Murdick wrote:Very musical performance and his left hand is in fine shape. Not to critcize, but how do you feel about his right hand? Some teachers believe, and I am one of them, that all major problems with the right hand should be ironed out before a student gets too far along. What do you think of this?
Glad you enjoyed it.
Ian is a very good student and is quite new to Classical playing, his first study (which he is currently working towards a degree in) is in the study of popular music with the instrument being of course Classical Guitar.
His studies in Classical guitar are extra work he does on the side to advance his musicianship and knowledge of the guitar. He is a very good slectric guitarist and has a very instinctive natural feel for pop and rock music.
His work on adapting his current and very honed (pick based) right hand technique to Classical has been very careful and he is making excellent progress, but like all skills once you have learned something a particular way it takes a long time to get rid of old habits. As Ian is currently immersed in electric guitar I of course am not pushing him to hard on one very specific area but instead allowing him to eplore some of the repertoire and enjoy the Classical Guitar in his spare time.
He has of course been made fully aware of and very carefully shown how an economical and correctly balanced right hand technique should best work and be applied. He is the kind of student who is always attempting to absorb and put into practice the most sensible and straightforward of teachings, and he will over time, I am sure, develop a very expressive, balanced and relaxed right hand technique.