Stewart Doyle wrote:Thank you everyone for the comments on my recordings.
Well played Vincent, I was going to make the same comments as Rick regarding the Sagreras, namely perhaps slow down a little at the end of section A, for effect mainly, but it helps that it makes it easier too! I think, like Rick hinted, your slides could slide more rather than jump. Your Lagrima was very well played too.
Rick, I know just how you feel. In the past I've sometimes suggested it would be great if we could just submit small sections of pieces to demonstrate the technique is mastered. From that point of view, your Sagreras, particularly the first section, shows that you can master ligados. Generally when I've repeated the lessons at the same level (third time at D05), the pieces I wasn't keen on the first time, became even more of a problem the second and third time. One exception was Manuelito, which with a bit more effort, I grew to appreciate.
Angela - regarding musicality, other than listening to lots of different versions of a song, and perhaps even playing along, the only other advice I can suggest is to keep recording yourself and listen to see how it compares to others? Just playing the melody line or even singing it might also help?
I've been away for a few days so I'll have to get back to the Sagreras and see if I can match the excellent versions above!
Stewart, I think it is totally fine to submit works in progress. I think that was the original intent in fact. At least we have this forum to keep us on task and to get encouragement through the low spots. I'm a little depressed though that they don't get any better the second or third time around.
Angela, I agree with Stewart: listen, listen and more listening.
Someone who grew up as a child hearing flamenco his or her whole life (or rock or blues or Brazilian Choros) has a "natural" rhythm inside them for this music. But it can be acquired by listening. It is the hardest thing to teach in music: feeling, musicality, phrasing.