Thanks for your kind comments. The mic is specially designed for acoustic guitar. It clips on the edge of the soundhole and only picks up vibrations from inside the instrument. Ambient noise and surface string noise don’t affect it. It also has a very low profile so it doesn’t interfere with the right hand. I’m not conscious of it at all…[Read more]
Thanks, Dave. That’s an intriguing story, and complements the enigmatic nature of the piece. The cycle of key modulations is a big part of its misty, contemplative atmosphere, I think, as is the final E harmonic — the dominant sounding above the tonic A chord. It’s like a door has been left slightly ajar… Altogether, an amazing range of effects…[Read more]
Thanks for the kind words, and for the nail link. My nails look nothing like that! So I’ll pay close attention. Frankly, I don’t have any shaping method at the moment beyond keeping them clean and smooth.
Yes, the blip at 1:23 was irritating to me as well! (I would have recorded it again, but it was my 6-year-old’s bath time and…[Read more]
Thanks to you both, Terry and Armando.
That’s a helpful observation about the relatively static right hand, Armando. It’s actually a piece that lends itself well to tonal colouring, but I tend to leave it to whim where and when I change things up. I should be more orderly about it, by marking the score and making clear choices.
I’m currently…[Read more]
I got this great clip-on mic to use with an iPad, so I thought I’d record something for the site. I’ve been working on this piece for a couple of weeks, using the Segovia edition edited by Jim Ferguson. To be honest, it’s a bit outside of my range, as a level 2-3 player. When I looked at the score, it seemed easy enough; but some of…[Read more]
Adrian Hunter replied to the topic What is the one technical skill that made the most difference to your playing? in the forum Technique Questions 1 month ago
One more thought, Julie, since Pitchou helpfully mentions slurs. By far the best thing I’ve seen on slurs is by the Scottish guitarist Matthew McAllister. If you Google or YouTube his name and “slurs” you’ll find it.
Have a great Christmas and New Year.
Adrian Hunter replied to the topic What is the one technical skill that made the most difference to your playing? in the forum Technique Questions 1 month, 1 week ago
My own answer to your question is somewhat prosaic compared to the thoughtful responses above; nor am I really talking about a skill, unless effective diagnosis of problems counts as a skill.
About six months ago I began keeping a mental tally of errors committed while playing repertoire (I’m an intermediate student). What I found was…[Read more]
Adrian Hunter replied to the topic The 10, no 12, most useful things I learned this year in the forum General Discussion 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Couldn’t agree more, Julie. For luck, I’d add a 13: play everything musically, even the technical stuff.
Scott Tennant’s book *Pumping Nylon* has a detailed section on right hand nails, and inevitably has a good deal to say there about angle of attack and contact points. (By the way, it’s a great book for all sorts of reasons and is recommended by almost every classical guitarist I’ve met).
Hope this helps.
Linda, Mark: many thanks for your thoughtful replies. And Mark: poor you! I blame gravity…
Linda: the V-L piece is Prelude no. 3. I’m travelling during the live session today (I’m in the UK) so will need to catch up with it later. But I will record the piece and post it up, once I work out how to do that. I’ve a new guitar arriving on…[Read more]
Thanks for this, Mark. I haven’t had a chance to catch up with the last live event, so I’m grateful for the pointer.
One thing I’ve noticed while concentrating on this is that the tension seems to run all the way up my left arm, into the shoulder and lower neck. I’m really trying hard to stop this happening — though ‘trying hard’ is partly the…[Read more]
A penny dropped for me recently that I wanted to share in case others have experienced, or are experiencing, the same thing.
We work a lot on finger independence, which is obviously crucial, but what about hand independence — that is, ensuring that the hands remain independent of one another? It sounds odd, I know, but it has to do…[Read more]
I don’t have an answer to your question, but I’m really interested in hearing what the answer might be! Like you, I’ve been building in a bit of tremolo practice to most of my sessions. I’ve been doing that for about 4 months. It’s definitely coming together now, I think. How I measure that is by testing myself playing Giuliani’s…[Read more]
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