At times, people who are studying music seem to judge themselves on the complexity of the music being learned. As music listeners, we, more often than not, could not care less about the complexity of a piece of music. Nima Abbasi’s performance of Carlo Domeniconi’s “Klangbild 24” reminds me of the importance of enjoying the moment when somebody is performing. I trust that you will enjoy his interpretation of what to me is a piece of music that has timeless beauty. It is “one-take Domeniconi”, which is not “a thing” yet but still possibly could be! I look forward to making more videos for his “one-take” interpretations recorded during these pandemic times.
Once a train leaves a station, it moves along at its own pace. I have found classical guitarists of all ages make significant progress once they “leave the station” and move in a direction that helps them help themselves. I hope that makes some sense of the train in the video.
As I mentioned previously, the changing circumstances of the past year led me to make some changes to my own skill set. I had noted that I never had done anything in terms of using my creative energy to produce videos. Relying on others to do so for Globe Educational Services with varying degrees of success did not help students at Globe Educational Service, which is a decision I made in very different circumstances compared to those of 2021. I see students working so hard on music daily. I wondered for a while what I could do in terms of adding some new ways of helping them with their creativity and sharing their efforts with you. I decided to learn how to use Blender, which is an open source program used for animation and video editing, in response to the needs of students. I am pleased to be able to feature a student performance on this website for the first time It does not seem likely that there will be any in-person performances this year so please enjoy this presentation of Chicago Style Blues (for Gary Gontier) composed by William Beauvais and performed by Matthew Yang.
The changing circumstances of the past year led me to make some changes to my own skill set. I had never done anything in terms of using my creative energy to produce videos. I had relied on others to do so for Globe Educational Services with varying degrees of success. When I see students working so hard on music, I wonder what I can do in terms of adding some new ways of helping students with their creativity becoming part of the larger canvas of society. I decided to learn how to use Blender, which is an open source program used for animation and video editing, in response to the needs of students. Moving forward, I will be featuring student performances on this website with videos produced by Globe Educational Services. It does not seem likely that there will be any in-person performances this year so having students be able to work toward recording and having a video for their ongoing efforts might be a distant second but for now it will suffice.
Being a professional English language and literature educator who has worked on nearly every continent dovetailed nicely with my being a professional musician and classical guitarist so I decided to write a number scripts for videos regarding a search for unknown guitarists who change the world, which is how I spent my days off abroad most of the time for a couple decades. The journey begins!
Globe Educational Services Channel on YouTube has published its final presentation in a three-part discussion of performance anxiety focusing on guitarists (musicians) beginning their learning journeys.
As mentioned previously, students identified performance anxiety as a trouble spot in regard to their learning how to play guitar. The video embedded below was made to help students understand some aspects of during-the-performance anxiety. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Globe Educational Services so we can help you be the guitarist everybody listens to.
Students have mentioned performance anxiety as a trouble spot even while preparing for daily practice. The video embedded below was made to help students understand some aspects of pre-performance anxiety. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Globe Educational Services so we can help you be the guitarist everybody listens to.
Aspiring musicians often have many questions that are answered, but the answers are soon forgotten due to the cognitive load of learning new skills that are in need of becoming part of procedural memory. John Williams, classical guitarist, discusses his early years of studying guitar. The “thirty-minute practice time” resonates with me and my early years of learning an instrument. It is crucial to learn to practice in a manner that allows an aspiring musician to move forward.
Any discussion of guitar seems a bit empty without discussing its role in popular music. Much else is discussed in this part of the interview, but what catches my attention is listening to John Williams discern how classical guitar, its European tradition to be more specific, differs from guitar traditions in other parts of the world.
Dance is critical to understand how to play music from many countries and different time periods. In a future post, I will cite some sources for people interested in the fascinating connections between dance and music. For now, I hope that John Williams discussing the connections will pique your interest in the subject enough to consider learning some new dances!
Helping aspiring guitarists to learn to practice at a microscopically slow pace while watching their movements in order to become comfortable before playing fast is something that needs to be emphasized over and over or else progress becomes much slower as pieces of music become more difficult. John Williams also discusses the metronome, which some aspiring guitarists view as an enemy. It really isn’t!
As Monday will be quite busy, I want to wish everybody a wonderful Family Day (2020 version) in advance. It certainly is pleasant to have a holiday in February. Although it is the shortest month of the year, it can, at times, feel rather long when the cold really sets in. The magic guitar of Sabicas will, I trust, make a difference this month as well.