Phew, you were flying! Your finger independence on your right hand is impressive; there are a lot of elements going on in this piece. I can’t offer any critique on that end of things as hats well beyond my knowledge; the only thing I could add is it seemed like you fell out of sync with your metronome in that second section, but then picked it b…[Read more]
I think you’re sounding really good. Even more, I enjoyed listening to you play these pieces. I envy your speed too! I noticed the one slip you had in Giuliani, and I’m currently working on getting that part down as firmly as I can.
I had to slow the video down but it looks like you’re playing m, p, i, m for the F, D, A, F in measure 14. I could…[Read more]
That sounds pretty cool Mark. Congrats on passing your exam! I’ve toyed with the idea of heading to my local college and seeing what courses I could take with them. You’re making me want to get out there an contact them sooner rather than sitting on the idea.
Even with the slip in Carcassi I still thank that’s a damn fine bit of playing right there. You flew through those pieces pretty easily! It definitely looks like you’re fully ready to submit. And how did you memorize the Bach piece? His music has so many notes and so much movement; that was pretty impressive to watch.
It’d be nice to hear a full history of the CGC with some of your favorite moments along the way. This place is vastly different (in the best ways) from when I first joined; and that was only 3 years ago.
Thank you Mark and Robert. At this point my new goal is bring my submission across the finish line with a recording I can be proud of.
Martha, that is an excellent class to be in! I actually rewrote my post several times because I was worried about it sounding either like bragging or too arrogant. It seems so much easier to talk about the bad…[Read more]
No video today, but I am happy that I got to review the replay of the live seminar… and it was several orders of magnitude better than I expected from how I felt while playing!
It’s very exciting to see those incremental changes in the right direction.
Michael Clunn replied to the topic Sharing Experiences of Managing Performance Anxiety in the forum General Discussion 3 days, 1 hour ago
Janie, overall I would say yes. I was definitely nervous before I started playing (not sure if it could be seen on video) and my fingers were shaking almost to the point of being useless. Once I settled into my playing I was able to get control of my fingers and play. After I got a few notes under control I did start to feel excited. For a few…[Read more]
Michael Clunn replied to the topic Sharing Experiences of Managing Performance Anxiety in the forum General Discussion 3 days, 16 hours ago
I can report mild success with the technique of imagining your nervousness being excitement! There were definitely parts of my performance today where I felt excited and I was able to use that energy; and it felt like a much better performance in those moments. Still need to get to the point where all my playing feels like that, but it might a bit…[Read more]
Woohoo! Very successful performance seminar today. Simon helped me validate the work that I’ve put in and I have some great feedback to help advance my practice areas to the next level. While my performance wasn’t great by any standard, there were sections where I really felt confident and I was aware of my own confidence in those moments. Tha…[Read more]
Michael Clunn replied to the topic Sharing Experiences of Managing Performance Anxiety in the forum General Discussion 4 days, 3 hours ago
I’ll be testing this theory out at the live seminar today!
Michael Clunn replied to the topic Live Seminar #64 [Sign Up] Sunday, August 18th, 4pm NYC time in the forum Live Member Events 5 days, 3 hours ago
If we do end up light on people I’d love to try and play all three of my grade 3 submission pieces! Sor Op 30 no 3, Aguado lesson 7, and Giuliani op 50 no 5. This is an excellent opportunity to test my full preparedness and get some feedback.
Mats, I think you played well overall. You had a nice tone and good rhythm. I couldn’t see your right hand very well and it looked like there might have been some repeated fingers. Definitely keep focused on alternating fingers now as it will pay off down the road. And keep a metronome clicking! You’re doing great and I look forward to your updates!
I don’t have anything to say except for praise of both recordings. I prefer the Preludium played slower for exactly the reasons you describe. It’s such a rich piece of music; and all in 30 seconds! Keep the updates coming!
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