I’d like to share with you Simon’s feedback on my grade 5 submission. It is incredibly detailed and insightful stuff, which I’ll be using to shape my direction of travel for the next months of guitar learning.
and here’s my performance:
This is my grade 5 submission! I performed Study in D by Sor, Birds Flew Over the Spire by Gary Ryan, Prelude by DeVisee and Bouree by J.S. Bach. I sight-read the Sor study, and performed the rest from memory.
It has been a year since I submitted by Grade 4 performances, and I feel that a year was just enough time for the techniques to begin…[Read more]
Very accurate playing! Your tone sounds very clear. I’m also working on this piece at the moment, and it’s a real test of finger independence.
Something worth trying is the bass-damping that Simon mentions in the lesson — to try to make the bass line connected melody-like rather than arpeggio-like, in the same way the upper voice…[Read more]
Thanks for lending me your ears, and taking the time to give constructive feedback. With the work on accuracy & legato, I’m thinking returning to some slow practice might help.
In semi-unrelated news, I finally committed to a second instrument, and have begun group lessons in the Fiddle at a Scots music school. The emphasis on learning…[Read more]
I was going to post that I am preparing for end of January certificate submission, but then I realized the new submission date is in April… so I have plenty of time.
I had chosen the following pieces:
De Visée Prelude in D minor
Bach Bourrée in E minor
Birds Flew Over The Spire
Study in D major – Sor
I’m desperately in need of f…[Read more]
Just a quick update to say I still exist, and have been keeping up with Guitar as best I can. I got a new job in September, which meant moving country, longer hours, and some travel without guitar, and only really time before work for practice.
I skipped the September submission deadline, because I felt I had lots more learning to…[Read more]
Third update here. I pushed the tempo up (to 150bpm) as Dave suggested. If I can avoid second-guessing my muscle memory, then I can play the arpeggio clean(ish)ly at this speed. Do I need to take up Zen? I might try for 160bpm next week, and keep pushing into barely-in-control territory :)
I’m wondering if this is a good speed exercise…[Read more]
This week I stuck at 130bpm for staccato & dynamics, 260bpm for speed bursts, and in particular tried to relax into the speed bursts (which is psychologically quite hard :).
I think the speed bursts are more secure, and the rhythmic errors when playing forte dynamics are mostly resolved.
Thanks for the useful feedback. I’ve re-fingered that 5th positions melody scale section to avoid ringing notes.
I’m still using the practice tutor app, which I’m finding makes me more focussed on working on tricky sections of pieces, rather than just sight-reading from start to finish (which I guess has it’s own…[Read more]
In some Brazilian music (samba, bossa nova) the fully diminished 7th chord is totally ubiquitous, and appears all over the place as a passing chord. I know this because I was learning Cavaquinho for a while (a small brazilian guitar with 4 steel strings).
Here’s my first weekly update, warts ‘n’ all. It’s at 130bpm, with speed bursts at 260bpm.
1. C minor 2 octaves staccato.
2. C minor 2 octaves with dynamics.
3. C minor 2 octaves fast!
4. E major 3 octaves staccato.
5. E major 3 octaves with dynamics.
4. E major 3 octaves fast!
Issues i’ve identified:
* Dubious rhythm (and dynamics) when…[Read more]
E major 3 octave and C# minor 2 octave arpeggios.
In the video I play the arpeggios legato, then staccato, then with dynamics. I haven’t focussed on speed yet, as I’m still digesting the fingerings.
The practice app (for android) I chose is called “Piano Practice Assistant”, though there is nothing piano-specific about it. It looks very similar to the iOS app Andrew mentioned. Their website explains the concepts well: http://pianopracticeassistant.com/
Here’s how my newest piece looks in the app: Carcassi’s Etude 16 has 2…[Read more]
Long time no update. I’m working slowly through level 3, but tackling quite a few pieces at once (both carcassi, both sor, de visee prelude, bach bouree, and maria luisa). Significant challenges currently are: my unconvincing trills.
Today I started using a music practice app similar to the one Andrew Duxfield recommended here:…[Read more]
Great question. I have often wondered this myself. Currently I’ve got 8 pieces from CGC lvl 2+3 that I can play from memory, and I play each day. Ideally I like to pick one of these pieces each day to focus on a problem area (they keep coming back, or you notice new problem areas as your standards improve). I have a few other pieces I…[Read more]
I’ve had a similar experience with the “Complete Ear Trainer” app: that melodic intervals can be learned fairly quickly while harmonic intervals are much harder. Initially I found it utterly impossible to tell a minor third from a major third when played harmonically (stacked), but sticking with it, eventually a sense of their unique…[Read more]
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