WEEK 2: Conquering Carcassi's Etudes

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of the Carcassi Etudes op.60 challenge! 


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  • I think we're on the 2nd week so I'll post here?  I was heads down all day working on #16 to prepare this video.  It's a real challenging piece for me, now I need a few days to rest my hands 😉  It's so impressive to see everyone's videos I'll have to catch up with what I missed today...

    • Things you found easy: No. 16 was easy only in comparison to No 1. which I started with but was way above my level...
    • Things you found difficult: This was still a very challenging piece for me with all of the shifts and trying to bring out a nice tone on the melody.  Martin's video on this and recent performance from Eric was a real inspiration to focus and finally do a video.
    • (Optional): a video of you performing it! I'm still not ready to commit to expensive equipment but I'm trying a new mic: Marantz Pro MPM1000.  Definitely better than the computer mic.
    • (Optional:) questions. I wonder which one would be considered the "easiest".  If it's 16 that might be only one I can do for this challenge, but curious if there is a recommendation for an easy one that I could tackle next.
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    • Brett Gilbert This is great, Brett! Good separation between melody and accompaniment, You are also showing control of your tone without changing position. It seems to me that those skills are pretty rare for someone only playing for one year.

      In my opinion, number 2 is easier than number 16. Don't let the sixteenth notes scare you - just take it very slowly. In fact, you would probably benefit by first playing it as block chords with no arpeggio, just to get the chord changes and shifts down. Then work on the arpeggio very slowly, either with open strings or the first Am chord, making it even in rhythm and tone quality. Then put the whole thing together. I was playing the arpeggio p-i-m-a-m-a-m-a, but experiment with whatever is easiest for you. Another good choice would be p-i-m-a-m-i-m-i.

      Number 6 is also relatively easy, and there's a good tutorial video on it by Peter Graneis. Number 19 would also be a good choice. If you haven't played slurs very much, the slur pieces might be a bit hard without some preparatory work.

      That's my two cents. Great work on this beautiful piece! I consider it one of my favorites in the repertoire.

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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric, I loved your video of #2 and the tonebase lesson.  I'll give that a try next after a few days rest.  Looking forward to seeing everyone's videos this week and the exciting livestream on Friday - see you there!

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      Brett Gilbert So Awesome, bravo to that! I am happy with almost everything, only for the last chord I'd recommend another fingering as you are interrupting the line when you jump with the fourth finger!

      My solution would be (if you want to play the penultimate chord in this position) to slide with the 4th finger to the f on the second string (6th fret) and play f-a on the the 3rd and 4th string! This is somewhat of a stretch, but since you can keep the 4th finger it should be managable!

      Eric Phillips Thank you for putting together that list! Brett Gilbert you might also want to look at No.15, it' basically the same arpeggio in different positions, similar to No.2 where everything that Eric said is absolutely right! If you want to dip your toes in slurring, then I'd recommend to start with No.4 and No.10, both are quite simple as they don't require any special fingering! No. 8 might be a bit harder as the position in which you are slurring will change all the time!

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      Martin Yes, I noticed the final chord position you recommended in your tutorial but my hands couldn't consistently hit that yet as it was a bit of a stretch. I will keep at working on that final chord though, and a-m-i in the beginning worked very well.  Thank you so much. 

      btw, since I haven't changed my strings in over 6 months I am going to give your favorite combo a try.  Not sure if shipping to Germany makes it too expensive to be worthwhile, but stringsbymail is a favorite here in US,  You can put together your own custom sets and they have the individual strings you recommended.

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    • Brett Gilbert bravo! Really nice tone and good phrasing 

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      Brett Gilbert Beautifully played and lovely melody🙂

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      wasan and joosje - thank you for the encouragement! wasan - I enjoyed your recent video of #3

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    • Brett Gilbert this is beautiful! Congratulations!!! One study that I found easy and beautiful is number is number 3

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      Emma Thank you, I always appreciate feedback from the more experienced guitarists here like you.  Yes, I'm looking at 3 and 2 now as they both seem more approachable. 

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  • Study 21 A section only (measures 1-16).

    I wanted to focus on this section today. I had three goals, in order of priority:

    1. Execute the mordents cleanly and consistently. This is far more difficult than I expected. Each one is different, depending on the fingers used and the frets they are found on. (The string they are found on would also be a factor, but I intentionally have them all on the second string.) I first isolated them and practiced each one separately. In the video, I did not nail each one perfectly, so this is obviously a work in progress for me.
    2. Navigate the shifts well. Because I am trying to keep the melody on the second string as much as possible, there are a lot of shifts. I actually did not find this too difficult, but maybe one of you watching the video will see something that needs improvement for me.
    3. Play it up to tempo. I've heard some recordings of it that are a bit faster, but I think I like it at the tempo I played in the video posted here. Let me know if you think otherwise.

    Generally, I just find these sixteen measures to be incredibly beautiful, and so I want to play them as beautifully as I can! 😊

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      Eric Phillips Sorry I can't offer suggestions as it sounds perfect to me.  Your tempo seems just right though.  I listened to a few yt videos where most play with a faster tempo which didn't seem as well suited to the character of the piece.

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    • Brett Gilbert Thanks, Brett. When it's faster, it's  sounds a bit like a march to me, which is fine I guess, but I like it to be more tender almost. That said, when I listen back to my playing, it's a bit heavy on a few of the chords.

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    • Eric Phillips a great bravo. It’s beautiful. 👋👋👋 I used to play it  slightly faster. But your ornaments are so clean and elegant ! Ill revise this study. Thank you for the inspiration .

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    • joosje Thanks, Joosje. The ornaments are harder than I thought. I don't play much Baroque music, so I rarely play pieces that showcase ornaments. It's showing me how much work they can really be. When there are only one or two ornaments in a piece and they're not played perfectly, it doesn't ruin the whole piece. This one is another story, though.

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        Eric Phillips your ornamentation are so gorgeous, your tempo is perfect, I feel like a minuet, Bravo!

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    • wasan Thank you, Wasan!

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    • Eric Phillips hey I agree these mordents!!!! But you are conquering them!!!!

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  • I have begun working on #12. Since the arpeggio pattern is repetitive and straight forward I expect little difficulty playing it once the left hand part is learned.  My usual process for an arpeggio piece like this is to learn the chords as block chords - get the fingerings and the movement from one chord to the next. Once that's done it's just a matter of using the right hand pattern, working in the dynamics, and I think for this piece some rubato. I've got most of the chord shapes; they just need to come more quickly. More later.

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    • Peg Barrett That's great, Peg. I played through it yesterday, I think that's next for me after number 21.

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    • Eric Phillips Peg Barrett great piece. Never played it before. So I tried it  it’s really beautiful. I love the harmonies. Preparation, preparation. I feel when going with the flow  (melody, harmonies and dynamics )I tend to forget….

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  • Study 21 B section only (measures 17-52).

    This section still uses the rhythmic motif and the mordents of the A section that I posted above, but it has a very different character to it.

    Like in the A section, I tried to focus on executing the mordents well. I also wanted to give this section some better phrasing and dynamics than I did in the initial run through, since it seemed so long and rambling in that video. It is by no means a finished product here, but I hope there is more of a shape and musical direction to this long section now.

    By the way, you may notice that I am in a different location. I am in the classroom where I teach. The lighting in the room is all fluorescent, which looked horrible, so I turned the lights off. Sorry it's so fuzzy. The sound is okay.

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    • Eric Phillips well done!!!! I am copying from you the fingerings in bar 23!!! I had problems with the rhythm there but you nailed it!

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    • Eric Phillips although you did not play the chord 23 bar and mordant there. Could you please pass me your fingering? A photo of the score with the fingers? 

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      Eric Phillips Impressive as always.  So dedicated that you're making videos at work now! 😉 Do you ever play for your students?  

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    • Brett Gilbert Thanks, Brett! There is a fine line between dedication and obsession. I was actually just there waiting for my daughter, who is a student at the school, while she had tennis practice. I probably should have been working, but practicing guitar is so much more fun!

      I do play for my students on the last day of the year. It’s literally the only time I ever play for anyone other than my family (and now my Tonebase family too). 

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    • Eric Phillips what a difficult slurs exercise (or trill). Really nice Eric! :)

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    • Emma I'm not sure what you mean. Here is a picture of my fingering for measures 23-24. Is this the correct measures?

      Update: I decided now to play the G’s in measure 24 with the open third string.

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    • Khiem Nguyen Thank you, Khiem. What makes them difficult for me is that they require such precision of finger placement and pressure, and each one is different depending on its location on the fingerboard and the fingers used. On the plus side, they force me to have good hand alignment, especially if the pinky is used. If my alignment is off (and it frequently is) the mordent will sound bad.

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    • Eric Phillips same here, it is difficult to make a good gods take. But this is a great study to improve ourselves

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    • Eric Phillips yes thank you, these are the measures. This is a tricky part for me, doing the mordent at the same time of the open chord (G and B ) with a good result. I will try this fingering I do thé 24 measure in the first string. Thank you so much Eric! 

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  • Had a look at number 19 this morning - I love it - don't think I have heard it before. I play it slower than the marked tempo but I like this speed. Only had about 30 to 40 minutes on it but I did a quick video - just on the phone but added a bit of reverb in Da Vinci Resolve (which may have been a mistake) 

     

    Things I found easy - most of it easy(ish)

    Things I found hard - getting the melody to sing and I fluffed the changes up to the seventh position in the video - but I only had time for one take. This is another I will work on and post a hopefully better version next week.

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  • Hi everyone, here is my Etude no. 2 after two days of practicing. Please give me feedback for improvements. Right now my weakness is I did not learn to rest the right hand thumb on a un-played bass string after playing a note. My right hand thumb is floating :) I will try to experiment with resting the thumb to see how it feels.

     

    I have tried to focus on having the dynamic as written by the score. 

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    • Khiem Nguyen That sounded really good, Khiem! Lovely tone and control. I think the dynamics could be pushed a bit farther, and maybe play a touch slower at the end of phrases. 

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    • Eric Phillips thank you a lot Eric. Your feedback is very precise. I could have pushed the dynamic and the rubato a little bit further. I will try to push both dynamic and ritardando at the end in next takes :)

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    • Khiem Nguyen That sounds beautiful!

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    • Khiem Nguyen you are playing it so well!!! My only observation would be to accentuate more the base when the melody is there. That would be more contrast to the piece. But the tone the phrasing and the control are there ! Congratulations 

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    • Emma thank you a lot Emma, it motivates me a lot. And you are very precise in your advice; I listen again and also find that the basses could benifit from being accentuated more. I will keep the bass dynamic in mind next time I record it. :) Let us keep on the spirit :)

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara thank you Elizabeth, let us continue to have fun with learning this piece ^^

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  • This is really hard for me so I'm taking it slowly.  Here I just looped the first phrase three times.  I'm just trying to get my fingers in the right place at the right time! All the cool nuances will have to come later.

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara Well done, Elizabeth. Very clean and controlled. That’s a good idea to work just on one phrase at a time.

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara well done, slow and controlled ! It will come if you continue practicing like that. Congratulations!!

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    • Eric Phillips Thank you for the encouragement.  This first phrase may be all I can accomplish in 3 weeks, but there's no hurry. 16th notes played slowly feel like 7 measures instead of 3.5 and is quite satisfying to ruminate on!

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    • Emma Thanks for the encouragement.  All of the other players are so inspiring to watch!

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara Good job, I really like your right hand finger and the eveness of the tone. :) In addition to that, I think it will get even better when you shift your lefthand to the next chord, try to keep the left hand at the last mili-second, and only at the beat of the metronome, release it and shift to the next chord shape, and synchronize with your right hand. It will be more legato.  ^_^

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    • Khiem Nguyen Khiem Nguyen Thanks for the advice!  I am struggling with smoothly moving from chord to chord.  This morning I experimented with some different fingerings.  I saw that you were using slightly different fingerings that I hadn't thought of.  The suggested fingerings on the score are a little hard for me and I might need to develop more strength to do them.  I think I will try some new fingerings on this passage and record it again.

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  • Study 21 Final(?) Update.

    Here's the whole thing put together. I actually changed my mind and went back to a more conventional fingering for the piece. I'm fickle, I guess!

    I still played several of the mordents poorly, and I was not able to execute my planned dynamics and rubato as well as I would have liked, but I'm probably going to move on to another study now.

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  • Carcassi #2.  Just practicing a little dynamics on measures 9 & 10.

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara Good work, Elizabeth. I think this is one of the prettiest parts of the piece.

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara you got a really nice control of the dynamic, keep on the good work Elizabeth :)

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    • Eric Phillips It is.  I was inspired by TY's explanation of it.  

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara That’s great. I was wondering if you had listened to that tutorial, since you were doing what TY had spoken about.

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    •   Eric Phillips Yes, thank goodness for the recorded tutorials!  I never would have guessed that the phrase ends there in the middle of measure 3. I like having a very knowledgable guide since I don't have regular classical guitar teacher. All of the subtleties are fascinating.

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara good work Elisabeth but be careful to not repeat finger in the right hand! 

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      Elizabeth Uyehara That's beautiful, thank you for submitting that, you are producing beautiful dynamics! As Emma is mentioning we want to avoid finger repetitions in most cases, so I'd recommend t play with a or i for the last note of a given position!

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    • Emma Oh, thank you for pointing that out.  I was concentrating so hard on the dynamics that I didn't realize I was doing that!

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    • Martin Thanks for pointing that out.  I didn't even realize I was doing that!

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  • Study 12.

    I had never played this before, and it looked a little boring when I just saw it on paper. But after playing through it, I think the harmonic progression is really quite interesting and beautiful.

    What was easy: It's pretty straightforward arpeggios. Phrasing and dynamics come rather naturally when you play it.

    What was difficult:

    • I had to determine the right hand pattern I would use. I tried about four different patterns, but settled on p-a-i-p. It does repeat the thumb when you repeat the pattern, but I found that easier than other patterns that do not.
    • There is some bass string damping needed, which is still challenging for me (but less so now than two weeks ago 🙂).
    • I'd like to increase the speed a bit, making it almost sound like waves of arpeggios, getting faster and slower.
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  • Hello guys, hope you're doing great. Here's a quick update on Etude no. 1 after 4 days of pratice. I tried to phrase better the melodic lines as TY says, as well as having a more precise rythm than last week. 

     

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    • Daniel Beltrán Excellent, Daniel! Very challenging tempo, but you nailed it. I can definitely hear improvement in the phrasing. Good work.

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks a lot, Eric!

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    • Daniel Beltrán bravo!!!!

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    • Daniel Beltrán and unlike me many times’  your second half is much better. Very good!!!! 

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      Daniel Beltrán Enjoyed watching this, very fluid and you made it look easy.  I started with #1 but beyond my ability for now so nice to see it played so well.  I like the fingerings you used in the 2nd half to minimize awkward shifts.

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      Daniel Beltrán Good job, that's a very nice tempo! I think the bars at 0:33 - 0:37 can be a little bit more fluid, those melodic snippets should sound bigger and more elegant than they actually are! 👑

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  • Study 12 slow and expressive.

    When I was working on Study 2 and 14, I found it helpful to play them slowly and expressively so I could be attentive to details and have a very clear sense of phrasing and shaping. I figured this approach would be helpful for Study 12 as well, which I would eventually like to be able to play quite a bit faster.

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      Eric Phillips Wow, that is a beautiful one! I was just brushing over this really quick in the Kick-Off-Challenge, but you definitely made beautiful music out of it! 

      It does look as the beginning would be a nice addition to the next Interactive Class on Shifting!

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    • Martin Yes, plenty of shifting! Only a shifty person like me can play it!

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      Eric Phillips You really play this beautifully.  I am not playing quite that smoothly or quickly but it's getting better.

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    • Peg Barrett Thank you, Peg! It's such a great piece of music.

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  • Study 24.

    I'm going to really challenge myself with this one (while I continue to work on #12 above). Martin put this into the difficult and long categories!

    The video is just an initial read through the piece. I did make some quick decisions about fingerings beforehand, but I'll probably change them a bit as I dive deeper.

    What was easy: Easting breakfast this morning.

    What was difficult: Too many things to write here. Clearly the section that needs the most work right now is the end (C section? Coda? It's measures 28 to the end.) But there's a lot of work to do everywhere! I really don't know what particular technical skill this study focuses on, if any. It is quite beautiful, though.

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    • Eric Phillips wow Erik…. What a first first read through …. beautiful!!!!

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    • Emma Thanks again. It obviously needs a lot of work.

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    • Eric Phillips pretty brilliant for an initial read through. This is indeed quite a difficult one, demanding some interpretational skills, dynamics, phrasing etc. and you did so well, just ‘improvising’?  Even getting all the notes in place is not an easy thing….

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje. Like I said, I wasn't reading it for the very first time. I did already go through it and make some fingering choices (which I will undoubtedly change a bit). It's another beautiful one that I had never known before this challenge,

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    • Eric Phillips I agree it’s beautiful. You made some good choices. I’ll go over them, interesting….

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      Eric Phillips Nice work, Eric! I have the same feeling as you, not really knowing what's the technical focus on the last etudes. I think, Carcassi just wanted to add some beautiful music in the end 🤓

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    • Martin Well if so, he succeeded!

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  • Hello everybody, this second week I have been practicing number 3, 16, and 21 

    this is my recording of no 3

    The difficult part was the recording itself!!! I get very nervous. Also the the four quavers after the triplets don’t come out as imaginé them

    It was easy for me to imagine the interpretation and musicality

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    • Emma Excellent, Emma! You navigated those changes well and the melody was very legato. I saw some of Martin's fingerings in there!

      Like you, I hate recording. My hands can do something just fine, but when I hit the record button, suddenly they can't do it anymore. It shows how much are minds and bodies are connected.

      Good work, and I hope we get to hear those other pieces as well.

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    • Emma beautiful Emma, very musical and nice tone! I agree with you about recording. I think most of us have this ‘issue’…. You did it so well. 

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      Emma Beautifully done.  I'd never recorded myself before joining tonebase and like you I get oddly nervous as soon as I hit record.  That's part of what makes it so useful I think.  Hopefully someday I'll be brave enough to play in a zoom session like Khiem Nguyen did today.

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    • Brett Gilbert thank you Brett. I was nervous and my heart was beating faster :)  Hope that next time will be less nervous :)

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      Emma Bravo, Emma!!! 💃💃💃 Very clear and very musical! Sometimes you can be a little more relaxed with the tempo, some tempo changes seem to be a little abrupt! 

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    • Emma wonderful, Emma! Very musical, nice phrasing! And good control also! :)

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    • Martin  Yes,  I see that. Thank you!!

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    Today: Interactive Class on Carcassi's Etude no.7! Tremolo and Arpeggio, Fluidity and Motion, super excited to hang with y'all!

    Interactive Livestream: Arpeggio Mastery with Carcassi No.7, op.60
     

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  • Hi everybody, here is my Etude 7 played a little slower than my previous submissions. I use my laptop's camera for a better video quality than the previous videos using my phone. It is easier to see my left hand fingering choice in this new one. Thank you for reading and watching :)

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      Khiem Nguyen Bravo and thank you for performing in yesterday's interactive class! 💃🚀🤓 I just uploaded the annotated score for yesterday's lesson!

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    • Martin thank you for a fantastic interactive master class yesterday. And you and my classmates were all so kind with my performance yesterday, I would like to thank you so much! ^_^ And the annotated score is really helpful to keep the points discussed yesterday in one place ^_^

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    • Khiem Nguyen You do such an amazing job on this piece, Khiem! Thank you so much ofr being willing to play it in class yesterday! 👍👋👋👋

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    • Khiem Nguyen Nice phrasing and tremelo, good job Khiem

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  • Hi everybody, here is my second take of Etude no. 2. There are a lot of room to improve. Please don't hesitate to give me feedback. Unfortunately the audio of the video is clipped, so there are distortion. There are things like shifting, dynamic, and speed that come into my mind as my self-critique. I need to continue working on this piece for a long time before it will be more ready, I guess.

     

    I might not be able to touch a guitar in week 3 due to my private schedule, so that's why I am posting today when I can. Thank you :)

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    • Khiem Nguyen I think this is incredibly beautiful, Khiem! Your playing is very expressive. The only thing I'd want to do differently is put a but more pause at the end of measure 20 (the high F note) before continuing to measure 21. But this was really great. I can see and hear that your playing is improving quite a bit in this past month.

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    • Eric Phillips thank you so much Eric for motivating me and giving me good feedback! :) I will try to apply more rubato around measure 20 as you suggest :)

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      Khiem Nguyen Bravo, good job! I really liked the micro dynamics you applied for each position, it gives the piece a beautiful breath! I'd probably risk to sound like a broken record, but I think that placing your thumb and right hand preparation might help against the occasional nail clicks 🤓

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    • Khiem Nguyen Bravo Khiem!!! Very beautiful!!!

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  • Study 24 A and B sections.

    By my breakdown, this study has three sections of material. Today, I practiced the first two (which get repeated a few times). The first section is very lyrical and Romantic in style. The second section is labeled "animato" and so I am trying to play it a bit faster and more intensely. Let me know your thoughts.

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    • Eric Phillips super. Again, you make it look and  sound easy, which it is not!. I really like the way you play both parts. Agree with the tempo change. You could make some more dynamic variation I.o. to give it more structure and direction.  I ‘d also prefer to play the repeated chords in the first section a bit lighter, if not staccato but light and bouncing. As I have very little occasion to play these days, I rather spend the time working on these etudes and the technique involved (and i tend to follow your choice, which coincides with my own preference). Didn’t have time to record (yet)…… 

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    • joosje Thank you so much for your thoughts, Joosje. I like the idea of making the chords in the first section lighter and bouncier. That would create even more contrast with the second section.

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      Eric impressive transitions! As joosje points it out, it looks quite simple, but we definitely know that there's a lot of prep work involved! I'd probably try to look for a different fingering in the 3rd bar of the animato, the d-c move from 3rd finger to the barré does sound a little bit  disconnected. How about this fingering?

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    • Eric Phillips Very clear and clean. Joosje is right, you make it sound simple and effortless. Well done!! Very legato and musical... beautiful

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    • Martin Thank you, Martin, that works much better. I can't believe I didn't notice that problem in my fingering.

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    • Emma Thank you for the kind words, Emma!

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  • I’m still working on #12. The shifts are getting smoother and should improve as I get more familiar with the chords in the second section. I live on the northern Gulf Coast and my practice has been interrupted a bit with hurricane preparation. Overall, I’m glad I chose this piece. Next will be #21 I think.

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      Peg Barrett Take care and be safe!!! 😨 Hope you and your family will be alright!

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    • Peg Barrett I hope and pray that you and your loved ones stay safe! That puts life in perspective, doesn't it?

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  • Hello, this is my second posting of the week. I was planning to record number 16 this weekend but after 5 attemps or... more? I postpone it. I keep failing in the same couple of places, so I will practice it a bit more and challenge myself to send a recording next week

    What is difficult, many things, keeping a consistent sweet melody with a consistent "a" finger, the displacements (one of the without a guide finger  in bar 7)

    What is easy, it is beautiful so I want to practice it more and more. It is easy to memorise

    Next week I plan to record this one and the wonderful number 21 with the 🥵mordents....

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    • Emma Those are two of the most beautiful pieces in this collection! I hope you're enjoying them and I look forward to hearing you play them.

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  • Study 24 C section.

    Yesterday, I worked on the A and B sections (which repeat a few times), and today I worked on the C section (coda?) which is measures 28 until the end.

    What was easy: Tying my shoes, especially since they have no laces. 👞 😁

    What was difficult: This section has quite a few shifts that can be tricky. I made use of some open string fingerings to ease the shifts, but I'm not sure if that is the best musical choice. Let me know if you think that they interrupt the melodic line.

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    • Eric Phillips good job Eric. I agree with your open strings solution. I think Carcassi planned them that way., but I can be mistaken . These shifts are still not easy in this part, anyhow.

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      Eric Phillips I was off the forums for a few days but just watched all the parts you did for 24.  Seems like one of the more advanced etudes, amazing to watch.  What's been your favorite so far?

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    • Brett Gilbert At the risk of sounding hokey, I’ll say that my favorite is always the one I’m working on at the moment. 😁

      I must say, however, I have the feeling that #24 might end up as permanent addition to my repertoire, a piece I will memorize and try to keep “in the fingers” always. I love it a lot! 😍 Of course, #3 and #16 already have that status for me.

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  • Study No.1

     

    Hello everyone, this is my second post after posting study no.3 last week.

     

    I was hesitating about recording it as I didn't master it yet but I said why not, at the end it is only about sharing progress and having fun :)

     

    This week I recorded Study No.1 which is still challenging to me and requires a lot more practice.

     

    I will practice both studies 1 & 3 more to polish them then I may post if they get any big improvements.

     

    Next, I may start learning either a section of Study No. 7 as I want to try tremolo or study no.2 if that was way difficult for me :)

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    • SULTAN BAMUKHIER Good work, Sultan! I’m glad you decided to post this and not wait until it’s “perfect” (which never happens). This is a really hard study! Why Carcassi chose to put it first I will never understand, especially since he calls the opus “progressive” in his title. That said, you are making fine progress!

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  •   Sorry I posted this in "week 1" by mistake, so copied it here where it belongs.  This one is a bit more challenging than it first appears.  Since it is not memorized,  I need to pay more attention to the transitions for different RH patterns and some position changes.  Guess this was one of Carcassi's main purposes of this study.  

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    • Barney Good job, Barney! I particularly liked the sound of your rest strokes.

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      Barney Great to see this as a follow-up to the live session last week.  You make it look easy and I continue to admire your pro AV setup.

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    • Barney very beautiful. Thank you for submitting this. Excellent  phrasing and tone. I loved it!

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    • joosje Thank you Joosje!!

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    • Brett Gilbert Hey Brett,  Since I don't play guitar professionally, the AV setup is not pro level equipment.  The Pros use higher end , more expensive mics and components.  This stuff is however significantly better than just using my iphone.

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  • Thanks Eric!

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  • Thanks Brett!

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