Week 2: Forgotten Favorites!

Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of "Unfinished Business" practice challenge! 

  1. Choose an piece that you have started to practice but never fully commited to finish. It could be a an iconic masterpiece, a technical challenge, a sweet little miniature or a piece that you played a long time ago and always wanted to refresh! You're encouraged to experiment with pieces from composers you're not accustomed to or push your boundaries with a technically demanding work. 🎼
  2. Commit to regular practice and share your journey with the community. Aim to practice daily and upload at least two videos per week to showcase your progress. This will not only aid in keeping you dedicated and motivated but also enables you to share your musical journey with our tonebase family. 🎥
  3. Share your favorite piece or recording that you always wanted to learnm but is still "unfinished business". Your submission will serve as inspiration for others and construct a vibrant repertoire of potential pieces for fellow members to explore. 🎧

↓ Happy Sharing! ↓

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    • Barney
    • Barney
    • 11 mths ago
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    I'm starting to learn Valses Poeticos, which consists of an Introduction and 8 parts.  I looked at this great piece a long while back, but never concentrated on learning it.  Here is status of the beginning (at slow tempo) and 1st waltz.  I intend to work on the entire piece, but not sure how many parts I can post in the next few weeks.  I'll give it a go.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 11 mths ago
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      Barney This is beautiful, Barney, both the piece and your playing. This must be a monumental undertaking but I have no doubt you will master it I your usual impeccable style.

      BTW, there seems to be some issues with your recording (microphone perhaps).

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    • Barney An incredible start to some very beautiful and challenging music!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 11 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric!

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    • Barney Excellent choice!  I love this suite of Valses and it seems to be very much in your style of play and fits your tone perfectly.

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 11 mths ago
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      Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!   What issues are you hearing in the recording  (at what time codes), so I can check it out?  Aprreciate you bringing it to my attention.

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 11 mths ago
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      Dale Needles Thanks Dale!

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    • Barney what a great start on this monumental work! Can't wait to hear your progress in the next weeks, and about the audio issues they seem to start around 2:02 and for a few times after, at least for me.

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      Blaise Laflamme martin Thanks Blaise!  I sometimes get those audio cracking/artifacts, but don't know why.  The buffer size on my Focusrite  Scarlett 2i2 is set at 512.  Any idea how to easily fix the problem?

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    • Barney great start, Barney. This set of pieces is very difficult. The opening introduction not the easiest. You’re doing great so far. There are also so many details to work on. This piece will keep you busy for far over the time set for this challenge. I’m very much looking forward to following your progress in this fantastic project. 

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      joosje Thanks Joosje!  It may be too ambitious, but I'm going to try to learn as many of the pieces as possible (to get under my fingers) , so that I can work on mastering them over a much longer time period.  You're right -- many of them are more difficult than expected.

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    • Barney never got this kind of artifacts, my setup has less devices in the chain... do you use a good powerbar to power your interface and computer, also the provided USB cables (or good ones)?

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      Blaise Laflamme I think the cables and power strip are okay, but need to check further.  Thanks!

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    • Barney sounds like static sounding artifact... are you well grounded at home! 😅

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      Blaise  possible grounding issue...not sure.  I have an electrician coming to do some work soon.  I will ask them about it.  thanks!

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 10 mths ago
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      Barney Sorry for the slow response to your question, but Blaise Laflamme picked it up, which is good because he is much more familiar with recording than I am.

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      • don
      • don.2
      • 10 mths ago
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      Barney this is such beautiful music. First time I heard it was during the lockdown and Kyuhee Park (probably out of boredom) posted this playing from home.

      Really keen to see the end result. Thanks for sharing!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      don I agree Don.  This piano work by Granados is wonderful and a nice challenge for us guitarists. I like the way Kyuhee Park plays it and her sound.  Thanks for watching!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 10 mths ago
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      Jack Stewart No problem Jack.  I appreciate you guys letting me know, so I can check into it.  Thanks!

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  • Sor – Andante Op 45 No 5 (July 12)

    Okay, I went a whole week of this challenge without posting any Sor. Well, that changes today. (No mocking me!)

    This is a piece that I remember trying to play maybe two or three years ago. I got stuck on the repeat of the A section (with Sor’s typical fast flourishes) as well as the coda a bit, and so I dropped it. Today, when I started working on it, it was a good feeling to see that, while those sections are not easy, they are certainly within my grasp with some practice. It was a good confirmation that I have actually progressed in the last few years.

    This video is after about an hour of practice. It's still a little slow. The fingerings are pretty straightforward. Stopping bass notes from ringing too long is a bit of a challenge, but doable.

    • Eric Phillips Ah, Sor returns.  A very lovely piece and well done, Eric.

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 11 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips I was hoping to hear more wonderful Sor from you.  You delivered!!  Nice work on this piece.  Thanks!

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    • Eric Phillips Beautifully flowing in you hands... I'm surprised you were able to last a week without posting any of Sor's music! 😆 Concerning your progress there's no doubt about it, your consistency pays off 💪

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    • Eric Phillips ah, we’ve all been witnesses of your impressive progress over these few years. Lucky us…. Thanks for posting this lovely piece.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 10 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips This is very good, Eric. An hour of practice!!? I'd still be tuning my guitar. A little more time on Sor's flourishes and you have. Very nice.

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