Post by Curmudgeon
My opinion FWIW - there is such a thing as talent. This girl can't have been playing for more than a few years,
That is quite an assumption on which to base such a significant judgment. It is in these little intellectual areas that the myth of talent foments. Your assumptions seem very reasonable to most, but do you have any real way to know this? Please don't mistake this as an attack on your intellect, but give the facts a little thought.<
Where are your facts, evidence, informations,and particulars ? You have asserted it's his "assumption and significant judgment."
She is playing it at about 108 on the metronome. Kevin posted one of his kids playing it at about 120. Professionals are currently pushing 160 and beyond.<
She's 12 years old!!!! At 12 years old you were still chasing popsicle trucks. She most likely CAN play it much faster but elects to play it within her total control. She also plays better than any of your students!!!
Why could almost nobody do it 40 years ago? Where was their talent?<
40 years ago there were but a handful of "Professionals" (your word) and look at what they recorded, Milan Pavans, Dowland, V-L Etude #1, Gasper Sanz, Bach, and little doo-dads except for Bream and Segovia.
In large part Americans didn't have a clue other than what they found at the record store or was mentioned in Guitar Review.
What kids were doing on bikes, motorcycles and skateboards was nothing compared to what's being done today. . .absolutely nothing!
40 years ago was 1973 we had the Senate Watergate Committee was on tv everyday, we had Wounded Knee in South Dakota,
the town of Antelope, California blew up and ceased to exist, the war in Vietnam ended, Secretariat won the trifecta, and Argentine Peronist Hector Campora became president in their Dirty Little War.
All of that may mean less than nothing to you but this will. The next time you fill up (if you can afford it) your car with gas remember, it was 40 years ago we had the first oil crisis. Gas went to 40 cents a gallon, when you COULD buy it!!!
40 years ago the Villa-Lobos Etudes were a big deal and everyone (who was anyone) studied them after the 20 studies by Sor (Segovia Green book.) Since I was sick of hearing everyone's V-L studies and why I recall all this so well is it was in 1973, 40 years ago, I first began the Francisco Mignone "Twelve Etudes for Guitar" Etude # 2 which is twice as long and interesting, imo, as V-L etude 2...if you've got the velocity, is nothing but a rush. If you want something to lay back and play Mignone etudes 2 and 5 will do it.
Where is the talent for these studies first published in 1970? Still stuck in Villa-Lobos. Haven't we heard just about enough of them yet? Get real, it's 12 year old student fodder these days if you've got the skills, talent, know how, CAN make yourself work and have the wit to find resources to allow you the time and freedom for ART. In the future it will be the trust fund kids who can afford to seriously study the CG, or fritter away their day's and night's as they please.
Think of that EVERY time you fill up the tank, Little Buckaroo.