Rognvald wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:37 am
Twenty-First Century Guitar Pedagogy is an enigma to me. In my opinion, both teachers and students, alike, are on a one-track race course to move through the river of technique and repertoire to achieve guitaristic nirvana with the majority of students playing pieces well beyond their level and control. It is, in my opinion, counter-productive and a fraud to the student. However, you hear young guitarists mouthing "I'm playing Alhambra" . . . or,"Just finished Asturias". . . as if they were on a superhighway ticking off cities on their path. The problem for the serious student is that he reaches a level of technical competency to "finger" through pieces but, sadly, discovers he can't play a simple song well.
That was written perfectly for me.
Though I had a decent handle on steel string guitar and sight reading, when I crossed over to CG in 1990 on a self-taught track, I was going after Capricho Arabe before I ever even played Lagrima.
I was so overly focused on posture, fingernails, hand position, technique, free stroke/rest stroke etc etc etc that I was told my playing was ok but it lacked feeling. Which made sense because I wasn't even enjoying the instrument, I battling myself to overcome my technical flaws as I tried to master more complex pieces. As a result there were many difficult pieces that I had started but never completed. Around 1999 I burned out and took a 2 year hiatus from the guitar.
When I picked up the guitar again, my focus was less on mastering technique and more on expression. For the first time I started to actually enjoy the music...and others did as well. There was even an improvement in technique. And yes, that's when I decided to learn Lagrima and many other simpler pieces.