Received feedback from Dave on my submission. I passed, yay! Thanks to Dave for some great feedback and technical advice. Lot of things to think about and work on to improve my playing.
Debbie replied to the topic Robert Guerrero Grade 3 Submission — September 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Wow, what a beautiful submission! I especially enjoyed the dynamics changes on all of the pieces which came through really well, even on a recording. And the Sor piece had a nice energy to it that made me want to dance :)
I am pleased to present my submission for Grade 2. I have enjoyed working on the repertoire pieces in this level. Some of them are things that I would not normally choose to play on my own, but I know I am becoming a better musician by expanding my repertoire and learning to play pieces that may not be in my comfort zone. I was super excited to…[Read more]
Very nice David! I am also envious of your tempos, especially on the Giuliani.
I tell myself that I just take a more laid back approach to my playing, not that I can’t play faster. Hah!
I recorded my repertoire every day last week, and I think this one will be my final submission. A couple of hiccups, but like Judy, I don’t think repeated…[Read more]
Most of the time I just sit at the piano and use my piano bench. It is a little higher than a regular chair and since I have long legs, this works well for me. I also don’t need a music stand, since I just put my music right on the piano.
I agree with Deb. The fingerings are a guideline, but it’s okay to change them if they don’t work for your hand and it doesn’t affect the music. I always start with the suggested fingerings, but if, after working on the piece for a while, I find a spot where the fingering doesn’t seem to work for me, I will experiment to find one that does. I…[Read more]
Week 3 Video – Not sure how much improvement I’ve made. I did identify at least one spot (the D in measure 11) that I wasn’t holding down for two beats, so at least that transition sounds better. Still struggling with how to hold the bar down so the high F in measure 10 rings through.
Thanks, Roger. That is a helpful observation. I also noticed yesterday that there are a couple of spots where I’m not holding down the top note for two beats as it is written, so I’ve been trying to isolate these and work on them also.
Here is my week 2 video.
It’s getting more comfortable for me, but still sounds and feels very choppy. I’m hoping with time I will figure out how to get this more smooth and legato.
Funny, my fourth finger on my left hand seem to want to fly out on this passage. It is definitely a workout for the left hand. Your tone is beautiful, by the way.
This challenge is perfect timing for me. I just started working on this piece about a week ago and very quickly identified measures 9-12 as by far the most difficult part of the piece. It is really hard to will my fingers on my left hand to go where they’re supposed to. I’m looking forward to focusing in on this section, and (hopefully) seeing my…[Read more]
Thanks to Simon for his wonderful feedback on my submission! He touched on some things that in the back of my mind I knew were issues and gave some great advice on how to work on them. Mainly that when I play louder I have a tendency to pluck the strings (makes sense, as I knew my loud notes sounded a bit twangy), and also some things to work on…[Read more]
Thanks for getting back to me. I actually sent an email to GSP guitar, where I have bought music from in the past, and they kindly responded back to me that it is a part of a collection by that composer (Comme un Chanson, volume 1] I’ve ordered a copy of the book. Apparently there are some other great pieces in there also.
Beautiful submission, Robert! Your playing has so much life and energy.
I have started looking at the repertoire pieces for Grade 2 and already decided that I will probably use the Calatayud Waltz and Simple Mambo. I love both of them. Where did you find the music for Simple Mambo? I have been looking for it and unable to find it.
BTW, I would…[Read more]
Congratulations, Ben. Nicely done!
I have a question for you, where did you find the music for Simple Mambo? I am starting to work on grade 2 and love that piece. I have been trying to search for it online but have not been able to find it anywhere.
I am excited to present my grade 1 submission and looking forward to receiving feedback. I joined CGCA after a one year break from taking private lessons. I have a pretty extensive musical background on other instruments (piano and trombone), but am fairly new to the guitar. My previous teacher tended to push me into music that was at a higher…[Read more]
That was awesome, Brian! Kind of funny that when I was practicing this morning, I was thinking about how I need to get an external microphone so I can get better recordings and then I log onto the web site and immediately saw this :) Very informative and much to think about it.
Seeing that it’s almost the new year, this seems like a good time to update my progress journal. Especially since I will be away on vacation over the holidays (without my guitar) and won’t be picking it back up until New Year’s Eve.
Kind of interesting to revisit my initial goals from 6 months ago when I first joined CGCA. I think I did pretty…[Read more]
Welcome, Victor! You are a very talented artist. I’m impressed.
You will find that this is a very supportive community. I, too, am a fan of renaissance music for the guitar. That and South American are definitely my favorite genres.
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