Congratulations on getting your progress journal started and posting your video. It is a big step and an important one for measuring your growth. I started mine six months ago and it’s gone a long way towards keeping me accountable and determined. Also, the support you will receive from this community will only add to your joy, your…[Read more]
Richard, that was a fascinating aside. Thank you for sharing. I’m glad I mentioned it! Without these personal stories and experiences, these pieces can sometimes be little more than ink on paper. Just this week, my teacher and I discussed the importance of a connection and emotional attachment to what we play. It is essential. Sounds like…[Read more]
What a thoughtful and sensitive submission! Thank you for sharing. What struck me most about your repertoire performance is how you and guitar were blending and working in unison. There was very little separation between the two of you. It wasn’t so much you were playing the guitar as serving as its conduit. Whatever you’re doing to…[Read more]
I don’t know what to say except wow. I mean, like wow. Your artistry and musicianship are of an exceptionally high caliber. That was an example of giving of oneself through the medium of music. I am touched and humbled that you shared this with us. You really made these pieces your own and demonstrated what being a musician is all…[Read more]
Lovely job, Richard. That was so enjoyable and entertaining!
The musicality in the first and fourth pieces was supurb. They both conveyed a strong flow and really demonstrated the spirit of the music.
The Bach was also exceptionally fluid and played at a great tempo. What impresses me most is the level of finger independence with your left…[Read more]
March 16, 2019:
This month, I completed my submission for the CGC Grade 2 exam, participated in a master class taught by Jeremy Lyons and Lisa Perry, and attended two CGC coaching calls.
Began working with a duet partner! This is allowing me to test my sight reading improvement, to hear new music, and work on listening to my…[Read more]
Gabriel, thank you for sharing your work.
It was a real joy to hear your performance. Very musical and great physical fluidity with both hands. Looking forward to seeing more of your music.
Thank you for your submission. It was a pleasure to watch. You pour yourself into your music and it infuses your sound with character and flavor. Well done and very inspirational.
Good luck with your growth and your challenges. Your positive attitude will take you far along your path and add to your joy.
The Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC hosts an Adult Classical Guitar Workshop in early June this year. The workshop is run by Adam Holzman and has received rave reviews from past attendees.
Beautiful job, Dave. Thank you for sharing your submission with us.
Your pacing is spot on and you look very confident in your playing. The top voice is very distinct in both pieces and I found myself humming the melody afterwards. Playing music is a lot like passing the flame of a candle from one person to another and you did so…[Read more]
Great work, Wade.
I really enjoyed your submission. You’re doing a fantastic job of keeping your right hand close to the fingerboard and putting your fingers in the best position to relocate with ease. I also enjoyed your dynamics and tone color in the Carulli piece. Thank you for sharing your progress.
Thank you to everyone for taking the time to listen and for providing your feedback. It is very much appreciated and it warms my heart to know so many of you enjoyed the set. What a wonderful community of support!
Debbie: I pulled Simple Mambo from Tisserand’s Comme des chansons, volume 1. If you will be attending our upcoming Wilmington…[Read more]
March 13, 2019
I am working to resolve issues with physical tension, especially in my face. During public performances and in videos taken for self-assessment, tension is appearing in my hands, bo
dy and facial area. After reading David Leisner’s Playing With Ease, I am incorporating solutions to address this issue. I am working t…[Read more]
Excellent work, Ben. Thank you for your submission. I thought your Simple Mambo hsd a very natural dance tempo to it. In fact, you’ve encouraged me to slow mine down and rework some of my voicing choices. I guess what Roger says is true… “together, we can inspire each other.”
Best of luck with your feedback. I hope it is fruitful.
Excellent submission! Very musical, lots of color and texture, good separation of voices, and a strong pulse on both selections. Congratulations on a job well done.
Your chats are great and such a nice addition. Every time I think you can’t possibly improve my experience on this site, you prove me wrong. Thanks for taking the time. And as it happens, I was dealing with a duplet/triplet issue just this week and you casually solved my problem with your Apple/Pineapple count response. So thankful for the advice.
I applaud your decision, as I consistently get exactly what I need within the 15 min allotment. But more importantly, thank you for letting this happen organically and assessing the situation accordingly. It is not just a good decision, it is a thoughtful decision.
I keep careful account of my coaching calls and keep careful notes. Since…[Read more]
You did great last night! Kudos on putting forth a fine performance and a superb effort. Glad you could make it out and I’m excited to hear you’re already planning for next month.
Thank you for the duet shout out. Nothing like a public declaration to raise the expectation bar! I look forward to creating music with you.
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