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Aim Directed Movement – ADM

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Anyone who plays guitar (especially classical) knows that there isn’t any magical trick or shortcut to better playing.For an decent level of skill you need to practice,practice,practice…But after reading almost any book on the topic of guitar practicing I did find few let’s say Tricks and Tips that really worked and improved playing almost instantaneously.One of them is for sure ADM-Aim Directed Movement (most clearly described in Aron Shearer books ).

Basically it  can be explained in just one sentence:
Always think a little in advance while playing (especially during practice) and clearly visualize on the fretboard the next movement,chord,or whatever comes next.

That means you have to have clear picture in your mind of what comes next,for example,if you just strumming Gmaj and Cmaj ,you should actively visualize G chord while you are playing C chord.This example is trivial and you can see benefit of ADM in such an simple example,but in complex music (like classical,or more difficult chord changes ) benefits of applying this mental technique  is huge. I’ll just list few benefits:

  • Actively imagining what comes next protects you from negative self-talk (what if I make a mistake?Will they notice?Will i look stupid?)
  • Prevents memory leaps because you constantly remind yourself of next part of music.
  • Practicing in such a way reinforce your memorization and you really know the piece (not relaying only on muscle memory and automation,but you really have it in your head)
  • During hard to do changes (big jumps over fretboard,or between tough chords etc..) you actually have more time to prepare your next move.So instead of switching chords in an instant you indeed have few more  tenths of second and that gives you just enough time to smoothly switch chords (or change position,slide or whatever)

Those are just few most obvious benefits.Practicing this aproach will reveal many other smaller benefits,and best of all is that you can notice immediate improvement as soon as you start applying principle of ADM.

To  demonstrate what I mean by “visualize in advance” I made an video using few tricks in video editing software,here it is:

Just some keywords to please Google:

metronome, drum machine, guitar chords and scales ,slowdown music without changing pitch

Segovia makes mistakes too

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I found a mistake in Segovia’s interpretation-it’s pretty big mistake (unwonted note-probably open B string)

See at 1:06 in this video:

My point is-classical guitar is really most dificult instrument to play.I can’t remember even one performance that went without 2-3 errors in playing (performance-I mean recital,4-5 pieces at least).And I have seen many recitals.
On the other side I can’t remember seeing a classical pianist (even violinist) ,making such a obvious mistake

But what you can learn from this video is the following:

If you look in his face you’ll notice that he is completely calm and relaxed,as if it is most natural thing to make errors while performing.So the way he handles unwanted notes/mistakes/errors is what makes him an maestro (among other things)

Few months ago I was at an Classical Guitar festival and there was about 20 great players in 5 days I saw.

They all were great but among them one French guy was really perfect.Anyway he also made few glitches  here and there,but his reaction was awful and hence impression he made was completely ruined,I felt sorry for him though hes performance was by far the best .He made just a small unwanted sound few times,and every single time it was accompanied with his face turning into painful grimace  like one stubbed knife in his back.

Conclusion is,train yourself to not overreact (or best -not react at all) to mistakes you made.Anyway,most people will never notice little imperfections in your playing ,but making ugly or painful face when mistake occurs will just highlight it.

And just few keywords for my products to fool Google to think it’s all about metronomes amd stuff 🙂 Just skip next lines…

guitar scales software,chord diagrams,software drum machine ,midi to audio converter

Bloging? Why not…

Monday, May 10th, 2010

OK…It was about time to take some action towards getting better Goggle page ranks (meaning better place in search results-meaning more close to the top of the first page meaning…)
And consequently that should result in more page visits,downloads and as a paramount more sales.(because I sell my software products, you know)
Now,It’s not that it’s my only reason for starting bloging,but it is main reason.On the other hand ,for me it wouldn’t be enough so I had to figure out few more reasons and here they are listed:
(Just word of caution-it’s not that I don’t have to say anything but its really not something that would be of interest for general public…)

  1. Having troubles for years now with my poor rank in Google results (and I say Google not because I intend to neglect other engines,but because in other ones ,like Bing or Yahoo I’m pretty well placed)
    I finally decided to do something and as they say “content is king” on the Internet. I’ll try it and we’ll see..
  2. Second reason even more important ,might be, is my English.As a non native speaker (which is not hard to deduce scanning trough my pages) daily practice is really necessary,so writing something little every day could really bust my skills in that area.
  3. Third ,I was always interested in trying everything computer/Internet related so I guess knowing how does WordPress and other blog-stuff work can’t hurt at least
  4. There are few more good reasons which I can’t think of right now..I’ll add them later if they come to mindOK,I’m a little lazy when it comes to concrete jobs,so I’m using an technique I invented to force my self to do various things.Here is what I do often (and right now as I type this letters):
    I set my stop watch for 5 min. interval. Than I start writing and I write only for 5 minutes. If I got bored that’s it.At least I have something small to publish.If I’m OK than I repeat the process.
    This post is written in 15 minutes,and that’s enough I think.

    And final thing,- I’ll just randomly write down keywords related to my software products thorough the posts,so Google could work it out what’s it all about. Of course there isn’t much to say about software metronome and other products but…you know…It’s 21 century,and according to Google you have to have something to say (something means 100+ pages here) about anything…Or…you know,Google will not love you…

    So here are the keywords,you can skip remaining text:

    Software metronome,guitar scales software,guitar chords diagrams,print scales,software drum machine,midi converter…