CALL FOR RECORDINGS for upcoming Virtual Masterclass with Mircea Gogoncea (Current Submission Thread)

The old thread for Virtual Masterclass submissions has become too long - therefore, it is time for a new one! This is the current submission thread for masterclasses with me.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Following the success of previous Community Virtual Masterclasses, we are once again looking for submissions for the next edition with me.


Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis (no deadline), so simply reply here with your submission anytime you have a piece or passage you would like to work on.

 

A new date and time will be announced once we have 2-3 suitable submissions. So please, go ahead and submit your videos to us by replying to this very thread!


If your submission doesn't make it into this upcoming masterclass, we will include it in a future edition. Watch previous masterclasses: Edition 1 | Edition 2 | Edition 3 Edition 4.


HOW VIRTUAL MASTERCLASSES WORK:

  1. You send in a video of yourself performing a piece, movement of a piece, or even a passage from a piece. Alternatively, you can submit a passage of sheet music for me to give you targeted advice on.
  2. Once we have 2-3 submissions, I will run a live stream specifically for you, giving you tailor-made advice for your own playing!

It's like if we were doing an online lesson - except others get to see it and hopefully also benefit from the advice I'm giving you. Here is an example!

It's basically an exact replica of an in-person masterclass: you play for a teacher (in this case through a recording), and they work with you while others watch.

WHY?

  • Have you been watching the live streams and wishing you could ask me a question relating to your playing specifically? Now is your chance!
  • Share your music with others and grow by watching them, too.
  • It's basically a free online lesson for you!

WHAT MUST YOU KNOW?

  • It can be something you recorded specifically for this, or a preexisting recording you already have.
  • All levels are welcome! My advice will be tailored to your specific level, and in the past, we've worked with everything from beginners to full-on concert players.
  • You must be fine with other people watching the video and your performance, as it will be embedded into the live stream itself. I will start and stop it as if we were doing an actual, in-person masterclass.
  • I usually spend about 20-35 minutes per submission.
  • While I will try to feature everyone, if we get a lot of submissions, your video might not be immediately featured. In that case however, we'll run more of these very soon!

WHERE AND WHAT TO SUBMIT?

  • Submit right here, by replying to this thread!
  • You can either attach a video directly from your computer, or paste a link to a YouTube video
  • (If you opt to use a YouTube video, it can be unlisted - no need to make it public!)
  • Please also attach a link to the sheet music.

 

All right, this should be it! Looking forward to seeing everyone's submissions!

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  • Upcoming virtual masterclass announcement: Thank you so much for your submissions, Eric Phillips , Eddie Carcamo , Brett Gilbert , david robinson  !

    You will all be featured in our upcoming virtual masterclass, on September 10th! We will be starting at the regular time, 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern, 7pm UK, 8pm Central Europe).

    Here is the dedicated Live calendar event! Looking forward to seeing you all there! 馃槑

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  • Thank you so much for your submissions, OlliRobert and Jaime馃檶

    The next virtual masterclass will feature your recordings (<- click) and will take place on April 7th at the usual time (11 am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern, 7 pm UK, 8 pm Central Europe).

    Looking forward to this so much! 馃挭 Hope to see you all there.

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  • OK! here is my version of Julia Florida.  I did make my own arrangement but unfortunately I lost my personal edition so will have to add that later.  Sorry for the heavy breathing lol.

     

    PS. watch in 4K!

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    • David Chidsey Hi David, thanks for this wonderful submission! I am looking forward to the next masterclass...

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    • David Chidsey Bravo!!!馃憢

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    • David Chidsey Great! Turkowiak's guitar? How do you rate this guitar?

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    • Marek Tabisz the jury is still out! I need to put less squeaky strings on it and it will still be several years before the guitar is broken in

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      David Chidsey Wonderful submission, David!! Thank you so much for sending it in. 

      This will definitely be featured in my next virtual masterclass. One more recording to go and we'll be all ready to host a new one of these! Looking forward a lot 馃槑

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  • Hello Mircea

    I am playing Scherzino Mexicano by Manuel Ponce. Any suggestions/critics are welcome. I have enjoyed watching your previous masterclasses, and look forward to your comments.

    Thanks

    David 

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  • Hi Mircea,Thanks, these masterclasses are great

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      Giuseppe Gasparini So happy to hear you've been enjoying them, Giuseppe!

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  • Hi Mircea!

    I recorded this outside on such a beautiful spring day in my Shure MV88 to my iPhone. Let me know if it鈥檚 not good enough and I鈥檒l do and inside recording with my professional gear 馃槂

     

    I have decided to go through the 25 Carcassi, 10 Brouwer, and 20 Sor (Segovia) studies. I didn鈥檛 finish my Performance BA when I was younger so I鈥檓 making a project, with the help of Tonebase, to fill any gaps in my playing. I think these studies are great for foundational progress so I鈥檒l be posting to Master Classes from time to time for all the help I can get! Ciao and Thanks! 
     

     

    https://youtu.be/a8VKH9PvZ7k

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      Debbie Hi Debbie! The quality of the recording (and of the performance, of course!) is more than good enough to feature in our next masterclass. And in fact, you were the missing piece! 馃帀 

      Now that we have 3 recordings, we can schedule an upcoming virtual masterclass. I will go ahead and make the announcement right here! Thank you so much for this!

      One thing, could you please attach the sheet music you are using? Or give me the opus number, just to make sure I will be looking at the correct piece and version 馃槑

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    • Mircea 

      Hi Mircea, Here is the music. Thanks again!

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      Debbie Thank you Debbie! For some reason I can't open that pdf, but now that I know the opus number and etude number, I was able to download it from imslp. It's here, for anyone else who needs the music (on page 3)!

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  • Upcoming virtual masterclass announcement: Thank you so much for your submissions, David Chidsey , david robinson and Debbie !

    You will all be featured in our upcoming virtual masterclass, on May 13th! We will be starting at the regular time, 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern, 7pm UK, 8pm Central Europe).

    Looking forward to seeing you all there! 馃槑

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    • Mircea if possible please start mine 2nd or 3rd as I will be 15 minutes late.  Thank you!

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      David Chidsey Will do! I'll write myself a note on the other thread to remember 馃槑

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    • Mircea Thanks so much for the lesson!  I just recorded a quick update to it using your suggestions of more wavy phrasing.  I think it sounds more emotional.  I'll post the link as soon as it uploads.  Thank you again!

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    • Mircea I like this!  will keep practicing it 

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      David Chidsey thank you so much, David! So happy you enjoyed it! 馃榿

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  • Mircea  I don't mean to bother you but I did a little edit in iMovie and I think it came out a little nicer 

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    • David Chidsey Ciao David,I'm ready to hear your performance today, congratulations and a wonderful sound馃憢馃憢

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      David Chidsey Hi David! Not bothering me in the slightest 馃榿 thanks for posting this, it's sounding great! Love the attention to detail and heartfelt passion!!!

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  • Hi Mircea here's me playing M.Giuliani Etude No.4. https://youtu.be/dJ5g_MsVhLQ

    Thanks for any feedback in your virtual masterclass.

    Vilio

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      Vilio Celli Awesome, Vilio! Thanks for sending this in! I will feature it in my upcoming virtual masterclass 馃槑

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  • Ok, about time I joined in. Me, playing Torija, one of Torroba's Castillos de Espa帽a. 

    https://vimeo.com/556290651/6c3247bbef

    PDF attached. If anyone wants to know what it SHOULD sound like, I'd suggest Ana Vidovic's recording, which I have entirely failed to emulate. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVFGo4N5SRc

    Thanks in advance.

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      Roddy Thank you for this, Roddy! I'll feature your submission in my upcoming virtual masterclass. One more submission to go and it will be time! 馃ぉ very exciting.

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      Mircea Thanks for the tips, Mircea, very useful. I've written them all down and will review the livestream. 

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  • I'll put something up for a masterclass. It's a standard, so I'm sure you will have plenty to say about it.

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo!! 馃憤

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Grazie Giuseppe!

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      Eric Phillips Thank you for sending this in, Eric! I will feature this in my next virtual masterclass on June 7th! Looking forward to it a lot 馃ぉ

      Here is the link to the forum thread which contains a link to the livestream event! (The event link will only be up on the site tomorrow, sorry about that.)

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    • Mircea Great, Mircea. I'm not sure if I can attend live, but I will try. Is it at 10:00am your time in California (1:00pm EST)?

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    • Mircea Thank you so much, Mircea, for all your great suggestions and kind words as well. I sent you an email with more detail. I truly cannot thank you enough for all your help!

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  • Hey Mircea! I'd like to submit a performance for the master class. Here is me playing Valseana by Sergio Assad: https://youtu.be/ktL-Ybr5LG8

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      matt Thank you for this, Matt! It's sounding beautifully. I will feature this in my upcoming masterclass on June 7th.

      Here is the link to the forum thread which contains a link to the livestream event! (The event link will only be up on the site tomorrow, sorry about that.)

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      Mircea Awesome!  Can't wait!

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    • matt I loved your playing on this piece, Matt! Thank you for introducing me to it as I had not ever heard this one. I plan to work on it myself, it was just so beautiful!

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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric!  It's a great piece, but it's also quite difficult. 馃槃 I had a long, difficult, often frustration journey to get it to where it is, but it's worth it! But I guess that could probably be said about all songs in the classical guitar repertoire.

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      Mircea Thanks again for all the great advice on this piece! You pointed out soo many things i didn't even notice I was doing.

      I also really liked you advice to Roddy on Torija.  I'll be applying your tips to my version of Torija as well. It's like a 2 for 1 deal! 馃槃

      Do you still have a copy of the valseana score with your notes?  If so could you send it to me?

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      matt Thank you so much, Matt! Very glad to hear you enjoyed the masterclass. I'll email you a copy of the Valseana with my notes on it!

      (No need to reply with your email - as a forum admin, I have access to the email address associated with your account, which is the same email you use for your regular tonebase membership.)

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  • Hello Mircea

    This is 'Recuerdo Triste' by Jose Broca; it is the  complete piece including your  phrasing suggestions in two places. Any feedback is welcome.

    Thanks

    David Robinson

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      david robinson Thank you for this, David! So happy to hear you're putting those suggestions to good use, and looking forward to listening to the whole piece! I will feature this in my next virtual masterclass on June 7th.

      One thing: I finalized the event title and description before seeing your post, but I really wanted to include your submission in the thread. Therefore, your piece is not mentioned in the event description on the site - but we will be looking at it in the stream!

      Here is the link to the forum thread which contains a link to the livestream event! (The event link will be up on the site tomorrow.)

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      david robinson Wow! David, this is great. I love your tone. I'm excited to see what Mircea has to say about it.

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    • Mircea Thank you!

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    • matt Thanks, me too!

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  • I'd like to submit this recording of Tarrega's Pavana for the next masterclass. A photo of the score is attached. A few of my fingerings are different.

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      Eric Phillips Thank you Eric! This is sounding great. I will feature it in my upcoming masterclass! 馃槑

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    • Mircea Thanks for letting me know, Mircea. Looking forward to it!

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    • Eric Phillips Another beautiful performance. I can't believe how prolific you are. And at such a high level! I am envious of how much you participate in. Bravo!

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    • Jack Stewart Thank you so much, Jack. I fell in love this this little gem during the Tarrega challenge. I actually submitted the video quite a while ago and would play it a bit differently now.

      We're just waiting for one more person to submit something for a masterclass to happen - got anything up your sleeve? 馃憤 馃槈

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    • Eric Phillips I actually have been trying make decent recording to submit. Hopefully some time this week. Recording is a long arduous and humbling experience for me. As is learning a piece.

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    • Jack Stewart I get it. I often find myself swearing a lot when recording myself. I particularly love it when I screw up the very first note (which actually happens quite a bit). I confess that sometimes I will do 40-50 takes. I just need to remember that it's not about creating some perfect product, but about what we can learn from the process. Easy to say, hard to do!

      I really hope to see you submit something. 馃檪

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo!!! 馃憢

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Thank you, Giuseppe!

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      Eric Phillips Just wanted to let you know that I'll finally be featuring this in my next masterclass on Friday next week, September 10th. Sorry it took a while! I do hope to be doing these more regularly going forward. I'm just about to make an announcement at the top of this thread - expect to see the event up on the site in a few hours! Looking forward to this.

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  • Hey Mircea! Here is my performance for the virtual masterclass. Prelude BWV 998 by J.S Bach. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for all the work you do!! 

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    • Eddie Carcamo Wow, that was so beautiful, Eddie! 

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    • Eric Phillips Thank you Eric! Your Pavana is sounding amazing by the way, keep it up! 

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    • Eddie Carcamo Thanks Eddie. Now we just need to get one more person to submit something.

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    • Eddie Carcamo Eddie, that was wonderful. Really beautifully performed.

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    • Eddie Carcamo Bravissimo!!!馃憢馃憢

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini D鈥檃ccordo!

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      Eddie Carcamo Hi Eddie! Thank you so much for submitting this! Sorry this took a while, but I will be featuring this in my upcoming virtual masterclass next week, on September 10th! I'm just about to make an announcement this at the top of this thread. Hope to see you in the stream!

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  • New to Tonebase, but I wanted to submit what I'm currently working on to hopefully trigger a masterclass for the amazing performances above.  I've been using the version of this piece from Bradford Werner's level 4 lesson book but for copyright reasons uploaded a different version I found on web.   Since I've been learning on my own using online resources I'm especially interested in feedback on hand position, etc.  I have trouble with the barre cord at measure 28 and some challenges muting strings effectively.   Thank you!

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    • Brett Gilbert Thanks so much for submitting this, not only because now we may get the masterclass going, but mostly because it's awesome! I remember sight-reading through this piece when it was on Bradford's site. I still cannot believe you are playing at this high level so quickly, and without a one-on-one teacher! I'd love to hear you play piano (which I know is your main instrument).

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      Eric Phillips Thank you. I think it's been easier to learn because I already knew how to read music, and I've played around with a ukulele for a while so guitar was not too foreign.  I appreciate the active community here and it's inspiring to see people's videos.  I'm curious, how long have you been playing?  I'm so impressed with your submission above and your videos during the challenge.

      p.s. I think you can see my tonebase piano submissions if you go to my "channel" on youtube, assuming I set it up correctly.

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    • Brett Gilbert Yes, just being able to read music is more than half the battle. You also seem naturally musical as well.

      I started playing at age 13, but didn't start classical until my second year of college, where I took lessons for three years. After that, for the next 25 years, I (sadly) only played sporadically, not even having nails for most of that time. Then about five years ago, I discovered all the great stuff on the internet for classical guitar (sheet music, videos, educational resources, etc.) and I fell in love again with it. Now I can't ever play enough. I don't have a teacher, but the team here at Tonebase (Marty, Mircea, Ashley, and Emmanuel) have really been so incredibly helpful, giving me personal and detailed coaching via the forums, emails, and even videos. I can't say enough about how much I love it!

      I tried searching YouTube for "Brett Gilbert" and "Brett Gilbert piano" and I can't seem to find you. Some dentist keeps coming up a lot. Could you send me a link to your channel?

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      Eric Phillips I think just clicking on the piano image in upper left of video goes to channel but link is here That dentist is not me. :) 

      Thanks for your background, very interesting.  Just like you, I stopped playing piano for decades after college and only rediscovered it a few years ago and took up guitar when the pandemic started.  Tonebase came on my radar only a few months ago and I assumed the guitar side was mostly for advanced players but I can see now it caters to a wider range.  Seeing experienced guitarist like you and watching the advanced lessons/streams gives me motivation to keep practicing,  

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    • Brett Gilbert I just checked out your piano videos - WOW! So beautiful! And while I don't have enough knowledge of piano to make this assertion, those pieces seem quite virtuosic. I particularly loved the Chopin, and could just listen to that all day. I do have a piano in my house, and I took one semester of group lessons in college. Maybe you've inspired me to give a go at the piano!

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      Thanks Eric, the piano side of tonebase has a lot going on these days and they have some amazing artists/instructors. It's tough to keep up with both though.  If only I had more time...

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      Brett Gilbert thank you so much, Brett! Sorry this took a while, but I will be featuring this in my upcoming virtual masterclass next week, on September 10th! I'm just about to make an announcement this at the top of this thread. Looking forward to this a lot!

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  • Hello Mircea

    I would like to  submit Sergio Assad's 'Valseana".  This is not a perfect performance; I would like your impressions of the dynamic direction in which the piece is headed

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      david robinson Thank you for your submission, David! I will feature this in my next virtual masterclass on September 10th! Will make an announcement at the top of this thread within the hour. Looking forward to diving into this!

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  • I'd like to submit Carcassi Op 60 No 24 for a masterclass. Score and video are below. Thanks!

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  • Mircea

    This is a new version of 'Valseana'. I tried to incorporate the suggestions you made on the last virtual masterclass. I welcome your comments/critics.   Thanks for all you do at Tonebase! :) 

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