håvard.bergene wrote:My wrist also needs to be more bent (as pointed out already by Beaugy (above) and Mark (in lesson 2)), and I'll try to focus on that in the next lesson.
Sounds good, Havard! Regarding wrist position, I personally focus on keeping the wrist loose and never hyper-extending it but I also never think about actively bending it solely for the purposes of having it bent. I do that for everything... guitar, piano, and typing. Back when I played violin as a young child I had an instructor use a band of elastic to attach a ruler to my forearm to prevent me from raising the hand and hyper-extending the wrist. That immediately corrected my wrist posture and I have found that similar wrist positioning has suited me very well for guitar as well. It works very well for me considering that I spend about 8 hours a day on a computer and about 1-2 hours per day playing music and I've only had one or two instances of tendinitis over the many years.
John.Nicholson wrote:Here is the re-post of lesson 3.
John, it sounds pretty good over all of the pieces. I don't think I noticed any string buzz! You are definitely showing major gains in skill. Your tone is very clean and clear on Si Si Re
but I recommend that you take the tempo down a bit. I noticed that at the 12-16 second mark in the video you had some odd rhythmic stuff going on. Very good job on Good Morning to All
. With the Aguado study your tone was excellent, but again don't be afraid to take the tempo down to the point where you can keep the rhythm smooth and steady. There's no shame in that, especially considering that Aguado is serious stuff and he wrote his etudes to challenge the student's skills. One strategy I use on difficult pieces is to start playing at half or slower speed, repeating that until I can play the piece 3 times perfectly at that pace and then bump the metronome up one notch. I keep repeating the process until I am at full speed. On Nous Marchons
you sounded very good as well. My only suggestion is to loosen that thumb up as much as possible and keep it and your wrist relaxed when using the thumb.
Todd Owenby wrote:We were in the process of moving during the past few weeks. So, I FINALLY had time to finish recording the lessons.
That sounds pretty good there. Your hard work shows! The Aguado sounded very, very good and might be the best one posted in this entire thread.
It's kind of hard to tell from the video, but from what I can see it looks like your right shoulder is tucked back and your left arm is extended forward quite a bit and simultaneously tucked in close to the ribs which might be affecting your mobility. I wonder if adjusting your posture might make your string crossings easier in the Aguado.