Thanks, John. I do have a problem with my fingers wanting to leap in the air and rearrange themselves, or twist into knots. That first finger in particular is prone to go off on larks of its own.
I will work more on this.
Looking forward to hearing more from you, Lulu. If you’d like, you can start a Progress Journal in the Progress Journals forum and post videos of your playing.
There are always friendly eyes and ears around to help out.
What a lovely horse!
It looks lonely. ;-)
The recommendation is between 45 and 65 percent relative humidity. From what I read, most guitars today are built in an environment with about 50%, so it seems that would be a good setting.
Nice job, Nick. You’ve got the shape of it, and a nice waltz feel.
You already know you need spot practice on the B7 chord (me, I keep forgetting to move my hand, lost in admiration at making the shift to the high B, which you do very well).
You want to get the B and the F# down simultaneously, then you have a full beat to put down the A.
The o…[Read more]
Glad I could help, Graham.
I’m in Grade Two, also, and expecting to spend a year on it.
I know you don’t plan to submit for a grade certificate, but you’re at the stage of ‘cleaning up’ the Repertoire, and can play through the Practice Routine at the target tempo, you’re only a few weeks or months from moving on to Grade Three.
@ian, Yeah, that metronome setting was too fast, actually. I wonder if I’d just raised it. Watching back, I see I was focusing on my left hand and leaving the metronome aside.
I do have a lot of pieces in progress. You don’t even want to know how many. :-)
I actually think about this a lot. Practice is a balancing act between doing what you nee…[Read more]
@michaelc Good catch on that metronome. Clearly I’ve got set too fast, and need some spot practice. Trying to think about too many things, and the metronome gets ignored.
I really want to get my left hand sorted before trying to move on, and I think it’s going to take some time.
Love those strings. Aren’t they great? Not the ones going to Summe…[Read more]
@mkreipke, Thank you. In a state full to the brim with shy people, I am considered shy. This is actually pretty scary for me.
Fortunately my not-at-all shy husband is coming along, so I expect to arrive safely
See you soon!
@daldal64, @nicktrap, @gshell51, Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. I’m not giving up on submitting in the fall, I just, as Bartleby said ‘prefer not to’. And no, I won’t end my days in a prison staring at a wall.
It would take my focus off my current work, and right now I think fixing my left hand is the most importa…[Read more]
An early update, as we will be on the road to Summer School on Sunday.
There is little progress to report, as is evident from the videos. I am still focused on the left hand, which is improving, but has yet some way to go. I had a coaching call with Dave on Saturday to consider it, and I must take more time and care with my left hand…[Read more]
We are bringing our big cooler. It is a long slog through the U.P. with few stopping points.
While I share Armando’s skepticism regarding the importance of clothes, I have (mostly) outfitted myself in black, courtesy of my go-to clothier, Savers. The most formal business casual I can aspire to with my current wardrobe is stocker at a Kwik Trip, s…[Read more]
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