DAILY UPDATES (Click Me!) Main Thread - Where the magic happens!

Welcome, one and all, to the Main Thread for this challenge!


This is where the magic happens - the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.

Make sure you've read the rules before replying (<- click)

 

Every day between December 6th and 19th, we are hoping to read your daily updates in this very thread right here!


Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):

  • Landslag you worked on:
  • One thing you found easy:
  • One thing you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!

Sample daily update:

  • Landslag you worked on: Landslag no. 1: dark sand dunes with some moss
  • One thing you found easy: The first bar was the hardest one for me to learn, although it looked easy enough on my first try.
  • One thing you found difficult: I liked that it was a single line; it allowed me to focus on every note and it was much easier to read than most pieces I play.

Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!


Download the full score (click ↓):

Gulli's Lessons for each individual Landslag:

Dedicated discussion threads for each Landslag:

(More dedicated threads will be created as we progress throughout the challenge)


↓ Let's do this! Post your daily updates below ↓

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    • MirceaTeam
    • Head of Guitar
    • Mircea
    • 3 yrs ago
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    • Landslag you worked on: Landslag no. 4
    • One thing you found easy: The music was once again beautifully written for the landscape it was trying to conjure. Moreover, through the built-in registral differentiation of the two voices, achieving the hidden polyphony was really straightforward!
    • One thing you found difficult: Once again, like in Landslag 1, we have several ascending arpeggios, yet once again, we are not able to perform any significant amount of right-hand preparation due to several notes that are required to ring on throughout the bar. This makes the right-hand technique required for this piece much more challenging than one might initially think!
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    • Mircea beautiful tone and phrasing, love it!

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey thank you David!! Glad to hear you've enjoyed it!

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  • I worked on Landslag 4 this morning, I love the harmonic motion of this piece. Sight-reading was just challenging enough for it to be very enjoyable to sight read.  Some tricky rhythmic passages and fingerings involved

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey great job, David! Kudos for maintaining all the intrinsic polyphony throughout the whole piece! I enjoyed listening to it a lot.

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  • I also worked on Landslag 5 this morning.  I love the ethereal nature of this piece and the rhythm.  I interpreted it very slowly as I wanted to play the correct notes, but I missed a few! Oh well haha it is very enjoyable

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey wonderful job, David! I really love the spatial, wide-open atmosphere you create in this! It is slow, but I think that's precisely what makes it work. Keep at it and don't worry about the wrong notes - we all got them 😉 haha

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  • I had time so I was able to also work on Landslag 6 today.  This was my favorite so far.  I love the harmonic voicings and the counterpoint.  This one wasn't as difficult to read as 4 and 5 were but it's more difficult technique.  C minor on the guitar leads to difficult but fun voicings

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    • David Chidsey Hi.congratulations you are a point of reference, Bravo👋👋

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Grazi! I'm doing my best :)

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey fantastic job!!! So many Landslög in one day! I'm really impressed, David. I love this one too - I felt the implicit harmonic tensions and releases come through very clearly in your playing, you've internalized these relationships so well that they come through instinctively at this point! You have my congratulations.

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    • Ronnull
    • Ron.3
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Very little time today due to having  no power for 6 hours! However I managed to grab 15 minutes on Landslag 3 - what a lovely piece. Sight reading and the fingering were easy but really balancing the voices to bring out the beauty of the piece is what I need to do a lot more work on!

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Ron oh sorry to hear, Ron! Where are you based? Back in my home country, we used to run out of power every time there was a storm 😄 it's a lot better nowadays. Congratulations on still keeping at it and practicing today! Landslag 3 is a wonderful piece, indeed!

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      • Ronnull
      • Ron.3
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Mircea  Hi Mircea - I'm based in the UK - about 40 miles southwest of London. Yes we've been having problems whenever there is heavy rain. Hopefully it's all fixed now! Thank you, really enjoying all your performances of the Landslag

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      • Roni Glasernull
      • Classical guitarist and composer
      • roniglaser
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Ron Cool, when I'm not based in Berlin I'm based about 70 miles south-west of London. Hope things get better with the power where you are!

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      • Ronnull
      • Ron.3
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Roni Glaser Thanks Roni - touch wood it's good today - even had chance to look at Landslag 4. Loved your recording of #5 and sound was good even on my laptop

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    • Landslag you worked on:  Landslag 2
    • One thing you found easy: Understanding how to play the piece. I really enjoy playing this one, and seeing how full I can make the chords. With my coach I am working on pushing the strings into the soundhole for a full sound and this is  perfect piece for practicing that.
    • One thing you found difficult:  Feeling sufficiently consistent in my playing of this piece to make and post a recording. I might not get much further into the set during the time of this challenge.
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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Martha Kreipke that's great, Martha! No pressure at all - just like I was writing in my initial "rules" thread - take as much time as you need on every Landslag. It's about practicing consistently, not about getting through x number of movements in a given time.

      It's true though - sound production and color is such an important and complex topic on the guitar that one could spend 100 lifetimes working on it and not "get to the bottom of it". It's part of what makes music so beautiful; the impossibility of achieving full dominion over it. I'm happy to hear you have a coach you're working with! That's wonderful. Enjoy working towards that thick, projected tone - it actually happens to be one of my personal favorite things to practice!

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    • Derek
    • Derek
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Still working on numbers 1,2 and 3. Enjoying the videos that have been posted

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Derek Wonderful, Derek! Keep at it. Don't let the many videos discourage you from posting text updates, videos are great but absolutely optional 😁 I'm happy to hear from you in whichever form. Glad to hear you've been practicing these beautiful pieces!

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    • Roni Glasernull
    • Classical guitarist and composer
    • roniglaser
    • 3 yrs ago
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    • Landslag you worked on:  Landslag 5
    • One thing you found easy: As with all the pieces, the general mood and feeling unique but clear somehow. Perhaps it's my dreams of going to see and Icelandic landscape.
    • One thing you found difficult:  Not having the earworm "A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam..." every time I read the composers name. Seriously. That and remaining absolutely silent with the changes.

    Here's a video of me playing it. It's far from perfect, but it's a start with the recording opportunities I've had. It's not easy to record round here without being disturbed. 

    I wanted to record something to get used to doing it a bit more and hear how the sound is. If you bother to listen, let me know how the sound quality is.

    https://youtu.be/t1ADMQJjA6E

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    • Roni Glaser excellent interpretation!

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Roni Glaser sound was good

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      • Roni Glasernull
      • Classical guitarist and composer
      • roniglaser
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey Thanks David!

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      • Roni Glasernull
      • Classical guitarist and composer
      • roniglaser
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Derek Great, thanks!

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