April Student of the Month - Yedida Wiener

April Student of the Month: Yedida Wiener
Teacher: James Robert Lowe
Instrument: Guitar

"THE HARDEST PART IS GETTING YOURSELF TO JUST SIT DOWN AND DO IT, SO JUST FORCE YOURSELF TO DO THAT PART AND PRACTICING WILL HAPPEN."

Congratulations to our April 2015 Student of the Month, Yedida! She was nominated by her teacher, James Lowe, because: “Yedida has made incredible progress lately – every time we work on a new piece of music I pick something more difficult thinking she might have a hard time. Then she comes back the next week and blows me away by how well she can play it. Whether is notes high on the fretboard, barre chords, fast tempo, or rhythmic complexity, she always tackles the work with intelligence and grace. ”

When did you begin guitar lessons at BSM?
I’ve been taking for about 1 ½ years.

What do you enjoy most about taking music lessons?
Playing is relaxing.

What’s you favorite thing about BSM?
I like that it’s a relaxed atmosphere, but teachers still challenge their students to become better musicians.

What made you decide to take guitar?
The soft sound.

What do you like most about playing the guitar? 
That it’s relaxing – I also like the feel of the instrument

What’s the easiest part of playing the guitar? 
Finding the notes on the guitar.

What’s most difficult part of playing the guitar?
Learning the correct fingering.

What’s your favorite piece you’ve played in lessons?
“Mary Hamilton,” Peter Hudson

What has been your favorite musical experience at BSM?
Julian Gray masterclass (BSM note: check out our summary and images of the Julian Gray Master Class!)

You recently played in the guitar masterclass – what was that experience like? And how might it have helped you to grow as a musician and student of guitar?
It was a little scary at first because I was nervous, but then it ended up being lots of fun. It challenged me to play in front of an audience which usually makes me quite nervous.

What was the most important thing you took away from the masterclass?
Mr. Gray explained different ways to approach pieces when practicing – i.e. don’t have to play through full bars all the time, break pieces down into smaller sections.

Would you have any tips for other people taking guitar lessons?
Practice!

Do you have any advice for people about how to practice at home?
The hardest part is getting yourself to just sit down and do it, so just force yourself to do that part and practicing will happen.

What do you like about classical music?
It is a very “charismatic” genre of music.

Who is your favorite composer?
Right now, Mauro Giuliani – I recently played a Giuliani piece that I enjoyed.