There has been a severe lack of posts in the last few weeks. I’ve been giving a few solo recitals (along with a guitar duo performance thrown in) and traveling a lot to do doctoral auditions. Things will be quieter in a few weeks, and The Classical Guitar Blog with back to normal.
In the meantime, here’s some things that have been on my mind:
- People need to play easier music. A good repertoire selection will have some hard stuff, and some easy. Trying to put together an entire program of hard music is not the best way to get better at guitar.
- I’d rather listen to easy music played well than hard music played badly.
- It’s all about the legato. Music is about lines, and we need to connect them. Just because the guitar can make nice pointallistic stabs of sound does not mean we should do it all the time. Always try for a legato sound as your default (unless the music says otherwise, of course).
- Don’t learn interpretation later. It’s like learning two different pieces, and people spend too much time just, “getting in their fingers.” It’s no surprise, then, that a bad, uninterpreted version is the one that comes out on stage.
- Everyone needs to spend less time on scales and more time arpeggios. Seriously. Most of our stuff is arpeggio like in texture. That said, don’t neglect those scales completely.
- A smile and a good moment of poise can make a performance. Master those two things and your stage deportment goes to a new level.
What’s on your mind?