Well, I woke up this morning still thinking about yesterday's experience - a whole day of Wksp and masterclass with the venerable John Mills; what a fantastic guy, a superb master musician & sage!!!
The day consisted of ensemble playing; masterclass; mini-masterclass; technique; how to make best use of practise time; Q & A, lot's of!!!
One of the members played Sevilla, a very good and well rehearsed rendition, and John went through bits of each section to show how it could be improved - this included using fingerings from different arrangements, additional bass notes; sections to use crescendo, poco rit, p, mf or f; where to add colour and expression. It was fascinating - even picking out individual note for tonal attention and the technique to achieve and after demonstration and practise we hear could ear the difference and improvement.
The mini-master class saw 5 members perform abridged pieces and receive tips and techniques from posture to RH & LH positioning and even nail care & preparation. A few references to his own experiences of masterclasses with Segovia and his own collaborations with the likes of Bream & Williams. And yes, we did discuss The Story of the Guitar
BBC program as well as the Julian Bream Program!!!
A fantastic day!!! John had to leave promptish at 5pm, but if he wasn't already attending a planned engagement we would have clung on to him with an insatiable appetite for his wise words, knowledge ans supreme teaching skills!!!
His engagement?? Oh, just a private concert with Julian Bream before retiring for an evening meal with a 'select few'!!!