WEEK 1: Exploring Carcassi's Etudes

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  • Hi everyone, so here is my second take of Etude 7 after about 1 hour of practicing with dotted rythm at 105bpm. I heard about this method but never really tried it out until a few hours ago, I gave it a try and practice using dotted rythm. I can see it seems to work on me quite well. At least it is a way for me to achieve control at higher speed without feeling tense in my hands. :)

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    • Khiem Nguyen It got even better! Your technique is flawless, and it has great musicality too. I’ll have to try your practice tip. It obviously works well for you!

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    • Eric Phillips thank you Eric! I was amazed by the effectiveness of the dotted rythm method. I regret I did not give that method a try earlier. I highly recommend it :)

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    • Khiem Nguyen how wonderful good👋

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      Khiem Nguyen Bravo Khiem. Your playing is very secure. Lovely to listen to.

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini and Derek thank you so much ^_^

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      Khiem Nguyen Awesome! Not one piece with continuous 16th notes goes by without me absolutely mangling it through all different rhythms! It always feels like a new piece for your right hand and will make it so much for flexible! Great job!

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    • Martin it reassures me about the effectiveness of playing with different rythm for the arpeggios pieces when you say you do it too, Martin. And yes, it feels like a new piece for your right hand when you play with different rythm :) And thank you Martin :)

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
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      Khiem Nguyen This was impressive, and thanks for pointing out the dotted rhythm technique.  That's a great tip.

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    • Brett Gilbert thank you a lot Brett! :)

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    • Khiem Nguyen excellent performance! Very relaxed and controlled.

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    • david robinson thank you a lot David! :)

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      • Daniel Beltránnull
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      Khiem Nguyen nice improvement! I hear the effectiveness of the dotted rythm practise, the piece sounds more precise 😎

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    • Daniel Beltrán thank you Daniel. The dotted rythm seems to be very effective in improving precision. I will use this practicing method more from now on ^_^

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  • I'm working on 1-2-3 are not easy at all😣😂

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini I think the categories should be difficult, more difficult, and impossible. 

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Right Giuseppe. There seems to be no Carcassi etude that is easy :D 

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      Giuseppe Gasparini Uuuuh, especially the first one is a killer, so much stumbling blocks for the right hand! 🔪

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  • Study 14.

    Here's another take at this piece, a bit faster and with (I hope) a bit more musicality. I'm not sure, but I think this may be my last submission of this piece!

    I apologize for the beeping sound at 1:08. I received a notification on my laptop at that moment!

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    • Eric Phillips Bravissimo!!!👋👋

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Sei molto gentile, Giuseppe.

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      Eric Phillips good work 👍

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    • Mark Thanks, Mark!

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    • Eric Phillips faster and fluent, really nice Eric! Bass lines sounds full and rich! Singing beautiful melody line! :) 

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      Eric Fantastic!!! I avoided this etude so far as I am not the biggest fan of those long melodic scales, but you make them flow so wonderfully, it was a joy to listen to! Your right hand action gives a lot of clarity to the piece. Currently,  I have the feeling that your left hand is more centered between the index and the middle finger, when you start to play with 3-4 it does look a little bit unstable (it does happen to me as well though when I still need need to read a score), maybe last run through in slow-motion with a focus on left hand stability might get rid of that! 🦔

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    • Khiem Nguyen Thank you, Khiem!

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