WEEK 2: Dóbry den’ (Good Day)!
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Koshkin #1 update. Here's measures 5-9. I found it hard to find a tempo slow enough where I could at least play the right notes! The things I'm struggling with are fretting the right string or playing the right bass string. I'm also trying to train myself to use the right hand markings on the score. Sometimes I play the right note with the wrong finger. So many things can go wrong, LOL! I haven't even gotten to addressing the dynamics and other subtleties of playing!
My goal is to make it through this piece in 3 weeks. Since the next 3 measures are a repeat from the beginning, I only have 3 more measures to learn. Yay, I might make it!
Study #2 is coming along well. It's pretty well under my fingers and up to tempo. It just needs polishing, working on the balance, dynamics, rubato, and color. Time to start #3.
- Things you found easy: The chords, while many were unfamiliar, were not difficult to finger. The arpeggio pattern is one I've done many times.
- Things you found difficult: Some of the chords were unusual. In a few places (measures 8, 13, 24, and 29) I found it easier to use a barre at the first fret instead of the indicated fingering. Bringing out the top note of the chord is not difficult but required attention.
This is a really lovely piece and I have enjoyed learning it.
easy: try to imagine the melodic lines in your mind
difficult: try to play these melodic lines; they are in a rather slow tempo, but It’s very hard to connect those chords in distant positions. I’m also still working on the part with harmonics. I thought I was rather good with harmonics, but these are so tricky….
I made a recording of the first part, but my internet is too slow here. I cannot upload the files (I’m in France now, on holiday)
Here is first my update of #7. It’s a bit more a tempo but still not in perfect condition.
what is still somewhat difficult: the smooth slurs and the phrasing of the motifs moving from upper to bass voices.
Unfortunately very limited internet access and limited practice time. And no equipment for decent recording, but I’ll try to upload a few other pieces tomorrow. https://youtu.be/-QVZ-HY4WcM
Study 6 Final (?) Update
I'll probably make this my last video of this study. I feel a slight improvement from yesterday. I am a bit more confident with measures 5-11, though they still need plenty more practice. I do have it pretty much memorized, but when recording, my mind always goes blank, so I kept my eyes on the score mostly.
I made some recordings yesterday evening. On our terrace. You can hear some street noise at the background. The light is funny, I could barely read the score or follow my fingers….
I gave #9 a first try, for now only the first part., though
the position changes are so difficult to control and therefore it’s hard to keep the melody line
im working on the part with harmonics.. it’s getting there slowly. I’ll try to record tomorrow.
продолжается (to be continued)
I also did #5., yesterday. Such beautiful melodic and harmonic material.
It’s a bit like #7 regarding the dialogue between upper and bass voices.
working up the tension towards the highest notes in part 1 and and at the reprise is not so easy because of the uncommon finger positions, but is very well organized, musically.. I have to work on this one more, to give it its full value. It’s surely one of my favorites.
I had a bit of an issue recently and I'm supposed to be taking things easy for a few weeks so not done as much as I would have liked on these pieces (plus I'm still working on the Carcassi pieces etc). Also I've not watched as many of your wonderful performances as I would have liked. I've been working on 1,2 & 4, concentrating mainly on 4. Hopefully post a video in the next few days.
Thing I found easy: discovering that number 4 is on the page after the last page of number 3 :-)
Thing I found difficult: Bar number 7 the transition from the harmonics to the A (natural) following on to bar 8. Bar 9 to 18 aren't too bad but then a bit of a stretch to the d# and g# in bar 19.
Hello everybody! I am preparing No 4, and 5. I was planning to record No 4 and always failing in the same spot, that is bar 7 and 8. So in a very…very… slow reaction I decided to change the fingerings so… I don’t think I am ready to record. It is a beautiful study and I am with the metronome on at all times and trying to think horithontally! (So descriptive, thank you Marina!)
This one is for Eric, to share what I learned from Marina: (but didn’t practice enough)
My first try of last page of #9. The part with the harmonics., (mm20-23). I tried to do as Marina suggested. While playing the open strings (5) and (4), your RHand is already moving towards fret XII and fingers i and p are placed almost horizontally, so you can damp the string with i in XII and pluck the string with p at about 1 inch from i. Am I correct, Martin?
the following line with harmonics upper voice (24-27) is also not quite as easy as it looks. I started playing the voices separately until both were secure, but together it’s still tricky…
I’ll have to give it some more time….
Here is my current status on Study #9. Even though the melody line is Andante largo, the movements are quick in certain spots including leaps. The RH harmonics struck with thumb is giving me some difficulty, and I missed a few. Tried with "a" finger which is easier for me, but got scratchy sound on bass strings, so must practice with thumb some more .
This study is particularly difficult for me to play at stated tempo without memorizing it, while also maintaining legato throughout the piece.
I have been working on #3 with the limited practice time.
- Things you found easy: The slurs and barres presented no real problems and the notes and rhythms are fairly straightforward.
- Things you found difficult: The chords and intervals are easy enough to play but have been a challenge for me to get in my ears. The sounds are quite different from most of what I've played before as are the progressions.
I'm glad to be working on this because I need the aural challenge.
Hello everybody! Still working on 4 and 5. Always finding something to improve and delay my recording. Today in particular silencing the C in bars 8, 9, 10. Improving what I am doing wrong in bars 7, bar 11. I hope I can make more recordings than the one and only of no 3. Today I started practicing in a better way, feeling inspired by yesterday class. Number 5 is read, measured and feels comfortable. Now I have to work more on it. I think I am learning a lot with these studies.