Thank you Deb for your encouraging words and compliment, and for stopping by to visit my progress journal. I am confident your playing will take you far beyond these baseline recordings.
It’s only fair to admit I have some familiarity with this material. It’s a long and mildly interesting story but suffice to say, this ain’t my first rodeo.
Regarding the use of a metronome, I’ve discovered the advantages of the TEMPO app. For the longest time, I relied on a traditional metronome, which had a low setting of 40 bpm. This app allows you to go even slower and provides you so many optional time signature settings to assist with both simple and compound meter. Plus, you can subdivide…[Read more]
That’s great news, Martha. A successful monthly salon will increase your highly-respected society’s profile and raise the overall morale and camaraderie of your members.
I’ve seen this process grow gradually and organically. And it all comes down to the culture. Everyone who comes knows they will play before a supportive audience AND they will…[Read more]
I hope you find the progress journal as useful as I and many others have found. I think of mine as a personal trainer. I call mine “PJ”, LOL. It wants what’s best for me, it holds me to my word, and it could shame me if it wanted to. It doesn’t,,, but it could.
I recommend setting reasonable goals for yourself, and dates for reporti…[Read more]
Ghizelaine, by Jove, I think you’ve got it!
You sustained the voices beautifully and gave the phrase body. Your movement looked more confident and relaxed.
Keep up the good work,
Thanks Drew for the comments. I am so eager for Summer School as well.
This evening, I checked off my open mic performance from my list. I was really happy with the performance and getting to practice on a stage.
I want to give a shoutout to three other CGC Academy members who performed at tonight’s salon…
May 19, 2019
Here is a list of items completed in the past 30 days.
* Posted two duet videos
* Finished Unit 6 lessons
* Submitted a recording of Giuliani Opus 50, no 5
* Submitted three videos for Members Challenge #6
* Worked through Practice Routines 6, 7 and 8
Goals for next four weeks
* Complete work on Aguado Menuet and Giuliani 50 (19)…[Read more]
Here is my week 3 update.
I increased the tempo to 56 bpm and made a broader attempt at stretching the dynamics to better shape the melody. I kept the left wrist straight but I am still expressing facial tension. Need to keep working on that as I move this excerpt closer to performance tempo. I also want to improve the quality of my slurs…[Read more]
Well done, Derek. They are both coming along quite nicely, very musical and interesting to listen to. Looking forward to salon tonight. As I mentioned to you, we will be playing on the main stage with spotlights and all. An opportunity for some true performance practice!
Well done, Ghizelaine. Your movement is smooth and relaxed, and the notes are legato. Keep going and work to bring out the multiple voices so it sounds like a conversation. That approach helped me to make it more musical. Looking forward to hearing more.
Welcome to the site, Anita.
Best of luck with this new adventure! That’s the perfect approach and attitude, and we hope you enjoy the journey. If you start by practicing very slowly from the beginning and dig into the practice routines, you will make steady progress.
Keep us posted!
Robert (also in PA)
Since you’re in the Hershey area, I am sure you are familiar with the Classical Guitar Society of Lancaster. Richard Kordel is a CGC member and is working hard to invigorate the guitar community in your neck of the woods. Since I know Richard is too humble to toot his own horn, I will do so on his…[Read more]
Derek and I decided on a name… DuoDelphia!
Here is our second recording. We hope you enjoy it.
Duet #3 (from Ferdinando Carulli’s 24 Progressive Student-Teacher Classical Guitar Duets)
Week 2 of Members Challenge #6
Tempo: Increased metronome setting to 40 bpm after spending time on ease of action. Trying for a fluid feeling with legato and some dynamics. Still much work to do.
Left Hand: Kept the left wrist straight and in a neutral mid-range position. Working on spreading the fingers out more to reduce the need to reach…[Read more]
Welcome to CGC! This is a great place to start your exploration of the classical guitar. The curriculum will take you as far as you want to go. Best of luck with it. Please feel free to share more about your journey by starting a progress journal. It’s a great way to set milestones and see your growth over time.
There are more than…[Read more]
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