Music Learning Notes (Music Theory and Composition) 20/09/2020

I decided this needed its own category. I’m really sleepy but just wanted to note that tonight, I finally got the courage to start rendering down in notation (in pencil so I could erase the mistakes) one of my “compositions”. For years, I’ve basically prevaricated on whether I actually had the right to call myself…

Music-Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 14/09/2020

*blinks sleepily at the world* I should be in bed because I am super, SUPER sleepy but I have a second load of washing still in the washing machine. Should be entering the spin cycle soon, so I might as well update this blog. The irony is that I have been practising so much, I…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 03/09/2020

It’s been quite a week! A lot of bewilderingly good things happening but I’ve also been run off my feet chasing deadlines. Despite all that, I’ve managed to consistently do over an hour of CG practice a day and it’s given me good results. I am a bit lax/imperfect on a couple of things I…

Music Learning Notes (Piano) 01/09/2020

Last week I took three days off from the piano to focus on classical guitar, and for the other days I was only playing 15-30 minutes a day. I seemed to be getting steadily better, however. I suspect it is because I was really focusing on targeted practice, working on the different bars carefully. Muscle…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 30/08/2020

Today, I set up my new conductor’s music stand and very optimistically prepped my CG practice corner for a three hour practice session that never happened. This means I’ve so far taken two music rest days and I’m writing this post to shame myself so that I will do three hours tomorrow. In my defense,…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 17/08/2020

I start working with Teacher #4 presumably next week. In the meanwhile, I’ve practicised Preludium by Dowland and Dedicatoria by Guzman so many times that I think I need to work on newer pieces just so I don’t get stuck in a “oh I’m just going to be learning three exam pieces” rut. Even if…

Music Learning Notes (Piano) 17/08/2020

I figured I’d better post here about my piano work as a motivation to keep going. I had a few days off last week, and the week before. And tonight. Surprisingly, when I started playing again over the weekend, I’d gotten better. I think part of this slowness is because I’ve been working on properly…

RIP Julian Bream

A sad day for all classical guitarists who admire this maestro of our beloved instrument. Julian Bream playing the Lute for Stravinsky Serenata EspaƱola by Joaquin Malats Capricho Arabe — F. Tarrega Granada — Isaac Albeniz A Fancy — John Dowland Lute Concerto in D — Antonio Vivaldi The featured picture of Julian Bream is…

Music-Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 14/08/2020

Let’s hold on to the positive vibes. Going to do my best to talk about the journey without talking about the teachers or talking the bare minimum about what I’ve been assigned etc w/out extra info. *deleted stuff here. I need to be more discrete. Stuff I’m learning for my first class with Teacher #4….

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 09/08/2020

Classical Guitar learning has been quite challenging lately. I do have a lot of new books to look at including the Trinity exam book. I think based on my sight-reading and playing for this book I’m squarely a Grade 5, even if I’m shaky on rhythm. For now, updates on what I’ve been learning. Preludium…

Music Learning Notes (Piano) 15/07/2020

Well, it’s high time that my piano learning progress got its own posts. Right now I’ve slowed down a bit on the piano because I only have so many hours in the day and I’m also focusing on the Classical Guitar more. Nevertheless, progress is steadily made and I have more keyboard confidence than in…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 14/07/2020

My Trinity exam sheet music books arrived last week and it was fantastic for my mental/emotional health. My brain fog lifted and I’m back to practising 2-4 hours a day. The downside is that my left hand is starting to hurt again so Tuesday is going to be a music rest day (while I finalise…