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!
It has been a pleasure to start teaching classical guitar in St. Marys, Ontario. Many thanks to the community for its support of classical guitar music, fingerstyle guitar playing, and flamenco guitar as well . If we haven’t met yet, it is only a matter of time until we do in lovely downtown, or near the Little Falls, or at a game on a Friday night.
It’s time to warm up. No, this link is not about baseball, but it is about warming up before starting into other parts of a successful practice session. It is a useful reference for making practice much more effective.
Guitar courses this summer have been most successful for students in terms of reaching the goals students set for themselves. The upcoming year will, I hope, be a success for all those who worked so hard over the summer.