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estebanana

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CAUTION TO THOSE WHO ARE TRIGGERED BY CLASSICAL MUSIC PEDAGOGY - Turn back while you still can!



Since spring 2019 I’ve been running a beginner guitar ensemble at our local community center under a ‘life long learning’ course they take during the summer. The students liked it so much they retained me to teach it year round. We took long breaks during the most intense parts of the covid pandemic, but continue to meet as my schedule allows.

Last Saturday we played in the town culture festival and I’m sharing a sample of the music we played. With the exception of one person all the students began guitar for the first time in 2019. Today they are beginning to have a cohesive group sound.

At this point the ensemble has 9 students and myself. Most are retired folks and a few soccer moms, and a guy who’s had stroke that struggles with arm mobility. The guy playing the lead part is not quite perfect, but I let them take the harder parts instead of being the feature player. Over all I’m pleased because they are determined and now thinking about how to get a better guitar sound. This was a good performance for us.

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RE: Bach and forth (in reply to estebanana

I’ll post some photos of the culture festival stage, but the video is too noisy to enjoy and I knew kids would be talking etc. so I threw my iPhone on the floor when we warmed up in a room backstage.

It’s obvi Bach Air on a G





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estebanana

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RE: Bach and forth (in reply to estebanana

This is what we were playing two years ago. My odd little arrangement of Sakura Sakura the Japanese folk song.

I’m taking a 6 week break from teaching the class but next I’m going to introduce a Bach chorale arrangement.




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RE: Bach and forth (in reply to estebanana

Nice! Maybe they can slow down like Yngwie/



Also the tone is good, but maybe try the orange Condes? They bring the duende.

Which Chorale are you gonna arrange?

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I tried to get them to play it at 60 on the metronome, but they said it was too hard, so we practiced at 64 on the metronome for three weeks. Somehow the tempo crept up I felt, but I haven’t timed it yet. They started listening to Xue Fang and her solo version is a bit fast, so they took that as permission…. these students are crafty

I have to look on my computer, one choral I arranged last year and one I downloaded that was free from a guitar teachers website.

There are three players who don’t have good nails, small fingers and hooked soft nails. I’m trying to get an idea of how to teach them to achieve better tone with just flesh fingertips. I took lessons on lute many years ago and I cut my nails for it, but because lute is a double course instrument the way the finger tips need to slice and release is slightly different than how I think single course guitar string tone management should be. I don’t want to cut my nails and work on it though lol 😂

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