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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    • Emmanull
    • Emma
    • 3 yrs ago
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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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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Emma you interpretation is really charmful to my ears - could not be better ❤️

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    • Emma Very pretty.

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      • Debbie
      • Debbie
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Emma yay! a YouTube video! Nice job Emma. That's a lovely Etude and you played it so sweetly. 

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    • Emma great sound. Looks like you live in a warm climate. We are here buried under snow

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    • Olli
    • Mr. Pizza
    • Saitenzwirbler
    • 3 yrs ago
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    • Etude you worked on: Fernando Sor Op.35 No.10
    • One thing you found easy: Sightreading is ok
    • One thing you found difficult: bar 09-12 it` s impossible to hold the whole chord with my Sausagefingers - they do not fit at the same time on the fretboard 😫.

    This is the point I do not try to bring the piece to the "End-practice-Version" ... time till February 19th is short. This is a practice-recording... the piece may take some more days till it rings in the suggested tempo ..I want to play and get to know the other pieces too ...

     

    https://youtu.be/3zeI2NIULHw

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    • Olli Ha! Olli I have the opposite problem as you, my hands are small and weak and it's impossible for me to make some of the stretches from Sor's smaller guitar time period on the modernized guitars.  I think I need a Sor sized guitar.  

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Olli well played Olli. Looking forward to the next one

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey Dear David, i exactly understand what you are saying. But I think, smaller hands are a less a problem than bigger hands. There are so many female Asian players ( Xue fei, Kim etc. for Example..... they are very beautiful in looks and playing, but they are very small and tiny. The guitars are almost bigger than the players are - and it works fantastic.

      A 66,4cm with 54mm saddle fits perfect to my hands.

      Here it is standard measurement and this is very closely.

       

      Have you ever tried to play on a shorter, 64er guitar ?

      Best Regards

      Olli

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    • Olli  Nice Olli. Not bad for a practice session. 🙂 Thank you for posting.this one, it’s  a charming piece. Your voicing is clear and it sounds relaxed and controlled. 

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Olli well done! I enjoyed the piece. As you say is work in progress but there you have it!

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    • Olli I know exactly what you mean I immediately think of Stephanie Jones who I’m infatuated with currently her playing sound  and videos. Unfortunately the rest of me is big and chunky it’s just my hands that are relatively small lol so I can’t pull off what she does. Cest la vie! I do have a smaller feeling cordoba guitar and a Yamaha silent guitar that are much easier for my fingers but I really want to get better with the Turkowiak because the sound is so “true” if that makes sense. I definitely have to change strings which will help with the squeaks. I’ve heard John Williams uses a certain kind of daddario for this purpose 

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    • Olli Very good👋

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Derek dear Derek, thank you 👍😉

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 3 yrs ago
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      joosje thank you very much for having the feeling of a charming piece- as a musician, the whole live is 1. practice 2. practice and 3. repetition 🙈

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Giuseppe Gasparini thank you 💐

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      • Robert
      • amateur guitarist, guitar addicted
      • Robert
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Olli Thanks for sharing this, well played, and chapeau! for this practice session's output.

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    • Olli nicely played.

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  • Ok I FINALLY got another recording done today.  Thank you to this community for being so kind and supportive and to joosje  for the motivation to keep trying and Blaise Laflamme  for the technical support.

     

    Number 24.  Not too difficult to read although it's a longer piece (worthy of a concert program IMO) and there are a few tricky jazz finger stretches toward the end that my small pinky can't quite get to not buzz.  I just recorded it with the iPhone but I did edit a little in iMovie which I hope improved the sound at least a little.  It's uploading to YouTube now so will be live in a few minutes

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    • Standard resolution is up but it should be in 4K in around an hour or so

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey bravo! I liked it a lot! The melody shines well over the arpeggio and the sound of that melody is beautiful! It is a long piece, good work!  I need one more to complete the challenge ...

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 3 yrs ago
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      David Chidsey Well played David - I had a look at that one but decided it would take me too long to do anything with it for this challenge. You made a very good job of it.

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    • David Chidsey thank you so much for submitting. Beautiful interpretation . Lyrical and rhythmical. I liked it very much. And I agree it’s a nice repertoire piece. 

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    • David Chidsey Well done! looks like you found your way to finally record yourself again! For the pinky in this situation I found it easier to extend it and move my other fingers vertically while moving my arm a little bit to the left.

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    • David Chidsey Very good, great interpretation

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini I forgot the applause👋👋

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