WEEK 3: Heavenly Harmonies of J.S.Bach! 🌤

Welcome to the Main Thread for the third week of the J.S.Bach Challenge! This is the place to post submissions of the third week!


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  • Andante BWV 1003 Mar 26

    I thought I'd revisit this one again. I'm playing it from memory now.

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
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      Eric Phillips beautiful!!!

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    • Eric Phillips soo peaceful and delicate !!!!

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Thank you, Nora.

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  • Minuet No 3 from Anna Magdalena (Mar 26)

    Just trying this one for a little fun and change of pace.

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      Eric Phillips Great playing Eric! How do you keep so much music at a performable level? 

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    • matt Thanks, Matt, but it's all smoke and mirrors! 🙂

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    • Eric Phillips so lovely, soothing the spirit.  Thank you, Eric.

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje.

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  • Pastorale BWV 590. 

    I couldn’t  participate in the challenge until now, but I did practice some of Bach’s incredible and inspiring music.

    this was the week of heavenly harmonies, so I motivated  myself to record this one, although it is still quite difficult for me. To keep the pulse in the bass / chords and let the melody flow. Very challenging. Some of the ornaments failed, alas, but I don’t have time for more recording or editing.

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    • joosje So lovely, Joosje! You're so right about the harmonies in this music - rich, complex, unpredictable, and so, so beautiful. Wonderful choice!

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      joosje Beautiful! Great performance Jossje. This piece is new to me.  Thanks for introducing me to some new music.

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
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      joosje wonderful music !

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      • The Journey is My Destination!
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      • 8 mths ago
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      joosje I love that you contributed this piece and your performance of it to this challenge! You have such great tone. Lovely!

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    • Steve Pederson thanks, Steve!

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    • joosje thank you, too, Eric, Olli and Matt!

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 8 mths ago
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      joosje beautiful, I have to put this piece in my list. Your thrills are always a tempo, so well done. Your tone and sound so beautiful. Congratulations Joosje it is so good to listen to you …

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    • joosje I’ve never heard this piece before Joosje. Thank you for the beautiful introduction!

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      • Moses
      • 8 mths ago
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      joosje Thank you! It's a great piece and you play lovely! 🤗

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    • joosje beautiful Joosje ! your basses are so nice with the right "volumen" marking the continuos rythm and the melody is so nicely moving ....your accords sound perfect in pulse...very nice ! don't leave it !!!

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  • Hello Bach Buddies! 

    Here is my final recording to finish off this magnificent piece. I spent this last week learning the last third of the piece and polishing up the first two sections. There are a few glitches here and there but it's a pretty accurate representation of my progress after the three weeks. A few more slow methodical repetitions of some sections here and there and I should have been able to avoid the glitches but such is the joy of the classical guitar  😉 

     

    This challenge meant a lot to me to be able to take a deep dive into working on one piece. I appreciated Sanel Redzic's lesson here on Tonebase. So many great insights. I learned a lot and have the feeling that if I could only play Bach for the rest of my life I'd be content. To me his music is the closest thing to the sublime intelligence and the soul of the universe. I look forward to adding more Bach to my repertoire. I was happy to take this challenge with all of you and look forward to hearing you all play at the watch party! 

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    • Debbie I loved that so much, Debbie! Not only did you play it flawlessly, but VERY musically as well. It's such beautiful music, and you really made it shine!

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    • Debbie wow, Debbie, beautifully played. Great sound. But more important  such a good interpretation.  congratulations for this performance. (When I mentioned echo in my previous comment, I didn’t mean reverb, but the way you played the repeated arpeggiated chords) . The ending is also very beautiful. 👏👋👋

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      • Olli
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      Debbie wonderful played !

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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 8 mths ago
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      Debbie Wonderful job Debbie! So artistic. Loved it. You've inspired me to continue learning this piece after the challenge is over. BTW, I see a dark "spot" on the bottom of the sound hole on your guitar. Is that a microphone? 

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