Congratulations on your commitment to classical guitar! You are my kind of person ;)
As we move on from the core fundamentals we get increasingly focused on details. These details allow us to express nuance in the music and develop our own voice on the guitar. While it may seem like there are always more things to learn, I would encourage you to see it as more opportunities to become more expressive. It is part of what I love about the classical guitar, an endless journey of exploration, experimentation and expression.
As the weeks move ahead, I will send you some specific resources that help with musical and technical development. Some fairly basic and some quite advanced.
One thing that I have learned is that the “basics” are more intricate than they first appear. Even the humble free stroke can take years to refine and will always be changing over time. Similarly, the very simple pieces we are given as beginners can yield an enormous amount of musical value. I find myself revising “simple” pieces to find that they transform into gems with a more refined technique and musical understanding.
With this in mind, I will send you some challenges of how much musicality you can inject into simple pieces.
If you would like to start your membership with CGC you will get access to all the materials and resources the site has to offer. With Annual Membership you will also get access to the complete member library of books and sheet music.
To start you off, here are a couple of my favorite topics:
- David Russell Interview (podcast)
- Tone production with the right hand
- Breaking down a passage of music
If you have any struggles or questions at your stage of development, feel free to share them in the comments below.