CGC 081 : 2019 Guitar Goals

//CGC 081 : 2019 Guitar Goals

CGC 081 : 2019 Guitar Goals

Join Simon and Roger as they listen to numerous new year goals submitted by CGC Academy members.


Do you have your own Guitar Goals for 2019? Please feel free to share them in the comments below:

2019-01-01T17:34:00+00:0016 Comments


  1. JUDITH KOBLER January 1, 2019 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    After a year of being sidelined with heart problems, I hope to start from the beginning all over again. Just celebrated my 82nd birthday so hoping I am still up to the challenge.

    • Nancy Sopher January 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      You inspire me! I’m only 65, but struggling with stiffening fingers. Hopefully, if I get them moving again, they will loosen up.

  2. Jeff Blackwell January 1, 2019 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    With a mentor, I want to proceed from an absolute classical guitar beginner to an intermediate level. Where can I start?

  3. Rob Beer January 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I want to learn (a) Maurice Ohana’s “Temple” (from Si le jour parait) and “Malambo” by Miguel Angel Cherubito (from Suite Popular Argentina)

  4. Steve Mars January 1, 2019 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Since my major stroke in January 2000, my personal Millennium Bug after. I didn’t die, learnt to walk, talk and use my right arm, hand and fingers again, I have really only had one major goal… Impossible may take a little longer. So far it has been an ongoing success story.
    When I joined the guitar club mid last year(2018) I made the mistake of looking at the grades as my objectives… over the last month I have come to realise that really misses the point as to what I really want to achieve from my involvement with the classical guitar, which is to enjoy it, spend as much time as I can with it and improve at my own rate, and if the goals come along so be it.
    So my real objective for 2019 is to continue to commit myself to the process of learning classical guitar, possibly improve and to get to wherever I end up, while really taking more advantage of all aspects of the cgc site,.
    Yes there are more specific objectives but over the last 18 years I have come to realise that if I put them in the context of “impossible may take a little longer” they may become possible.

  5. Linda Tsardakas January 2, 2019 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Thank you Simon and Roger for your interesting podcast together. In 2019, I will still bel working toward goals I didn’t achieve in 2018… I loved hearing from the other members, however.

    Best wishes for a Happy New Year to both of you!

  6. joannes January 2, 2019 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Hello Simon, Roger,

    Thanks for the Podcast.
    It is always a pleasure and inspiring to listen to the podcasts.
    I have taken notice to be more specific in expressing how to attain my goals.
    but i also have taken notice of all the wonderful goals that were mentioned

    A very inspiring podcast.

    my Best Wishes for 2019 to all

  7. Mark January 2, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Great podcast guys. Thanks for the feedback – I will try to be “S-M-A-R-T”er in setting my goals going forward. Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Great acronymn!

    The composer/piece identification discussion made me think this might be a fun game to play at summer school . . . Hmmmmmm

  8. Kathleen January 2, 2019 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    I need to get away from tablature and start learning where the notes are on the guitar neck! So far this goal has alluded me. I know how to read music (former french horn player), but translating that to the guitar has been problematic. Where to begin? Maybe this will be my year to lose the tabs!

  9. Douglas Robinson January 2, 2019 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Steve Mars, you’re the man! I like your focus and ambition. The fact is that classical guitar is very difficult, so by the way is the piano, rock guitar, and almost any other endeavor. To choose to enjoy would seem like a noble pursuit.

    My best wishes to you

  10. Mark January 2, 2019 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Are you familiar with Pat Martino’s story?
    Best of luck with your goals!!

    Simon & Roger,
    Didn’t mean to sound arrogant about my goals..just following Roger’s request to keep it short.

    LOVE the Composer of the Month idea!!

    Happy 2019!

  11. Scott Brandenberg January 2, 2019 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry to have missed making an audio recording of my goals, but I’ll post a few here in writing.

    1. I would like to be able to play Recuerdos de la Alhambra with an even tremolo (both volume and rhythm) and suitable dynamics. I made progress on my tremolo in 2018, and will continue working on the exercises in Gohar’s master class.

    2. I am working on an arrangement of Schubert’s Ave Maria for classical guitar and viola, and I would like to record it with my daughter, who plays viola in her middle school orchestra. The most difficult part will be convincing her to allow me to record it!

    3. I plan to play more for friends and family. I have begun performing more, but still suffer from performance anxiety and will only improve if I force myself to perform more frequently.

    4. I plan to meet as many members as possible at the summer school in June!


  12. Benjamin Riley January 2, 2019 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Awesome and inspiring podcast as always! My new year guitar goals are to finish memorizing and interpreting Cello Suite No. 3 by J.S. Bach, William Walton’s Five Bagatelles, and Granados’ Valses Poeticos, perform these pieces at local venues, and for graduate school auditions later this year. Big goals, yes, but achievable (I think!) if I focus on one small step at a time…

  13. Michael Clunn January 3, 2019 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Well darn, if I knew you both want SMART goals I would’ve been a lot more specific and meaningful in the message I left for Roger! Still a great episode with a ton of useful information. Going over how to apply the SMART concept to various stated goals will be a boon for everyone. We all want to achieve something and this provides the roadmap. Thank you!

  14. Bubble Burns January 3, 2019 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    A special ‘Hi’ to Nancy Sopher. It’s comforting to know that another 65 year old has stiff fingers and is probably struggling like me! I don’t know what has got into me, but I don’t think I have ever tackled anything with such determination, as I am tackling learning the guitar, even though my progress is very slow. Perhaps you and I should keep in touch. When did you begin and which grade have you reached?
    What exercise are you submitting for this study challenge? I am struggling with #5 Right Hand Studies, – the cord changes from C to G7. How are you doing with this? Good luck with the study challenge.

  15. vincent thompson January 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Simon & Roger,
    Thanks for your inspiration and motivation. My goals for 2019 is to be more focused, polish my repertoire, learn Caprichio Arabe and perform in public. Also love that SMART acronym.

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