WEEK THREE Updates: Main Thread - Where the magic triumphs!

Hellooo, everyone, and welcome to WEEK THREE - the final Main Thread for this challenge! 🤩


Why is this thread necessary?

Because the Week 1 and Week 2 threads are now both officially monstrously long 😀 And navigating them can get tricky with the lack of multiple page display.


But Mircea - I hear you say - can we still post in the old thread?

Yes, of course! Feel free to reply to others in the old thread to your heart's content. Just make sure you post any new updates (whether text or video) in this thread instead.


"Oh no, I didn't see this thread, so I posted a new update in the old thread!"

No problem at all! Just tag me (@Mircea) and I'll move your post 😎 These admin powers I got here are actually pretty cool! It turns out I can move individual replies between threads.


Where are the Week 1 and Week 2 threads?

Find the Week 1 thread here! And Week 2 here!


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Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):

  • Etude you worked on:
  • One thing you found easy:
  • One thing you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!

Sample daily update:

  • Etude you worked on: No. 1
  • One thing you found easy: The polyphony between bass and treble flowed very naturally, I had an easy time playing each line like it belonged to its own voice.
  • One thing you found difficult: I had a hard time creating enough variety throughout the repeated measures.

Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!

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  • Today I read study 23. The only easy part is the key of e major. The rhythm of the fast arpeggios on beat one of every measure changes so keeping time is difficult. Also ther are a few strange notes in this edition I’m not sure if they are intended so I changed them to be more idiomatic. Blasphemous I know!

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      • Olli
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      • Saitenzwirbler
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      Blaise Laflamme yes, using OBS with Logitech HD1280cam and Saffire6USB (both 10 years old)... because on integrated iSight-Camera it is impossible to do manuel focus....

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    • Olli you're right with an USB webcam as video capture source it works without using too much CPU, but it bumps up as soon as you're adding an external DSLR, even if the camera is not connected and used. I'm happy you can use it without too much pain, with your setup you probably can just use QuickTime Player to record with your USB webcam + microphone and raise your video resolution to HD.

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    • Etude you worked on: No 18
    • One thing you found easy: I started by just playing all the voices separately, so when I came to sight read it as a whole it was easy to keep a sense of the of the phrasing and flow of the voices
    • One thing you found difficult: I found some of the left hand fingering changes were difficult in the context of keeping the flow of the voices as I wanted them. I guess that requires more work!
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    • Robert
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    • Robert
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    • Etude I worked on: #14
      A very nice extensive study in dotted rhythms. For me, it sound like a kind of (military) march.  I like this Sor challenge so much, because it is pointing me (and I guess many of us) to these pieces that are new for me/us.
    • One thing I found easy: good sightreading exercise
    • One thing I found difficult: For me, the main challenge is to keep playing the dotted parts with crisp and sharp fashion (instead of tripleting or swinging).
    • YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Ejv6T4XmBXQ
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      Robert I like this a lot! I also think it is like a march. I will record this tomorrow!

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    • Robert beautiful. Very nice rendition. Such a beautiful piece... you play it really well.

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      • Robert
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      • Robert
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Emma joosje Thanks for your kind comments.
      I will listen to many submissions of all of you tomorrow. Here is so much nice stuff to watch and to listen to. You all did great and it is wonderful to be part of this community.

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    • Robert Agree with you. It’s fascinating to be part of this community . This initiative is helping us to bring out the best.... thanks to Sor and to Mircea for the idea and the kind participation of all of you...

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      Robert another good performance Robert

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    • Robert Bravo!!👋

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      • Olli
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      Robert wow, really great. This piece I will also record in the future ...

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    • Etude I worked on: #19
      Interesting one. Like so many other pieces of op. 35, this was totally new for me. I "found" this today. I started to play sightreading, played it a few times in order to get familiar with it and then recorded it with the smartphone.
    • One thing I found easy: Sightreading, getting the general idea of the piece.
    • One thing I found difficult: A bit of a surprise: playing the first 8 chords really balanced.
      Then: playing the rhythm correctly. And m21/m25 are not that easy in the first attempt (need preparation LH in m20/m24).
      At the end I want to create the illusion of creating more and more distance to the march(ing people) like they were walking away.
    • YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/PhrsCbyaj9Q
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    • Robert  wow, really great, this isn’t  easy. You make is sound natural and very rhythmical.  It makes me think of Napoleons troops approaching. (Film Waterloo ‘1971)

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      • Robert
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      • 3 yrs ago
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      joosje Thanks! Today is Valentine's Day, so I do not really know why I am in a kind of "march mode" today (regarding the picks of today's etudes). 😬🙂 Yes, like marching troops, and at the/my end they are fading away... 😊

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      • Emma
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      Robert another military march for you!!!! This piece is difficult, because you have to master the rhythm and you are doing it great. Congratulations!

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      Robert great performance Robert

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    • Robert Bravo!!👋

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      • Olli
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      Robert bravo 👍🏻💐

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    Study 17: It is not difficult, and it is the kind of piece that suits me, very musical, and beautiful. However, the difficult part is to aim perfection, giving different colours to the  melody when it repeats in the various parts, add different volumes. I need more time for this, but in 3 days I achieved this, although I played better when the video was not recording!!!😉

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    • Emma that’s really beautiful, Emma.. I love this melody and you play it so well, It’s such a pleasure listening to this recording.

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    • Emma You played that so well! Your left hand was very agile, and your right hand controlled the tone beautifully.

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    • Emma Just a lovely legato melody you play, this is how it's supposed to sound!

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      • Derek
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      Emma beautiful Emma. A lovely performance

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      • Robert
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      • Robert
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Emma Well done, a pleasure. Recording is always an additional challenge, w.r.t. to equipment etc. but also w.r.t. playing well without getting too nervous etc., but since I do that I play more focused, and this "mirror" is helping me a lot.

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    • Emma Very good Emma, it is a pleasure to listen to her👋👋

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