Goals for 2018?

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Goals for 2018?

Post by Kurt Penner » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:13 pm

Resolutions seems like the wrong word, so what are your guitar playing goals for the new year? A piece, a suite, an exam, new gear etc?

My goals are:
1. Transcribe and record 2-3 more Erik Satie pieces
2. improve my a-m-i scales
3. Record Rodrigo Zapateado which has so far eluded me because of fast scales.
4. Learn to control my noisy breathing while recording.
5. Record at least one video with no mistakes that make me cringe.


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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:29 pm

premiere my prelude and fugue for open G (aka the slide guitar tribute to Hank WIlliams Sr) at either a guitar society open mic or the seattle composers' salon is one of my goals

I've started composing a set of 24 studies each in open D and open G tuning, every major and minor key. Maybe I can finish one of those cycles in 2018.

I'm hoping to film the complete Guitar Sonata in D minor in open D tuning that I finished last year. Barring that to at least premiere that at a composer salon later this year. We'll see how that goes.

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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by David Norton » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:47 pm

My goal is to master at least 30 minutes of "new-to-me" music this year. That's been my goal for 2015, 16, 17, with no luck. But a worthwhile goal.

Posting non-cringey videos is also a great goal.
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by Rick Beauregard » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:50 pm

Kurt Penner wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:13 pm

5. Record at least one video with no mistakes that make me cringe.
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by andreas777 » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:59 pm

1. Search and find the piece of paper where I have noted my 2017 New Year's resolutions.
2. Write my 2018 New Year's resolutions on the back side.
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by Altophile » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:23 pm

Regain the ability to play tremolo, at least on the first string. Despite my crooked thumb, I could do it passably well 30 years ago, when I first started playing, but after a 20 year hiatus I've just never managed to get it back.

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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by ameriken » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:36 pm

David Norton wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:47 pm
My goal is to master at least 30 minutes of "new-to-me" music this year. That's been my goal for 2015, 16, 17, with no luck. But a worthwhile goal.

Posting non-cringey videos is also a great goal.
I love your humility and honesty. And in that spirit, my goal, or perhaps I should say 'wish list', would be to get through Mertz's Tarantelle, ever at slower than it's allegro speed.

Perhaps way too lofty for my skills but I just can't get away from the thought of wanting to master this underappreciated (IMO) piece.

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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by martadella » Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:30 pm

I am a perpetual beginner, so my goals are not huge and ambitious :)
1 relearn all the pieces I was able to play before my carpal tunnel syndrome got worse
2 go slow, avoid injury, have fun
3 listen to a lot of contemporary (20th and 21st century) music
4 encourage my very musical husband to start playing again

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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by Alan Green » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:44 am

Simple targets for 2018

- to get better at playing the guitar

- to play more gigs than I did in 2017

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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by JohnB » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:14 pm

I've been pondering on this subject.

I think I will gradually work my way through the Sor/Segovia set of 20 Etudes, in amongst other pieces. (I was taken through many of them some 40+ years ago when I was learning the guitar.)

This morning I was looking at No 1 (Op 6 No 8 ). It's a very interesting little piece - a study on how to handle and bring out multiple voices.
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:33 pm

Goal: to build a classical guitar with an amateur electric guitar luthier friend. He has a CNC so our approach will be to utilize that tool as much as possible. I'm starting with modeling the cut pattern for top and back in CAD software. He is more experienced than I and will assist with 3D modeling of a neck. We will make a neck blank with the typical 13-15 degree head angle, then cut it out on the CNC.

I'm sure we will produce a guitar rivaling Ruck's or Gore's work on our first try! :D In reality, I'm only hoping for something playable with decent tone. If we reach that minimal achievement, we will give it away to a student in need at our local music academy, because let's face, he and I both have world class guitars and our collections will not be improved by our own amateur work! :D
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by bear » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:38 pm

To be around to see 2019, more than that (at least for me) is greedy.
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by ddray » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:59 am

Try to learn BWV 997, which I think is the Bach composition that sounds the most beautiful and natural on the guitar. *Try* to learn it. At least I can dream. Also, find some *really* good guitar strings. That I can afford, anyway.
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by arellanon » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:19 am

I want to return to a convalescent home to play to the people that live there. I believe they really like it and are appreciative of it, and above all, they enjoy having people visiting and chatting with them.
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Re: Goals for 2018?

Post by dx764x » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:35 pm

Goals :
Play at least 3 songs in their entirety .
Tune guitar by ear .

The guitar is my first musical instrument , so I thought id start with baby steps .

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