WEEK 3: What We've Challenged!!!

WELCOME TO THE MAIN THREAD FOR THE THIRD WEEK OF "End of the Year" PRACTICE CHALLENGE! 

  1. Select Your Piece(s): Choose one or more pieces that you've learned this year. It could be something you've practiced through our live streams, a personal favorite, or a challenging piece you've conquered.
  2. Record Your Performance: Film yourself playing your selected piece(s). Quality doesn't have to be professional – it's all about sharing your progress and passion.
  3. Share Your Journey: Post your video in our community forum under the "End of the Year Challenge" thread. Include a brief write-up about your experience learning the piece – what challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and what this piece means to you. If you don't want to record yourself, show us a video of a piece you plan to take on in the next year!
  4. Engage with Others: Watch, comment, and encourage your fellow community members. Share your feedback, experiences, and celebrate each other's progress.

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  • Hi to all, one of the pieces I´ve coquered this year is the Carcassi´s study 24th from the opus 60. This collection of melodic progressive studies are a very good collection......study 24 is among the most advanced ones and under my view the most concertistic ( does this word exist in english??) one.....I hope you like it

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      JUAN ALONSO Love it! You've certainly mastered it very well Juan. Well done! (I think the word concertistic does exist but not one I've heard before)

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      JUAN ALONSO Great performance, Juan. I have never played Carcassi (at least that I remember). This piece has some wonderful embellished runs which you handles very well. Great job.

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      JUAN ALONSO Beautiful.  Well done.

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    • JUAN ALONSO Very beautiful, Juan.  You play this great study with a lot of feeling and yes, "concertistic" is a word in Englsh.  

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    • JUAN ALONSO Bravo Juan... 👏👏👏

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    • Ron Many thanks Ron

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    • Ron Jack Stewart Jim King Dale Needles Andre Bernier Thanks so much for listening and your feedback....Cheers

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      JUAN ALONSO awesome! I really like the use of gliss and vibrato in the beginning.  I can imagine this being a concert piece. 

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    • JUAN ALONSO What a lovely piece, very well played!  

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    Sor Etudes Op. 6.8, op. 31.18 and op. 31.20

    These are 3 of 4 Sor Etudes that I will post here. I posted these recently in the Sor mini challenge. My intention for these was to present them in a single recording, however, it was just beyond me to make a decent continuous recording.  I find it really difficult to achieve that final refinement in order to perform a piece. 

    My ambition for this challenge was to revive several works (like 9 - 10 😅). I figure I would work backwards since the latest ones would still be fresh and need less work to get them to a decent level (😂 - stop it, you're killing me). Obviously, those objectives will require some serious reconsideration. After I record the next etude.  I will move on to the BWV 1009 Prelude. Then we will see.

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      Jack Stewart Really nice to hear these pieces. Mainly Sor op31, n20, which I always thought to be boring... But I like your uptempo. Looks like we are in a bull-fight arena, or something like that. This has definitely inspired me to go back to this piece once more (and now seriously).

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      Jack Stewart Well done Jack.  I enjoyed all of those pieces very much.

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    • Jack Stewart Very nice playing, Jack.  I really like the Op 31 No. 18 and No. 20.  You play No. 18 with a lot of subtlety and really bring out the dark beauty of this gem of a study.  You also are playing No. 20 extremely well and with a lot of power.  Excellent work on those staccato chord changes.  Bravo!

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      Carlo Martins Thanks, Carlo. I really like op31.20. I agree that it is rather mundane if played very straight but I found it really comes to life when given more punch. It is also fun to play.

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      Jim King Thanks Jim.

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      Dale Needles Thanks Dale. Op 31.18 has really grown on me. It has a dark tormented soul. Now if I can just keep all of the subtle pattern changes straight, I'll be less tormented.

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    • Jack Stewart great work on these Jack, Op.31#20 has definitely the drive, accents and dynamics it needs, bravo! 💪

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      Blaise Laflamme Thanks Blaise.

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    • Jack Stewart  Thanks Jack for sharing your work. Great performance and inspiration to keep practicing 👍

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    • Jack Stewart Very well played....you extract the best of these etudes, in Op6 the two levels ( bass and trebles ) are clearly and independient......in op31 you achieve a very good pace, and that is not easy in such etude....Congratulations, bravo

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      Jack Stewart very nice Jack!  Thanks to you, I've discover a new piece of Sor music, I've not heard of Sor Op 31 no 20 before, it sounds like and look like a fun piece to play. Well done!

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      Jack Stewart Hey Jack, these studies bring me back to the old days when studying some of the essential  Sor pieces for developing technique.  Great to re-visit them from time to time, and you did a great job on each of them!  Thanks for sharing,

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  • Here is the third section of Carlevaro's Estudio No. 3 (Bicordes).  Carlevaro designates that this section is to be played "Meno mosso e calmo."  Next week I hope to post the fourth section and then try to pull it all together after the first of the year and before the challenge ends. Happy Holidays!

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    • Dale Needles Very interesting section, it looks pretty challenging for the left hand 😵

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