Hey Scott, really great performances on the Prelude and Recuerdos! You make them look easy, and great milestone on getting Recuerdos in your repertoire. I guess Tarrega is one of my favorite composers for good reason.
Hi Hans, I really like my Dominelli guitar, and I think it sounds wonderful. The more I play it the more I like it. Walnut sounds really nice – does it sound similar to rosewood?
Marcy Marxer, a multi-instrumentalist and grammy award winner (she’s a boatload of fun and I got to meet and play with her a bit at Banjo Camp North) made a Ukulele DVD for kids that might be a good start… here’s a sample from it, and you can buy it I think on amazon or homespun, or her own site.…[Read more]
Thanks Scott! Tarrega is one of my favorite composers for guitar, and the references you mention are great. Fantastic to have a gift of the Tarrega-Leckie Manuscripts! I couldn’t get the link you provided for the manuscripts to work for me tho- did you mean this one?…[Read more]
Hi Magdalena, what a wonderful experience with your dad, and a beautiful performance! You will have this moment (and this video) to treasure for a long time to come. Please try to make it happen that you can play more with your dad- it is so wonderful for family members to make beautiful music together!
Came across this article at work today and it just reminded me of what we do to learn guitar. The process described here I thought had many parallels to our curriculum and practice tips. For example, role playing- parallel to doing open mics or public performances? Learning concepts and getting coaching and feedback- sounds a lot like our model…[Read more]
I like to think that adult beginners in any field, be it music, sports, art, should have the best equipment they can afford, so that the learning process is enjoyable, and the finer points of finessing the equipment are able to be explored as soon as possible, assuming you will stick with it for a while. If you just want to try something to see…[Read more]
Donna’s advice is great. I too look for pieces that are at my level in different books, that might be a bit different from the standard repertoire.
Some of the books I have purchased and intend to work through that look like they have interesting repertoire that is not too hard:
The Guitar Music of Spain, Vol 1, Bartolome Calatayud
Hey Michael, just catching up – wow, you’ve been busy! First, congrats on your degree in a great field to be in today- way to go! Second, congrats for submitting your exam- I know how much effort that takes. And, congrats again for playing in your coffee house performance and NOT DYING! (not that you would have anyway, but it must feel great…[Read more]
Pat Sorenson replied to the topic Donna Zitzelberger – Grade 4 Submission – Sept 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 4 weeks, 1 day ago
I’m just getting to listen to everyone’s submissions now, and wow, your playing here was so confident and strong- fantastic! Your tone was great, and you nailed every piece. I don’t know which was my favorite, I think all of them! Thank you also for your essay on the challenges and setbacks you had, and how you worked through them to…[Read more]
Pat Sorenson replied to the topic Sanne Kreijkamp – Grade 4 submission -Simon's feedback in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Sanne, congratulations on your Grade 4 exam! I agree that these feedback videos are so helpful, so thank you for sharing with us! Look forward to hearing you play your new guitar more in Grade 5.
Barry, I got the guitar directly from Marcus Dominelli, the luthier in Vancouver. The wait list was about a year. You can find his website online, Dominelli Guitars, and learn more about options.
Hey Roger, great playing! I think once you get this up to speed and play it a bunch more times, you’ll be able to do some really cool amazing things with it. I really like it. Great work! And good for you deciding to focus more on guitar.
Glenn, as far as missing practice sessions and knowing it, I’m really finding that to be true with the…[Read more]
Hi Bubble, I haven’t taken any lessons from any of these places, but check out Artistworks and Udemy: https://www.cmuse.org/learn-saxophone-lesson-online/
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