Laura Staats wrote:Thank you for your feedback Beatriz and Stefan. I agree. I definitely need to slow things down to play more musically. I am still a bit confused by the tempo markings, particularly for the Andante. Mr. Delcamp plays it considerably slower than the notated tempo. Is he playing it at this tempo to make it more approachable for a level 2 student, or is the suggested tempo a bit off?
It's funny how things that used to catch my attention, I don't even worry about anymore. In D01 I would sometimes get flustered when there was a difference between the indicated tempo on the sheet music, and how M. Delcamp would play them. It wasn't a one-time thing, and no one seemed to care about the discrepancy, explaining it away in some fashion or another, so I took to ignoring the indicated tempo, for better or worse, and sticking to a tempo comparable to how M. Delcamp demonstrated the piece. That is, I gave more credence to his demonstration videos than the written sheet music.
The downside of this, of course, is that I may not really have any legitimate ground to suggest someone is playing too fast merely because their tempo is faster than M. Delcamp's video. I have so long ignored the marked tempo that I failed to consider that you (or others) might actually be playing it as written, rather than as demonstrated! So my apologies if your tempo did coincide with the written sheet music.
Laura Staats wrote:Carl, I am playing an Alvarez CY117 that was built in 1986. I believe it has a solid cedar top, and rosewood back and sides. I am the original owner. I have been playing for quite some time, but I switch around and play lots of other instruments and styles, so my playing hasn't progressed as far as I would like. Finding this site has rekindled my interest in playing classical guitar. I record my video with iMovie directly with my built in webcam. I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and a Rode NT1 microphone.
Carl, I can relate to your comment about needing to avoid starting from the beginning of the piece after a mistake. During practice, I usually try to avoid this, but today I had to do many takes while recording a couple of the lessons. Because I was trying to get a decent recording, I kept starting over from the beginning. After a while I had to pause the recording and practice just the end of songs so that I could get past the parts where I kept messing up. It is very difficult to a solid performance all the way through a piece, particularly the longer ones.
Yes, I agree!
Well your guitar sounds fantastic. It's nice that you can get the camera on and off from such a distance. I do have an older camera for which I have a remote release - but it might buy me 3 more feet of distance, tops, and it just does standard-definition. [BTW - I totally understand what you mean about (effectively) getting imbalanced practice when recording. I will have to make a point of controlling for that]
I have considered upgrading from my laminate top guitar, but I really value not having to worry about humidity. In the winter, our gas heat really dries out the house, to the point that it would be foolish to acquire a solid-top instrument and subject it to these conditions. Our open floorplan makes it very hard to get humidity levels up in winter, short of an expensive whole-house humidifying system. The other option is to keep it in a case 23 hrs a day, which isn't attractive to me either for a number of reasons (the lid dropping on the top is just one!). HOWEVER, I did just do some measurements in our semi-furnished basement (I know! - the horror!) and found that even in winter it's a good 45% RH* down there. In the summer, we bring it down to 50% with a dehumidifier. It's not a good place to play (dim, cool, noisy with the dehumidifier) but it could be a decent place for a solid-top to live, so long as I empty that dehumidifier regularly in summertime.
* Relative humidity in winter may be greater than actual humidity, b/c lower temps hold less humidity. But still, it's all I can measure.