Great idea to implement a challenge! You, Richard, and Roger have all done a great job with it. Below is my entry. This is the first piece by Mertz that I have ever played. I started learning it yesterday, so I haven’t developed a fully formulated story about what the piece means to me yet. The piece is definitely serene and peaceful…[Read more]
From instant rock star to being poisoned by strychnine. What an amazing life! It’s very interesting that the pieces he composed while informed may have been influenced by his wife’s piano playing. Excellent job telling his story, Michael. Thanks!
Roger, the music you posted in that YT link was great. I’ve never listened much to Mertz, so this…[Read more]
Interesting about Mertz’s prowess on the flute in addition to the guitar. I heard from a reliable source that he was a huge Jethro Tull fan, and that he’s also taken a recent liking to Lizzo. Looking forward to learning more about 1840 Vienna.
Julie, I’m glad the humidifier solution worked for you! Like John, I also just broke my thumbnail. I was playing soccer with my son and he kicked the ball right into it and it cracked right at the location where it makes contact with my skin. I’d guess it’s going to take 5 months to grow back to where it was. I’ve been playing flesh only for thumb…[Read more]
Great start to Mertz, and thanks for sharing that info about Simon! Super cool. I’ll definitely read those references you posted, and hope to learn something by Mertz before the end of December. Thanks for taking this on, and I’m happy to start my COTM vacation.
Welcome to CGCA. I’m sure you will enjoy the lessons and community. My son just traded trumpet for French Horn in his school band. It’s a wonderful instrument, and I’ve been arranging duets for us to play together. I can’t compete with his volume, but it’s fun for sure.
John H., your story about playing Capricho Arabe at your friend’s funeral really made me laugh. So funny!
Many thanks to everyone who contributed so much to this COTM thread. I think the COTM threads are a wonderful lasting resource for the community. Thanks also for the kind words and support for my curation efforts. But it really was a community effort.
Forgot to mention that I’m traveling tomorrow thru Sunday. Will probably miss the wrap up session. So this is my last video. Thanks to Dave for setting this up, and to Niki for taking the time to comment on my progress.
This is fantastic advice. Thanks so much for watching! I have been incorporating those suggestions during the past few days, but it’s really nice to get your reinforcement here. I agree completely that he is using the groupings of notes to create accelerandos and decelerandos. In his recording, the transitions between the quintuplets,…[Read more]
What a wonderful homage! Excellent performance. My kids thought you are a professional guitarist when I played the video this morning. They might want your autograph.
Bring on the video bomb! I still can’t do Niki’s exercise very well. I noticed that Ellie has pretty good 2/3 separation. Has she been doing that exercise? Seriously though, her left hand technique looks really solid. This is such a great progress journal update. I like how you name the strings in a way that’s relatable to youngsters. Great…[Read more]
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