Practice Diary 2023 - Jim King
I am starting this practice diary so I may record videos of myself of various pieces that I am working on for others to view and comment. I look forward to receiving your comments for my improvement.
By way of background, I first learned to play guitar in the summer of 1968 through a summer program offered by our local school board during for students going into grade 7 or 8. That summer I decided to take up guitar. The program provided group lessons provided over 20 days. By the end I could play a few open chords. I messed around with that on my own for a few years, never advancing beyond those open chords. After that, life got in the way and I stopped playing.
Now, jump ahead to my retirement in 2020. Decided that with retirement and the pandemic that I would pick up the guitar again. I followed a subscription program over the internet and learned to play again. In 2022, through the program I was using, I developed a liking for playing classical music. So, in November 2022, I joined Tonebase. Since then I have completed both of the beginner courses and some of the level 1 material. I am also working on the level 2 material now. Also, within the last month (July 2023) I have found Bradford Werner's site where he has a program for teaching classical guitar. I am finding that his material is helping me with various techniques.
Here are my first videos that I have posted anywhere.
The first video is Sicilienne composed by Matteo Carcassi. I learned this one a little while ago but have revived it since I finally had the nerve to post videos.
The second video is Prelude in E Minor composed by Aaron Shearer. I just learned this one and seemed to be able to pick it up quickly.
The third video is Landslag I composed by Gulli Bjornsson. I started working on this one a while ago but then put it away as I stopped making any progress. I have started playing again recently and been seeing some improvement.
All three of these pieces still need some work, but I thought I would share warts and all.