That's kind of the point. With these new valuable insights coupled with better technique, these simpler pieces come to life in a new way you weren't capable of when you last played them. The psychological benefit to that is that in seeing how much progress one has made in their approach to these 'simpler' pieces, one can project a similar progress on the things they are currently seeing as a 'brick wall'. It's not to say there aren't other reasons to review older works, as well as other benefits from this activity. But it is a quite useful tool for ending dry spells and periods of frustration, as well as a good way to utilize the time during these spells, rather than repeatedly beating one's head against the brick wall that is impeding them at the moment. It's basically taking a step back and moving forward with an improved footing.Andrew Fryer wrote: ↑Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:04 pmWith respect, OK, that may work, but it also seems a little shallow. Something more important that comes from revisiting older simpler pieces is one can have valuable insights that one didn't have first time around, so one is still learning from this process.robin loops wrote: ↑Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:09 pmreviewing older simpler pieces that you have moved past (level/ability) in favor or more advanced works, can be great for confidence building. For example, when one feels like they are hitting a brick wall with pieces like Back's Chiconne, playing through Lagrima for the first time in years, can really demonstrate just how much improvement one has made...
That great to hear Mike. There are actually many in this forum who picked up the guitar again after many years so we are not the only ones.Mike Steede wrote: ↑Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:24 amThat's good advice - thanks. I think I need to re-visit pieces that I'm more comfortable with and spend some more time with exercises (fun ones) and haul out the ol' metronome. I saw an interesting YouTube video on scales (can't remember where) that talks about playing them using destination points. Interesting stuff. Ah, found it! http://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/sc ... on-points/
Yes indeed, thinking that he was going to be the new Segovia as it says in the article was probably raising the bar a little highlagartija wrote: ↑Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:23 amI read Glenn's book and he is a very articulate writer. I felt that as a young man he had unrealistic expectations as to what a career in music would be like. He became embittered because the reality did not meet his unrealistic expectations. I felt sorry for him that it destroyed the joy of music for him for many years.
" I just have to be patient and enjoy the ride." Yes, enjoy the process and just enjoy the moment. Appreciate the moment. A beautiful instrument in your hands, beautiful sounds emerging, the miracle of music. What a marvelous thing.Mike Steede wrote: ↑Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:32 amThanks again for all the help folks. I think I've beaten it and broken through - I went back to some older pieces, began playing them at a slower tempo with more feeling, ritardando and rubato, focussing more on tone and feeling. That's helped a lot. After the years away from playing it's really a pointless exercise to expect I can play with the same level of technique I used to have - that'll come back I'm sure - I just have to be patient and enjoy the ride. All the best to everyone and thanks for your comments. Best to all / Mike S.