What should we strive to convey when we are playing a piece of music? A good place to start would be to be sympathetic to the composer's original intentions. Ultimately though, the music should be about communication and we should aim to move the listener in some way.
In this video the example I use is 'Angel's Chant' by Bertrand Groeger.
The melodic line, the tune, is what we remember about a piece of music - locating and separating it out from the harmony and bass in a guitar score can be a challenge, but essential.
Once the rhythm has been established, we must isolate the melody and if the music is played without making connections between the notes of the melody, the music will lack form and coherence.
Our time is precious and ideally we need to perfect a piece without wasting any time. This video looks at a very useful way to approach problem passages.
The examples are sections from 'Un Día De Noviembre' by Leo Brouwer.
"...more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules!"