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0:00 - Andrei performs “Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios” 5:55 - Tension

  • Being “unmusical” to release tension
  • The “Poker Face"
  • “We tense up when we’re in a hurry"

9:55 - Shifting

  • Left hand is an “elevator"
  • “Windshield wipers” shifting practice technique
  • Move as slowly as possible and you’ll get there faster...

14:20 - Practice in front of a mirror
17:00 - Breaking down complex parts when shifting
19:49 - “Forward Motion” (Phrasing)

  • “Rainbow” phrasing & dynamics
  • Feeling of “stop and go” like in a car

20:45 - Thinking in longer phrases

  • “Lagrima” as an example
  • Black and White movies - slower vs faster pace

22:55 - Dissecting phrases of “Una Limosna…”

  • Choose where to begin/end phrase
  • Choose longer vs shorter phrases

27:23 - Wyatt plays Villa-Lobos, Prelude 1
32:45 - Solving Technical Challenges

  • Break it down to 2 points
  • The Brain vs the Fingers
  • Actors working out their lines

40:25 - Don’t mix up the “licks” in this piece

  • Bring out the bass melody

42:30 - Record yourself and read along with music
43:00 - B-Section

  • Play like a Computer
  • “Don’t have to play slow, but let’s start with what’s easy"

53:35 - Rodrigo plays “Danza Altiplano” by Leo Brouwer
1:00:00 - Find threshold pace
1:07:25 - Hemiola rhythm

  • 3/4 vs 6/8 feel

1:11:00 - Careful Phrasing

  • Match tempos at beginning
  • Decide where to put the accents

1:18:00 - Fraser plays Original Composition
1:22:00 - General composition advice
1:25:40 - Using fragments & sequences to enhance piece and create new ideas
1:27:20 - Using different rhythmic textures

  • Adding scalar runs over chord changes

1:31:00 - Composing without the guitar