Another great week on on the classical guitar blogs. Lots of good stuff on teaching, listening, and interpretation. Also a great interview!
The Guitar Salon blog posted an interview with Jason Vieaux. My favorite part is towards the end, where Jason talks about using color. “Using color not in a random way, but to highlight structure. So for me using color on the guitar and form and structure are very much linked together.” I a big believer in this approach to using color — much more effective than random usage.
Nick Cutroneo gives some advice on how a parent can help during a child’s music lesson and during practicing. Nick is a Suzuki guitar teacher, and he knows a ton about teaching young children. This is an extremely complete article that covers everything from in lesson involvement to how the parent should help with their students music practice at home.
William Bajzek reminds us that you have to really listen. Too often we get sucked into the passive listening void (do you have music playing in the background right now?), and that can really carry over to your practicing. This is a crucial point. You have to really listen (and record yourself) to improve. So what sort of habits are you developing by passively listening to everything?
Steven Thachuk outlines how recordings influence his interpretation of the Ponce Sonata Romantica. Since the urtext edition of this piece was only recently made available, most recordings are of the Segovia edited Sonata Romantica. What does that mean for interpretation? How does your perception, as influenced by recordings, have to change to deal with the differences in the manuscript version? These are issues that Steven addresses.