Week 1: Let there be Music!
Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of "The Transcriptions" practice challenge!
- Make sure you've read the guidelines before replying!
- Watch the kickoff livestream!
Pick a transcription that was originally composed for another instrument, like piano or violin. Don't be afraid to choose a challenging piece or explore works from composers you haven't played before.
Commit to practicing daily and share your progress with the community. Aim to practice every day and post at least two videos per week showcasing your progress. This will help you stay motivated and accountable, and also allow you to share your transcription journey with others. Whether you're tackling a complex piece, refining your skills with a piece you already play, or experimenting with new playing techniques, the community is here to support you and celebrate your achievements.
Share your favorite piece that you would like to see transcribed or your favorite recording of a transcription. This will not only inspire others in the community but also provide a rich resource of ideas for everyone to explore. Plus, it's a great way to celebrate the creativity and artistry involved in adapting music from one instrument to another.
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Debussy - La fille aux cheveux de lin (Apr 12)
This is a piece I first remember hearing long ago from Christopher Parkening's Parkening and the Guitar album. More recently, I have heard it performed by several guitarists on YT, with my favorite (perhaps) by Steve Cowan. It's a beautiful piece, written for piano, but it seems to adapt well to the guitar. As part of my work with the piece, I'd like to listen to some piano performances of it. I am very unfamiliar with the world of piano - does anyone know of a great piano performance I should listen to?
Here is my initial recording of it, after practicing it for maybe an hour yesterday. I am using a transcription by someone named S. Lilley (attached) as my starting point. The attached score looks strange because I removed all of the tablature, as I don't want to use all the fingering, and I also wanted a smaller score (fewer pages).
Here are some areas I need to work on:
- measures 8-9: I added the harmonics, more for ease of fingering than anything else. These measures I see being played in very different ways by different guitarists. I like the fingering I used here, but I'm not locked into it. Either way, it needs to be played more fluently.
- measures 14-15: This needs to be more legato and quick. The tricky part is trying to get the melody to sustain, but some compromise seems inevitable to me. Again, I'm not locked into the fingering I am using here.
- measure 20: I like the campanella fingering of the melody here, but I need to execute it better.
- measures 24-27: These chords are really difficult to play lightly and flowingly. More practice is clearly needed. Does anybody have any tips for playing this type of texture?
There are many more things, but I'll stick with that for now.
I love this music and transcriptions by Jorge Caballero. However, he has never published them. When I asked Jorge, said said he never notated them (hard to believe, haha)....
Does anyone know someone with the skill to notate these pieces form watching the videos?
btw, he is performing them using Bream's Hauser from The Met display.