More good history, Scott! And now we see the wisdom of Tarrega playing with his feet in cold water: “Someone then lit off fireworks during the concert, one of which lit a girl’s hair on fire and another of which landed at Tárrega’s feet.”
Scott, it is probably not a good idea to encourage more shenanigans, but since you have… I have been wondering about the Tarrega-in-the-ditch story. It may be true, or it may be a fabrication. If the latter, perhaps someone else made it up (Pujol?), or perhaps Tarrega himself did. If we consider the latter, then one wonders why would he concoct…[Read more]
If I ever manage to get on a coaching call, I will try some of this stuff. I have had pretty good audio success with just a webcam (Logitech C920) using the webcam mic.
Notes on Niki’s Grade 3 feedback
– work on relaxing right hand, don’e extend after playing a note
– Anticipate shifts with left arm to smooth out big movements
– Watch the opening tempo, match it to the rest of the piece
– To get the slurs to be more legato, first play without the slurs to get the timing, then add the slurs with the same timing s…[Read more]
I have been wondering about the same thing Helen, so thanks for asking the question. And thanks to Professor Bowersox for the sound information. I’ll put a super hyper cardiod mic on my wish list.
I realized that some of you younger fellow musicians might not be familiar with Ethel Mertz. Here she is (on the left) with her friend Lucy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkQ58I53mjk
The account of Mertz and the tightrope is well known, but controversial. For example, on the confirmatory side, people say that Mertz always wore his shoes while bathing his feet in cold water when playing at night, and this aligns with the rumored squeaking of his shoes on the tightrope. On the other hand, many people are saying that Mertz also…[Read more]
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