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  • Study #9

    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)

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  • 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

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    • joosje This is excellent, Joosje! Your tone is so beautiful, and perfect for this piece. I love how your phrasing really makes the structure of the piece so clear. Great work!

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    • joosje Nice musical performance!

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
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      joosje well played and beautiful sound and phrasing. Also I live the light of your recording, beautiful set up

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    • Eric Phillips thank you Eric 

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    • david robinson thank you David

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    • Emma thank you Emma. I was not so happy with my setting. Although it was a lovely Mediterranean evening, the noise and poor light was disturbing, me, but, ok, I did as well as I could 

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      joosje absolutely wonderful! Very moody night session with  fantastic musical detail! Try to play it by heart! I didn't know I could it with Study #10 until I tried it!

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  • 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.

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
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      Eric Phillips well played. You are giving lots of colours to this piece. The rasgueado is so clean and good. Congratulations 

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    • Emma Thanks again, Emma!

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    • Eric Phillips that’s really good. I like all the decisions you made to phrase and colour the piece. Well done

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    • joosje Thanks, Joosje. I'm going to try number 9 next. I can't practice at all today, but maybe I can start it tomorrow.

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Getting this far on #6 (and memorization!) is impressive.   Your family will probably enjoy #9 a bit more, but that one sounds tough.  Parts of #9 were discussed in the interactive today, but maybe others working on that can convey some of the key points since a lot was over my head. 

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    • Brett Gilbert I really wish I could have been there! I have just dipped my toes in to number 9, but I think it may be too difficult for me to do well. It sounds so easy when Marina plays it!

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      Eric Phillips Rock'n Roll!!! Fantastic execution of the different textures, you said you were struggling with that in the beginning, you really broke through that barrier!!!

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    • Martin Thanks, Martin! I'd still like to play it more confidently and up to speed, but at least it's not something beyond me now.

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  • 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)
    https://youtu.be/HAVi7xQsPpo

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    • joosje That's great, Joosje! I think the darkness around you works well with the music. As always, your sound is so good. I actually really like the slurs you play toward the end (F# to F I think). Hard to do, but you played them very cleanly.

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      • martin.3
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      joosje uff, so beautiful! Your tone really makes this study shine and we could really see that you enjoy this gem! I'll dip my toes in that one after this weekend!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      joosje Wonderful performance as usual.  Please take a another look at some of the tricky "3 over 2" rhythm figures, as something doesn't sound quite right to me.  This is not an easy study, and you bring bring out it's lyrical lines so beautifully.  Always a pleasure listening to you play.  Thanks!!

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    • Barney that’s interesting, Barney. I didnt comment on other versions, but a triplet (3 over 2)  is what Im trying to make. Its indeed tricky, that’s maybe why most people play it in simple meter (in sixteenths) . On the picture is  how I learned this (1) and how it is played by you, and  Marina, (2) and the difference (3) but maybe I’m wrong here.  And, to be honest, I think I’m a bit too fast (should hold the last note longer). I m looking at Martin to shine his light on this issue.  
       

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      joosje Martin has been very busy.  Hopefully he will share his thoughts on this as well.  This type of Rhythm appears often in Chopin piano music.  I remember when my son was taking piano lessons, his teacher explained it to him., so I recall how it sounds. ( unfortunately, he no longer plays  those beautiful piano pieces...oh well)

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