WEEK TWO: The Musical Voyage!

Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of the Sergio Assad Community Challenge! 


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  • Hello friends,

    here's my progress on sketch #2 and like sketch #1 I've played it a few times and it's also almost sight reading with some lines memorized. As opposed to Daniel Beltrán who did a great job with the tempo and strong character, my initial connection with the piece is more introspective. Again not an easy piece even if simple on the surface, even harder to make it legato!

     

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    • Khiem Nguyen yes for sure Sergio has thought about a lot in those sketches.

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      • Daniel Beltránnull
      • Student at the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida
      • Daniel.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme great! Really liked your character on this one, which is the opposite to mine, where I like being more percusive and agitated. It's amazing to hear all of these different and inspiring approaches! 😎🙌

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    • Daniel Beltrán thank you... same for me about you! 🎉

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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme beautiful, fantastic! I love how all of you feel the glissando so nicely, I kinda shredded that one away! But your tone and sensitive phrasing is a joy to listen to!

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    • Martin thank you Martin, yeah the glissando makes even more sense when you play the piece at a slower tempo, I figured out I could use it as a «momentum» near the end of the section.

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      • Steve Pederson
      • The Journey is My Destination!
      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Really fantastic! You make it look easy! Great tone as well. I'm wondering what kind of guitar you have.

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    • Steve Pederson thank you Steve, this is a 1999 cedar top from luthier Rene Wilhelmy I bought last year from someone around here, my first Wilhelmy was a 1991 that I unfortunately sold 15 years ago 😭. He's also a good friend of mine and I'm waiting impatiently a new spruce top one I've ordered from him 🤪.

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      • Steve Pederson
      • The Journey is My Destination!
      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Well, it sounds incredible. I can see why you like it, and I'm sure the spruce top will be worth the wait. I am currently waiting on a Hauser-model spruce top to be finished up.

      I'm also really impressed by the artistry of your video. Black background and black shirt really helps focus the attention on the guitar and your face. I'm curious how you get the black background. That's great stuff. I'm curious why you're wearing headphones. Are you listening to a metronome? 

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    • Steve Pederson thank you, and you seem to also play on a spruce top, I like the clarity and precision of the planting and sound of a spruce top. I hope you'll make sure to share with us the sound and beauty of your next guitar when it's done!

      About the videos, in fact as you can see on the others I did in previous challenges, my room is not really a good background so I figured out that using a green screen would help, and combined with a black shirt it would make the guitar and my hands more visible (the interesting parts). I'm using headphones to track what I'm doing while recording, I realized that how I play is not always reflected in the recording as I hear it from the instrument so it helps me to compensate by hearing whats being recorded. Here's the setup...

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme I finally had time this morning to go back to the challenge thread and look at more of the submissions. I was just about to ask about how you did your cool videos and found this where you show the amazing setup you have.  Do you have a general recommendation for the best type of microphone for recording guitar?  I'm assuming the one you use is expensive, so looking for more modest upgrades over the cheap one I'm using now.  Thank you.  Always enjoy your videos.

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    • Brett Gilbert I'm glad you enjoyed them and I have to say I was super impressed by how quick you were able to pick up and play the guitar in so short amount time... wow! In fact I'm not using super expensive microphones, for sure expensive is relative, but compared to what I would have like to buy or what Martin  is using as a professional sound engineer, those microphones are affordable if you want to level-up your sound. I'm using 4 microphones, stereo cardioids and stereo ribbons, and the revelation to me was the ribbons. I suggest you to listen to Martin's recording course on Tonebase, this was my starting point. He was kind enough to provide us a lot of info about microphones and suggest us what is the best bang for the bucks! I'm using a pair of CM4 from Line Audio and a stereo SRM1 from NoHype Audio, you can buy directly fro them. Lately I also added a stereo fixed X/Y Rode NT4 for quick setup and mixed with the SRM1 it gives good results, this is what I'm using on the image above and for the Assad challenge. Feel free to ask any question you have, I would be happy to share my experience, even if it's quite limited and recent, and I'm sure Martin would be more than willing to complete with his extensive experience!

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Thanks for the detail and I was unaware of the past livestream about equipment.   I can see how A/V recording could end up being an expensive side-hobby if I'm not careful but you've given me some great starting points.  

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    • Brett Gilbert you're right it can be really expensive if you don't give yourself a limit. I would first invest in a good instrument, I don't know what you're using now, but that'd definitely be the strong base of your sound.

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  • Hello friends,
    here's my progress on sketch #3 and strangely this one was a lot easier for me than #2 and #1. Okay you'll tell me I totally miss the last note 😭 and make the end of the piece totally odd 😱 (I'm with you on this) but... I really enjoyed the style ans character of this one.

     

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    • Blaise Laflamme You may be late, but it was worth the wait! All three of those (Sketches 1-3) are spectacular, Blaise. You clearly have an affinity for the music. Great musicality and phrasing. I like the tempos you chose - slower for #2, but quicker for #3. Your sound and articulation were so good too (especially that ponticello on #3). Very impressive!👋

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    • Eric Phillips thank you for the appreciation, far from perfect but the idea is to share our progress so far... I think after the challenge I'll take more time to push them at an higher level, those are great pieces.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Well I would LOVE to be able to play them as well as you did!

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      • Ronnull
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme I agree with Eric - certainly worth the wait. All three executed beautifully with great choice in tempo, phrasing and dynamics. Bravo!

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    • Eric Phillips thanks Eric, I'm happy you enjoyed them. You're doing pretty well yourself... that's not an easy task to learn new music never heard before. It takes a lot of discipline and creativity to make them yours and you clearly have both!

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    • Ron Thank you Ron!

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    • Blaise Laflamme 

      Nice color changes! Fluent playing Blaise! I want to take your playing as a model to progress to! 

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    • Khiem Nguyen thank you... I'm happy if I could have given you some basic ideas for your own playing!

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      • Daniel Beltránnull
      • Student at the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Nice! 😀 love your tone, musicality, character... really enjoyed it! Hope to hear more sketches played by you, Blaise! 🙂   

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    • Daniel Beltrán thank you Daniel, I'll try to record as much as I can till the end... I'm now on vacation, I should have more time, but at the same time a lot of other things are happening... I also hope to hear more sketches from you!

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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Wow, there's much color, that was a pleasure to listen to!

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