Thanks everyone for listening in. I feel much encouraged from all the positive inputs! Will keep it up.
Estudio in Em is also my favorite, a piece so beautiful. Been long wanting to play it, and finally!
If you notice the sudden increase in volume towards the very end of the last piece, truth be told, I was super pissed for forgetting the…[Read more]
I was working on the old level 2 submission when it was transformed to the grade system, so I chose to keep on the same material I’d been working on, which corresponds to the now grade 4 submission.
Still the usual suspects, finger independence, finger accuracy and strength, barre accuracy and strength, sight reading speed, and on and…[Read more]
Submission time is up and I want to know how I should continue when I make a mistake, knowing I probably won’t have a mistake free session, and not prepared to have 437 takes.
What do I do if my finger lands on the next node inaccurately, misses the string or touches a wrong string, and the note needs to repeat? (say C-D-D-D, the Ds depend on the…[Read more]
I guess it’s neither. You know if you press a finger against a needle on a table (other small objects), you can pick it straight up where it “sticks” to the finger. If you do the same thing on a string, the string will ring, and the quicker you lift the finger the louder the noise. It’s worse when I just played the string but I worry about that…[Read more]
I see there are new pieces allowed in the exams but no video lessons (I’m looking at grade 3 and 4), nor included in the (level 2) Repertoire book I bought. Will new lessons on those pieces be added to the grade system? or where can I find the score?
One thing that annoys me a lot is the ringing on the open string when I lift a finger, either to end the note, or to move to play the next note, which is worse as I have to lift it quick and to the next position. One case is when I just played that string, then it sounds like a unwanted slur. But even when the ringing already dies down and I lift…[Read more]
Hi Connie, regarding “muscle memory” vs “by sight”, are we supposed not to look at the fingerboard at all (except for long shifting)?
When I do that (e.g when sightreading), I often find myself settle for less than ideal positions without knowing, such as not pressing above the fretm or awkward hand positioning. I wouldn’t know it if I don’t look…[Read more]
Not sure which forum is the best to post the questions.. but here I go.
1. I’m working the 2nd half of level 2 but can’t make the Oct submission. Next year when I’m done with level 2, should I submit for grade 4, or have to do both 3 and 4?
2. The requirement says “These (Repertoire) pieces must be performed in one unedited recording”. Does it…[Read more]
Hah, with Simon’s video I totally thought I’m supposed to pull the index finger back rather than down/gravity. I think Gohar’s video may be more clear (or maybe only because it was pointed out for me already). I’ll try that out.
The long sleeve thing makes all the sense. Can’t believe I missed that. now it’s very easy to move…[Read more]
Got a question while watching https://classical.guitarcorneracademy.com/courses/level-2-certificate-course/lessons/l213-the-barre-cc/
So I am supposed to pull my left elbow outwards to apply pressure with the index finger over the strings (instead of pinching the board with the thumb) right? That means I’ve got to press my right forearm against…[Read more]
If I want to work on Speed of arpeggios (say, 2-oct A minor, but doesn’t really matter), what is a good challenging tempo on a metronome for a level-2 (or early lv 3) student? I know everybody is different, but can you come up with a number or a range as a guideline? Just don’t want to inadvertently stretch myself by setting it too high. Thanks.
First of all thank you Simon for your personal welcome video! I’m a “long time beginner” where I learned some guitar by myself many many years ago but didn’t really get anywhere. One of the biggest difficulty was lack of structured guidance. I did learn some basic knowledge about notations and stuff, and basic techniques such as strokes and finger…[Read more]