Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

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aba
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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby aba » Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:30 pm

Hi Pauline, yes I have.
I share my progress on the repertoire pieces on the CGC forum and I have had a lot of motivating and good critical responses. There are a lot of friendly fellow students to give motivating response and a few students (and one teacher) that give very good critical advice to improve your playing.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby kamikazepilot » Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:04 am

I have certainly benefited from the forums , mainly in help on technique & fingering problems that I was encountering in the on line lessons. All of my cries for help have answered by others who have encountered the same problem or by one of the ''staff''- who will go into quite a lot of detail. The one thing that I would add, is if you have a query etc, posting it in the comment box , which is at the end of each lesson, does not always bring a response. - I guess that there may not be other students or ''staff'' looking at the comments box . Best to post it in the forum , in the appropriate section, & I am confident that help will be forthcoming-usually very rapidly. Hope this helps, Paul.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby johnvsavage » Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:12 am

I've been CGC member for 9 months having used Simon's free materials the previous year or so. It's probably the best or as good as any guitar internet course. At about USD $360 p.a. I think it is good value if you make the most of it. It provides plenty of structure especially if you work thru the materials, learn the required repertoire and record/post a subset of your performances to achieve a certificate (Level 1 thru 4). You can also post stuff for fellow members to review and interact via the online forum.

Simon provides a 4 week online face/face workshop with 4 guitar masters every October (Guitoberfest) which is suitable for more advanced students and there is a summer school in early 2017 which is good if you live in or can get to the US (North East Coast) for that week. Of course these special courses cost extra but will still be good value.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby Rob » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:56 am

I'll second all of the above positive comments. The progressive lessons are good at improving skills. In addition, Dr. Powis is a great explainer of how pieces can be played to add expressiveness to the music.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby Jon Griffiths » Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:35 pm

Hi. I am doing grade 8 abrsm at the moment so that's my level . Would this course have a lot to suit my level.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby Steve Langham » Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:57 am

Jon Griffiths wrote:Hi. I am doing grade 8 abrsm at the moment so that's my level . Would this course have a lot to suit my level.

No.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby Jon Griffiths » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:10 am

Cheers

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby FHC » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:37 pm

Jon Griffiths wrote:Hi. I am doing grade 8 abrsm at the moment so that's my level . Would this course have a lot to suit my level.


Simon's approach and curriculum mirrors the graded exam approach used by other organizations. You might find help. I suggest contacting Simon via his website.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby Steve Langham » Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:25 am

Yes it does mirror the grades, he has levels instead of grades, roughly:
level 1 = grade 1 and 2
level 2 = grade 3 and 4
level 3 = grade 5 and 6
level 4 = grade 7 and 8

The large majority of the material on the site is in the fundamentals/level1/level2 range as that's how Simon has populated it, from the fundamentals upwards. The last time I looked (~ 4 months ago) there was some level 3 and almost nothing on level 4 except the odd piece that he delves into.
This I'm sure will be built out over time but in my opinion the absrm level 8 person should wait as there's very little at his/her level currently - but of course the person can always contact the website directly.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby minorkey » Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:27 pm

I've taken a look at the site, signed up for the newsletter, and liked the free materials available. I'm still uncertain about joining, tho.

I don't need a certificate, but does the certificate program give you a step-by-step sequence? I'm looking for something that will allow me to work on a repertoire piece (I'm a false or high beginner), linked with targeted technique exercises, scales, etc. that will help me with that piece. That seems like a good way to play "real" pieces, while getting the most of out of technique practice. In other words, I don't want to do a bunch of isolated exercises.

Is this how the lessons are structured? Thanks for any info.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby twistedblues » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:20 pm

I'm thinking about joining as well

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby FHC » Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:31 am

Just renewed my membership for another year.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby Steve Langham » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:26 am

minorkey wrote:I've taken a look at the site, signed up for the newsletter, and liked the free materials available. I'm still uncertain about joining, tho.

I don't need a certificate, but does the certificate program give you a step-by-step sequence? I'm looking for something that will allow me to work on a repertoire piece (I'm a false or high beginner), linked with targeted technique exercises, scales, etc. that will help me with that piece. That seems like a good way to play "real" pieces, while getting the most of out of technique practice. In other words, I don't want to do a bunch of isolated exercises.

Is this how the lessons are structured? Thanks for any info.


Each level, say Level 2 for example has a section on technique and within this there might be 20 videos with an accompanying exercise on various aspects of technique. Then in Level 2 there is a section on theory and analysis and another on notation and one on repertoire pieces at that level. There is a 'certificate program' for Level 2 that then logically provides a sequence to tackle everyone of the lessons/videos in Level 2.
For example, step 4 in the certificate might be guide fingers, step 5 pivot fingers, step 6 The anacrusis then step 7 would be one of the repertoire pieces that I presume Simon has selected at this point because it builds on what you've learnt in the previous lessons and levels.

Hope that answers your question.

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby twistedblues » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:23 pm

Can students upload videos so he can make sure they are doing everything right? So a student doesn't waste time practicing something wrong?

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Re: Simon Powis Classical Guitar Corner ?

Postby doug » Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:47 pm

Yes.
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