Whoa. 50 years without shaping your nails properly or arpeggio exercises? It must be a real revolution to your playing now, Yisreal. A breath of fresh air, I'm sure.Yisrael van Handel wrote:I have been playing for 50 years <snip> For the first time in my life, I understood what I am supposed to achieve with shaping the fingernails, what arpeggio practice is for, how to practice arpeggios correctly, what to do with the left and right hand down to the small details, what to listen for in my playing.
Ramon Amira wrote:You're liable to start counting time in your head instead of just feeling the timing and rhythm . . .
I don't get it? Mostly I count time either with my foot or using a metronome when training. Musical feeling is something else. If I'll play something like czardas on the mandolin, I can't use the metronome.Ramon Amira wrote:You're liable to start counting time in your head instead of just feeling the timing and rhythm . . .
First of all, to keep myself honest, after university, I practically did not play for about 40 years. Second, my first teacher had shown me how to shape my nails, but I never understood what I was trying to achieve. So I was only copying what he showed me. Now, thanks to Käppel, I understand what I am supposed to achieve. I have not found the perfect solution yet, My tendency is to keep making the right ramp longer and longer. This is both improving my tone and reducing the tearing of my fingernails. As for arpeggio exercises, I decided that I first have to learn to memorize. I do not consider arpeggio exercises urgent at the moment, because I can play smooth, even arpeggios (I think; I might change my mind after I start doing arpeggio exercises). Some of Käppel's arpeggio exercises are ridiculously difficult. Try this one: p on 6 string, i on 3rd string, m on 2nd string and a on 1st string. i can imagine that if I master that, my arpeggio technique will improve substantially.markodarko wrote:
Whoa. 50 years without shaping your nails properly or arpeggio exercises? It must be a real revolution to your playing now, Yisreal. A breath of fresh air, I'm sure.
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