Thank you so much for looking into this so carefully. Yes, you’re quite right that ultimately a flat first finger just doesn’t work for me. I’ll bust a tendon if I do this too much. One problem is that barring on the higher frets, such as fret IX in Un Dia, almost demands a flat first finger (for me). If I really dip my left shoulder I…[Read more]
PS: After re-reading my post immediately above, I see that I must appear to be belabouring my position rather overzealously. Please chalk it up to something like “once a professor, always a professor”. Or too much grant writing.
Thanks for looking at this. Let me clarify as follows.
1) Most of video section 1.4 is spent on the barre and so there are multiple opportunities to watch him doing so. Whenever Rene applies the barre, it is almost always (though not quite 100%) with the first finger placed very flat against the string, meaning fleshly side squarely…[Read more]
CORRECTION: I incorrectly referred to Simon’s video tutorial on Brouwer’s Un Dia de Noviembre. In fact, I should have referred to his barre tutorial (L213 The Barre CC). The time is correct, namely 4:26.
I am very much enjoying delving into a number of pieces by Leo Brouwer, in particular several of his “simple” studies and Un Dia de Noviembre. Here at CGC we have the great good fortune to have tutorials on both.
In reviewing these tutorials, I’ve come across what may or may not be a contradiction in how to approach the barre. In Rene…[Read more]
Hi to some, and hi again to others,
While living in Singapore, I had the great pleasure of being a CGC member. I dropped out when the family moved from Singapore to Alameda, California a couple of years ago, but I’m back now for round two. I’m delighted to see the extent to which Simon, Dave and others have developed the CGC resources while I was…[Read more]
I have posted so infrequently on the forum of late, many of you will not know me. For those who do, just a quick note to say that I will soon be leaving CGC in order to focus on private lessons. I have benefited enormously from Simon, David, and all of you, and am deeply grateful. Many thanks. I hope to return to CGC at a later time.
I hear you, Tom. I almost always feel the same way. Particularly frustrating is when I think I have really got a piece under control one day, only to return the next day and have it fall apart. All the above advice is great. I would also add that progress seems to be aided by experience with other pieces and exercises (at an appropriate level).…[Read more]
Wow, Linda, so beautiful! I just love the fluidity of your playing in both pieces. You know that Kimi Wo Nosete is near and dear to my heart, and it is a great pleasure to hear it played so well. Thank you so much.
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