Thanks, Deb. Perhaps I misunderstood Simon in the video lesson, but I thought he said one should place all left hand fingers on strings at the same time in forming the chords. I’ll re-watch in case I misunderstood. In any case, even if just a few days, my contortions seem to be paying off, at least a little. There is less and less buzzing, even if…[Read more]
I want to thank each and every one of you for your considerate and useful advice on my question. I am now convinced to stick with what is expected, and persevere until I succeed in getting the right tone. I trust my anatomy is not so very different from that of others, and I will eventually find the hand, wrist and elbow positioning to get the…[Read more]
I have a question regarding left hand fingering on the G7 chord on exercise T117. Specifically, should the 2nd finger absolutely be used to play the B on the 5th string when forming the G7 chord on these arpeggios? If I use my second finger (which I usually use to play a regular G7 chord), it is very challenging to avoid buzzing when playing the D…[Read more]
Bob Hagemann replied to the topic Deb Hendrickson – Grade One Certificate Submission in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 2 weeks ago
Congratulations! Not the least bit surprised by your success and for the nice compliments Simon offered. Once again, thanks for inspiring me. As your submission was an early and impressive one, it really motivated me. And I am grateful for that.
Enjoy your sustained progress over the weeks and months (and years!) to come.
I have received feedback and assessment on my submission, and I could not be more impressed by the high caliber and focus of that feedback. I am happy to share the video here, in case Simon’s comments can be of usefulness to others.
I am grateful to have received the Grade 1 certificate, and even more thankful to know precisely what fundamentals…[Read more]
Thanks so much for the feedback and suggestions. I am beginning to be more comfortable with the rest stroke, but experimenting, as you suggest, is still ongoing! Aiming for similar tonal quality is a good way to assess how I am progressing with the rest stroke.
Richard, thanks for watching and thanks for the tips. Indeed, smiling while performing is a must. I’m assuming that will come more easily when more technique has been accumulated. Even for my Grade 1 submission video, I invariably paused a moment at the outset to remind myself to smile, but, alas, I don’t think the smiles were sustained as I…[Read more]
I thought it might be useful to post this question here as well as in the message stream for lesson T111, on rest strokes.
I have read all the questions, comments, and replies attached to that lesson (in Unit 4), and especially appreciate Dave’s advice there on nails. I remain a little uncertain whether or not one is to use any nail at all on t…[Read more]
Thanks, Martha. Your comments are most welcome!.
On the one hand, the high quality of so many of the Grade 1 submissions was, well, an excuse to postpone my submission until the Autumn. On the other hand, I am not sure I’d have started Grade 2 lessons without feedback or, better yet, success. So I figured I had little to lose by taking the…[Read more]
Thanks. I appreciate your message.
It’s always a struggle to balance humility and ambition (well, maybe just goal-setting). So, off went the submission, even though I could have tried for one more day to improve the submitted material. Also, I have for some time postponed starting Grade 2 lessons, focused so much on the Grade 1…[Read more]
As some others have reported, I hesitated to submit for Grade 1. Although facing a video camera of course causes tension and associated mistakes here and there that I might not otherwise make, I’m pretty convinced that, overall, what I’ve been able to video so far pretty much reflects my current skills level. With the decline approaching in 24 hou…[Read more]
Roger and Glenn,
Thank you both. I figured as much, and it makes sense. I had not seen ANY multiple-videos of the practice routine submissions, but I had this vain hope that I had a stroke of genius (ha ha!) that no one had thought of! :-)
So, I better get back to work; time is running out!
I am wondering if the practice routine video for Grade 1 can be submitted in 1 or 2 separate videos, or does it HAVE to be a single video? The obvious advantage is to avoid having to start all over again if one is dissatisfied with one of the exercises that is played toward the end of the routine.
I am assuming I know the answer (one single…[Read more]
Bob Hagemann replied to the topic Deb Hendrickson – Grade One Certificate Submission in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 1 month, 1 week ago
Excellent, Deb. Sounds really great–love the tone, and it’s all real smooth. You’ve both inspired me and, well, caused me to re-double my efforts (to practice more!).
Congratulations on the submission.
Thanks for watching, and for your feedback.
Yes, that reliance on the 3rd and 4th finger for the B & D is a challenge. It throws me off all the time. I am not sure how many repetitions it will take, but I’ll keep working on it. When I get sufficiently irritated with flubbing the transition to those measures, I often spend the next 3-5…[Read more]
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