Randy, welcome to CGC.
Am I right to assume you took courses
from or with Bruce Holzman at FSU? Bruce and I were best friends during the period 1973-1977 while I was working on my PhD in economics.
Anyway, welcome, and I know you’ll really appreciate the CGC. Great stuff here.
Week 3: 100 bpm
Unfortunately, the video hides part of my right hand. Still, I hope it appears to be more relaxed and a lighter touch applied. I have come to conclude that I will most likely not reach the 120 target in the final week of the challenge, especially in view of the holiday. But if I can find the…[Read more]
Thank you very much, Niki. Great suggestions. I hadn’t thought about isolating thumb and finger movement, and will focus on that too. On the more “delicate sound” idea, interestingly, I had been noticing that a lighter touch delivered smoother play, but I have had some difficulty sustaining it. So, that’ll be another focus.
Here is my second week’s submission of the challenge. Following a helpful suggestion from Dave, I opted to change the specific chords for my arpeggio speed development. Dave suggested I consider Em/Am, which are easier chords for transitioning from one to the other, and entail less stretching (than C/G7). And who doesn’t love minor chords? So I’ve…[Read more]
Thanks, Dave. Great suggestions, one of which I plan to implement. And when I submit my next (progress) video, I’ll indicate the target tempo I will try to reach by end-month.
Have a great weekend.
I have revised my challenge submission, as I did not consider my original challenging enough for me. I have decided to work on #12 of Giuliani’s “120 Right-Hand Studies.” My initial video is at 45 bpm, and reveals considerable hesitation, a lot of string buzz, and muffled notes. So the things to work on, all the while gaining speed, are obvious.…[Read more]
For this challenge, I’ve decided to focus on measures 9 and 10 of Giuliani’s Papillon Op. 50, No. 13. Although this piece was the Grade 2 material for the previous challenge, I was never able to achieve much speed. This was especially true for the final measures. So this challenge is a good opportunity to force me to build up speed in a systematic…[Read more]
Thanks for watching, and for your message. It’s truly amazing just how big an impact “performance” has on one’s delivery, as apposed to just practicing. The ego really gets in the way, even when one is simply playing for a camera! I’d like to find a way to have the video camera trigger on and off randomly so that I wouldn’t know when it…[Read more]
For the past 6 months, I have focused on Grade 2 material, and especially on being ready to submit. Alas! By September 30, I reluctantly but realistically recognized I was delusional. Despite the occasionally acceptable (by my standards) off-camera performances of each piece (Giuliani’s Etude No. 1, Sor No. 8, and Carcassi Andantino), I was never…[Read more]
I am wondering if anyone can recommend a piano-guitar duet that would be feasible for a Grade 2 aspirant and a twelve year-old pianist who is reasonably talented and has had 6 years of formal classical training?
I have not made much direct use of my “Progress Journal” by way of posting self-assessments and such. Not sure why. I like to think it’s because I’m so busy, including practicing. The latter does explain at least some of lapse since my last posting 4 months ago. Part of the reason is also that I participated in the two challenges during the past 6…[Read more]
Thank you so much Kari for posting on my behalf! I am very grateful for your gracious and enthusiastic report about today’s gathering. It was indeed a very pleasant surprise to discover that Giuliani was unexpectedly the star composer of the today. A very inspirational and motivating afternoon!
Thank you Mark and Dave.
I went to Luthier, but they were indeed closed. A neighboring business said they were very occasionally opened, but the late owner’s widow was trying to close shop permanently.
I also went to Julliard at Lincoln Center in hopes of finding the Tisserand score books, but struck out. So I ended up ordering one online.
Robert Hagemann replied to the topic Performance Practice Meet Up (Washington DC/Virginia/Maryland Area) in the forum General Discussion 3 months, 2 weeks ago
A reminder that DC Corner will meet at my home in Arlington, Virginia on September 15, from 2:00-4:00. Please write to me ([email protected]) if you wish to attend, and I’ll provide the address and general directions.
Looking forward to the gathering.
That is indeed very nice! I knew what I submitted earlier today wasn’t at an “Allegro” tempo, but I didn’t realize how far from the right tempo I was!
Robert Hagemann replied to the topic Robert Hagemann, Guilliani Allegro Papillon No. 13 in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 3 months, 2 weeks ago
With a house full of grandchildren last week, I was unable to practice or record. So this week was crunch time. With travel starting tomorrow, and in the interest of not letting “perfect (Ha!Ha!) be the enemy of the good,” I’ve given up trying to video better renditions of the two items. In any event, I think these pretty accurately reflect state…[Read more]
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