Ausangate wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:02 am
Looking for some guidance....
Whenever I return to the classical guitar my first instinct is focus on technique and sacrifice repertoire. But now looking back, I feel that it is this approach that eventually tires me and I abandon the guitar once again.
Are there a sequence of repertoire pieces that offer some musical variety and at the same time progressively builds on your technique? I do not mind if a repertoire piece spells the technical prerequisites/exercises/skills.
Does anyone has a suggested repertoire for beginner to intermediate student?
Thanks for you input.
If you have a history of abandoning the guitar, you need to focus on staying motivated first and foremost. I think it makes much more sense to focus on repertoire in this case because it's more likely to remain engaging. Exercises are boring, let's be honest. You can maybe use one or two as a warm up, but try and stay focused on practicing and learning engaging material for now. You need to pick your battles.
I suggest you put in some time researching the pieces suggested on this site or in the document I refer to in my previous post that match your "grade" level. With you tube and streaming sites you can basically find a version of every piece out there so it's worth the trouble to preview them and find the one's that you really like. I've assembled a playlist of all my favorites and it's growing by the day, it includes what I like to play and what I would like to play.
In my case I don't generally prefer anything that focuses on major or happy tones - I'm a sucker for tunes that revolve around minor or darker sounds. With a little time and effort I was able to find a ton of new material that I find very engaging, rather than bumble around in the dark like I used to learning things for the sake of learning them.