Ed Butler wrote: ↑
Mon May 15, 2017 5:04 pm
lesson 9 exercises - a few/many stumbles
I can see your playing is coming on and you have been practicing a lot Ed - good job. I hope you don't mind if I make a few comments on each of the pieces.
Baree - coming on nicely can see you have your fretting finger nice and close to the fret - just make sure you keep it perfectly vertical to each of the frets.
Samba - There is a bass note at the beginning followed by a descending arpeggio. If you prepare the left hand fingers in advance you will play this with greater fluidity. This is by no means an easy piece, but it can be made less difficult by focussing on economy of movement in the left hand.
Branle Anglais - A major part of this piece is the slurs so it is important to get them right. In bar 1 the two parts of the slur C and D have equal duration, a quaver or half a beat, then the E which is a crotchet lasts for a full beat. You would count <one and> for thw C and D, then <two and> for the E. What I am trying to say is that you need a bit more of a delay before pulling off - or in other words you have premature pull-off.
Jacaras - There seems to be a lot of head movement, are you looking from the music to your left hand and then back again?
I have not practiced this piece very much, but the first half seems to consist of just 2 chords D minor and A - It may be a good idea to memorise those 2 chord shapes so you don't have to refer to the music.
In summary, well done Ed and keep at it.