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. 🎧

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  • Here is the B Section of Carlevaro's Capricho from the Introduccion y Capricho.  This is a short movement with a call and response of the original theme introduced at the beginning of the Section A with a beautiful and haunting melody.  

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      Dale Needles After hearing what Wai said, I listen it a few more times and I'm starting to appreciate it more. It grows on you. Nicely played! Thanks for sharing!

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    • don Thanks, Don.  And, yes Calevaro's compositional style does grow on you.  He blends a contrapuntal style of writing with modern tonalities, folkloric rhythms and beautiful and, at times, haunting melodies

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    • Dale Needles very interesting this contrasting B section, Carlevaro is definitely an underrated composer which has immense qualities of compositional integration. Bravo Dale!

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  • Sor – Les Adieux Op 21 (July 17 update)

    I wasn’t able to play much this past weekend, but today I had the chance to practice a bit. I have mostly been working on the faster section (“un poco mosso”) starting at 4:38.

    Here are the most challenging parts for me (see pictures below):

    • In a couple sections (measures 69-72 and measures 99-109) I found that the right-hand pattern of m-p-i-a works best. I considered i-p-i-m, since I think this is more likely what Sor himself would have played. I find that pattern much more difficult, however, when the melody goes to the first string.
    • In measures 87-98, I can’t think of any way to play it without repeating many right-hand fingers. This slows it down and makes it difficult to play smoothly. The left hand is also rather tricky in some spots as well. If anyone has any ideas about how to play these measures better than I am doing right now, please let me know.
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      Eric Phillips Wow, playing a 6:30 piece with only a little hiccup is truly impressive, Eric! It's an accomplishment I could never have imagined achieving myself. Excellent work!👏

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      Eric Phillips bar 69: pimi 87: imamimami - melody will fall on the pp on the basses

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      Eric Phillips

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    • Ernesto Thank you very much for your suggestions! I really appreciate you taking the time to respond. 🙏

      For the figure starting in measure 69, I did try what you suggest, and it’s probably what Sor would have used, but I found it more comfortable to include the ring finger in the pattern, especially when the melody goes to the first string.

      For the other figure, I will try your suggestion when I practice next. It does avoid repeating any fingers, but the thumb still repeats, which seems to make my hand bounce a bit. I thing repeating the thumb is unavoidable, however. I will try what you suggest and let you know.

       Again, thank you so much!

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    Here is the 2nd waltz.  My goal for this challenge is to cover as many of the pieces in the set as possible by playing them through with good fingerings.  I will not have time to perfect/polish them, but rather learn enough (of each piece) to set a base for later study and mastery.

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    This is Waltz #3.  There are five more Vals to cover, so I decided not to continue on this one for now and wanted to get it posted for you guys.

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    • Barney It is coming together. Such a lovely set of Valses.  The A section of this one is sounding really good.  

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      Dale Needles Thanks Dale!

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