January 2019 Progress Journal entry — Part II
I feel I really stretched myself this month with these goals. Still a lot of work to do but I feel progress was made these past four weeks
Update on Sor Segovia #4 — Opus 6, no 1 at 90 bpm
Initiate one Bach selection — Bach’s March (from Notebook) at 60…[Read more]
January 21, 2019:
Meeting the deadline for this progress journal entry has been especially challenging. Here is my update, with one video. Two more videos to follow (fingers crossed).
Improved tone production: For the past 60 days, I worked through Practice Routines 1-5 on a daily basis. The outcome is a more consistent point of…[Read more]
It was a great event. I was honored to be invited and fortunate to be in the audience. Happy to share the notes.
This was the sixth occurrence and I believe they target every other year. It’s a grant-supported event. To date, they’ve rotated between Baltimore and Louisville due to available facilities. That’s my understanding.
The magaz…[Read more]
Wonderful, Roger! You look so relaxed and graceful in your movement. Kudos. And excellent job with the dynamics and tone color changes. I love the pieces in the Bridges collection. Thank you for sharing.
Great job! I definitely see the improvement in keeping those left-hand fingers closer to the fretboard. Keep it up.
One observation. Your right-hand finger strokes seem to be based in the second knuckle, not the big knuckle. After many hours of work with my teacher, I found an improvement in my tone, control, and projection by…[Read more]
Congratulations! I’ve been on the board of Wilmington Classical Guitar for the past three years and would be happy share what I’ve learned from the experience with you. I recently attended the classical guitar society summit in late September at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and I sent you a copy of my notes via email. Day…[Read more]
Wow! Great control of the note durations. The melodic lines really had a sense of direction and it does appear you’re having fun. You are developing great habits that will continue to benefit your playing as your progress through the curriculum. Keep up the good work.
Very nice! The right hand finger movement is very natural with very low tension, especially considering the amount of activity going on. Well done.
As you develop this piece further, look for opportunities to bring the melodic line to the surface to create a bit of separation between the voices. The accompaniment is so lovely and…[Read more]
Robert Guerrero replied to the topic Robert Guerrero, Practice Routine 5.3, Sustaining Notes in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 5 days, 17 hours ago
Goals for week 3:
1. Sustain voices at a faster tempo (80 bpm)
2. Introduce more tone color variation
3. Convey some dynamic distinction to make it “more musical”
One additional recommendation I offer is a songbook I purchased a few weeks ago — Thierry Tisserand’s Comme des Chansons Volume 1. I credit Lynda Wilson (@lynda) with introducing me to this amazing collection of pieces. So many beautiful choices, and it comes with a CD!
Thanks to Roger and Judy for providing links to these resources. They’ve already proven to be invaluable to me and I’ve only known of them for 30 minutes! Much appreciated. Really helpful.
I very much agree with Roger and Deb’s recommendation of the Bridges series. I use these books extensively to find studies, exercises, new repertoire, and also as sight reading material.
I also recommend the Frederick Noad Guitar Anthology series. So much good music in these collections, broken down by era. The selections are very educational,…[Read more]
Thank you for the update. Great to hear about your positive experience at the Sydney summer school and getting to meet with more CGC members face-to-face. Sad to report it is still winter here and you’ll be returning to cold, snow, wind and rain. But with that comes the opportunity to bundle up, keep indoors, and attend to our…[Read more]
Thank you for sharing this! I am actually working on a Pratten piece as a possible choice for my summer school open mic selection. I was unfamiliar with her work until recently when my teacher brought her to my attention. And now I just can’t get enough of her compositions.
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