@mkreipkeactive 3 hours, 4 minutes ago
Thank you, everyone, who is helping with this project. All students should be as familiar with the composers and performers as with the music.
I was reminded of this recently in a Master Class here in St. Louis when one of the students acknowledged that he thought he had heard Segovia’s name but didn’t know who he was. (His teacher was in the…[Read more]
I had the privilege of performing an orchestra piece written and directed by Gerald Garcia at the GFA a few years ago. It was an amazing experience! Generally above my technical ability at the time, but I did play those parts that I could handle, smiled and moved my fingers silently through the other parts, and learned a lot from the other…[Read more]
Bravo!!! Looking forward to more duets from the two of you. I hope you have as much fun playing music together as Dave and I have. (And you have a lot more music from which to select.)
Martha Kreipke replied to the topic Martha Kreipke, Practice Routine 15.2, Multiple Slurs in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 2 days, 9 hours ago
Update one day later – an AH HA moment.
I recall Simon mentioning how connected the hands are when playing. I discovered that for real today with my own two hands.
I couldn’t figure out why my right hand was getting so tired when I practiced this exercise since it mostly uses the left hand. Today I noticed that the harder (more tense) I worked…[Read more]
Today in the Master Class (here in St. Louis) with Ricardo Cobo, one of the students played Granada from Suite Espanola Op. 47. Along with recommendations on playing the piece, Ian and Ricardo had a lively conversation comparing different guitar arrangements with the piano score.
(For me, watching and listening the performance, it underscored the…[Read more]
Mark – I think a lot of us are reminding ourselves that this is a marathon, not a sprint! (But I can imagine there have been plenty of times that even Simon has obsessed over one or more details … I think it goes with the territory.)
Martha Kreipke replied to the topic Martha Kreipke, Practice Routine 15.2, Multiple Slurs in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 3 days, 7 hours ago
Technique Challenge, Week #2
January 20, 2019 – a cold a snowy day!
On Saturday I worked on this during a coaching session with Dave Belcher. I feel I have a better roadmap now for getting better at playing multiple slurs. The following are the key points I need to work on – and I know I am not there yet.
– For pull offs – add more press…[Read more]
You would have loved Richardo Cobo’s concert here last night. With the exception of one French piece, it was all Latin.
The encore was Brouwer’s Un Dia de Noviembre – a special treat!
I saw the notice from the GFA. Her death occurred on the same day she sent a note about how excited she was to be one of the performers at the 2020 GFA conference in Indianapolis. Much sadness now.
Hello Richard –
Congratulations on taking on such an important new role. I have been on the Board of St. Louis Classical Guitar for about 5 years and in September was elected President. I love the work we do to promote the classical guitar performance and education throughout our community.
Feel free to check out our website…[Read more]
Martha Kreipke replied to the topic Performance Seminar #52 [Sign Up] January 20, 4pm NYC time in the forum Live Member Events 4 days, 17 hours ago
I will be attending our local master class with Ricardo Cobo at the same time and will not be able to join in for this one.
Kari – Playing guitar should be fun and you make it fun for all of us. You need to archive these videos!
(Our piano is covered with scratches from when our son decided it would make a great track for his metal hot wheels. What was annoying at the time is very precious to me now.)
Roger – Thank you for another first class interview.
Mark – I enjoyed learning more about you.
We share a lot about our music and not always much about ourselves. The personal stories are a great addition the the academy.
Congratulations on your new guitar. So much fun to add to the guitar collection. Each one can be for a different purpose. (The same reason your wife probably has more than one pair of shoes.)
I love this exercise. I did not understand that we were to use “piston” fingers until I saw Dave’s feedback so I am really glad that you chose this for your challenge.
Hi Melvyn – Like many others, we followed a similar path to CGC. I studied classical guitar in high school, stopped playing for 40 years, then resumed my studies after our youngest child went to college. Welcome to this international community of classical guitar enthusiasts!
Mark, this is a wonderful addition to the repertoire. I had not heard it before and it is going on my “future list” (which is getting longer by the week!). I enjoyed your recording.
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