Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑
Tue May 02, 2017 11:06 pm
...The title of the post should have been something like, "Join me (or watch) as I work and play towards theoretical mastery of a new worthwhile skill at an advanced age, and let's talk about your journey too." ...
Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑
Tue May 02, 2017 3:52 pm
... If not, go back to Opus 60 if that works for you.
Well that (Op.60) hasn't happened!
I have been too autobiographical in my recent comments on your thread. Being a very private person, I do not find this a comforting thought. Yet, I wanted to make a helpful point from this experience of mine. Now, I'll stick to talking/sharing about my music and the approach I take to an elderly (72) student's repertoire. I think this might be closer to the "talk about your journey," concept you had intended.
In the past 2 years, it became my goal to put together a repertoire book which includes a good mix of the simple to the more challenging and memorized to sight reading, plus a section for wannabe stuff, pieces on hold. The latter is inspirational but also a problem, since adding a new piece to the repertoire and learning it takes play time away from the "old" learned pieces. Sometimes, I neglect the old enough so that I need to relearn them, restore motor memory. I'm reluctant to discard pieces, 'though! The book is saved in electronic form, MS Word file. It is easy to add to it and print out pages for the binder that sits on my music stand. (To be legal, my copies are made under fair use from my extensive library of sheet music and methods or from public domain.)
The repertoire book is both my motivator forward and retrospective on what I can do with a CG. There is a Warm Up
section of 2 and 3 octave movable scales (Segovia) and then some easy pieces that serve as confidence builder, to tune in or listen carefully, checking for tone, etc. Here, I'm using 3 pieces from the Sor/Coste Method #9, 11, 13 and a delightful Andantino from Sor, Op.35#3.
Next, the Memorized Pieces
section starts simply enough and then goes to whatever complexity in no particular order: The Last Rose of Summer (Arr. Dorn), Oh where and oh where is your highland laddie gone! (Arr. Mertz), Lagrima, Adelita (Tarrega), Spanish Romance (Anon), Ballet (Praetorius, arr. Noad), Bourree, BWV 996 (arr. Bream), Gavotte 1 and 2 BWV 1012 (Bach, arr. Lorimer), Fughette from Aylesford Pieces (Handel, arr. Segovia), Nocturne Op.4 #2 (Mertz), Sor Studies (the first 7 from Segovia's arrangements of 20).
The Current Work in Progress
section is the Variazioni su un tema di Handel (Chiesa edition.) The theme and first two and sixth (last) variations are coming along. I'm not sure that I will have the time, will and energy to tackle the rest (that's a lot of sustained playing for arthritic, aching hands) - but we will see.
Next is the Reading
section. In truth, these pieces are becoming partially memorized and eventually will move to the Memorized Pieces
section. Included here are Ballet (Anon, arr. Gerrits), a selection of pieces from J.K. Mertz's Kuckuck - Yankee Doodle, The Last Rose of Summer, Home Sweet Home, Don Juan aria, an arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring BWV 147. That's it for now, but the On Hold
(for later) section is getting longer. It looks like El Noi de la Mare (arr. Llobet) is at the head of the line.
Long post. I hope there is something useful here, rather than just show and tell.