Duo Siquiera Lima (Cecilia Siquiera and Fernando de Lima) caught my attention while looking for duets to play with my sons. Here they are playing Handel’s Chaconne in G major.
And, if you have time to witness more extraordinary playing, this video culminates with the 3rd movement of Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Suite.
I was fortunate to see French guitarist Thibault Cauvin play in San Francisco years ago during a competition (which he won). At the time, he was a very young and already a very fine musician with ample technique. What set him apart from the other competitors was his ability to move energy through his guitar with an intensity that was palpable.
This wonderful video comes via the Paris Guitar Foundation. It provides a great collage of Thibault’s activities and has footage of some great playing.
I came across this wonderful video of Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano, Dr. John Mortensen. Watch his video if you want his reasoning behind the list below. And, while I don’t think it’s possible to all of these ten things every day, he really makes a good point about composing and improvising. This is something I rarely do. : (
- Listen and study scores.
- Sight read every day. Shoot for 20 minutes a day.
- Read about music. Biographies, histories, etc…
- Go to concerts.
- Record yourself and critique.
- Guard your practice time.
- Practice scales and arpeggios in all keys.
- Improvise and compose all the time.
- Attack your weaknesses.
- Discuss music with other musicians.