Interesting...Jeffrey Chan wrote: ↑Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:01 pmHi David..
Thanks for the feedback, i appreciate those very specific things that I can work on.
One of the places that I had fingering trouble is measure 22. Doing the G chord with fingers 2/3/4 is tough. I've seen some people online that have done it with fingers 1/2/3, but then transitioning to the next chord is even more difficult!
Re the video, I need to figure out a good ( and simple way to do ) audio/video. Audio is fairly easy using an Zoom H4n. I'm not entirely pleased with the mic quality, but the H4n is so easy to use, it makes up for it. For video, i have a video recorder ( which is _another_ thing to set up ), so I haven't bothered yet.
Another thing that I wanted to mention about the piece, it sounds very reminiscent other famous drop D tuning (DADGBE) songs, e.g. El Noi de la mare, el testament d'amelia. ( All which are great songs too ! )
Lovely playing Maria - The mike position is good and the sound comes across well. The piece flows nicely, you take your time over the position shifts and get them right (As discussed in the I haven't got time thread).Maria Anisimova wrote: ↑Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:46 amMelodia del Sor
I am afraid I just can't do any better at the moment. Missed notes keep popping up at different spots. When I eliminate the mistake in one place it appears in another.
But I think I just discovered the best position for the mike. Which is nice.
Thank you for your comments Maria, it really is good to get feedback.Maria Anisimova wrote: ↑Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:23 pmHi, Dave!
Nice job with the exercises. Leaving out the praise that you, undoubtedly, deserve, here are my two observations.
In speed exercises your left hand little finger tends to stock out a bit, which probably makes the life of your other left hand fingers more difficult.
And secondly in the descending speed exercise you slow down towards the end of the "fast" passages - 6,7,8 notes, though overall you manage to slip the increasing number of notes into the same time slot very nicely.
I don't mean to say that I can do those exercises perfectly. It's always easy to find fault with someone else's performance....
Thank you for the comments. I really missed out the trick in bar 5 about playing the base simultaneously with the top of the slide. When I tried to do it the right way it turned out tricky, so I'll have to work at it. As for the fingering, frankly speaking I used to play this piece in a slightly different variety as a "Gomez Romance". So it comes partly from my previous habits. Again no big idea behind the change of fingering.DaveMoutrie wrote: ↑Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:38 am
I noticed you are using an alternative fingering in bars 26 and 27 rather than sliding the little finger down from fret 12 - Did you try both ways of playing it, then decide on the alternative fingering because it was easier? Also in bar 5 of the piece - the slide up to the high E, the base note is not supposed to come in till the top of the slide. It's hard to tell, but did you play the base note at the bottom of the slide?
With the metronome it is almost perfect. So calm and precise. And a lovely dog assistant!DaveMoutrie wrote: ↑Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:08 pmHere are my latest efforts with the speed exercises. I know I have missed bits out - its that multi tasking thing again. More practice is needed. I notice that there are no exercises in next month's lesson, so I will carry on practicing these and maybe post again in a week or two.
Thank you for your observations Jeffrey.Jeffrey Chan wrote: ↑Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:56 pmHi DaveMoutrie..
Could I make a few comments on your hand position that I noticed on your speed exercises ?
On your left hand, I'd suggest putting your thumb lower on the back of the neck - in the middle of the neck - instead above the neck. And it also looks like you can relax your left shoulder, which should drop your elbow closer to your side. This reduces prolonged shoulder strain, I've found.
I used to play acoustic and electric ( both self taught ) and got into the bad habit of gripping the neck and flopping my thumb over the top. In fact, for electric guitar, if you want to play great Jimi Hendrix style chords, you have to use your thumb to grab the bass notes. I've stopped playing electric/acoustic, but I still am unlearning my bad habits ( 20+ years on! )
On the right hand, it looks like your i finger is really stretching to reach the strings. I can't see too clearly from the angle, but maybe add a bit more curvature to your right hand and move your right hand over the strings a touch ?
Thank you for your comments Maria,Maria Anisimova wrote: ↑Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:24 pmWith the metronome it is almost perfect. So calm and precise. And a lovely dog assistant!DaveMoutrie wrote: ↑Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:08 pmHere are my latest efforts with the speed exercises. I know I have missed bits out - its that multi tasking thing again. More practice is needed. I notice that there are no exercises in next month's lesson, so I will carry on practicing these and maybe post again in a week or two.