Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 28/10/2020

It seems like I’m afflicted by music-related doubt demons on a weekly basis and I have to crawl out of it on hands and feet. Every week. But last week’s was particularly bad. Possibly because of lockdown, possibly because of carbs reduction which have had me consistently hungry and occasionally hypoglycaemic. But also this: I…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 25/10/2020

Been in a bit of music-learning slump. Haven’t been able to practice as much as I wanted because am catching up on my coursework and various deadlines. Recording videos for class, grappling with the online teaching content management systems which keep crashing on me etc. Still! Managed to get some things done. I swear, some…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 17/10/2020

Well, I’m eschewing social media for the rest of the month (hopefully longer, too much to do and I’m wasting so much time. On the other hand, it does help me feel less isolated, hmm), so I’m going to be babbling more about my music-learning here, I suppose. These thoughts and feels have to go…

Music Learning Notes (Classical Guitar) 28/09/2020

I had two days of rest from classical guitar, mostly because I injured my toe badly on Friday and the pain was so acute nothing was possible. I feared a fracture. It was so bad I was whimpering and crying for most of the night and by Saturday morning had to get off my usual…

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 (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…

Sunday Matinee 16/08/2020 — Julian Bream Showcase

For this Sunday, I’m curating a mix of full concerts and shorter pieces by the late Julian Bream, since the classical guitar community around the world are collectively still mourning his demise. The feature picture is by S. Hurok, concert promoter/photographer, New York and is in the public domain. Sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

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) 14/07/2020

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…

Saturday Soiree 11/07/2020

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Elegie by Sergei Rachmaninoff Giovanni Sollima & Solisti Aquilani, Concerto in Sol maggiore per violoncello e archi G.480 by Luigi Boccherini Alisa Weilerstein, Amorarmor by Osvaldo Golijov Eleanor Kelly, Dedicatoria by Carmen Guzman Did a quick play-through of Carmen Guzman‘s Dedicatoria from the Trinity Grade 5 2020-2023 exam book earlier. Found it lovely,…

Music Learning Notes 08/07/2020

The past few weeks have been an uphill slog, music practice-wise. The horrible online stuff suffered dulled my brain to the extent that I was barely able to think straight, let alone play guitar. That, plus the hand injury set me back a few weeks. I’ve just been working on those to focus on the…