Jules Wilkins wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:56 pm
Hello Tom. In my last post directed at you I encouraged you to take the next step and own the music. I cannot say whether or not those words made an impact, but I can say with confidence that you certainly made Andante Affettuoso your own. I am still working on Soleareas. I frankly don't much like the piece and my initial thought was to submit a rough draft and get on with whatever comes next, but then I listened to your rendition and I knew I too would have to give it my best. Still, hearing your Affettuso makes me want to hurry it along so I too can give that piece a shot. Very well done.
I would do well to leave my post at that, but at the slight risk of being misunderstood I will suggest that you make this piece part of your daily regime for a spell. As you will be the first to admit it is a difficult piece, but with practice it will become an easy piece for you and, given the fact that you clearly understand and enjoy playing it, it will be an excellent choice to add to your repertoire of pieces that you can play flawlessly at the drop of a hat.
I included an attempt at some dynamics to my playing as you suggested in the prior post. My first objective (as a student anyway) is to play as smoothly and error free as possible, this includes adherence to string muting and tempo/volume changes noted in the score. A second(ary) objective is "style", as I'm a bit band-width limited at this stage of learning.
I was a little surprised though, when I listened to my recording (which I decided to post anyway), that the piece sounded as lifeless as it did (my words here, meaning I was a little too cautious on varying tempo and note emphasis). Imagination versus reality....
Anyway, at this stage I feel it is best for me to hit the correct notes, maintain tempo, and reading and following the score. I feel style and dynamics are more important once I get basic skills down. Besides, I just hate to screw up notes.
I do normally use the previous month's music as a warmup/exercise material - I try to "hang on" and to some extent refine certain pieces I like or that I found difficult to learn. The scales we're learning are part of my daily warmups also. I think scales practice is something we all should be doing to help with getting a kinesthetic feel for the fret board (I know, I know, I've heard all about the criticisms of practicing scales but I'm doing it anyway).
What you are doing (D01 and D02 in parallel) is inherently difficult, so don't rush things. Believe it or not, to some extent these lessons build upon each other. I can relate somewhat to your decision regarding entering the D02 program. I decided to skip D01 because I took classical guitar lessons about 25 years ago (approx 2 years). Also, I had nearly finished Frederick Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing Book 1" when I started this program so I thought I was fairly warmed up.
However, I still found the first couple of months of this program very difficult due to it's emphasis on rest strokes (string muting), stopped notes (notes I formerly played as open), and to some extent getting used to recording myself playing. I suspect some of this was at least introduced in D01. This made things frustrating at first. It took me time and effort to get "caught up" so to speak (and to finally realize I'll never play as well as I do when I'm alone).
You're playing great by the way. Practice, practice, practice. We're all in this together.