BYWEEKLY UPDATES (Section One, Main Thread) - Submissions, Questions & Discussion

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first section of Santiago de Murcia's "Marizápalos"

Every day between February 23th (Week 2 stream) and March 16th (watch party), we are hoping to read your daily updates in this very thread right here!

 

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  • Section you worked on:
  • One thing you found easy:
  • One thing you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!
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  • This is not the first section lol but I got a rough copy of the final variation 16th notes section with Campanella scales. It’s very fun to play but difficult with right hand fingering. I apologize for the poor quality I’m at work and only have a Yamaha silent guitar with loud air purifiers running 

     

    https://youtu.be/IfG8ReneK7E

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    • David Chidsey I have a remark on our score. I’ll post it in the general forum. You played this so well. 

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      • Derek
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      David Chidsey That's really good David - maybe I should start at the end because I don't think I will get that far starting at the beginning :-)

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      David Chidsey 
      I looked at this part today - it makes me dizzy from the many notes

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    • Derek
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    Still working on to bar 73. I struggle with the chord passage at the start and find there are some tricky bits in each section but I thought I'd upload a video to share my struggles! In fact 3 videos as I recorded it in 3 separate pieces as I knew that I would mess up altogether if I did all 73 bars in one take.

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      • 3 yrs ago
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      Derek beautiful! I really enjoyed that you decided to go with the manuscript in bar 43 and played the bass line an octave higher!! Your dedication to work through that piece section by section is super inspiring to see! 🙌

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Derek wow -cool progress - great 😉

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    • Derek well done Derek. I also liked the way you played higher octave in b 43. Sounds very natural . 👏

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      • Derek
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      • 3 yrs ago
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      Olli Danke Olli. I'm finding that this is one of these pieces that is a lot harder than you think it is going to be.

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      • Derek
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      joosje Thanks Joosje. A long way to go still.

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    • Derek excellent! Love your tone

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      • Derek
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      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey Thanks David. It's recorded on my phone with no processing. The guitar is just a fairly cheap Raimundo student model that I picked up from eBay last year. I thought the tone was more suited to this piece than my more expensive Raimundo guitar.

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      • martin.3
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Derek "no es la guitarra, es la mano" as my professor used to say 💪

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  • Hi, just joined here Tonebase,  but am very happy when noticing  this challenge there - I know I surely can not get the piece "ready" on this time, but it seems really interesting to follow the lessons and try the best I can -  and make it "ready" then later. 

    Section: 

    Just the first first: Recordered the "starting point" for that journey today - just tried to find out, how my right hand would work more "original" and what the sound of my Romero Cr "Big-D" could be in different hand position. I have got this instrument on December, and am really happy with it - it has some vibe towards lute, so it - I hope - will be great joy to play this Marizapalos with it :) 

    - general "just prima vista" for the rest of the piece - for to mentally better understand "what it has eaten", not really practiced yet (need to look the fingerings and embellishments better before that) 

    Easy:

    - To think that somehow not to be spanish rasquidos, but more like strumming an ukulele. (I do not know, whether that thought is ok, but seemed to work anyway in getting them softer.

    - Easy also to like the piece :) and get positive attitude for practicing it.

    Difficult:

    - I would have liked to play down more ponticello, up more tasto, - maybe the sound would be more logical so?  But surprisingly felt that quite difficult, and could not get good "flow" and relaxation in my right hand (yet) - I did not feel my movement is too big, but when looked from the video, it looks so.... so "tasting, tasting" on that thing also tomorrow and later.

    - Bar 9 and 10:  uups, it is not the same "up-down-up" all the time - and the melody taken to be heard when strumming up... that needs to be looked closer tomorrow. And - there is "new start" i bar 17, when the arrows are sameway as in bar 1.... maybe so?

    - Noticed also: For to get that part articulate better seems to need some practice with coordination on both hands (too legato and "heavy" otherwise? ) 

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    • Mervi Tirkkonen nice! I really like this rhythmical and relaxed movement in the chords. Looking forward to the next

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    • Mervi Tirkkonen wow!  cool instrument! Very lovely played thank you!

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      • 3 yrs ago
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      Mervi Tirkkonen Thank you so much for the insight into your process! I think the way perform the rasgueados is totally fitting, there is no need to go full flamenco mode on this piece. The sound of your unique instrument is really benefiting to the atmosphere, but more important is that you adjust your plucking, it is important to have a sound idea in your head and then try to work towards that goal! Very well done, I look forward to more videos from you and I am happy that you joined the community challenge 🧙‍♂️💪

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  • Was there somewhere coming the "updated" fingerings? Where? (Sorry, new here, and not really pro in navigating,...)

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      • martin.3
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Mervi Tirkkonen yes, you can find them in the thread for the second section! There you have the fingerings for the second part AND updated fingerings for the first set of variations!

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