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  • Hi Sanel and friends,

     

    As I did last week, I have notated the two Villa-Lobos excerpts to help me learn and practice them.  I've attached them here in the hope they might be helpful to others. Please feel free to offer corrections or changes that might help.  I have found both exercises to be challenging but very effective.  Playing the combined pattern in each position is a brain twister for sure!

      • Jack Stewart
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      Rick Lord Thanks for this Rick.

      BTW, I think the VL Etude#7 pattern should maintain the pick up measure since the pattern moves up on the repeat of the pick up.

      Actually, I'm not sure how to write it w/o writing out the full pattern as it moves up (at least the first time w/ a comment that the ascend repeats.)

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks Jack.  Yeah, I wasn't sure how to note that anacrusis as it moves up each time.  I think your suggestion to do it at least on the first time make sense. Hopefully, folks will practice with the video in front of them. 鈽猴笍

       

      Rick

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    • Rick Lord Thank 馃憤

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      Rick Lord Thank you!

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    • Barney
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    SANEL RED沤I膯  Here is my status on this exercise at 84 bpm.  To save time I excluded the repeats.  This is my first and only take and already see some issues that require attention. I will try to increase speed as I gain confidence with the sequences along with metronome accuracy.

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    • Barney Very nimble as you shift the pattern up and down.

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      Neil Macmillan Thanks Neil!  It's a bit tricky to concentrate on the pattern while maintaining even timing with metronome.  Great exercise!

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    • Wow Barney ! You did it really amazing! Congratulations. Your right hand does it very well. Next step would be to speed it up 1 by 1 bpm up to 100 or even 120 bpm.

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      SANEL RED沤I膯 Thank you Sanel!  I will work on trying to increase the speed.

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  • Tremolo video is now online. I hope you will like it. 馃槍

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      • Barney
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      SANEL RED沤I膯 Thank you for posting your Tremolo video.  I know we are past the prescribed TWI period, so it is greatly appreciated!  The subject of Tremolo is complex, but this video teaches each finger how to play tremolo independently and evenly (which many of us have problems with).  I wish we had time to delve more deeply into this topic with you.  Perhaps another time.  Thank you again for sharing your time and great advice with us!!!

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      SANEL RED沤I膯 When you practice/perform Tremolo with pami, do you "plant" your "a" finger on the tremolo string at the same time you play "p" on a bass string?  As you know , some players do this and others don't.

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      SANEL RED沤I膯  Thanks for this and all of your other exercises, Sanel. I have incorporated them into my daily warm up/exercises with great effect.

      I think I would like to try to adapt the tremolo exercise for cross string trills. It looks like by removing a finger in the pattern (replacing w/ a rest) it would help with developing finger independence in the pattern and maintaining control of rhythm.

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    • You welcome Barney ! :-) 

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    • Barney , I don't plant my a finger. 

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    • Great Jack Stewart ! I am glad that you liked it and that it can help you in your daily routine.

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      SANEL RED沤I膯 Thanks Sanel!  I expected this answer from you, as I know you want the best  sounding tremolo, and planting  the "a" finger would cut the sound for a micro-second,

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  • SANEL RED沤I膯 Thank you for this very helpful approach to practicing tremolo.  You have presented a very efficient breakdown of how each finger can benefit from independent exercise and accented articulation.  It gives me renewed hope for my tremolo efforts!

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    • You welcome Rick Lord ! I am glad that you like it. This is my approach with my students and it is each time successful. 

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  • SANEL RED沤I膯 Thank you for all the tutorials. In etude no 1., do you accent any note, or do all the notes have to be even like in tremolo?

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    Thanks for recording the Two Week Check-In as I unfortunately missed it but now getting value listening back

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