Thank you Ed!Ed Butler wrote: ↑Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:49 pmLucian - your best session left. I especially liked the Sauteuse. The pace was great, very few slow downs, your left fingers kept moving and hitting the right notes. (without you having to look at them). I also liked the position of your right arm out wide for the first frets something William Kanengiser espouses. Now if we can just break your habit (and mine) of looking at the right hand while playing I believe your improvements will accelerate. For me, Jules recommendation to close your eyes while practicing is helping me break this habit.
Again, well done
I've found that when I play the uploads, youtube gets launched (automatically). Is this what you mean? If so, this has been happening for some time now. I figured this was normal.
Thank you Jules!Jules Wilkins wrote: ↑Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:58 pmHello Lucian:
I spent most of my morning time commening on Ed's playing and am late for work, but just a few quick notes.
1) As I mentioned in your game your slurs are strong (I am a little jealous as your fingers I am pretty sure are stronger than mine ), but they are not even and that is an important part of the exercise. Please see my comment on Ed's slurs.
2) Would it be possible in the future to direct your camera face on? I would find it more helpful if I were looking at you the way an instructor would view you, face on and with your entire guitar in view.
3) i am thrilled to see how much less you are looking at that left hand! I agree with Ed that this is your best work so far and I cannot help but suspect that your work in this area is a major cause of your obvious improvement. Keep up the good work!
4) I guess as a closing thought you commented on your knowledge of music theory (during your game). Boring stuff unless you are into that sort of thing, but very valuable to at least get the basics down pat. I gather, for example, that lesson 7 is going to introduce us to improvisation. A knowledge of the basics will be invaluable for this.
As mentioned, I am very impressed with your progress. Keep up the good work.
After going back and listening to Delcamp's demo I now realize he's playing it the same way. I don't see anything wrong with the way your playing it in any case.Jules Wilkins wrote: ↑Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:09 amIf I understand you correctly it was intentional. For example, in playing the first several measures I was playing the repeating G notes using the free stroke while playing the melody rest stroke. While I said intentionally I was not really thinking about it, it just made sense to emphasize the melody while subduing the G's in the background. I also played the base notes free stroke which I tell myself (I think correctly) is correct as again it is the treble that carries the melody, though maybe it is because it is just a lot easier . Actually I just picked up the guitar and tried playing the base notes rest stroke and I did not like the sound at all.Tom Wimsatt wrote: ↑Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:47 pmPerhaps this was intentional but at times it sounded like your were "plucking" strings (one example, the individual notes between the chord arpeggios or whatever they're called in the first line of the piece).
It sounds fine, so maybe you did so intentionally as part of varying dynamics. Sometimes this practice gives the piece a sort of "percussive" (is that a word??) quality, which I like.
Your comment also got me wondering if I am "plucking" the strings instead of using a properly executed free stroke. I think and hope I am not plucking but I will be on the lookout for the next while.
Thanks as always for your thoughtful insights.