Nelson Lee wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:40 am
A very well executed Malagueña! I see your guitar is positioned upright. LH relaxed and the largest knuckles are in line with strings and fingers are curved. RH also relaxed, angled to strings, finger plucking from the largest knuckle joint. Looks good, sounds even better!
Your LH pinky is straight at times. And I can not decide if it matters, since you have good reach. What do you think?
I believe you are working on tempo with this piece, and you worked up a nice pace. Consider integrating a few dynamic elements into the piece:
Measure 17: Make the high e notes softer than the bass notes, so that the bass notes dominate and sing.
Play phrases that repeat softer. (i.e. The first two phrases)
Measure 37: Shape the quick phrases.
Please note, Ken, the above suggestions are not "a must do" thing. They are suggestions to make the piece interesting for you to revisit.
I hope the feedback helps you with your guitar practice. Again, nicely done.
Thank you for your response. My tempo is about right or little faster than Maestro Delcamp.
My D02 videos were submitted about almost 4 weeks ago tho. It's been getting better for measure 17 but measure 37 is still a challenge to make smoother. I agree with you about my pinky getting straight and it is getting better as loosen C shape these days. I can't understand Maestro Delcamp's intention putting 'Malaguena' in 2nd lesson. It is quite obvious that Malaguena is much harder than later lesson's pieces. It is one of huge challenge in D02.
Well, Soleares is coming up. Better start working on it. Low E damps have given me hard time but getting better little by little. I look forward to seeing your 'Malaguena'. I'll upload 'A Toye' as soon as 3rd lesson open.
Judy Verbeeten wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:16 pm
Great stuff Ken! I must confess that I oftentimes just concentrate on the assigned pieces, gifting scant attention to other components in each lesson. You have refocused my efforts and provide a terrific role model for the classes. Thanks for sharing and setting such a committed and commendable standard. Much appreciated. Judy.
Appreciate your generous words. If you work on just assigned pieces, you will have hard time later on. I believe it is some what related to build your muscle, finger positions, sight reading, or both free and rest stroke excercises. There is no reason to put those pieces in lesson, if students don't need to practice much. Every tunes are beautiful that I couldn't miss them.
Whatever you played in lower level will help you at advanced level. You'll meet similar notes and rhythm later on.
I would suggest you that find many different easy pieces you can play FREELY. Keep doing that and you'll find next level easier than you thought. It's all about getting used and repetitions.
Don't miss your daily practice! Happy playing!