WEEK 2: Dóbry den’ (Good Day)!

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of the Nikita Koshkin challenge! This is the place for the Week 2 Submissions!


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  • 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….

    https://youtu.be/vrVPYSdB_Tg

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    • Barney Thanks, Barney, but I respectfully disagree. Yours sounds much better! But you are inspiring me to keep working at it. I want to play it like you!

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
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      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      joosje Always an inspiration to see you and other advanced guitarists like Eric Phillips and   Barney work on something as challenging (and beautiful!) as study 9.  

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  • Study 4

     

    I found the recurring eight-sixteen motif at the top of the score  challenging to play evenly

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    • david robinson That was excellent, David! It had a really great feel to it. At times, the rhythm had an almost "country hoe down" feel, which was really cool! I think your sixteenth notes sound fine - certainly better than mine on this study. Great work!

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    • david robinson wow great take on this one, sounds clean and well paced and articulated!

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks for your comments! I agree, some of it does feel country.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks!

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    • david robinson what great performance, David. Those sixteenth notes are very clear and sounds even and crisp. At this tempo it’s such a nice piece. 

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      david robinson Nice job on this David.  Great to hear your clear articulations expressed so beautifully.  Thanks for submitting this!

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
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      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      david robinson Brilliant!  Nice brisk tempo.  I've been working on this one (very tough for me), so nice to see it played so well.

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    • joosje Thank you!

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    • Barney Thanks Barney!

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      • 2 yrs ago
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      david robinson wonderful interpretation, clean and fast!

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  • Last week was not that great for practice, life's challenging sometimes, so to continue after the first three, here's #4... far from perfect, sorry for a few missing notes, the most challenging part was definitely the speed. It still needs love, but others studies are looking for more love too 🤪

     

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    • Blaise Laflamme Sounds great; nice transparent recording too.

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    • david robinson thanks David!

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    • Blaise Laflamme That was incredible, Blaise! Please don’t tell Marina, but I think I like your version more than hers! Great dynamics, well placed rubato, beautiful colors, and spectacular sound as always. Well done!

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    • Eric Phillips haha... thank you Eric! That's the beauty of playing music, we all have our own way of expressing ideas, I'm happy liked my humble version 🙏... but don't forget you were the 1st to post a version of this study even before the contest has started!!!

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    • Blaise Laflamme I may not be the best, but I’m the fastest!

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    • Eric Phillips you are certainly an eager and passionate learner, I admire your dedication!

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    • Blaise Laflamme wonderful recording, Blaise, you made it sound more lyrical, I hadn’t heard it like that before. Great.

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    • joosje thank you Joosje, «That's the way, uh-huh, uh-huh
      I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh» 😂

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    • Blaise Laflamme It's good to see that I'm not the only goofy one in this group! 😄

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    • Eric Phillips you showed us the way! 🤪

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme This looks like concert stage performance quality!  Great musically, technically, and sound wise.  Great job Man!!

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