Congratulations on this graceful submission.
You write relaxing is a challenge for you – well, as a listener I have to say you definitely transformed this challenge into a beautiful result. All three pieces have a calmness and elegance that shows your focus on the things that matter.
Thanks Martha, Roger and Deb, for the encouraging and understanding comments. Maybe it is just a case of post-submission-melancholy – nothing serious, I even picked up my guitar already for some relaxed strumming although I prescribed myself a few days of detoxication.
Nevertheless – my business life literally consists of cleaning up…[Read more]
Please find below my submission for grade 4. For the repertoire pieces I selected the Largo/Adagio by Bach and the Estudio in E minor by Tárrega additional to the set piece by Petzold.
The Largo is simply the most beautiful piece I have ever played so far, but only if one gets the rhythm and the phrasing right – although there seem to be a nu…[Read more]
The funny thing is that my estimates of how difficult a piece really is often are missing by a mile in both directions i.e. sometimes I am surprised of what I can actually achieve. When I start with a piece – the next one will be the Petzold Minuet in grade 4 – I feel like it is completely impossible and just a few hours later somehow my fingers…[Read more]
Oh yes … that sounds familiar. Who has not at some time been attracted by shiny objects just to realize some frustrating months later that this piece was just too difficult. I typically make a cut now if I have not managed to play a piece from beginning to end without mistakes at a very low tempo after four weeks but that depends on the level y…[Read more]
And Dave (or Simon), if you are reading this: I just realized that my all-time-favourite lesson seems to be missing in the grade system, too. The very first video on practice technique. There is simply no other contribution on this site that helped me more. You must save this before the legacy pages are switched off (end of this year was the plan,…[Read more]
A few weeks ago this site has been reorganized from levels into grades. It seems some lessons were not moved over yet. So at the moment you only find the lesson on nail care on the legacy pages – there is a link at the top of the grades page that gets you to this older version.
Or for a direct link to the nail care lesson: nail care
there are no strict rules. In previous discussions of this topic it showed that it is a lot about personal preference. If you become more familiar with a piece you will most probably look at your fingers less. If you later have to deal with complicated shifts it again will happen more often. I found it advantageous to practice…[Read more]
there is a similar difference between preliminary level 2 and grade 3 (later basically adds unit 8, a third repertoire piece and a different practice routine). Nevertheless Dave just told me in his review a few days ago that I can continue now with grade 4. And yes, I also plan to work through the residual grade 3 material first.
Stephan replied to the topic Cath Worth Level 1 Certificate Submission (September, 2018) in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 6 months, 4 weeks ago
Your links are connecting to the login page. These should work …
(use “https://youtu.be/” plus the code at the end like Avze28C3KtY)
Stephan started the topic Stephan – Preliminary Level 2 submission / September 2018 in the forum Grade Exam Submissions 7 months, 1 week ago
Sorry, this will still be an old-fashioned preliminary level 2 submission. I tried to “upgrade” to grade 3 and learned the new practice routines but together with unit 8 and polishing a third repertoire piece it got a little too much since I am leaving for two weeks of mountaineering in the Italian Alps tomorrow.
So far, I am quite pleased wit…[Read more]
For those who still prefer old-fashioned paper – I today stumbled across a vlog from Matthew McAllister where he shows his practice sheet for repertoire maintenance: about 30 pieces and he seems to practice about half of them every day.
Everybody’s nails are different, so my inputs might be completely useless for you …
I thought I had the same right index finger problem for quite some time. I could reduce the catching issues by tilting the file more i.e. polishing from below with an angle of about 45 degrees.
But later I realized that simply my fingernails were too long. I had…[Read more]
Thanks for the many answers.
I am a little surprised. Around 30min and 8-10 pieces are less than I expected – especially since some of our most experienced members were so kind to answer. That means I (as early-level-2-player) have to cut down my list of favourites already, but at least that saves me – somewhat – from this feeling of guilt that…[Read more]
I keep adding pieces to my list of favourites but fail to retain them in shape after I initially learned them. After all there is so much new exciting territory to conquer. I guess everybody has to find his own balance between learning new stuff and maintaining repertoire. But I am nevertheless curious of what other people think is a realistic…[Read more]
Stephan replied to the topic Any rules/recommendations when/how often to look at your fingers? in the forum Technique Questions 9 months, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for the many comments. Very helpful.
When I got piano lessons a long time ago looking at my fingers was an absolute no-go. My first teacher even had a piece of cardboard nearby to block the sight if necessary. So, it seems for guitar there are no such hard and clear rules and it is much about personal preference (at least after the…[Read more]
Stephan replied to the topic Any rules/recommendations when/how often to look at your fingers? in the forum Technique Questions 9 months, 3 weeks ago
For clarification I thought I might show my “acceptance” video of Espanoleta that I took this morning which made me think about this:
– at 0:11 I look at the fingerboard because of the 3rd position measure – this way I get it right 95% of the time, without it is more like 75%. I have even marked this in the score i.e. that was kind of planned and…[Read more]
Stephan started the topic Any rules/recommendations when/how often to look at your fingers? in the forum Technique Questions 9 months, 3 weeks ago
Might be a strange question but with my start of level 2 obviously one spends more time in higher positions and has to master shifts along the fretboard. I have heard from Simon’s podcast and other contributions that one normally should look at the score, smiling into the audience seems to be a permitted option for him, too. But for us ordinary m…[Read more]
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