your progress with the guitar.
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