MAK­ING THE GRADE

Guitar Techniques - - TALK BACK - Nick Ce­balo

I’ve been avidly pur­chas­ing your mag ev­ery month since the first CD edi­tion. Al­though it’s al­ways been great, I’m par­tic­u­larly en­am­oured with what Bridget’s go­ing to have in store each month, and I have a wee sug­ges­tion based on dif­fi­culty rat­ing.

I have a grow­ing col­lec­tion of ‘mod­er­ate’ pieces which fairly rep­re­sents my clas­si­cal abil­ity at present. What to prac­tise for max­i­mum ben­e­fit first then? Would it be pos­si­ble to in­clude a grad­ing for each piece, 1-8? Some pieces, I’ve found, are def­i­nitely ‘more mod­er­ate’ than oth­ers and maybe this might of­fer me and oth­ers a bet­ter way of group­ing them and ap­proach­ing them in an or­der for per­sonal study if I know that ‘this one’ is a Grade 3 and ‘that one’ is a Grade 5. Per­haps this could be ex­tended to other ar­eas than just clas­si­cal as well? Just a thought and won­der­ing what say you on this idea?

To be hon­est, Nick, I think the fault is ours. We do put an abil­ity rat­ing next to ev­ery ar­ti­cle, but I’m be­gin­ning to sus­pect that, be­tween all of us here that check these things, we’ve man­aged to let Bridget’s slip through the net. Some of hers are def­i­nitely harder than mod­er­ate, and oth­ers eas­ier. We do usu­ally dou­ble-check these things, as some of the con­trib­u­tors un­der­es­ti­mate some­thing’s dif­fi­culty for mor­tals like us, so for now we’ll leave things as they are but be a lit­tle more on the ball as re­gards Bridget’s col­umn.

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