Amen. Can't describe better than that, Jenni .Jenni Gribble wrote:Concerning this discussion about rhythm, I do think there is a difference between solo playing and other types of playing. One can vary rhythm for effect when playing alone, but this can't be done in groups, so a musician needs to be able to follow rhythm precisely. Also, for someone who is relatively new at playing classical guitar, I do think that following the rhythm as written is beneficial--otherwise correct rhythm may not be possible later.
My first instrument was classical guitar and I am basically returning to it after many years of not playing. I confess that as a classical guitar playing teen/child, I did not properly learn rhythm. It was only when I began learning other instruments and singing in choirs that I learned the importance of following a precise rhythm. Both approaches have merit, but I tend to think that one should learn to follow the rules before breaking them.
Jonathan Lamb wrote:I use a length of wavy-rubberized 'cloth' which is not really cloth, more like an extruded warp and woof of very, very loose 'weave' where the latex threads are stuck together to form the sheeting. It's commonly sold in hardware stores as anti-scratch or friction-mats for household use, e.g. for china ornaments on slippery tables, or for birdcages and the like. This is enough to stabilize the guitar and lets me create a fixed posture.
This trick by the way I copied from a concert performer when she was in Cambridge a few years ago.
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