Hello progress journal,
I have been working on the Grade 7 repertoire, and can now play Giuliani Op. 48 No. 5, Bach Allemande from BWV 996, Gnossienne No. 1 by Eric Satie, and El Sueno de la Munequita by Barrios. I am a few pieces shy of being able to submit for the Grade 7 certificate, and will not get there by next month. I’d like to learn all…[Read more]
Thanks very much for your comments. The harmonics are a bit tricky, primarily because I have to look at my right hand. I also have a hard time memorizing. Probably because there are so many moving pieces. In any case, I’ll keep working on it and plan to perform it for my Grade 7 submission (but not in September…sometime in the future).
What an amazing composition, and amazing accomplishment.! Congratulations, and you should definitely be proud of yourself. I recognized Un Dia de Noviembre in the first measure, and was hoping to guess correctly, but then I read further and saw you have already confirmed that. I’d be curious to know more about how you came up with the s…[Read more]
One idea is that someone should interview you about your journey that led to the founding of CGCA. Every superhero has an interesting backstory, and you should be the star of the the 100th podcast. I would very much like to hear about what led you from Australia to Yale (Dr. Powis!) to founding CGCA. It would be admittedly awkward to…[Read more]
Thanks very much for these suggestions. I agree completely that there is more room for musical expression. I don’t have this committed to memory yet, and the expression always comes last for me. I like the idea of a ritardando. There is a repeated section, but honestly I find the repeat a bit awkward. It just doesn’t seem right for some…[Read more]
Nice work on this. I like your word “ease-y”. It should be the name of your first record! Kinda like “Eazy-E”, but for classical guitar. Any chance your first record will be rap?
You did a good job with the planting. Did you find it made your free playing more even? One issue I noticed in the Etude is that your pinkie and “a” finger move…[Read more]
Thanks Bruce, Drew, Kari, and Michael. I feel like the cross-string mordent sounds less fluid than the slurred version. Need to work on making it sound a little smoother.
Is anyone interpreting the ornaments as trills (i.e., with 4 notes starting on the upper note) rather than upper mordents (i.e., 3 notes starting on the lower note)? Just…[Read more]
I’ve continued working on this, and thought I would post a progress update here. Since my last post, I have focused on:
(1) Playing the upper mordent in m. 15 cross-string instead of slurred (Thanks Goran for suggesting this modification). I interpret the ornaments to be upper mordents rather than trills, and I think Gary Ryan…[Read more]
Scott Brandenberg replied to the topic Scott Brandenberg, Giuliani Study no. 5 Op. 48 (Grade 7) in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 3 days ago
Julie, Dave, and Rick, thanks very much for watching my progress on this. I think that accenting the bass voice sort of hides some unevenness in the arpeggio since it’s quieter, but the evenness has definitely improved.
Rick, I haven’t been playing Op. 48 No. 5 with a metronome since Dave asked us to focus on musical aspects and not “drill” the…[Read more]
Scott Brandenberg replied to the topic Scott Brandenberg, Giuliani Study no. 5 Op. 48 (Grade 7) in the forum Challenge #7 Right-Hand Arpeggios 6 days ago
For this week I have continued focusing on finger weight. I previously uploaded a video in which I kept the rhythm the same, but altered the accents. This video is the other variation in which I adjust the rhythm so that the accents fall on the beat. I got a little behind the beat for the 6tuplets. This is at…[Read more]
I really enjoyed hearing your story, and it was awesome to hear how appreciative you are of the time you have during the summer. I share Mark’s sentiment about being a guitar addict. I also retreat to practice when my in-laws visit. Too funny. I’ve taken the Narita Express into Tokyo a number of times, and that area north of Tokyo is rea…[Read more]
For the gold star, I’m guessing m-a and then p-i on the chord change. Did I win?
Great job with that crescendo! It’s really hard, right? One of those things that seems like it should be easy, but turns out to be surprisingly tough.
That was so awesome! I love the Twinkle Twinkle kazoo solo in the Dorian mode. Very impressive, and the kazoo is such a perfect instrument for working on this.
I have a question though about your improvisation. It seemed to me that the notes that you played in your improv were all from the same scale, but that you sometimes started on…[Read more]
I don’t remember Connie saying that to you. I mainly just remember how well you played the Allemande. I’ll have to watch it back to check that out.
An exercise I do sometimes to control the thumb is to play the arpeggio with bass stopping. I play the C on the 5th string with a rest stroke and then leave it planted on the 4th string unt…[Read more]
I found your response to Drew to be gracious and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your personal stories associated with learning and playing that piece. Awesome.
I really don’t know how John Williams plays the Bourree with that combination of tempo, volume, and clarity. For me, it’s more like I have to pick one of those three. Maybe 2 on a g…[Read more]
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