Glad you’re joining us here in Grade Two. It is a good plan to review fundamentals before going on.
I agree with you about identifying and working with phrases. I prefer to practice an entire phrase rather than just focusing on a single measure.
My own experience when I started to work seriously in keeping time with the metronome was that it felt like I had only two choices: play like a robot and keep time, or play the music and keep getting slightly off the the beat. But after a while, keeping the rhythm becam automatic, and I could play freely again and still…[Read more]
Sounding good, Sanne.
I like the tempo for the March, and agree it needs a steady tempo. Hard to march to rubato. :-)
You’re going to have a lot of fun with the Adagio. It’s one those pieces that never gets old.
It looks pretty good to me. You might want to experiment with getting a little more arch in your wrist, but I don’t see a big movement of your hand as you switch back and forth.
This exercise feels awkward at first, especially doing rest stroke with the middle finger, because it’s longer. Take it easy, don’t worry about speed.
Try alter…[Read more]
No, shifting isn’t formally in the curriculum until a higher grade.
An accidental is a sharp or flat written into the score, like the G# and F# you’re working. There are a lot of them in this piece.
Key changes, we’ll, I’ll admit that’s something I’m not good at. I tried analyzing it, ended up covering my eyes.
The ‘key’ is the basic scale the…[Read more]
The classical guitars with truss rods are mostly mass production – Cordobas and Kenny Hills. The classical guitar world is as tradition-bound as the violin world, though, with its execrable tuning pegs, so most classical guitars don’t have truss rods. :-P
You’re going to have to file down the nut and probably the saddle. Plenty of videos on You…[Read more]
That’s a shift in measure 20. A shift is a slide, but you have to get your finger up above the string so there’s no sliding sound. You could make it easier by shifting on the open G in measure 17, if you don’t want to start messing with shifts yet.
Simon thinks of this piece as a thumb study, but I see it as a study in left hand posit…[Read more]
Everyone has made a good point. Unless it is the set piece, and you’re preparing for a submission, there is no reason to spend a lot of time or effort on a piece of music you dislike as music. After all, we’re doing this for fun, and there is a lot of music out there.
On the other hand, if you dislike a piece because it’s difficult or frust…[Read more]
Thanks for starting this topic, Glenn. It’s great for us to have our own little corner of CGC to gather together and share the trials and tribulations of Grade Two.
My user name comes from the dim, dark days when ‘the Internet’ was just a rumor, a legend that no one quite believed. :-) Those were the days of amateur bulletin boards, acces…[Read more]
Different guitars, as Martha notes, like different strings and different string tensions. High tension D’Addarios sound dead on my Yamaha, and amazing on my little guitar.
The good news is you get to go exploring in the big world of strings. The bad news is you get to go exploring in the big world of strings. ;-)
Does your guitar have a truss r…[Read more]
Wow, Eddie, you are really coming along! You are going to rock your Grade 1 submission.
You are right in seeing the skills as a pyramid. Grade One is the base. Everything is built on it, and everything in the future will come back to it.
I like your hack for playing the guitar standing up. I thought I remembered seeing a wearable classical…[Read more]
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