Brian, congratulations! You should really be proud. Hard to pick out a favorite of the three, they all sounded great.
And I appreciate hearing about your experience posting on Facebook. If you’ve turned one person onto classical guitar, you’ve done some good!
Hi Mark and Sean,
Thanks for listening! Good luck with your submission Sean, I’ll be watching for it. And Mark, congrats on yours! Nice to be done and already working on the next grade :)
Grade 3 was a lot of fun. Some good pieces to choose from.
The grade system has really been a huge win for me. Before I joined CGC and really bought into the…[Read more]
Thanks for listening and thanks for confirmation on the response timing. In any case, I’m glad to have my submission behind me!
I do know about Richard Wagner the composer, but sadly I’m not familiar with his music. I need to poke around Apple Music a bit and find a good intro. Amusingly, Siri always pronounces my name as “Va…[Read more]
Thanks everyone for your comments and for listening! And I’m really enjoying watching the submissions roll in.
I have a question for the seasoned veterans of the process: is it the case that no one will receive feedback on their submission until after the Oct 1 deadline passes?
Wow, Judy, great job! You’re getting a great sound and you have a really nice pulse in the music. A pleasure to listen to!
And when it comes to Red Light Syndrome, you’ve got a lot of company!
Thanks for your kind words! Glad that Sor ending came through. It’s nice to feel every once in a while that the hard work is paying off. To celebrate, I’ll probably put these pieces aside for a while :) Chomping at the bit to start on Grade 4 repertoire!
Great job on your submission! All the pieces sounded really musical with some great dynamics mixed in. I really admire your assertive approach. I feel like you had something to say and you said it! Congratulations!
I’m so excited to go through the grade submission process here at CGC for the first time! Thanks to everyone for providing such a supportive and inspiring community!
Grade 3 Repertoire:
1) Giuliani, Tempo di Polacca
2) Sor, Estudio in D, Op. 31, No. 3
3) Aguado, Lesson 19
Grade 3…[Read more]
Final submission of Snowflight. Tried to concentrate on being free with dynamics and rubato. Especially on the dynamics I feel like I could have had an even wider range. It does seem to be the case that the the dynamics I think I am projecting never come across as strongly as I imagine they will.
I do feel like I made progress on right hand…[Read more]
Richard Wagner replied to the topic Robert Guerrero, Snowflight & RH studies 1-6 (Grade 3) in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 1 month ago
Robert, great work! Especially on the dynamics. Your intentions really came through loud and clear (or soft and quiet as the case may be!) Makes me want to go home and practice dynamics …
This week I thought I’d do a run through of Snowflight in order to see where I’m at with the arpeggios in a full piece. It took me several takes, but I hope I stayed within the spirit of the challenge by using each take to try to improve on something that didn’t sound good during playback. Issues were inconsistency in volume with treble notes…[Read more]
Richard Wagner replied to the topic Robert Guerrero, Snowflight & RH studies 1-6 (Grade 3) in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 1 month, 1 week ago
Great job, it’s sounding quite smooth to me. And I think you’re getting a nice pulse on Snowflight. The bass notes are coming through strong, but not overpowering.
Look forward to hearing the whole piece at some point.
I practiced planting a bit when I first started playing classical, but it’s been a while. You’re right, it’d be a great idea to incorporate it into this challenge to help with stability and accuracy.
Thanks for checking in!
Week 1 Update
This week was focused on Dave’s suggestion to arch my wrist a bit. My default position is definitely flatter, so this requires a bit of focus to not revert to my old position as I play. I can definitely feel that it helps me project my tone and helps with stability – almost like I’m creating a tripod with my fingers rather than…[Read more]
I just got the book “Reaching the Next Level” by Martha Masters and she strongly recommends singing to yourself as an aid to improve your concentration on the music. Bubble, that sounds in line with what you are experiencing.
I’d like to start trying it. I guess the trick is to turn it into sub-vocalization during performance or recor…[Read more]
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