Week 3: Music is Music! 🎉

Welcome to the Main Thread for the last week of the transcription challenge! This is the place for the Week 3 Submissions!


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  • Yradier's La Paloma (arr. Tarrega)

    This one is a bit of a standard in the repertoire I think. Playing it, you would think it was written for the guitar. Sorry my intonation is not too good.

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    • Eric Phillips Beautiful Eric….thank you for the score

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    • Paul Kennedy Thanks, Paul! Welcome home.

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    • Eric Phillips so nice, again. Lovely piece.

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje.

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    • Eric Phillips Oh La Paloma! Good job, one of my student just bought an arrangement for guitar trio and voice. A little bit easier.  But it's such a nice piece.

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Thank you, Helene!

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    • Eric Phillips  so nice piece Eric! I used to sing it ! "cuando.....sali de la Habana valgame Diosssss" thanks for playing it for us!.Your contributions are great. Unfortunatly I can not reach to hear all of them!!

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Thank you, Nora! I wish I had grown up with music like this.

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    • Eric Phillips (Good to be home)

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    • Eric Phillips that sounds great, looks like you enjoy a lot Tarrega's transcriptions!

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    • @Blaise Laflamme  Thanks Blaise. I do like his transcriptions, but I'm playing a lot of them mostly because he did so many, and they are easy to find and free!

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    • Eric Phillips Well done, Eric. I didn't know this by name but I recognize it by sound.

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks, Jack. It's a pretty recognizable melody.

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    • Eric Phillips great job a lot livelier than mine like the embellishments

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    • Vilio Celli Thank you, Vilio. It’s a fun one to play, isn’t it?

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  • I had a bit of a break as I traveled to Florida for a couple days so I have not played since last Tuesday…but I am back and still working on the Gershwin as well as a couple other transcriptions.  I hope to post another video tomorrow.  I was also unable to attend the Dress Rehearsal but look forward to the community Concert in another week or so.

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  • Lob der Tränen week 3. I need to memorize it now. It is a recording from Sunday night, my internet was too slow for uploading it. I printed a few more songs to work on, but I don't think I will record them this week, we will see. 

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    • Hélène Beaulieu That was excellent, Helene! What a special performance. I particularly enjoyed the first half. Your dynamics and rubato made it so expressive. Well done!

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    • Hélène Beaulieu absolutely love this. Wonderful, Helene! I see that your camera also can’t follow your sound. I have that as well. Great submission.

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    • joosje Thank you. Yes I suspect that this is because I recorded with my MacBook built-in camera and that the computer went on sleep mode while I was recording? That, or maybe just a lack of light source. I watched Martin workshop yesterday, I will try to apply some of those principles. (I filmed before the workshop)

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    • Eric Phillips Thank you!

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Helen that was absolutely beautiful. Well done!!!

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Very Nice!  It is great to hear you playing on an early instrument.  I may have missed an earlier post if you spoke of your instrument, but am I correct that you are playing a replica or an early romantic guitar?  It sounds great!

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    • Dale Needles Yes you are right, it is a replica of a Stauffer guitar made by Miodrag Zerdoner. This one is not mine, I borrowed it from my friend while mine is being made. I received pictures yesterday. It should be ready this spring. 

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Helene, that is so beautiful, the bass really rounds out the whole piece.  Brava!  

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  • Schubert's Waltz Op 18 No 6

    I wanted to try my hand at writing a transcription, so I chose this piece as I could not find any version of it for guitar online. It's also pretty simple. The original is in B minor, but I transcribed it in A minor. I guess you could put a capo at the 2nd fret.

    I have attached the original score for piano and my score for guitar. In my score, I did eliminate the repeat of the B section, mostly just so I could fit it onto one page.

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo Eric 

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    • Vilio Celli Thanks, Vilio.

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    • Eric Phillips Works very well for the guitar. Good job on the transcription!

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Thanks, Helene. I don't play piano, but I suspect it's a relatively easy piece on piano.

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    • Eric Phillips Congrats on a nice transcription!

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    • Dale Needles Thanks, Dale!

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    • Eric Phillips Really nice transcription Eric, and quite beautiful.  I know this is one of his waltzes, but I would love to see more of his songs transcribed; especially Erlkonig

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    • Paul Kennedy Thanks, Paul. I couldn't find a guitar transcription of Erlkonig, but I did find this video of it played by Johan Smith. He does an outstanding job with the music of Schubert and Schumann.

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    • Eric Phillips wow this such a great example of how you can differentiate the voices. Inspiring video. Thanks for posting this. 

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    • joosje Thanks, Joosje. My thought process was to prioritize the melody. If that means sacrificing something in the accompaniment, so be it. It was tempting to match the piano a bit more, having accompaniment on almost every beat, but I opted against that.

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    • Eric Phillips that sounds very good Eric. Just asking there is a reason why you omitted the middle chord?

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks, Blaise. At first, I did it with chords on every second beat, like in the piano version. When I tried taking them out, however, I thought it made the melody come through more clearly, so that's what I went with. (Can you see them erased from my score?) I could be convinced otherwise and put them back in, though.

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    • Eric Phillips yeah I see them, and sure I understand the choice you've made. I wonder however, with the second beat re-added, how the hum-pa-pa would enhance the end result. In any case you did a great job Eric, fantastic!

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    • Eric Phillips Thank you for posting.  Actually after I posted that I looked and found a published copy.  I will have to send off for it.

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    • Paul Kennedy Nice!

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  • Schumann's Traumerei (Jan 18 Final Submission)

    I thought I'd record one last version of this piece that has been the focus of my practice during most of this challenge.

    I also have changed my usual microphone placement on this video and the previous one above - let me know if they sound better than my other recordings.

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    • Eric Phillips Sounds great I changed the mic placement too near the bridge

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    • Eric Phillips Well done, very well played 👏👏👏

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    • Vilio Celli Yes, that’s what Martin suggested yesterday. I think it makes a big difference.

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    • ivan paolo Thank you, Ivan.

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    • Eric Phillips Yes, I do think that the sound is better like that. Very nice :)

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Thanks, Helene!

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    • Eric Phillips beautiful. Now that recording sound is  coming along. But it’s still your own playing that really does it! Great job again.

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    • joosje Thanks, Joosje. I feel very overwhelmed by the task of making a decent recording. What I really love is playing the guitar, and this piece has become a real joy to play.

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  • hello all I played La Paloma also (trans. Tárrega) 

    Vilio

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  • From the unforgettable Charlie Chaplin,
    "Smile"
    (soundrack of the film "Modern Times") in the arrangement by Maestro N.Takeuchi

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    • ivan paolo Great! I didn't know this arrangement. I love when the melody goes to the bass. Good job!

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    • ivan paolo Nice playing. Good arrangement. Thank you for posting, Ivan!

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    • ivan paolo I love it, Ivan! It's another nice change of pace from the type of music we typically hear in this forum, and very welcome. The melody came through so beautifully.

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    • ivan paolo Excellent.  Who knew that Charlie Chaplin was also a great composer!

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    • ivan paolo I love this piece, and the transcription is wonderful.  You played it beautifully and with such expression.  Bravo

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    • ivan paolo thanks for sharing and playing this Ivan. Have you changed something in your sound recording, you're sound is great!

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    • Blaise Laflamme

      Yes, I applied with reaper to my zoom h4n recording's file, the normalization and limitation procedure shown by Martin in the last live on home recording and as far as you tell me, it works ...

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    • ivan paolo well... what an improvement, bravo! That's why we can't live without Martin  and his teaching... I hope he'll do his recording streams regularly!!

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  • As I previously posted, I have been working on two arrangements of Astor Piazzolla's pieces from his Tango Opera, Maria de Buenos Aires.  The first piece was Alevare which I posted last week and the second is Poema Valseado (Poetic Waltz).  Poema Valseado tells the story of Maria wandering through the streets of Buenos Aires as she falls deeper into the dark side.  Here is the final stanza of Poema Valseado from the libretto by Horacio Ferrer.  

    "I am Maria from Buenos Aires

    Maria from Buenos Aires, I'm my city!

    Maria tango, Maria of the slums

    Maria night, Maria fatal passion,

    Maria of the love of Buenos Aires

    It's me!

    Again, the arrangement was done by Agustin Carlevaro, who arranged at least 20 Astor Piazzolla pieces for solo guitar.  The challenge in playing this piece is to capture the dark poetic nature of the music by playing it very legato while trying to minimize left hand string noise.

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    • Dale Needles I think you really captured the "dark poetic nature" of the piece. I really enjoyed the listening. 

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Dale, Excellent!  I really like this piece.  Perhaps you can steer me to where I can find this transcription.

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    • Paul Kennedy I agree, it is a beautiful and haunting piece.  Agustin's arrangement is published by Editorial LAGOS, Buenos Aires, Republica Argentina.  The title of the publication is Maria de Buenos Aires - Astor Piazzolla and Horacio Ferrer.  Suite Para Guitarra (Arreglo Libre) De Agustin Carlevaro.  It may be out of print since it was published originally in 1973.  If you can not find it, email me directly. 

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    • Dale Needles very nice, Dale. Beautiful piece and, as Helene already stated, you captured the poetic character. Great sound.

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    • joosje Hélène Beaulieu Thanks.  Glad you enjoyed the piece.  As I mentioned to Paul, this is a beautiful and haunting piece that really grows on you and a little different from the more commonly played Piazzolla pieces.  

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    • Dale Needles beautifully played Dale, great balance of colors, dynamics and phrasing! 

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks.  I feel it is coming along nicely, just needing a little smoothing out.  As you may have noticed, I try to apply Abel Carlevaro's right hand technique to bring out the color of the notes, using his toque (stroke) #3 for the rounder sounds and toque #5 for the more metallic tones.  I also use the flesh of the thumb for most of the bass lines wirh an occasional nail for more emphasis. 

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    • Dale Needles I know what you mean... I recognize myself in what you're doing, while like you I haven't had the chance to study with Master Carlevaro, I had the chance to study with one of his pupil. To me, the sound I produce out of the instrument is not only defined by the kind of plucking or the quality of one note but mostly by the whole sound created out of multiple voicing combined to express a musical idea, and Carlevaro's approach gives you a lot of tools to reach that goal. Good work Dale!

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    • Dale Needles That was beautiful. I have never heard that before. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful performance.

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks.  I am glad you enjoyed it.  Agustin does some amazing arrangements of Piazzolla's music and it is always nice to find scores that are not generally performed.

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    • Dale Needles thanks Dale for taking me to this magic travel to "that" melancholic Buenos Aires  of Maria y Astor....at that time...we were tasting "un cafecito" at 3. AM with friends  in "la calle Corrientes" the street that was alive all over the night...

      Buenos Aires has changed a lot....

      Very touching your music Dale....gracias.

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Thanks Nora and so happy that the music was able to take you back to a special time in Buenos Aires, truly a special place as is the whole Rio de la Plata region.

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  • Finally did a recording of the first half of Dyens Revoir Paris. Definitely a long way to go before it sounds good. Hard- getting all the fingering in my brain so that I can play it with swing. I’m trying to make the melody stand out like a smooth voice after hearing the very French original.  The introduction section has some tricky fingering, so it’s hard to get it to sound smooth- I’ve left out a couple of less important notes on some of the chords so that the fingering works better.
    Easy- having such a strong rhythm actually dictates how it’s played. So a big bonus once I’ve got that sorted.

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    • Chris Coghill Outstanding, Chris! I felt like I was sitting outside at a French cafe listening to that.

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    • Eric Phillips thanks Eric! It’s such a fantastic transcription- lots of colour and little tricks to add interest. Absolutely made to play in a cafe- actually I’m on holidays and it’s summer in Australia, so there’s birds in the background and insects buzzing around! 

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    • Chris Coghill I envy you Chris! I love to play guitar outside. Unfortunately right now we have over a foot of snow on the ground and the temperature is 12 degrees F (-11 C) and going down over the next couple days. I need to move to Australia for half of the year!

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    • Chris Coghill  really enjoyed listening. you earned your bonus on this part. Great job. 

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    • Chris Coghill Good job! 

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    • Chris Coghill well done Chris... Dyens stuff is not easy to play, I really enjoyed your playing! and your stage is just awesome!

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    • Chris Coghill That was treaty Chris. I know that Dyens has a collection of jazz standards he has arranged, is this part of that? Looking forward to hearing the rest.

      I also enjoyed your accompanists. 

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    • Jack Stewart hi jack- sorry about slow reply- this is from the “chansons francais” v.2. There’s about 12 transcriptions in each volume- I actually think the first volume has the better ones (or the ones I like more). I don’t have the jazz book, but I do have his “arrangements l’amiable” which is brilliant but mostly quite hard.  I’ve done the usual rookie error and bought a few great sounding collections that are really above my level, but they’re a lot of fun to work on!

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  • Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

    This is a beautiful piece composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto and arranged to guitar by Hirokasu Sato. It was for the 1983 movie by the same name. 

     

    As I expected, I think this will take till this Christmas to get this into shape. Still a lot of mistakes, especially when shifting position from higher frets to lower fret and the fast passage. 

    I have been working on it average 30 mins daily for last 3.5 weeks and I'm quite happy with the progress.  It is a really fun piece to work on and am glad that there is this challenge otherwise I'll never even start this. 

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

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    • don Beautiful, Don! Such lush harmonies. Your harmonics at the beginning are executed very nicely.

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    • don This is very nice! 

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    • don 

      I know Kaori Muraji's version, and I really like it. Keep it up, you're doing a good job.

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    • don lovely sound Don. I didn’t know this piece. Thank you for this submission. 

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    • don thanks for sharing this, that sounds great Don! Strangely I heard another arrangement done by Hirokasu Sato today and never heard of him before, I'll take a look at his work.

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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric, I think it will take some work to get it right but I think it is really a fun piece to learn.

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      ivan paolo Yes she is one my favorite guitarist. In fact the last piece I learn is Claire De lune performed by Kaori Muraji. She always play with such sensitivity. 

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      Blaise Laflamme I noticed that too. There are some that performed live removing the middle section. This is the full arrangement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XSV2G4d9oU

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      joosje That's what make such challenges fun, we all get to listen to new pieces.

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      don There is another Japanese composer that I really love, maybe next time if there is another [email protected] for anime, game music..😉

      Nobuo Uematsu, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IuFlkb_HP0

      They all have been transcribed to guitar but nothing beats a full orchestra but still beautiful music, 

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    • don thanks for the reference Don.

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  • Hello all,  Here is my newest attempt at the Gershwin.  Still a few rough places, but it is forcing me to isolate those places and they have been improving I think.

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    • Paul Kennedy Coming along nicely.  I really like the bluesy feel of this piece.  Maybe we can swop transcriptions.

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    • Dale Needles Thank you Dale, sounds good. Here’s my personal e-mail: [email protected]

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    • Paul Kennedy nice playing Paul. Really bluesy (don’t know if that’s a word, but  it’s the feel)

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    • Paul Kennedy Paul that is sounding very good.  BTW have you heard Matthias Lang's version? He plays the middle section quite freely to great effect.

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    • Paul Kennedy great to hear some bluesy music, well done! Have you recorded with the spire?

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    • Blaise Laflamme Hi Blaise, I have only fooled around with it, but it is just so incredible it even makes me sound like a pro.

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    • Paul Kennedy keep playing with this cool toy!

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    • Paul Kennedy Awesome! I really like your feel on the piece. It's really coming along!

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  • Chopin Mazurka Op 7 No 2 (Walk Thru)

    I'm starting a new piece that will take me beyond the end of this challenge, I am certain. I heard a performance of it on YT by Mateus Kowalski and it really struck me. I tried finding a transcription of it, and I could only find one online by Walter Jacobs (see attached). It is quite different than what Mateus Kowalski plays, but I still like it.

    This is just an initial walk thru with me talking, so I won't be offended if you'd rather not listen!

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    • Eric Phillips nice start on a charming piece. In this transcription the typical mazurka chords on beat 2 and 3 in the A and B sections are replaced by mainly just separate bass notes. That makes it harder to understand the harmonies.  Apart from that,  it sounds good, I think the transcription works nicely for guitar. Looking forward to progress recordings. 

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    • joosje Thanks for your thoughts. Maybe I could look at the original and try to add more notes to beats 2 and 3.

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    • Eric Phillips 

      That was a really impressive read thru for such a challenging piece. 

      I think there are many pieces of Chopin that you would enjoy. My first Chopin was the Mazurka op. 33.1 transcribed by Tarrega. Technically it was not that demanding but the challenge was getting it to work because....well, because it was Chopin. I must warn you that once you start down the Chopin Rabbit hole it will draw you in.😊

      BTW I responded last night with this response but in the last sentence I used a different term (instead of 'draw' I used a term that you might do to a straw) and it is still pending review. I assume that is what triggered the algorithms.🙄

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    • Jack Stewart That's funny! I've had some of my posts hit similar snags.

      It is already feeling a bit like a rabbit hole 🐇, as I've started to redo the transcription of this Mazurka. It is no small challenge, let alone playing it. I'm still having fun, though, so I'll keep going a bit.

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    • Eric Phillips Interesting that you found a Walter Jacobs' transcription.  As you may know, Jacobs was an American guitarist and music publisher from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Ohio but settled in Boston.  I actually have an original 1896 edition of his Carcassi Method, which was found at a flea market.  Check out the attached cover.

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    • Dale Needles Wow! You would definitely win any classical guitar trivia game! I had never heard of him before.

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  • Here is Granada by Albeniz Trans. by Segovia.  If anyone (including Nora) is working on this piece, please be careful of Left hand pain.  It is rough on that hand and requires some attention and rest to prevent injury.  ( I later saw a Masterclass of David Russell online, and interestingly enough, he mentioned that to his student at the end of his session).

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    • Barney Wow!!!! Barney that is wonderful. You performance, tone and interpretation were excellent. Bravo!!!!

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    • Barney Incredible, Barney! The melody, phrasing, dynamics, and color all came together beautifully. I must say, my left hand hurts just watching the video!

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    • Barney Excellent phrasing and tone. Really like how you interpreted this piece. 

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    • Barney great job 👍

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!!

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks very much Eric!! 

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    • Dale Needles Thanks Dale!!

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    • Olli Thanks Olli!

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    • Barney such a joy hearing this wonderful piece, so well played, Barney. Your great tone  and the diversity of colours, impressive. And your recording quality beats all of us.

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    • joosje Thanks so much Joosje for your kind words.  The recording quality is largely due to the training and equipment suggestions from Martin.  This is low cost equipment of decent quality  (the CM4's and Focusrite interface), which seems work okay for now. I believe you mentioned you recently got these as well.  Hope you like them.  The room I'm recording in has bare wood floors, so it may also help with the sound. 

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    • Barney soooooo nice your music Barney..I have just find you in the middle of so many contributions... It is a beautifull and very personal interpretation. I really enjoy hearing it... I will be carefully yes , with my hands I mean....!!!! Unfortunately I am not so far to also send a video of the complete piece, I am still strugling with several passages!!!!  But I think I can continue in the practice diary. Thanks for sharing your very touching interpretation.

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Thank you very much Nora!!! 

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    • Barney bravo Barney! beautiful interpretation... that's great to hear you again 👍

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks Blaise!!

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    • Barney Hi Barney, would you able to share more about your recording setup? The sound is astonishing, and perfectly played!

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    • Luciano Salvatore Thanks Luciano!  I'm using a pair of  low cost Mics (Line Audio CM4's) and  Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Interface.  The DAW is Reaper and syncing with video using DaVinci. (Both free). Camera is an old Canon 80d.  Microphones are placed in ORTF position.  The room has bare wood floors.  I'm a novice at this recording stuff, but Martin helped a lot with his Recording Academy and personal guidance.  I just wanted to play guitar and not make a big investment in recording gear, since this is just a hobby of mine.

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  • Chopin Valse op. 69.2      2nd recording    

    This is , hopefully, an improvement over the last recording. I presented this in Mircea's masterclass and have tried to incorporate his suggestions. I still need much more refinement but Mircea helped provide good direction.

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    • Jack Stewart That was wonderful, Jack! It was good before, but now it's just outstanding. I didn't get to see what Mircea said, but clearly it was very helpful.

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    • Jack Stewart You have great taste in your music choices.  I love Chopin, (and wish I had the chops to play his music on piano. ).  Chopin's music is generally difficult to bring out well ( we need a sustain pedal to use tastefully, haha)on guitar, but you are doing an excellent job ! Thanks for sharing this one with us!!

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    • Jack Stewart great, Jack, I can really hear te difference. Its much more secure and convincing. Well done. 

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric. He helped a lot with phrasing and also clarifying the bass/accompaniment. (Roni Glaser had pointed that out on my first recording.) I would like to record any future masterclasses as it is a bit difficult for me to fully concentrate after performing - nerves.

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    • joosje Thanks Joosje.

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    • Barney Thanks Barney. From your wonderful Albeniz Granada you have chops to spare. That was remarkable!

      I have come to really like Chopin. I have become a convert (kicking and screaming as it were.) I have tried to maintain a distance to Romantic music but I am becoming more and more immersed, especially the shorter character pieces. 

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks Jack.  I grew up in a home, where my father listened to orchestral classical music from the great masters, but also piano, violin, and cello works, including many romantic and Spanish composers.  I seem to gravitate more to the romantic stuff and it’s melodic content.  

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    • Jack Stewart If you haven’t already, take a listen to the complete Chopin Nocturnes played by Arthur Rubenstein. Such genius—-how did Chopin think of these melodies?  I am always moved by this music and how it sounds on a grand piano.  It gives me “chills “.

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  • Schubert / Mertz Standchen     2nd recording

    Still a bit rough but this is better. I had to repeat the B section but that did come out better. As always, needs much more work.

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    • Jack Stewart Another mammoth of a piece played so well! You'll have those trouble spots worked out in no time, I'm sure.

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    • Jack Stewart This is one of my favorite Mertz transcriptions of Schubert's beautiful, haunting, melody.  I can tell you love it also, as you are playing it so well with such feeling.   Keep up the good work on this great piece.  I really enjoyed listening!!!.

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    •   Jack Stewart I agree with Barney and Eric Phillips you play this piece so well. And  with the emotion that lies hidden in its harmonic and polyfonic variations . It’s  all there already. You did great. I enjoyed it a lot, Jack

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric. 'in no time' - like never? Actually I do believe I will get it to a pretty solid level. Can I record it? That's a different story.

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    • Barney Thanks Barney. I agree that it is one of my favorite Mertz/Schubert transcriptions (arrangement actually - the echo section in the repeat are all Mertz.)

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    • joosje Thanks Joosje. Hopefully I'll get one more recording by the end of this challenge.

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  • Lutoslawski Folk Melody #4

    This is second Folk Melody I have recorded. It is not difficult though I have some difficulties getting the fingering right

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    • Jack Stewart Great job! The fingering does look quite tricky.

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    • Jack Stewart Nice.  I like Lutoslawski.  Who did the transcription?  

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    • Jack Stewart great Jack. Tanks for posting. I like the piece. And you make it sound energetic and rhythmical. Can’t believe it’s easy….

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric. I'm afraid the tricky part on this one is in my head.

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    • Dale Needles Thanks Dale. This transcription was by Raymond Burley. 
      I don't know if that is the same transcription that Bream used.

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    • joosje Thanks Joosje. I'll hopefully make a cleaner recording - however my experience with recordings is quite frustrating.

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks, I will check it out.

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  • Chopin Mazurka Op 7 No 2 (Jan 22)

    Well, I decided to give a go at doing my own transcription. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to the end, but we'll see. So far, I have measures 1-32 done. Here are a couple videos of what I have so far.

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    • Eric Phillips well done, Eric. It’s not easy to make Chopin sound as natural on the guitar as on the piano. I think your transcription makes a lot of sense. 

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  • Chopin Mazurka Op 7 No 2 measures 1-32 (Jan 22)

    I've been practicing this for about an hour now. I find it very addictive! I made a few changes to what I played above.

     The next section is a step up in difficulty. We’ll see how it goes!

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    • Eric Phillips Your persistence is paying off. That sounded very solid.

      As I was listening I noticed about midway  this chromatic descending chord sequence each with an upper 3rd? (not very good at aural id) but it just struck me as very Chopinesque. Anyway it is really nice hearing this one on guitar.

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    • Jack Stewart Yeah, that part is pretty cool. I'm not familiar enough with Chopin to know that it is Chopinesque, but I'll take your word for it. To my ear, it actually sounds almost Latin (which probably shows how little I know).

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    • Eric Phillips I just realized that it is in the Chopin op. 69.2 that I have presented here that is probably what I was referencing. Interesting that I recognized the phrase but didn't immediately recognize where.

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  • The Venezuelan guitarist/composer, Antonio Lauro was a great admirer of Venezuelan Children Songs.  He arranged many for the guitar including a beautiful set of sixteen little Cancion Infantil Venezolana.  The following is my recording of two the songs:  El Trompo (spinning top) and El Cocherito (stroller).  They are simple little melodies and beautifully arranged by Mastro Lauro.

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    • Dale Needles Those were both really beautiful, Dale! Thanks for sharing those with us.

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    • Dale Needles These are really nice. It's interesting how frequently composers arrange children's songs - Schumann, Kodaly and Bartok to think of a few.

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    • Jack Stewart I agree it is interesting how children's songs inspire so many composers.  It may be their simplicity of melody or their roots in folkloric traditions that inspire these composers. For what I know of Venezuelan music, children's songs play an important role in traditional and classical Venezuelan music.  In any case, whatever the reason, it makes for some great music.

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  • Schuberts Liebesbotschaft. Tried to set up my new equipment and made a recording of my first attempt to get this piece together. Its probably very  foolish to try new recording settings with a new piece. okay, this challenge is a little short for my needs. I do have other pieces/transcriptions, but they all need more practice. 
    the third week is almost over.  So, although it is far from ready I thought I’d send this message of love out to the Tonebase friends.

    Btw I don’t really know what to do to have the best setup for the mics and editing of the sound. Need lots of experimenting, I guess.

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    • joosje That was very beautiful Joosje. Your very close to having that refined. That's for the beautiful performance.

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    • joosje That is a beautiful piece, and the transcription works well on the guitar.  Also, your recording set up sounds and looks good.  Thanks for sharing.

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    • joosje What a wonderful message of love it is! I had not heard this before, but it is very beautiful. Your sound is great - I'm sure the nice new equipment helps, but it's mostly in your hands. Despite the length, you kept it very interesting with your musicianship.

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  • I am definitely not on par with the rest of the group. Trained Capricho Catalan for several weeks...

    Here my best shot (number 31, the previous 30 were even worse...). If I get one better before next 2 days I will upload...

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    • Luciano Salvatore That was pretty good. That is a major piece of music. I would break it down into smaller sections. I refer to Eric on this as he is one of the masters here of methodical practice (there are many others - however I am not one of them🙂). Keep up the good work, you a great start.

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    • Luciano Salvatore that’s a pretty good job there. not easy at all! I’m working on this piece, too, but in the G major version, If I have time I will try to make (maybe even submit) a recording.

      You are definitely on the way to a good performance, nice tone and steady rhythm. well done and thank you for sharing it.

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    • Luciano Salvatore thanks for sharing Luciano, you are building your beautiful piece. I am also not on par with the rest of the group but this is the nice of this group, each has his rythm  and style, etc etc. Continue with this piece in the practice diary and we will follow you growing!!!! Follow Jack advise....small sections.

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    • Luciano Salvatore this is sounding good Luciano.  You have a nice tone. We should have a challenge for the most takes - sometimes when I  send in a video I don't know if my hand is tired from playing or from pressing the record button :-)

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    • Luciano Salvatore Well done, Luciano. I think my personal record for number of takes is in the fifties! I get really stubborn sometimes, which is not the best mindset for creating beautiful music.

      That said, you played quite beautifully here. It is a very difficult piece, and much of it is sounding great. Obviously there are a few spots that need some work, but you clearly have the ability to play it all very well with practice. I hope we get to hear an update (or two, or three, etc.), either here or in the practice diary!

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    • Eric Phillips thanks Eric, any suggestions on how to practice is welcome! I cut it in small pieces and basically repeat endlessly at different metronome speeds. 

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    • Luciano Salvatore Despite what Jack said above, I am no master at practicing! Obviously, you want to take one small thing at a time. Find a measure, or even just part of a measure, that you cannot execute cleanly. Then analyze the problem: What exactly is it that is difficult to do? Is there something that could make it less difficult (such as another fingering, more efficient motion, use of guide finger, etc.)? Could a short exercise be created that isolates the difficult movement? Then, once you know the problem, you slowly solve it by practicing it VERY slowly, only speeding up once the movement can be done cleanly and consistently at the slower speed.

      All this said, I generally lack the discipline to do all of this myself.

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    • Luciano Salvatore I love this piece, so it's great to hear it in this challenge.  I would suggest positioning your camera, so we (and the teachers on Tonebase) can also see your right hand. This piece has some beautiful moments that scream for some tasteful vibrato (ie the thirds in the opening melody...), so it would be great to consider doing that  ( Piano can't do it, haha) as you continue to work on it.  You are coming along very nicely so far, and I agree with some other comments about focusing more on particular difficult measures separately.  I look forward to your future submissions.  Keep up the good work!!

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    • Luciano Salvatore this piece gives such a warm and good feeling 🤸‍♂️

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    • Luciano Salvatore you're doing great Luciano, I hope to hear you again in a few days or week.

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  • Here's another piece of Jazz - the theme for my guitar club's next meeting is Jazz/blues so these arrangements fit the challenge and my next performance although it needs a bit more work.   Nice:-)

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    • Derek Nice, Derek! I can see you playing this in some swanky jazz club. 

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    • Derek nice arrangement. Thank you for sharing. 

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  • One I have been working on for a while. Again needs more work. Hopefully will get a better performance after tonight's masterclass excuse the spelling mistakes in the title!

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    • Derek Sounding good! I wish I could watch the masterclass today, but I hope to hear the fruits of it when you post an update. 😉

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    • Derek good job. It’s such beautiful music. You bring out the melody nice and clear. You did well in the masterclass too. I enjoyed listening. 

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    • Eric Phillips thanks again Eric

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    • joosje thank you Joosje. I got really nervous at the masterclass but probably more nervous talking to Bokyung than actually playing!

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    • Derek know the feeling. And she just sooo kind ....

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  • And another piece. I have played this on and off for a long time. Just trying to rediscover it yet again

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    • Derek You just keep coming in with these incredibly challenging pieces of music. This one is particularly difficult for the left hand. So many barres! Good work.

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    • Derek This is challenging and tiring for left hand to keep top melody singing.  I used to play this piece, so again be careful with left hand pain.  I like the way you are trying to keep the volume of accompaniment lower, and bass in proportion for overall balance. 

      In this piece, I used rest strokes a lot for melody, and listened carefully to prevent singing notes from being stopped prematurely.  The piece sounds easier than it actually is to play well.

      I really like this song, so thanks for submitting it, and your beautiful playing!

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    • Eric Phillips thanks Eric. I haven't played it for a while but it's one of my all time favourites. I know it's well known as the theme tune but I first attempted to play it before the Deer Hunter was made!

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    • Barney thanks Barney. Appreciate your advice

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    • Derek a classic for classical guitar! While I've never played this piece myself, it looks really challenging for the left hand. Thanks for playing this Derek!

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    • Derek wow, this piece is really challenging....I gave up because of killer barre 😉 ( played the two guitar version instead ...) great work 👍

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  •  I had a few other pieces in mind for this challenge, but couldn’t make it. This piece, I wanted to submit, because it’s kind of special. It sounds a little weird, at times. I like the harmonies, Tuning in F. Technically it’s not too complicated, but s difficult to ‘balance the contrasts’.

    It’s from a series of piano pieces (for children!) by Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928). I lived in Prague and got the score from one of Pavel’s students. Pavel Steidl made the transcription. I heard him play a duo version.

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    • joosje This made my day, Joosje! So beautiful. I don't think I have ever heard anything by Janacek on the guitar. What a gift to have that transcription from one of Pavel Steidl's students.

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    • I was told there is some traditional Czech folktale about the syček (little owl). It’s said to announce bad news and death. But it didn’t fly away, so that means the bad things won’t come. Let’s hope I got the meaning right…..

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    • joosje very nice Joosje. Never heard Janacek on the guitar before. Thanks for playing this.

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    • joosje thanks for sharing this Joosje, never heard Janáček on the guitar before... well done!

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    • joosje Hey I like this! It sounds like it works very well on the guitar, or at least you play it like it does! Thanks for posting Joosje!

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    • joosje The contrasts you mention look like they work a lot better on the guitar with the way you play it and the orchestral range of tone it has (unless of course the piano uses its orchestral range of notes). Well done!

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    • Roni Glaser Blaise Laflamme Derek Eric Phillips thank you for listening and kind comments

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    • joosje This is fascinating Joosje. I have also never heard any Janacek on. guitar. Thanks very much for presenting this. Great job.

      I just noticed that Steidl

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    • Jack Stewart opps - I just noticed Steidl opps again - I thought he wrote a piece in homage to Janacek but it was to Jana Obrovska (it showed up on a search for Steidl Janacek)

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