Here is my final video for challenge #6:
By participating, I got a good foundation to make further progress. But the really hard work
will come now, when you have to keep on as the last weeks.
I would like to have certain things built in the last week like dynamics, but that was more
difficult as…[Read more]
Thank you Michael for your good advice about the anchored thumb on a string. How I could forget that!
My right hand still moves a little too much to my liking when “plucking”. I try to keep my hand
steady with preplanting the rh fingers, but in this case I totally overlooked that.
Ben, playing the melody and bass line separately helps me a lot to…[Read more]
a really nice performance with easy and fluid playing! I’m looking forward to watching
the whole piece. It seems with continued dedicated work, this will not be a big deal for you.
Here with some delay my week 3 update:
All in all, this week was better in terms of practicing than the previous. I suppose some small progress
happened, if only I got a bit more confident. In addition to the well-known points on which I continued
to work, I tried to make the two voices clearer. Both should be clearly…[Read more]
Here my update after week 2 (recorded on Sunday):
As Dave noted, I had (and still have) some trouble with buzzing notes and especially with notes not in sync.
I was aware of that not only since the challenge started. Recently, i’ve gotten into the habit to immediately
putting my thumb on the next string for preparing.…[Read more]
What just comes to my mind: you could do exercises concerning independent use of the fingers.
You will find here some videos from Simon (either in the YouTube channel or in the courses) that are pretty close to the topic. Have a look for Left Hand Position Exercise, Left Hand Preparation, Economy of Motion, Fixed Finges or…[Read more]
Since I was not aware that there is a new model (4K), I just had a closer look.
The Q2n-4K is ideal as a supplementary camera for special cases (as ours), especially for all video recordings that requires first-class stereo sound. It is top in terms of sound quality. Regarding video quality, it is good in well-lit Locations. In low light,…[Read more]
For a few takes, a small card would be sufficient. But if you want to record a jam session of your friends or your masterclass with a famous guitarist, then you’ll need probably a large one (and better two of them). Even more if you are going to record in 4K(UHD).
Maybe you need some acessories too (for example Zoom APQ-2n or AD-17 power…[Read more]
I can fully confirm the words of Ian. My favourite gadget, easy to use everywhere.
Only downside is (when using) battery consumption and the fact that no remote control
is available (maybe available now with new model?). Since the recording button is on
the back, I always have to rearrange my seat position again when switching on and…[Read more]
Here my (late) week 1 update. Although quite busy at a guitar workshop (attending a wonderful concert with
Sergio and Odair Assad and listening their masterclasses too) this past Weekend, I haven’t forgotten to do
a short recording of the excerpt.
Last week I tried to focus on bar 19 so the shift would…[Read more]
Thank you for your comments, Linda, Michael and Deb! There have been definitely some hesitations,
which I want to eliminate. Maybe should play more slowly, but would like achieve this tempo at the
end I hope.
This week, I received from Simon the review of my Grade 2 submission (see link below).
Overall, I am very happy that i made my submission in time. This especially
because I visited a workshop one week before I submitted and wanted to add some
improvements that were suggested. This didn’t work in short time, and i made many
mistakes again when…[Read more]
Here my baseline video for Challenge #6 Grade 3 (excerpt form Estudio no. 3 by F. Sor):
My goals for this challenge:
Correctness reg. accuracy/rhythm
Smooth and clean shifts in bar 17 (I tend to make too overhasty moves)
Clean execution of slurs (for me still mostly a hit and miss thing…)
I would…[Read more]
Following my Level 1 Preliminary submission last May, i got some good feedback from Dave. So I was confident that I could complete Level 1 in the same year (as planned). Unfortunately for me, I failed.
Like a few people here, I struggled to record myself. The repertoire seemed to work well, but the technical exercieses, in particular…[Read more]
Congratulations for this good performance of the repertoire, including the new pieces! Memorizing and playing all in one deserves great respect!
As for the technical part, it seems that you have submitted the exercises of Level 1 (7 Progressive Practice Routines #5) instead of those of Grade 2 (Practice Routine V). Are you aware of this?
Since I’m…[Read more]
Richard got it straight to the point. Best way to adapt to a different normal you get it usually with conscious work on an issue.
Especially as a beginner, I had to pay attention to a lot of things simultaneously. The pinky wasn’t doing what I wanted, focusing
on it didn’t work for some time so I ended to tie it up (so it was more a unconscious…[Read more]
when I started playing, I had the same problem. I used a round rubber band to tie the pinky to the third finger (to get used to it).
My teacher laughed loudly when he saw that. It has improved a lot, though not yet completely (should still focus on this too).
Another approach: Engage the 4th finger in the game and use it frequently.…[Read more]
Willkommen hier in der CGCA!
Nice to see there is some growth from german-speaking countries too.
As an autodidact, you will get a lot of valuable information here,
especially the detailed explanations from Simon and Dave.
the Cordoba C7 (with beautiful rosewood back & sides) is a really nice guitar, you choose wisely!
A couple of years ago, I also wanted to buy exactly this model but I had to settle with the C5 (somebody else was quicker…).
With your enthusiasm for learning classical guitar, the C7 will accompany you quite a long time on your…[Read more]
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