Jim – the glass of water on the table is brilliant— a really nice minimalist artistic touch …. I think your performances were great, good tone, expression, some interesting rhythm changes – nic job.. I look forward to hearing you progress going forward. Congrats!
i think nails are a problem for most of us. Lots of posts in the forum with good ideas. Living in Colorado the dryness here makes it worse. I moisturize with healthy hoof cream and polish nails daily to prevent snag breaks. Had no breaks for 3 months but lost p and a this week. Trying Rico nails now, they sound ok, but hassle factor putting…[Read more]
Anacrusis and chord structure at the beginning are like November a bit. But then for me the similarities end when the base melody begins – I hear a cello there – very nice. Enjoyed inching my way through a little of this last night – great fun but i can tell it’s going to take some serious work. You guys did a great production job on the score.
Hi Julie – I would really like to try if you can send me the score. It may be beyond me, but if I can get even part of it to a respectable state I will share it as a baseline and for comments if you have no objection. Look forward to giving it my best shot.
Here’s the article from Simon – there are lots of lessons regarding scales as you work through the grades, but this will give you good approach going forward – have fun!
Alternation is the most important first thing to achieve- I usually stick to i-m while I learn the scale pattern. Later I do m-i, m-a, a-m, i-a, a-i. You can also do all p, and p-i (I think a flamenco technique). Segovia also advocated I-m-a-m-I – which is really hard. Simon has a good article on the site somewhere about scale practice and…[Read more]
Status Update #2 – was out of town this week and only got a few good practice sessions in. Also broke my thumbnail on the trip and so for the first time I am using a giant Riconail here – takes some getting used to, but all in all I think a pretty good product.
On Giuliani 13 I play it straight once and then experimenting with dynamics for a few…[Read more]
Mark Heller replied to the topic Live Seminar #64 [Sign Up] Sunday, August 18th, 4pm NYC time in the forum Live Member Events 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Wow! Really fine performance. Inspires me to work harder.
Mark Heller replied to the topic Sanne Kreijkamp, Tarrega Study in E minor (grade 4) in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 4 weeks, 1 day ago
definitely hear improvement in accuracy and clarity – sounding good.
Hi Lissa – Sounds like you are getting comfortable with the Giuliani studies. You might try to practice them in a way that You plan to use in the tarrega. So for example putting extra weight on the a finger, as you would for melody in tarrega. You could Also try practicing dynamics, swells, and rubato with the Giuliani studies in a way that…[Read more]
Carlos Barbosa-Lima hummed a lot while performing. I attended a master class of his back in the 90s in a very small room and the humming was noticeable to the point of distraction (though his playing was brilliant). You can even hear it on many of his early recordings if you listen closely. I’m guessing as recording techniques improved in l…[Read more]
Status Update #1
For the Giuliani Studies I worked on trying to play accurately at slow tempo and get clarity, fewer bad notes, etc.
yesterday I started to practice emphasizing different RH fingers, which I think I’ve seen referred to as “weighting” – this is something I’ve never tried incorporating into arpeggio practices before, but seems like…[Read more]
Thanks Lissa – appreciate the feedback, and the good suggestion regarding the high b and finger tip. That stretch is still a challenge for me. I will work on it.
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