Hello Classical Guitar Friends!
You may recall that when I first started at Elite Guitarist back in April 2020, I shared in my Introduction post that I was aspiring to become a great guitarist before buying my dream guitar. Well, it is now October. I have worked diligently to become a better guitarist, and this week is my birthday. I bought the guitar, and I would like to share my efforts of the last six month with you.
Here are the 20 pieces that I learned:
· Be Thou My Vision
· Pachelbel’s Canon in D
· Un Dia en Noviembre
· Girl with the Flaxen Hair
· Canco del Lladre
· Romance de los Pinos
· In Moments of Solitude
· El Noi de la Mare
· Wild Mountain Thyme
· Estudio 5 (Sor) in Bm
· Preludes (de Visse Suite 9) & (Segovia Lute suites)
· Julia Florida
· Cancion de Cuna
· El Testament D’Amelia
· Selva Adentro
· Estudio 6 (Sor) in D
· Prelude from Cello Suite (Bach)
You can access them at https://tinyurl.com/y37furpt. They aren’t yet performance perfect, but I hope to polish them to that level in the next several months. I welcome your feedback generally here or please post specific responses about individual pieces in that tune’s Comments area.
Adding to my last comment, as well as private lessons I also watch several different interpretations of pieces to get ideas and ways of improving. For Capricho Arabe the performances that stand out to me are by Tavi, Matt Palmer and Ana Vidovic. For Lagrima I most want to play like Rafael Aguirre.
And sometimes I find master classes which are very helpful. I covered Villa Lobos Prelude 3 in my private lessons and learned a lot from the feedback I was given of my performance, and have found more again from this video which I'll try today. The piece starts at 34min.
Hi Daniel, you've been busy! I'll check out your videos especially the ones I play myself .These are Torija, Wild Mountain Thyme and El Testament d'Amelia. I started learning Malaguena but will need to revisit the piece at a later date when I've finished other work I'm doing now outside of this site, currently learning Standchen.
It is very difficult to maintain your repertoire and it's disappointing when you try to play a piece you've neglected and find you've forgotten parts of it. However as Tavi says it's not too difficult to pick them up again after, just a case of refreshing the memory. I've got lots of catching up to do with Cavatina, Serenata Espanola and Vals Venezolano 3 - Natalia.
I'd also recommend private tuition, I've learned a lot in a short space of time, it's good to have someone pick up on your mistakes and show you how to improve and do things differently, rhythm, fingering and even the pressure you put on the strings, it's been very eye opening and well worth the investment.
First of all, Dan, this is an awesome accomplishment. This is a very extensive repertoire you have developed and your love for music and the instrument is so obvious. Congratulations.
Secondly, we are all struggling with balancing the maintenance of old repertoire and the acquisition of new repertoire. In reality, we cannot live for the past only. In order for new repertoire to be ingrained we must forego the proficiency of older pieces. Should you need to resurrect them at some point, you will be able to do so without much difficulty. For now, press on and focus on 2-3 pieces at a time rather than seeking to play through 30-40 pieces regularly. This is helpful to me. I spend most of my time working on new stuff and about 30% of the time rehearsing old repertoire.
Congratulations again! Your work ethic is fantastic. You are an inspiration to me.
Your observations are spot on to my experience, Gerry! We hate to practice more "to remain average." I don't read guitar music well except in 1st position, so having great tablature is a must. However, I only use it to commit the piece to memory. As I started out on this journey, I found that documenting the underlying chord progressions was helpful; it works for pieces like Un Dia En Noviembre, Malguena, and parts of the other ones (Wild Mountain Thyme, El Noi del Mare). But, often it became difficult to figure out what chords a passage should anchor to. I sense that the expert instructors here don't often use the chordal makeup to help them keep passages straight since this is not overtly taught nor written in the music.
Just some more musings, Dan
It has been 2 to 3 hours a day, Gerry, though it probably doesn't sound like it since they aren't polished yet. The other challenge is that I have another 40 pieces (from earlier) committed to memory that have taken back-burner during this process. I try to get around to them once or twice a month so they don't slip into oblivion. A good discussion upon which I would appreciate advice is how to keep up one's repertoire when you don't have that much practice and learning time. That will probably be me soon. A blessing of the COVID 19 pandemic has been the time to devote to classical guitar. Dan
how many hours on average per day have you been practising to get through all those pieces....its very impressive...
Great job. Dan...looked at Wild Mountain thyme...lovely piece...am working on El Noy de la Mare...its ok but taking time.... Gerry