WEEK 2: Let It Snow! ❄

Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of the Happy Holiday Challenge! 🎄 This is the place for the second week of submissions! 🥨


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    • Brett Gilbertnull
    • Piano and classical guitar
    • Brett_Gilbert
    • 2 yrs ago
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    I posted an arrangement of Bach's famous chorale prelude BWV 645 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme ("sleepers awake") exactly 2 weeks ago in the piano challenge and my idea had been to do the same piece on guitar and got the David Russell arrangement only to realize it was way too hard for my current level and I didn't have enough time to practice.

    I decided to post at least the first theme as I worked on it all week but it's a tough a piece for me.  It's a lovely arrangement, though, and there are some great performances on yt.  I put a capo on the 1st fret so it matches the same key as the piano version.

    I was so glad to discover tonebase this year and looking forward to another year of learning and sharing with everyone

    🎄Happy Holidays and new year!🎄 

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric, I know I wouldn't feel motivated to practice as much without the community here and a "goal/deadline" set with the challenges.  I'm still amazed at how you find the time to post so many videos but I always enjoy them and appreciate your comments.  Merry Christmas to you and your family and looking forward to 2022.

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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Brett Gilbert Woooow, that sounds so beautiful! And I just compared it with the version you uploaded in the Piano Community as well, feel free to share that here, too! It's fantastic to hear both submissions in comparison!!

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      thanks Martin I was inspired to work on this by your video a few weeks ago of the David Russell arrangement of Jesu... just didn't realize how hard it was! The piano version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY1eybtvDok

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      • ivan paolonull
      • amateur guitarist
      • ivan_paolo
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Brett Gilbert 

      Congratulations on the job done. The piece is challenging. Playing with short nails is not easy but I like the sound it can makes. I suggest trying to "enter" a little deeper "between the strings" with the fingers and articulate the movement of the fingers from the knuckles (and not from the last phalanx by looking for the string with your fingernail.)

      Happy Holidays

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Thank you ivan paolo , I appreciate the advice and have enjoyed your videos of the Roland Dyans piece .  Nails are always a challenge for me when switching between 2 instruments and I've always struggled to get nice tone from short nails.  I'll give your suggestions a try!

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    • Brett Gilbert Unbelievable, Brett! Are you improvising some of the embellishment? Your musicianship is so outstanding!

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Wow, thanks!  I'm pretty much following the arrangement which is by pianist/composer Ferruccio Busoni from the late-Romantic period who is especially well-known for Bach transcriptions, the most famous and my favorite being his transcription of the Bach Chaconne!  Playing a transcription of the Chaconne on guitar is one of my very long-term/way-in-the-future goals.

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    • Brett Gilbert Well Busoni certainly wrote a beautiful arrangement. I know some don't like "romanticizing" Bach (or other earlier composers), but I think it's wonderful. I honestly cannot imagine Bach only wanting his music frozen in one time period. If he had somehow lived into the romantic era, he certainly would have written his music like this.

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    • Brett Gilbert Wow, that's so cool that you are working on this piece on piano too! Both sound really nice.

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Brett Gilbert great work Brett

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Brett Gilbert beautiful Brett

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  • This morning I have sent a video, but it is any where now! I will send it again.

    I was saying, it is of the Villancico again. Still needs a lot of work in memory, digitation, interpretation ans last but not least I should not forget to tone the 6th cord in D !!!

    I will continue working on it in the diary. I want to play it in our next concert 😉.

    See you all tomorrow !!

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel sorry, no idea why it is twice now!!!!!

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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Nora Torres-Nagel I edited the second one out, now!

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      • ivan paolonull
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      • ivan_paolo
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Nora Torres-Nagel Well done. I like your elegant way of playing guitar.

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Really good work, Nora! It has so much musicality!

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    • Martin gracias Martin!

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    • Eric Phillips thanks a lot Eric...

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    • ivan paolo gracias Paolo.... I think I put always strange faces....🙃

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      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Nora Torres-Nagel Very nice playing and tone quality, Nora!.  Thanks for sharing it with us!

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      • Derek
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Nora Torres-Nagel very nice Nora. You have a lovely tone.

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    • Barney thanks for your comentary

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    • Derek thanks for hearing me Derek !

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  • Ah, it's the last day of the challenge and I didn't get to practice last week.  So I thought I would give it a shot and give you an update.  Happy Holidays to you all!!!

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      • Brett Gilbertnull
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • Brett_Gilbert
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Elizabeth Uyehara Wonderful video, sounds great!  Beautiful tree as well.  Happy holidays!🎅

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