Hello Guitar Friends These are the two little pieces I worked on this past month…I’m still quite clumsy using thumb to pick the bass strings (such a pity it doesn’t sound much legato there, it will), as I’ve focused on alternating i/m for all this time, but…hey I’ve started playing two voices pieces now and i/m still can alternate almost on autopilot on the melody line even if thumb gets in the way!
I usually share my CG progress on my Learning Log, but I’m posting this also here to celebrate with all of you who always are so supportive! …Cheers
Following below…for those who like reading and might be interested in the subject of how I finally made up my mind to get into Classical Guitar…and for those only, index finger being already defined as pointer for its function and the time being ripe for a well deserved and legit dictionary definition as "downscroller" - really, don’t read it, it’s too long!
Learning Classical Guitar in my 40s…no, it’s not been the easiest decision to take…
…you know they say the right hand technique is so difficult, and…Music Standard Notation…and…and bla bla bla…
Given the level of self-doubt with my Acoustic Guitar learning and the struggles to detect and eradicate bad habits strongly rooted in the past…and this perceiving in myself a difficulty to focus on playing (even strumming a simple 3 chords song from start to finish seemed an arduous undertaking!)…rationally speaking learning the Classical Guitar was not an idea that I even dared to think of!
Rhythm strumming guitar was progressing and yet so challenging, my fingerpicking sounded at least sweeter to my ear and while I put a lot of commitment in it in January 2022, after rethinking a lot of Justin’s Food for Thought and making my own “I CAN” list, I finally decided to have a try at Fur Elise; the result far from being perfect very much pleased my own self and only a couple of months later I was learning an easy arrangement of Bhrams’ Lullaby…and also that one turned out to please my ear and my soul immensely! Nevertheless in both cases I couldn’t play confidently without mistakes… I know I do look very confident in Fur Elise’s video…eh I was cheating and just “playing the Classical Guitarist”! Yes I felt like there was a baby musician in me! I knew my fingers needed more solid criteria to pick through the strings, I knew I lacked technique and knowledge.
The idea of starting a structured learning, if it even crossed my mind, I wasn’t fully aware of it. But I more and more listened to Classical Guitar pieces, felt more and more inspired and more and more I was fascinated by those elegant dots on the staves!
You know Justin’s Food for Thought about being Standard Notation worth learning? Why some food is so hard to digest?! - I apologise Teacher, if you’re by chance reading this, I didn’t like that lesson then, but be assured that I’ m very grateful for it now! - I wouldn’t doubt Justin’s teaching and yet I couldn’t help enjoying my innacurate attempts at writing those dots down…what to take from that lesson? I trusted him and his experience and wanted to follow his teaching…but how? The answer was only one, and Justin repeats it a few times in the lesson, I had it in front of my eyes and yet I couldn’t see it…
In the meanwhile I was following a 50 hours course on Emotional Intelligence for my job and as soon as the Neurosciences explanation of our Amigdala’s role in learning was mentioned anything about my inclinations and struggles made sense…that getting stuck in my strumming with no rational reason, like feeling frozen all of a sudden and…oohhh my being so fascinated by those Standard Notation Notes and my marked inclination for melodies over rhythm…I was bewildered, both positevely and negatively; but I had cried enough tears already…awh that old nasty story, not again! I had already learned to be indulgent to myself for my weaknesses and now it was time to acknowledge where my streghts did come from…and I found myself overwhelmed by that deep sense of well-being I used to experience when I was a little girl playing her recorder at school, when
the Music Teacher used to praise my playing so much. It’s worth mentioning also that the inspiration from listening to and watching Ana Vidovic’ s playing reached such a level that…yes I just couldn’t help it anymore and I surrended to the blasting enthusiasm to start.
It was July 1rst last year, when the courier delivered the Classical Guitar Method Books series I had carefully chosen, and I thought " Teacher! The lesson is learned!" That’s how it is…Justin’s lessons are so often making me question and investigate and lead me to a better understanding of… my own self!
Now this post is already too long and I’m sure there’s no need to dwell on how fully engaged and happy I am with my Classical Guitar as I’m sure you already know!