Nice to see you back at it, my friend!
You’re producing a pretty good and consistent sound!
One thing to watch out for, it looks like some of the time you may be plucking upwards on the string with the middle joint of the finger, when you want to be pushing down into the string so that after the tip joint collapses the finger sort of falls into…[Read more]
Very nice and delightful piece, and good sound so far!
My (hopefully) constructive suggestion is that for some of the piece I can’t quite feel that it’s a minuet, especially right at the beginning. A big part of the challenge is simply the nature of the piece, with the meandering bunches of notes up high on the “dusty part of the fingerboard” as…[Read more]
Very cool! I may not have stumbled upon this piece otherwise.
Very interesting harmonies that you guys have captured nicely, and there’s a great tenderness to it.
Keep up the good work!
Wow I haven’t said anything since a bit before summer school!
I’ll try to keep it short and sweet with bullet points…
Still plugging away at various short Sor studies. I should be ready soon to do little recordings of Op. 35 numbers 7, 9 and 10 to contribute to the Op. 35 thread on Delcamp. Nothing much to write home about with these but I do…[Read more]
It was nice meeting you at the summer school, I will be looking forward to see how you progress!
I remembered you were from Iowa but I didn’t realize you were around Iowa City. There is a Russian guitar festival there during the summer so if you haven’t been to that try to remember to check it out next year!
The Russian guitar is 7 strings and…[Read more]
Crazy, I guess that’s keeping you very busy then!
Our pool all the way up in Sunnyvale started sloshing about 20 minutes later and I can only conclude it was because of that quake. My friend and I were just doing some work on the filter and I turned to go into the house to grab some more tools when I saw that one end of the water was raised a few…[Read more]
Very nice job, Derek!
I agree that the dynamics are especially good, you definitely got them to pop in discrete places which is good for this study. And good job on the bass notes throughout.
My one little critique will be that the notes on the treble strings in the first section are a little too hidden.
I think I would like to hear a brighter…[Read more]
Wonderful to see everyone either again or for the first time!
And I’m a bit sorry I didn’t get to catch up enough with everyone I would have liked to, and I think I missed a couple goodbyes at the end.
Anyway thank you to everyone for being there and making the whole thing awesome!
Steve Battazzo replied to the topic Music in the Castle of Heaven: The Genius of J.S. Bach in the forum J.S. Bach – June 2019 1 month, 4 weeks ago
@gshell51 I was considering doing the Sor month but there are also some other composers that I have in mind if I can find enough info on them…
Anyway if I was going to do Sor, I might consider looking specifically at how his published works evolved over time if it’s possible to figure out roughly what order he wrote them in.
Another interesting…[Read more]
Today, four more entries to my Sor adventure!
So now I have Op. 44 covered number 1-9 on my channel. I’ve practiced nearly every one of Op. 44 except the last one, so if I keep it up I could probably get the whole thing done by the end of the year, that would be cool! But we’ll see.
Today I offer numbers 5, 7, 8, and…[Read more]
I’m glad I randomly clicked on your thread to check on how you’re doing… cool to see you digging into the Brouwer etudes, and very cool that you tried playing them for an audience as well!
Hopefully you’ll keep it up!
On number one I would like to here super over exaggerated dynamics.. the first sort of phrase or idea is marked forte and then…[Read more]
Nice. I always wished more guitars would come with 12-hole tie blocks because it looks a lot cleaner and seems slightly easier to do than the standard 6-hole ties.
But if you do have a 6-hole tie block then the Diamond string ties solve that problem and allow you to do the tying slightly away from the guitar if you want to.
Thank you for the offer, Janie!
My guitar that I will be bringing has a smaller soundhole so we may have to loosen more strings. And there are limited options on where the support can actually go so I think I have already kind of figured it out by just setting everything in my lap with no magnets and seeing where it sits… but we shall see.
Would somebody with small hands like to help me install the magnets on my guitar at summer school?
I had a shop do the install on one of my guitars because I had taken it in for a small nut slot adjustment and they did both things for their minimum “bench fee” for me, but I’m not sure I want to take my other guitars to them just to put the…[Read more]
Martha that’s a good point but there wasn’t any suggestion made about that. I think the point is just to take a little mini-break between one thing and the next. It’s kind of a way to force ourselves to break everything into manageable bite-sized chunks before we try to tackle a whole phrase or section or piece straight through. And in the end…[Read more]
I received an interesting bit of practice advice courtesy of my cello teacher. In one of my etudes that was in 6/8 time he suggested I do two patterns along with the metronome:
1. Play 3 beats, rest 3 beats
2. Play 6, rest 6
I think he’s on to something here. I think I can use this to practice whole pieces or passages or just single measures and…[Read more]
Steve Battazzo replied to the topic If you are interested in Cordoba or Kremona guitars. in the forum General Discussion 2 months, 2 weeks ago
I like to occasionally see if there is anything nice at the Guitar Center nearest me by searching used and filtering to that location.
Back in December they had a nice 1960 Martin but I didn’t feel like I had the money to spare at the time and by the time I did somebody else had gotten to it, but it was nice to go and give it a spin for a few…[Read more]
Delightful and elegant. This is one of the few popular Spanish pieces that’s definitely on my list. Even though I have my plate full and am not ready to try adding this to my repertoire I’m interested to see what she had to say about it!
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