Thank you Richard for listening in and for the suggestion regarding Brian Boru. I will definitely check it out and catch up with the group, and give it a go.
And glad I could participate in all the sheep talk, unintentional as it was. But coming from someone with a pastoral background, your comment means a lot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a s…[Read more]
Ticked a few items off of my to-do list since my last progress journal entry
* Passed my Grade 3 exam and posted the feedback video
* Participated in a master class with Simon Powis (Choro del Gato)
* Attended Guitoberfest in NYC
* Participated in my first trio with Derek Mansen and Michael Clunn (Simple Gifts)
* Worked on a…[Read more]
Robert Guerrero replied to the topic Robert Guerrero Grade 3 Submission — September 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 3 days, 5 hours ago
Thank you to everyone for the positive words and sentiments of encouragement. I am moved and inspired by everyone’s work on this site and it warms my heart to think I contribute to the collective ball of energy. You guys are the best!
The only thing I can advise regarding the Grade 3 material is to try and take the pieces personally. I found…[Read more]
Week 1 update
Move the metronome from 72 bpm to 80 bpm
Use m, a alternation
Focus on reducing tension in the left hand
Introduce bursts to improve speed while maintaining ease
1. C major scale at 80 bpm for quarter notes
2. C major scale at 80 bpm for quarter notes with eighth note bursts
3. C major scale at 80 bpm for eighth notes
Robert Guerrero replied to the topic Robert Guerrero Grade 3 Submission — September 2019 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 4 days, 17 hours ago
I received my Grade 3 exam feedback from Niki yesterday and I am posting it here to share with the community. I am happy to announce I passed and can now join my colleagues in their pursuit of Grade 4 glory.
I extend my thanks to Niki for her kind and encouraging words, and her advice regarding tension, lightness, and left-hand positioning.…[Read more]
Thanks Michael for the advice. Tone consistency is definitely one of my objectives.
Speaking of which, I failed to lay out my goals when I submitted my base video.
My goal for this challenge is to increase speed while staying relaxed.
Base video: 72 bpm (this is my standing heart rate so it seemed like a good place to start in…[Read more]
High five on your successful Grade 4 submission! Your performance really was excellent and I am glad to see Niki pointed out your phrasing as a strength. I think you do a fantastic job with these pieces and I will be looking to your work for inspiration and guidance in the coming months.
Chalk one up for Team Misfit!
Great job, Michael. Big congratulations on completing Grade 3. You’ve had a ton going on and you still found the time to put in the work. Hats off to your dedication to the craft. I look forward to working together with you through Grade 4 and beyond.
P.S. Best of luck when you grow out those nails! 2020 is your year.
That was so wonderful. I watched this while having my breakfast and it melted away the worries of the day. I will be humming this the whole way to work. Enjoy your holiday and thank you for sharing your love of music and family with the world.
With best regards,
What a great day in NYC! Thanks to Simon and Niki for putting on a great ensemble practice, technique workshop, nail clinic, and concert. Even while the rain came down outside, the room glowed with the smiling faces of musicians at work and at play. It was wonderful to work with all of you on the ensemble pieces and to spend face time with you…[Read more]
Congrats Adel on completing Grade 3 and thank you for sharing your feedback video. I learned many things from the practice routine review which I need to apply to my own practice! It is much appreciated.
Best to you with the Grade 6 material. I admire your talent, ambition and creativity, and very much look forward to seeing your work as you progress.
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