There is a lot of very good advice for growing your repertoire list in this thread. And it is useful all the way down to grade 1; I love that!
From all of what’s been said, here is my plan moving forward. First I do want to try and use different pieces for the most part each month. I don’t generally have time for sight reading practice and I thi…[Read more]
I’ve had to work through all of the issues you identified, and all of them required a lot of time with my metronome to keep my rhythm strict. His video was a great refocus for me on getting back into that basic habit.
It looks like a lot of people did well on their grade 3 exams and are moving on up to grade 4! First piece up is Brian Boru’s March, and it’s been kicking my butt so far. I’m looking forward to hearing how everyone is doing as you’re starting in on this piece. Hopefully we can all tackle it together.
I’ve started by separating the bass and the…[Read more]
Roger sent out the music, and I sent out the address to everyone who mentioned they were coming. If I missed anyone please let me know! If anyone wants to join in last minute just say the word and I’ll get you the address.
Thank you Simon, you’re amazing! I’ve been trying my best to play along with you while I’m learning our repertoire; and to have high quality recordings only adds to what I can learn.
What are the chances of putting together an audio only version for download? I’d love to be able to listen to all of them in one place while I’m driving. It also m…[Read more]
I appreciate all the responses so far. I also wanted to add a note to this. One of my big worries about performing when I first started was that playing simple pieces would not be well received by any audience. I can now report that this idea couldn’t be further from the truth.
I stumbled through three beginner studies in front of an audience t…[Read more]
Donna, thank you for the great advice (and I started a thread on it!). I was thinking about going down the path you suggested, and now I’m fully committed to doing exactly that! There is so much good that can come from going back to easier material and more fully developing it.
Robert, I don’t feel compelled but I also do want that little bit…[Read more]
I played my first open mic at a local coffee shop, and my guitar society wants to make that a monthly occurrance. I’d love to play every month if only to get in the practice at performing. My biggest question is this: how do I go about building my repertoire so that I don’t have to play the same three pieces over and over again?
Donna gave me a…[Read more]
There was definitely a lot of great musical experiences for me this past weekend! Robe here’s the big question: if they are having monthly open mics, hoe on earth do I find different pieces to play every month!?!?
Richard, I was more worried about playing in front of family than I was about strangers.
Donna, I had to give myself a lot of positive talks before I played. And believe me I stole liberally from the experiences of everyone on CGC! I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have been able to do this if it weren’t for this forum and the supportive com…[Read more]
That was a great evaluation video! So much excellent information that will benefit so many people. I see s lot of Dave’s comments as applicable to my own playing and I can’t wait to start putting them into practice.
OMG… my first ever live performance at an open mic for the Tidewater Classical Guitar society! Sadly I’m backlit so you can’t see that I’m sporting my CGC T-shirt. All in all it was a very positive and excellent learning experience. I played as well as I expected to and I didn’t die. I’ll be back again next month!
I know everyone is looking forward to getting their exams back quick, but I love the detail and personalized feedback that I’ve seen so far. That quality of response is worth a short wait! Everything has been amazing so far.
Michael Clunn replied to the topic Sanne Kreijkamp – Grade 4 submission -Simon's feedback in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 4 days, 5 hours ago
Congrats! That was some high quality feedback and I know I’ll be stealing from it!
Welcome to the academy! Congrats on putting up your first videos; that takes a good deal of courage and commitment. You’re off to a good start and have an achievable goal. I look forward to more videos and if you need anything feel free to reach out. This is a great community that will support and encourage you to reach your goals!
Congrats on moving into grade 4! After seeing a few grade 3 reviews from Simon it looks like he’s giving everyone pretty similiar advice on shaping musical lines and getting better at tone production. I’m going to take that as a footstomp for what to work on as I move forward (assuming I pass grade 3 myself!). Truly appreciate you putting your…[Read more]
Yay, congrats! After I listen to the Rogcast your feedback is the next thing on my list. I’m getting so many good notes from all the exam reviews that I don’t know what to do anymore! I look forward to seeing you progress into grade 4.
Rick, I had to look that piece up and I found a recording from Berta. That is a gorgeous piece of music and I can’t wait to hear you play it. There are a lot of different lines going on all over the place and your sensitive touch is going to work wonders!
Dave, I look forward to seeing you again. You’re more than welcome to play some music if…[Read more]
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