Scott Brandenberg replied to the topic Live Seminar #65 [Sign Up] Sunday, October 20th, 4pm NYC time in the forum Live Member Events 20 hours, 51 minutes ago
I’d like to play Tarrega’s Prelude No. 1. It’s pretty new to me, and could probably benefit from a coaching call first, but I’ll give it a go.
I think playing pieces from grades below your current grade is a great idea, particularly if you can site read them pretty well. I don’t have many pieces committed to memory, and I think my RAM is pretty limited. But if you could sit down with an iPad in front of you and play through some music that you learned a while back, it would…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing your feedback, and congrats on this positive outcome. Simon did give some great advice here, and I can certainly benefit from it as well. Looking forward to seeing you tackle Grade 7.
This is really going to be a great resource for everyone. You look so dapper as well! I’m going to have to step up my fashion game for my next submission.
Great job! I really enjoyed your performance. Are there aspects that you feel improved over the time you set it aside? Either from new technique, or just some distance?
Great progress update, and it’s nice to see you and Marion perform here. Brings back some wonderful summer school memories. As a fellow Prof., I laughed at your “less blah blah” comment. I’ve been trying less blah blah in my classroom, but no do re mi. Sounds like you had a great trip to so-cal with Vaughan.
Awesome tarantella 🕷! I think it would make a pretty cool duet for cello and guitar. I can imagine the parts switching part way through during the spider venom hallucination, then return to normal.
Do you find it easier to apply theory on the piano? I feel like my ability to apply music theory is very slow to develop, and have wondered…[Read more]
My past few weeks have been pretty crazy busy and my practice time has significantly diminished. I’ve spent nearly all of it on Tarrega’s Prelude No. 1. I was interested to see how much improvement could be gained during 15 mins. a day. Turns out to be a little, but not much. I’m trying to be more deliberate here, and create some “mome…[Read more]
I hope your tendinitis works itself out soon; that’s a real bummer. Maybe you should try some skateboarding at Venice Beach! Dropping in to a pool has a way of healing elbows.
Scott Brandenberg replied to the topic Sharing Experiences of Managing Performance Anxiety in the forum General Discussion 1 week ago
Wonderful post. I don’t know why classical guitar performance atmospheres are often so forlorn. Or why nothing seems scarier than performing a solo piece. The ending of your post is a great motto to perform by.
That was awesome! Cello and guitar really work well together. Great job Steve! I agree completely about playing each voice separately as a way of better understanding the music.
Wonderful non-submission video! You did a great job with all of those pieces. Thanks also for formulating the idea of a non-submission. I think it’s really helpful to go through that in preparation for the real deal. Congrats.
Thanks very much for the video bomb. I still suck at the Niki 2/3 drill too. If my fingers could flip me off, that’s what they’d be doing every time I try it. But none of those guys has a middle finger of their own. I’ll have to video bomb you back one of these days to show you that I’ve made essentially zero progress on that drill since…[Read more]
Haha! My daughter is remarkably normal. My wife and I are trying to get her to be less practical and more like a teenager. We live about 3 miles from Venice Beach. About 10 years ago I used to frequently put my kids in the jogging stroller and run down there so they could see the skateboarders in the skate park there. I’d have to weave in…[Read more]
I’m thrilled to hear that you’ll be joining us for coaching calls! I’m working on Tarrega’s Prelude No. 1 now, and have searched far and wide for various recordings for inspiration. Yours is my favorite.
I’ve done a lot of work on tremolo over the years, and I can share some of the things I’ve done that I think have led to improvement. First, while having independent control over all four fingers is a worthy goal, I’m not sure it’s a super useful goal to make all four notes sound exactly the same. In most tremolo pieces, the thumb carries…[Read more]
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