So true ....Luis_Br wrote: Everything will turn into powder anyways...
Thank you sir, I don't think I'll ever give up completely.OldC1guy wrote:Glassy, never give up. It’s a journey. It’s an investment in time too. That came up recently for me. I’m a Tampa Bay Rays fan (since we moved to FL from CT). After a recent funk dropped them several games behind Boston, I thought about the investment in time that I have made to follow them. Figure 7 to 10:30, five or six nights a week; it is something that my wife and I share, although she usually bids adieu in about the sixth inning. It’s after the game that I give the guitar my greatest attention. Play for an hour or so, hit the pool, then good night. There are so many pieces that I want to learn; a few that I would like to “master.” Recently if the game looks lost, midway, I’ll cash in my chips and go to the guitar. But, I’ll never give up. As if I don’t have enough music half baked, I just printed Capricho Catalan after going through the “most beautiful guitar music” post on this forum. I have found that I can catch up pretty well on music that I have “paged out” for a few months. But, when it starts to sound right again, that’s good feed back for me. And that’s really the only one that I am playing for.
Except for this: I made a promise to our friends in the Keys, that when we visit them next January I’ll bring my guitar and play for them, including the Duarte Appalachian Dreams suite (Sharon Isbin). I do not want to break this promise so practice is serious.
Glassy, never give up.
I can't go a day without playing really. It's just in my blood. If I go one day without playing I just have a real hankering to play and can't wait to get my hands on my guitar. The thing about it is is that I've been playing daily for so long now, that I miss it if I don't do it, it's like a habit. I can honestly say I've never gotten bored with the cg at all, just sometimes I wonder if I'm spending too much time on it. When I was in my teens and first learning guitar I DID GET BORED, but that was only because at the time I couldn't play anything and so I was confined to learning chords and things only, which I enjoyed, but it wasn't like playing music and I could only do it for so long each day.PeterLC wrote:. But then, I don't need/wish to play every day.
I can subscribe to this observation. I started to play Tres Canciones recently and after only a view days I was able to play them by heart. The musical structure is rather simple. There are two or three phrases that have to be repeated. But don't confuse easy reading with easy playing. Ponces tres canciones are beautiful and technically a challenge, the third piece even more then the other two. There is much fretboard acrobatic involved and playing the pieces really legato is demanding. - Sorry for being a bit off topic here.glassynails wrote:Exactly! What's all the fuss about?Remarc wrote:Hello Glassy,
I think you do not have to worry about what you want or need to play next. Simply flip in your notes or in your mind and play what corresponds exactly to your mood.
We don't have to make any money with it, right?
I guess I'm just dying to be able to play all the pieces I love from memory, especially the smaller scale ones, but maybe some day it'll all come together. It's funny though that I always stress about forgetting pieces, but some of them only take a couple hours to get "going" again from memory. At one time I knew from memory Ponce's whole "Tres canciones Populares" and had forgotten them pretty much, but after a year of not playing them at all it only took me a couple hours to get them back under control. Tonight I could go home and play 1 and most of 3 out of my head without looking at the sheets.
There's nothing wrong with playing from the sheet, but for me I have to have it in memory to really start "playing" the piece, so that's all the fuss.
+1. Very well said. You may take some solace in the fact that I've played for 40 years, and am not half as good as you are, and that is not without tryingDavid_Norton wrote:I’ve determined what a big portion of my “music ennui” is. It’s simply that, having done this for 40+ years, I feel that I should be capable of playing a much higher caliber of repertoire. Full blown concert pieces, sonatas and suites and concerti, not one- and two-page etudes or binary dance forms. When people compliment me on my playing, it is like complimenting me on being able to read a Grade 5 book. Grade 2, really. I know that I am playing beginner and early-intermediate music, and generally not very well at that. Politeness demands that I acknowledge the comments gracefully, although I cannot take any genuine pride of accomplishment.
Good for you, Kevin. It's a wonderful instrument - and the patients are very lucky to have you playing for them.I find that playing in the hospital and for other nonprofit events