NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!
Happy New Year to the whole tonebase Guitar community!
As much we may love the guitar, it’s not so easy to set goals and stay committed to realizing them over the course of a year… at least, it’s not so easy to do this alone, which is how I often try (and fail) to undertake such goals.
That’s why I’ve created this thread. Here is a place for anyone and everyone in the tonebase community to come up with your individual guitar-related New Year’s resolutions and support each other in our efforts to realize them.
- Make a post below to announce your guitar-goals for the new year,
- over the coming days, weeks, and months, use the sub-thread of your own post to keep us all updated on your progress (videos encouraged!)
- and in the meantime, scroll through to read each other’s resolutions and click “reply” to offer advice or words of encouragement.
- Please try to keep conversations within sub-threads, and only make a single new post to share your resolutions. This will help keep the mega-thread clean so we can navigate more easily and check in on each other.
- Keep in mind that there are people of all ages and ability levels in the tonebase community, so if you’re one of the more advanced ones don’t gloat about it, and if you’re a novice don’t be shy.
- If you don’t want to share your goals, you’re still welcome to comment on other members’ thread.
- I will go first! Lately, I have been very occupied with teaching and recording, but from February on I will be able to dedicate more time to my personal projects. I recently found an old concert program of mine, which included pieces like the Grand Ouverture by Giuliani, multiple solo pieces by Barrios and Mertz, BWV 997, Torroba's Sonatina and Regondi's Introduction et Caprice.
- I resolve to re-visit old pieces and discover new pieces, alternating every month to build a solo concert repertoire.
- I resolve to have at least 30min of concert repertoire ready by the end of the year
- To get there, I resolve to practice the piece a minimum of 30 minutes every weekday.
- I commit to mindful practice, enjoying playing the piece slowly and carefully and always listening.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! LET'S GO!
Nice initiative! I spent this last day of 2022 (such a painful year this was!) without touching my guitar and
1) I promise myself to allow one day of the week like that, and be confident that my technique will not suffer from that relaxation.
2) I promise also to keep always a 30 minute or so repertoire more or less ready-for-concert and prepare not more than 2 new pieces at the time to bring them up to performance level. If I have more time I can read through some new repertoire or relearn/ revise old repertoire,
3) Be less ambitious (don’t try to play so many different pieces, just because everyone is playing them) , but at the same time be more ambitious (learn longer and more challenging pieces, just because they are meaningful to me) it’s all about making the right choices, by far not the easiest task….
Wishing you all an inspiring 2023
Happy new guitar-year everybody.
I am a noodler who uses guitar play much to relaxation and sort of meditation from a busy work and family life and I often take many days without guitar and then a binge a couple of days a months often hurting my hands. I will not be able to really change these bad habits by now.
Resolutions will help me focus more though, I hope, because I usually reach my goals when I have spoken them out (gloat?), usually more later than sooner.
Record , satisfactory to me:
- EntireTurina Sonata op61 , preferably in one shot
- In a sentimental Mood , Ellington , arr Vieaux
- Gracias a la vida, Parra , arr E Sowiecz
Aim to record
- Fantasia, R Gerhard
Focus more on technique, there are so many excellent courses , and 14 days challenges on Tonebase. Starting on
- Improve my fast scale playing , try AMI , Matt Palmer
Lookin forward to hear your progress and fulfillment of resolutions in the new year
I want to be more relaxed and more content, and yes, I am always practising, I never just play, that I want to change. I made a little collection of 5-6 peaces just to play from the score or to refresh and among those there is one peace I am learning or studying. I have now a bundle of such collections(9) and after working on my peace, I just play some of those peaces out of this collection to have myself a nice evening. The peaces I study are in some of these collections so that they appear in several combinations. I am with Eric, I want to enjoy the playing and not be so hard and critical about it. And I want to make all the lessons on tonebase I bookmarked, but as I am working, I will need Lifetime, so I took tonebase for lifetime;-)
I wish you all a happy and healthy new year and lots of fun making or listening to music
The past year has been very rewarding for me as far as the guitar is concerned and I really appreciate the community that Tonebase has created and all the great lessons and challenges they offer.
As far as my new year's resolution, mine is as follows:
1. Continue to average at least two and half hours per day of focused practicing.
2. Improving my technique through working on Carlevaro's School of Guitar and taking advantage of many of the Tonebase lessons.
3. Master to the best of my ability Abel Carlevaro's "Intoduccion y Capricho" and Astor Piazzolla's "Adios Nonino" arranged by Agustin Carlevaro.
4. And my biggest challenge is to attempt Abel Carlevaro's most important solo guitar piece, his guitar sonata "Cronomias."
Have a happy and healthy New Year!
Happy New Year 2023 everyone! May this new year bring you a lot of health and happiness from inside or outside the guitar world.
My New Year resolution:
1. To play La Catedral Allegro Solemn fluently and with musicality at 107 bpm. Right now I am at around <100bpm
2. To play Recuerdos de la Alhambra at 110-115bpm with ease, no tension. Right now I am ~100-105bpm
3. To learn 4 new pieces
4. To compose 3 new pieces of my own.