This is my last video and I have to admit that over four weeks my progress is slighter than expected. I know that I will stick to that excercise and I think that I have set the foundation for a better and more productive practice routine. Thanks to everyone who has been so kind to comment.
Not much progress this week. I followed the recommendation Simon gave and focused on refining and feeling more comfortable. I felt less bouncing in my right Hand which is good and maybe has to do with less tension and more stability in the hand. I have tried to vary the tempo but not seriously. I realized from the video that sometimes my fingers…[Read more]
Hi Bruce and Barry,
I took your music as an occasion to read in the sonnets and while I read I thought how would it be to do both and I was astounded to feel how the music intermingled with the feeling of the words and how that fits perfectly together and forms an ambience.
Thanks for that.
Manuel replied to the topic Robert Guerrero, Practice Routine 5.3, Sustaining Notes in the forum Challenge #5 Technique 2 months, 1 week ago
I admire your aproach using a rather easy piece with not much technical challenge for you and than doing the most difficult things with it: sounding musical. Nice to have a glimpse in your creativity how to get the most value out of excercises and to experiment with it in ones own best interest. Challenging indeed.
nice to see that your playing is more confident and for me that is a sign that you get more familiar with the excercise and that opens you up to work at details.
I figured out that my pain has to do with tension. I tension up very early in the excercise and from that on it is as if I have to work against my own finger joints. I try to…[Read more]
many thanks for your encouraging words. At the moment I have to think a lot when I am playing. I hope that with a shift on where the attention is I will feel more secure and relaxed and than I can explore other aspects of my playing.
This week I tried to execute the exercise in a proper starting tempo and incorporate the rest stroke. My goals as described for the left and right hand remain unchanged and should be improved. I noticed that my right hand does not bounce so much when I use rest stroke. Now I am concerned that bouncing when using free stroke is related to plucking…[Read more]
if you like to have an audience next time please post the date and time you plan to have a Livesession in the forum. It would be a great opportunity to comment live and give feedback or in general for beeing there and seeing you real live. Admire your courage to expose yourself and for using new ways to reach audience. Looking…[Read more]
I chose the same challenge but my focus is solely at the unison version with free/reststroke and I find this an good excercise to build strength in the left hand for that I can not play the unison version excercise as often as you and need to rest and relax my hand after one run because otherwise it hurts. I like how stable your right…[Read more]
I really like scales in thirds and sixth (and tenth) because they sound so good and you can find them often in the repertoire, beeing fluent should be very rewarding for the fingers, the repertoire and the fun.
Frohes neues Jahr mit viel Musik,
Chromatic Octave Scale (Unison) This Excercise is from Practice Routine 11/ Grade 5 and it is challenging in many different ways.
2. Accurate fingerpositioning (buzzing,string noise, near fret if possible)
3. Preparing the next fingers in advance
4. Achieve some kind of easyness or tentionless playing
I agree that these are great thoughts but coming from Mr. Keenan all I want to say is: Please, Please, Please rush and hurry up because I am getting old waiting for the next Tool album. 12 YEARS – it is far to long. Hoping for 2019.
I like the lyrical approach and enjoyed seeing you play musically with different colours here and different dynamics there everything quite consistent. Sometimes you push the break to early or to long but that is how I felt the piece and that is obviously not how you felt it. Impressive that it took you only one day to find your own…[Read more]
Manuel replied to the topic Arvo Pärt – Fratres (arr. and electronics by JIJI) in the forum General Discussion 5 months, 2 weeks ago
indeed it is a beautiful piece. I especially like the use of electronics. It is a good way to substitute the second instrument.
I have listend to the violin & piano version afterwards and due to the sheet music I now understood the creativity “JIJI” has had to put in for bringing this piece onto the guitar.
I have to admit I liked the…[Read more]
nice to hear and see you again. I like the tone you choose and I am impressed of the clarity or lucidity of your playing. It looks like you are in control something I admire because I often think it is the piece, my technical boundarys or other things from outside who are controling my playing instead of my own musicality.
The thoughts…[Read more]
I have the impression you chose Un Dia De Noviembre because it corresponds to the moode you were in, kind of rainy melancholy, I hope the clouds got away. My question is: Do you think that you play sad music better when you are sad and happy music more authentic when you are happy and shouldn’t you play happy music when you are sad and…[Read more]
Hi Lynda,Hi Roger,
I know it is a lot of material but it is nothing compared with the amount of material I would like to do.I have to restrict myself, otherwise I would jump from one interesting piece to another and would accomplish nothing. I try hard to achieve quality in doing less but interesting pieces are piling up out of nothing or out of…[Read more]
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