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

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  • Sarabande BWV 997 in C minor (Mar 22)

    I thought I'd try this one in the original key with a capo, as David Russell (and others) do. I don't have perfect pitch, but the key change definitely gives the music a different feel.

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      • Emma
      • 8 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips wow another beautiful piece.... and your effortless playing, beautiful!!!

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 8 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips and your ornament are so good!

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    • Emma Thank you, Emma. This piece has lots of room for interesting variations. I'd love to be able to improvise that kind of thing, but this was all planned out.

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  • Andante BWV 1003 Mar 22

    Here is an update of the Andante from the second Violin Sonata. I think there is a slight improvement to the cadential trills. I'm doing both with cross-string trills here. I cannot yet do the super-fast version of these in the style of David Russell, but these are what I can do for now. I feel like I would need a four-week (maybe four-month? four-year?) crash course in trills to get something that is truly effective.

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    • Eric Phillips It just keeps getting better. I do think there was improvement in the trills.

      I practice cross string trills as part of my daily exercise. I do a 3 finger trill (no 'P'). My routine is trill b > b flat (2nd and 3rd strings). I start w/ 2 notes/ beat, then 3/beats, 4/beats, 6/beats. I now have added 8/beat but not sustained - only spurts. I have also just added starting on 'c' (3rd string) so that my pattern reverses. I then repeat all of this on 1st and 2nd strings. It only takes 3-5 min. if that. I feel my trills have gotten better though still not consistently available.

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    • Jack Stewart Thank you, Jack. I confess I can't really follow what you're describing that you work on, but I sense that if I ever want to play trills correctly, I need to work on them in a more dedicated way. Looking up videos on cross-string trills (here on TB and on YT) seems to yield so many different ways of executing them, and I'm really not sure what route I should go. Obviously, the fancy four-finger ones sound the best, but they seem so difficult, like it would be a year or more before I could execute them well. But if that's what I have to do, I guess I should. It reminds me a lot of tremolo - sure, I'd love to be able to do it, but to put in all that work!? I lack the patience and discipline.

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    • Eric Phillips BTW, I reread my comments to you on trills and I had trouble figuring out what I was saying. 🙄

      I think my point should have been that I have added exercises for cross string trills to my daily practice.

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    • Jack Stewart It definitely shows. You play them quite well.

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    • Derek
    • Derek
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    Bach's harmonies may be heavenly but I can't say the same about my playing, although I have managed to find a bit of time to record the bouree from BWV996. A couple of glitches but I'll keep working on this together with the Allemande and Sarabande. 

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    • Derek Good job, Derek! Always great to hear this one. We guitarists like it for a reason.

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      Derek way to go Derek! I am working on this one as well. It's no joke! 

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      • Derek
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      Eric Phillips thanks Eric. It's a piece I have played before but not for a while

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      • Derek
      • Derek
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      Steve Pederson thanks Steve. I find the second section in particular a bit tricky in places

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      • Olli
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      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 8 mths ago
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      Derek a very good choice Derek - this piece is very popular - maybe the best known Bach piece after "Toccata and Fuga" - what do you mean ?

      Best Regards

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 8 mths ago
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      Derek beautiful fugue! well done Eric!

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    • Derek Very good Derek. I look forward to hearing your progress.

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    • Derek nicely played Derek! This is one of my daily warm ups. It find the contrary motion for the fingers to be a great workout.

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    • Derek bravo Derek!!!! dancing with the bourrée. I did not a new recording....with the ornamentation that also Jack has provided me...😐. Not time....

      I am working on the Prelude 998....may be I can do a record for this last week...of the first bars...let's see...I'm so slow ....!!!

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  • Prelude BWV 997 measures 1-32 Mar 23

    I'm still plugging away on these thirty-two measures. I decided to add the metronome to my practice, so that I can be more disciplined about getting very accurate with this at a slow tempo. I am starting very slowly at quarter-note = 45. My hope is to keep improving my accuracy at this slow speed, and only then, slowly increasing things. Like I said, I don't know if I'll finish this prelude by the end of the challenge, but as long as I'm progressing, I can be happy.

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      Eric Phillips that sounds good Eric. It's a difficult piece. I had a quick look at it and quickly put it to one side. Looking forward to your progress.

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      • Olli
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      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 8 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips this is such a wonderful piece - it is on my "to do" list for the Bach-Challenge 2023 🤣.

      You play it really great already and I really love your sound- as every big piece, maybe time is the key 😉

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    • Olli Thanks, Olli.

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 8 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips slow is the way Eric. This piece is so beautiful that it must be addictive, I want to play it! Beautiful!

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    • Emma Go for it. I still feel like I'm muscling my way through it. I'd like the feel to be lighter and more elegant.

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