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Private Lesson Update...

27 Nov 2011 2:57 PM | Homer G Ladas (Administrator)
Well it's been a few months now and I've had about 7 or 8 online bandoneon lessons.  My teacher's name is Aude.  She's very good at using the full potential of Skype to communicate her thoughts and also to monitor/support my progress.  I've learned a lot of little details that I was never aware of.  It's really amazing how subtle some of the material can be but how it can make a huge difference in my playing.  

To be honest with you, thought, I'm happy I had over a year to 'just play' with my bandoneon developing.  Now I can really compare (hear and feel) the differences as I adapt new (proper) playing techniques.

I'll keep folks posted on my progress...right now I can only say that I need many more hours of refinement (playing scales, learning how to use the bellows - including general air control, open to close transitions, dynamics, staccato vs legato, etc).  And for the time being Aude seems to always open a new door of understanding with every lesson!

Hugs, Homer ;)


  • 27 Nov 2011 3:07 PM | Homer G Ladas (Administrator)
    ps. I also had an enlightening bando maintenance and repair session with a tango friend Mathew. Mathew has been obsessed with taking apart and repairing bandoneons for almost a year now. He showed me so many things that I was never aware of. Many ideas that I can perform on my own. I've resisted the temptation to do a lot of work on my bandoneon but now I feel more confident in proceeding down this path. I'm currently looking for a musician's grade fixer-uper that I can work on and bring to a reasonable playing condition. This will be my second in-line and also a useful learning exercise before I dive into higher maintenance and repair of my main AA.
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