Peter Lovett wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:59 pm
You lucky so and so to have such a plethora of riches on hand.
You are right, we are blessed, THRICE blessed! From that point of view, London is a fantastic city … but try to get a tube or train back home after hours and you’ll be stumped; or, for that matter a restaurant after midnight (in Paris, that’s when they really start, but then, they have nothing like the same number of guitar-related activities with which we are showered!).
Briant wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:12 am
I also went to the concert and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.What surprised me was looking at the programme of forthcoming events there was no other guitar concerts planned.
Yes, getting audiences nowadays is the bane of all our lives. Players resort to YouTube which is a marvellous platform but it erodes audiences mercilessly, as it does CD sales. Publicising concerts is cripplingly expensive. But the air is vibrant with a good feeling at the moment. There is a fantastic amount of talent, too much in fact, paradoxically.
Word-of-mouth is the thing. Keep talking. Sow the seeds in the wind, some will fall on stone, some on deaf ears, but some will germinate!
fast eddie wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:59 am
to play simultaneously A on the 1st string, 5 th fret and F on 1st fret 6th string. I don't think my old hands can possibly reach that far. Any suggestions?
We've all been there! Developing a "stretched" hand is crucial for all string players (try the cello or the double bass!) John Williams once said (with some nonchalance) "The aim is that it should all become easy and comfortable
. Yes, that is a wonderful feeling! Trouble is that, usually, this can only be achieved if one has started in infancy, before the bones, muscles, tendons are fylly formed. Otherwise, it's the daily stretching routine, the ballet dancer's daily grind.
Have you seen or tried the exercises advocated for LH stretching by John Williams? I'll re-post those for you right after this message.
But whatever you do, Eddie, don’t take them too fast!