Adrian Allan wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:19 pm
Stephen Kenyon wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:14 pm
I would take a cue from the practise of colleagues teaching piano.
What age group and years experience are they? If fairly early stages I would encourage whatever gives the individual the best chance of positive early experiences.
Its true that the industry standard is solo from memory; Starobin and occasional others have earned the right to do as they wish.
Industry standard is perhaps a curious choice of words to apply to the arts. ie. it's not really an industry and standardisation is not necessarily a positive trait. If an individual thrives by having the music on the stand, then surely that individuality should be encouraged. There is too much robotic conformity in many aspects of classical guitar training right now.
I'm puzzled Ade; you are agreeing with everything I said yet couching it as though disagreeing.
Industry is a word that is widely and regularly used - "creative industries" etc. In using it I was not necessarily endorsing it, but its such a common term that it might be more curious to query it than to employ it! I could have rambled on using more elaborate terminology but I do more than enough of that round here, plus the contribution was on my phone which encourages brevity, if not wit. Standardisation on its own is neither positive nor negative, its what we do with it. Within guitars as a family there is a standard which we agree, more or less, to call classical; it involves various thing that give a result. I did actually say that the individual should be encouraged to do what is best for them, and that some very advanced players use the music and nobody questions them (I've also seen Bream and Williams amongst others, quite apart from witnessing Starobin positively dancing along a whole long spread of pages on several stands - standing up of course
For the record, probably every single recital I ever gave a music stand was used at least once. Often for my own stuff which I couldn't be bothered to memorise apparently