zupfgeiger wrote:Maybe there is a missunderstanding here. My purpose was not at all to intimidate Malcom. I am happy with everyone who his making progress with the guitar and is posting positive reviews on this forum. But a critical remark should be allowed. What I am learning from my teachers is to slow down, if fluent execution is not yet achieved, be it a piece or a scale. Maybe those guys are a bit old fashioned but I will stick to their rule because it seems logical for me and it brought me forward with my technique. That has nothing to do with a personal insult as indicated above.
Edit: Just opened another thread about 10 practice rules of violinist Maud Powell. Rule III: Practice scales religiously. Play them slowly and with perfect evenness, both as to fingering and bowing.
Maud Powel died more than 80 years ago but I think her advice is still valid, not only for violinists.
I just read this thread and am compelled to comment. First of all, I know Zupfgeiger personally and he is a gentleman of high integrity and sincerely loves the classical guitar and playing it with elegance. He has cheered me on with my playing and I find his honest comments refreshing. He has encouraged my playing legato, given me practice exercises, and suggested I work with a skilled teacher to help me develop my skills. I know he is absolutely sincere in praising anyone who is making progress and I don't see a comment about playing slowly and accurately as 'criticism'. It's what I would like to hear. A recent post by someone who attended a Marcin Dylla masterclass reported that Marcin said the best way to memorize and play with accuracy is to play/practice the piece so slowly that a listener would not recognize the piece. Slow, accurate legato playing leads to fast! Simple.
I'm approaching 70 and I can't help but believe the lessons I learned in my undergraduate and graduate education (1960's and 1970''s) in landscape architecture have helped my classical guitar avocation. In undergraduate and graduate schools the 'design crit' was an accepted part of learning. In a 'design critique' the professors and guest critics were brutally honest. I left several of those review sessions to the point of tears, but what the reviewers said about my design was accurate. Had it not been for these reviews of my work I would never have grown as a designer nor knew what I needed to work on to improve.
I was a reviewer several years ago at a Masters level final review at a Landscape Architecture graduate school final review where one student received accurate, but not flattering comments about his design. The student went into a rage and stormed out of the review session. I went to his desk the next day and I asked him what that was all about ; he was a good but struggling student. He told me that every professor had some slightly different focus and he spent so much effort trying to prepare designs that he thought the professors would like. I told him their job was to introduce him to new ideas, but his responsibility was to find his passion and show how that could be incorporated in his design work. He told me 'food production' in various settings was his. I told him to focus on that and communicate his passion to his other professors and I would bet things would improve for him. I got a note from one of his design studio instructors asking what I had said to the student and told me that there was a remarkable change in the student who was now a star in his class.
I realize this is a bit off subject, but Here on Delcamp I believe we all are thrilled with anyone's progress and honest statements help each of us advance.
I just looked and see that Malcolm is 65. I'm quite impressed with his dedication and level of the speed practicing he describes. I also agree with Zupfgeiger that slowing down and practicing accuracy and legato will pay off with increased speed. And,again, I know that Zupfgeiger's honest and accurate comments were meant as sincere care and concern for Malcolm.
Many of you have made comments about posts I've made and I certainly appreciate the time and effort each of you put into communicating your thoughtful input. Let's not stop with accurate and honest feedback.