Week 1: A Guitar has Six Strings, Right? 🎸

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of the transcription challenge! This is the place to discuss the Week 1 livestream.


If you want to describe your process (optional), feel free to use the following template.

  • Things you found easy:
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  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!
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  • I assume the intro sentence should read 'transcription challenge' rather than 'composition challenge'.

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      Jack Stewart absolutely, thanks!

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  • Bach Sarabande (BWV 1012)

    So, when does this challenge start? Ahh, never mind!

    I thought I'd kick this thing off with perhaps the most transcribed composer of all time. This comes from his sixth cello suite, and it's probably my favorite movement from all of the cello suites. Hearing it played on cello just makes me cry (in a good way)! 😪

    You can easily find a bunch of versions of this for guitar online. What I'm playing comes mostly from a transcription I have by Luis Alvarez, but I made several changes. I'd probably play it differently each day, knowing me.

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    • Very nice Job Eric.  Not nearly as familiar with this Suite as I should be.  you have a very nice touch …Now I will have to listen again to the whole suiteEric Phillips 

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    • Paul Kennedy Thanks, Paul. The Prelude is really rockin’! I love the Sarabande the most, which is almost always the case for me.

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      Eric Phillips Haha, we expected nothing else from you! 🥳

      What a beautiful rendition of this piece, as Paul Kennedy you found a beautiful color for this piece! Who would be your favorite cellist to perform that piece?

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    • Martin 

      i have an old box set of Rostropovich playing all six.  I think he is my favorite.

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    • Martin Thanks, Martin! I am no purveyor of fine cellists, but I do really like Inbal Segev's version. She also has a great masterclass about the piece on YT.

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    • Eric Phillips great job - your playing inspired me to also make a recording of a Bach Transcription 😎

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    • Olli I look forward to hearing it!

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    • Eric Phillips that's wonderful Eric. A beatiful piece and you play it so well. I like how you keep the flow and the emotion right through to the very end

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    • Derek Thank you, Derek!

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    • Eric Phillips Beautiful! If I may suggest a cellist, David Watkin has some gorgeous sounding Bach on an early instrument which I've found to be refreshing and inspiring. I think it's easily available on Spotify!

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    • Emmanuel Thank you, Emmanuel! I just listened to his performance of this Sarabande. Incredible! The longing quality of the music just pours out of every note he plays.

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    • Eric Phillips beautiful!!! First time I listen to this one!!!! 

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    • Emma Thank you, Emma.

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    • Eric Phillips it’s very, very beautiful. I had to try this one, but I have a complicated transcription, with more bass notes, I can’t make it sound so smooth (yet?) as you are doing! Thank you for posting.

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    • joosje Thanks, Joosje. These slower Bach pieces for solo cello or violin are tricky to transcribe it seems to me. You want to be faithful to the original while taking advantage of the guitar's polyphonic ability. Also, with so much less sustain on the guitar, it really needs something added to fill the space. As much as I love playing pieces like this, I think I will always prefer them on the original instruments.

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    • Eric Phillips i 100% agree, but still, it’s so beautiful. I plan to submit an even slower part from the 3rd violin solo sonata,. It’s so tricky, but also a real challenge…

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    • joosje Great! I can't wait to hear your beautiful playing of that spectacular piece of music.

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      Eric Phillips I came across this piece from a guitar review and I tried to search on youtube for other performances of this lovely piece and you came up 🙂

      I don't really know much Bach pieces and this is such beautiful music and as always wonderful playing!

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    • don Thanks, Don! Does that make me a YouTuber now? Should I start monetizing (whatever that means, I’ve just heard other people say it)? 😀

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  • I have seven😉

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  • Schumann Berceuse (trans. Tarrega)

    I was reading through this piece from the files Martin gave us, and it seemed pretty playable. Then I hit this short section in F# minor on page 2 that just seemed impossible. I decided to check for any versions of it on YT, to see how other guitarists handled that section. The only two I could find actually eliminated the entire part in F# minor. I took that as permission to do the same! 🙂

    So, here's my version. It still needs some work.

    For those following the score, I am playing page 1 in it's entirety, then repeating the A section (still page 1). Then I am jumping to the very last line of page 3 (the part with harmonics), playing it like a coda. I didn't play the coda terribly well here, so I hope to make another recording of this some time later.

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  • Here's my first attempt at Chopin's Prelude op 28 no 7 arranged by S Ranieri. Just started looking at it the other day. It's short but quite a challenge to play it smoothly. Will keep working on it.

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  • Hey guys,  I'm going to work on Granada by Issac Albeniz (for Piano), transcribed by Andres Segovia.  Will try to get some useful input from Emmanuel's Masterclass to hopefully improve my performance of this beautiful piece.

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    • Barney Hey Barney, what a great piece (too difficult for me).  I look forward to hearing it

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    • Paul Kennedy Thanks Paul.  Hope I can  give this piece what it deserves.  Such great composing by Albeniz.  It’s not complicated,  but tiring for the left hand, and a challenge to keep the melody line singing and balanced.  I will try, haha.

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    • Barney I will try Cadiz! A close city to Granada :)

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    • Emma That’s a great piece.  I played it many years ago. I look forward to hearing you play it!  Maybe I’m old fashioned, but the Guitar transcriptions of Albeniz and Granada’s are still my favorites.  Perhaps that’s why guys like Segovia, David Russell, and Manuel Barreuco did many transcriptions of their music.

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    • Barney Sorry Typo-- should be "Granados"

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    • Barney Hi Barney! may be I can also participate in this challenge with my Granada transcribed by David Russell and we can all compare both transcriptions, what do you mean?

      Otherwise I can not begin anything new....too many things going on . I hope to send a video next week, I have still a lot to work on it , but it is nice to share.

      You have sent all : Joosje, Eric!!, Jack, Derek, Olli ,Hélène do I forget someone ?  beautifull music sent... your Bach Joosje...very nice piece, and Chopin...Eric with a lot of contributions!!!! thanks to all guys!

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Hi Nora.  That's great!  David Russell's transcriptions are wonderful, so I look forward to hearing you play this one.  I've never played his version myself, but have heard it; so beautiful!  David loves Albeniz and Granados, as we do...

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  • I’ve decided this challenge is a great opportunity to try one of Dyens transcriptions- but they’re pretty tricky for me- started on Revoir Paris, I think one of the easier ones. Just reading through it and working through the fingering today. Hard- the complex 3 on 2 rhythms throughout, a few tricky stretches, maintaining rhythm in the tricky sections. 
    Easy- not very much unfortunately- it’s easy to like the fantastic chords and I especially like the descending glissando at the end!

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    • Chris Coghill Hi Chris, I am looking forward to hearing any Dyens.  I am only recently a convert to his music, but all guitar.  Did he write for other instruments as well?

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    • Paul Kennedy the music I have seen all has guitar in it at least. I’ve been trying to play most of the 20 lettres for the last year or so, and also some of the first half of the 100. I’m not sure if you could call them transcriptions though unfortunately!

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    • Paul Kennedy He was a " Classic Guitarist " and as Composer and Arranger  he has written for guitar and orchestra, for guitar and string quartet , for guitar and flute and mandolin, and various guitar ensemble. You can find here all his pubblished' works.
      https://www.rolanddyens.com/

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    • Chris Coghill

      I love the arrangements of Roland Dyens' French songs, (like all his works) and I am glad you are studying this song. I will listen to you very gladly, good study.

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    • ivan paolo Wow, I had no idea.  I look forward to hearing this piece.

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  • Looking forward to this one and forcing  myself to learn Prelude No. 2 by Gershwin 

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  • OK, so I've selected one of Gershwin's 3 Preludes: No. 2 to be exact.  These were originally written for the piano, and in keeping with his style, there is a bit of a jazzy/bluesy rhythm that is presenting a challenge for me to grasp, but I will continue to work with it.

    Things you found easy:  This is a typical ABA piece and the A part is quite straight forward (apart from the rhythms as already discussed -- clearly, I ain't got rhythm).  

    Things you found difficult:  The B part is a little more challenging to understand the flow, but getting there, albeit slowly

    (Optional): a video of you performing it!  This is forthcoming....in a day or two

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    • Paul Kennedy Thanks Paul, this is great! We look forward to seeing your video in a few days. Sending lots of rhythm your way!!! 🥁

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  • Scarlatti Sonata K32

    Scarlatti sonatas are frequently transcribed for the guitar. Here is one that is fairly easy to play. I definitely recommend listening to it on harpsichord and piano as well, as it is so beautiful on those instruments.

    Although written in D minor, the versions I've heard on guitar have transposed it to E minor. I decided to record it in E minor and D minor. I'll let you decide which one is more effective on the guitar. I have included Scarlatti's score, a score for guitar in E minor, and a tablature for my version in D minor.

    In addition, I also decided to play it on the lute. Please bear in mind that I am not a lutenist (at least not yet). I'm really just doing it for fun here. With the tuning I have on my lute, I suppose it sounds like it's in Db minor. To my guitar hands and brain, however, it feels like B minor. (BTW, in a few weeks, I plan to cut my nails and give a serious go at learning the lute more properly. This is my first time saying this publicly, so I guess I'm at least semi-committed to doing it. I will be playing guitar for a small group on January 19, so I prefer to wait until after that is done. Yikes!)

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    • Eric Phillips Lovin' the lute!  (no lute Tab?)

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    • Paul Kennedy Sorry, I didn't take the time to write it out.

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    • Eric Phillips Oh my God 😬

      Please don't do that: I plan to cut my nails and give a serious go at learning the lute more properly. This is my first time saying this publicly, so I guess I'm at least semi-committed to doing it.

      I often had nightmare-dreams - cutting my nails short on the wrong Hand and woke up sweated , but happily - it was just a bad dream...😄

      While studying guitar my second Instrument was the Renaissance-Lute...and I promise you - it is not necessary to cut the nails.... shortening the "end" of the nails a little bit ( the longest part of the nail, that in fact never hits the sting ) is everything you need for playing "thumb inside" ...

      On later periods, adding more and more strings, the lutenists played thumb outside - like on the modern guitar...and this is absolutely possible with "short" guitar nails.

      Owning great sounding guitars I stopped playing the lute - but I love to play lute repertoire on the modern guitar with capodastro - or on the "Lito-Forte" that i also love to play...

       

      I compare : Lute = Windows ( windows 95 🤣 ) .... modern guitar = MAC ( macOS 10.14.6 )

      But these are just my thoughts about this - you have to trie it out .....

      Best Regards 🍀

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    • Olli Thanks, Olli. I'll give your words some thought. My guitar is actually cheaper than my lute (and my lute is not expensive).

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    • Eric Phillips This is a very nice Scarlatti sonata. Very pensive and quiet. Very well played - each time! BTW I was listening to a piano version of this  on YT and noticed  Martha Argerich performing K141 in the sidebar. It was jaw dropping. I can't imagine what it would be like to have that kind of musical ability!

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks for letting me know, I'll have to check it out.

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    • Eric Phillips you play this sonata really very nicely. I can’t say which version I prefer. You’re doing such a great job on so many pieces, none of them really easy. Chapeau 🎩

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje. With this one, I feel more like I'm just playing around for the fun of it. Music is just so much fun to me!

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    • Eric Phillips you never cease to amaze me as to how much you can do in such a short time. Another nice piece well played (on two instruments)

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    • Derek Thanks, Derek. Not that I've played a lot of Scarlatti's sonatas, but this one seems more accessible for intermediate guitarists like me.

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    • Eric Phillips I really like this sonata, good to know it is not that hard. I think I prefer the E minor one, but the D minor sounds nice too. It's great that you can play it in different keys and on the lute as well. Good for the brain, and for our listening pleasure :) 

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  • "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" BWV 147 

    This piece I started practicing one week ago and I think, it fits great into this challenge.

    There is much work to do and this is my practice-recording for today.

    https://youtu.be/CyiMotftl7Y

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    • Olli Good work, Olli! This is not easy. I'm glad to see you still have the pizza on the couch! 🍕

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    • Eric Phillips I put the Pizza there for David 😉

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    • Olli beautiful piece on the guitar

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    • Olli That was great Ollie. This piece is deceptively difficult. It flows so gently but requires constant legato despite the many shifts and changes.

      Great job!

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    • Olli great start Olli. It’s really not easy, but you are on the way to a great performance.

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    • Olli Great start!

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    • Olli after  a week that's great progress Olli. Sounds good!

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    • Olli Very nice Olli, I have seen so many transcriptions of this piece; some easy, others quite difficult.  I really like the one you are playing

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  • Schubert Adieu (trans Tarrega)

    I think that Tarrega may have had a gift for guitar transcription (in addition to composing and playing). Here is one I found in Edson Lopes' files. The score is attached. As it says at the top, the level is intermediate, so no big hurdles.

     

    Update 1/4 - I made another recording of this below. Unfortunately, I permanently deleted this video from YT, so it is no longer available here. Sorry for the eyesore.

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    • Eric Phillips That was beautiful both the music and the playing. It took me a couple of listens to get past my persistent aversion to beautiful romantic music. Once I let go I found this to be wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jack Stewart Thanks, as always, Jack. I always love it when I find a new piece that I enjoy that is a quick learn. I may want to go back and polish this one up a bit, but at least I'm confident about the technique.

      BTW, isn't Chopin in the "aversion" category?

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    • Eric Phillips He was, but some of his music has managed to slip out.

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  • I am reviving a valse by Chopin, op. 69.2, that I worked on a while back but never got it to performance level. This is the first section (of 3).

    Chopin can be a bit quirky and he slightly varies his repeats which can be difficult to keep track of.  His use of chromaticism is challenging - especially after Bach and Sor. They both can be chromatic but I am more familiar with their harmonic logic.

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    • Jack Stewart Chopin Valse op. 69.2

      This video was supposed to have been with the original post.

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    • Jack Stewart Hi Jack. The video is not available. Do you have it on private in YT?

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric. I am easily confused. I forgot to finish setting up YouTube settings. It should be good now.

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    • Jack Stewart That is so wonderful to listen to, Jack! I can’t wait to hear the rest. It looks really difficult, but you make it sound so nice. I love Chopin, and I wish I could play more.

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric. I was trying to record the entire piece but kept finding spots that would grind to a halt. I would work on that part and then, when it was good, another part would fall apart. and on and on. Sometimes my practice feels like Whack-a-Mole. But I'll keep plugging away until I get it.

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    • Jack Stewart 

      I think it's the right spirit, don't give up and keep playing👍

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    • Jack Stewart what a great piece.  I have the Richard Yates arrangement that I have never tried before.  You have inspired me to take a closer look at it.  Very nicely done Jack!

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    • Jack Stewart wow Jack - this is a great piece 👍

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    • Jack Stewart I love this song, can't wait to hear more, good job on the first section!

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    • Jack Stewart nice work Jack. Looking forward to hearing the whole piece

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    • Jack Stewart re-edit) it’s a beautiful walz and the transcription is genius. Well played, too. Great submission. Thanks!👏

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    • Jack Stewart Chopin Valse Op. 69.2 Complete ... sort of.

      This is a complete recording of the Chopin Waltz (well, I didn't play the repeat of the B section - you're welcome😊) It went fairly well, though it does begin to fall apart a bit in the last half 😳. I hope to have a more refined recording next week. I am also beginning work on some other transcriptions which will have their own thread when I get them.

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  • Hello to all! I am entering the challenge with Cadiz by Isaac Albeniz. I tried this piece a couple of years ago and found it was too big for me so I dropped it. Now, I feel confident to give it a go! Though as it is a large piece, it may be the only one I enter . Also, because I have Ballet by Ponce to prepare … starting strong 2022!!!!!

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    • Emma hello Emma, good idea - it is a fine piece - I am looking forward to your interpretation 🙂

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  • My first challenge, but feel like getting involved in this one as I want to learn a new piece anyway... Looking through my music I have Henry Purcell - Four Pieces, edited by Bream. I've picked Rondo, the second of the four pieces to have a go at... As I understand it, originally a harpsichord piece, and transcribed by Bream in 1970... 

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    • Andrew Whitehouse Hello Andrew, this is a great idea - I am looking forward to you playing it for us 😉

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  • I thought about practicing "Asturias-Leyenda" of Isaac Albeniz. I never played music written by Albeniz. It is so hard to read and play. Thinking about this fact, now I remember my first classical guitar teacher - it was at my age of 26 ...

    He asked me, why I want to learn classical guitar - and I remember me saying "When I can play Sevilla, then my goal is reached :o) ..."

    But Sevilla, I think, is very difficult ?! 

    I will start with Lexus-Commercial-Manuel-Barrueco Piece 😂

    A video will follow - but at the moment I just can play the first bars - not worth to record anything...

    https://youtu.be/rMzBy41kp1E

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    •  Here comes the first bars of me playing Asturias...

      I can play more bars than recorded, but everything needs so much more work.

      For this Challenge, I will focus only on that piece and try to improve " Jesu, Joy of men's desiring"...

      Just those two pieces for the whole challenge...https://youtu.be/nZ6NFklVuFw

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    • Olli Oleeeee very nice growing ! I love Sevilla also Olli and I am so crazy that I have began to learn at a tempo "bolero" instead of "sevillana". I enjoy it. But now with challenges, concerts and "estudios" and exercises.... I am not working on it. I should begin a diary also...it is going to take me several years!

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  • Schubert Adieu (trans Tarrega) Update Jan 4

    I practiced this piece a bit more, and here is a new video. I tried to make the melody come out more clearly above the accompaniment. I also tried to play it more expressively.

    BTW, without thinking, I permanently deleted my previous recording of this from YT, so that video is no longer available.

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  • My first Challenge :) So I was planning on learning new repertoire anyway. Mostly Romantic era music since I ordered a romantic guitar (was thinking Mertz, Regondi, Coste, wasn't sure what exactly). So because of the Challenge, I decided on some Schubert-Mertz. Not sure yet how many pieces I will be able to work on, but I started Lob der Tränen Sunday. I made some progress on the first page (mostly the intro and first melody). Will try to record something tomorrow (actually, I tried to record yesterday, but it sounded awful 😐)

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Welcome to the challenge. It's good to have new people join in. I LOVE Lob der Tranen! I've worked on the first half a bit, but when the melody goes up an octave, I get frustrated with those big arpeggios. I look forward to hearing you play it, especially if you're using a period instrument.

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Hello Helene, I am looking forward to your recording 👍🍄

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    •  Hélène Beaulieu soyez la bienvenue! A pleasure to have you join the community. Wonderful full choice of a piece. Looking forward to hearing you perform.

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  • Such a wonderful challenge, but I am having this problem making a choice: so much incredible music! most of my repertoire is original guitar (or lute). So, I have to discover some new.  Granados and Albeniz are tempting….

    This first attempt of a recording is from Bach’s violin sonata (1005). The transcription is in original key (3rd F major part from the C major sonata). It’s so hard to find the ideal tempo…

    i tuned the 6th string to F and my 7th to C, mainly to enhance the harmonic resonance and the dominant bass in the the cadenza (hardly noticeable with my poor sound quality)… it’s perfectly possible to play this on 6 strings with normal E tuning. Still lots of work to be done, but it’s still the first week.


     

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    • joosje Great start! This tempo is very nice, but I am not familiar with this sonata...

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    • joosje That was wonderful, Joosje! Yes, it needs work, but so much beauty is already coming through. I particularly loved the way you played the ascending scale-type passage from about 2:56 - 3:03. Brilliant fingering, lovely tone, well-placed vibrato, and an absolutely perfect diminuendo! I could just listen to that over and over again.

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    • joosje Jose that was beautiful. I don't know this piece but it is very nice.   I actually just now looked it up and I am familiar with parts of the sonata. 

      You have  great start. Looking forward to hearing your progress. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Eric Phillips Jack Stewart Nin Harris thank you!

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    • joosje what a beautiful transcription! And nice tempo as well.  Great job

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    • Paul Kennedy thanks Paul.

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    • Paul Kennedy based on the Barrueco transcription, with some minor changes, but almost identical with the violin original.

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  • This is an awesome challenge man! 

    So many wonderful posts.  I've been so lazy during the holidays that I didn't even practice anything. I always wanted to play Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence transcribed by Hirokazu Sato, Rhapsody of a theme of Paganini variations 18 and one of the Final Fantasy Song for the longest time but just couldn't work myself to it. 

    This comes at the right time to motivate myself to start it. I'll start working on

    Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. Hopefully I can get it done before Christmas.  Not an easy piece to play for my current technical ability but if I never try it will always be beyond my ability. 

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    • don Hello Don,"get it done before Christmas" ? 😄 ....You need a time machine ...

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    • don Sounds like a good plan, Don! Do you mean Christmas 2022?

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      Olli haha I'm still hangover from Christmas eve so mentally I am still trapped in 2021. 

      Eric Phillips Yes I mean this coming Christmas 2022. IT is not an easy to piece to play well. Maybe learn it, let it stew for a couple of months then revisit later. 

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      Been true to my promised and have spend time daily on this piece. Manage to work to end of the piece. Can only play 20% of the intended tempo so gonna take a lot of work to get it into shape but it has been really fun as I dont' think I'll work up the commitment to learn this piece if not for this challenge. 

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  • I was hoping to beat Eric to the Scarlatti pieces! I started looking at this a day or so ago, it's one I used to play many years ago but haven't looked at it in a long while. Still a bit unsteady but another one I'll keep looking at. I'm also working on a couple of the Schubert  /Mertz pieces among others so looks like it's going to be a busy month!

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  • Day 3 and I've gotten through the piece.  Still a lot of bumps, but I still have a couple weeks to smooth them out.  My attempt to play Gershwin's Piano Prelude Number 2, tr.anscribed for Guitar

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    • Paul Kennedy Very impressive Paul. That piece is quite challenging and you have a good grasp of it. Looking forward to your progress. Ive always liked that prelude (There is much of Gershwin I like). Years ago I did my own transcription of it though I don't know where it is now.

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    • Paul Kennedy Nice job, Paul! Such a great change of pace from what we usually hear (and I usually play). Somewhere, I have a book of Gershwin tunes arranged for classical guitar that I'll have to go dig up. I remember playing Summertime for a masterclass with Carlos Barbosa-Lima back in college (he told me it was fine, but a bit boring). Great choice (and not boring at all)!

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    • Paul Kennedy Great job on the Gershwin. 

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    • Eric Phillips thanks Eric.  I think I have the same book, but it does not have the preludes in it.  The only other transcription I found (besides this one) was by Jorge Morel; a little more difficult for me.

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    • Jack Stewart thanks Jack.  I learned this years ago on the piano and fell in love with it.

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    • Paul Kennedy great job. I really like this interpretation. Not easy at all! Good rhythm and tone. Thanks for posting this

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    • joosje thanks Joosje.

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    • Paul Kennedy Thanks for sharing this Gershwin transcription.  I really like the arrangement and am I correct that it was arranged by the Russian guitarist, Vladimir Andreevich Maksimenko?

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    • Dale Needles Sad to say I do not know.  I believe  В. Максименко was the arranger but do not speak Russian well enough to translate. 

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    • Paul Kennedy Very nice Paul. I've not heard it played on guitar before

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  • Sorry, the arrangement of the Gershwin Prelude is by В. Максименко

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  • So this is the recording for day 4. Just the intro and first verse. Still a lot of work to do, but happy with the result I guess. Oh the first chord is just a mistake, I was too lazy to edit. 

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Very nice, Helene (excuse the missing accents - English keyboard). And what an interesting guitar you have! I can't quite make out how many strings it has - it looks to me like nine, but I may be miscounting. Can I ask who the luthier is? Thanks.

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    • Hélène Beaulieu That was wonderful to listen to, Helene! You bring such great musicality to the the piece, and the instrument sounds spectacular. You're making me want to work on this one again!

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    • David Krupka Thanks, it is a 8 strings Stauffer model made by Miodrag Zerdonner.

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks, it is really fun to work on this! My first Schubert, but certainly not the last.

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    • Hélène Beaulieu beautiful Hélène!  I look forward to hearing the whole piece.

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    • Paul Kennedy Thanks!

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    • Hélène Beaulieu That was beautiful. Your playing is very expressive. Very interesting guitar. Thanks for sharing your performance

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    • Hélène Beaulieu this is a great start, Helene. Beautiful interpretation. Looking forward to hearing the progress. Your ‘Stauffer’ sounds 👍 

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Very well played Helene. I've been working on this piece for a while now. I keep putting it to one side and then coming back to it. Your guitar sounds very nice

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  • I am happy to join the transcription challenge and to learn about new transcriptions and to share with you all two arrangements/transcription of pieces by Astor Piazzolla.  I have chosen to work on two movements from Astor Piazzolla’s and Horacio Ferrer’s Tango Opera, Maria de Buenos Aires.  Maria de Buenos Aires was written in 1968 and first performed in Buenos Aires.  The piece is in six movements and I have chosen the first movement, Alevare and the fourth movement, Poema Valseado.  I am working on the free arrangement by Agustin Carlevaro, the brother of Maestro Abel Carlevaro.  Agustin was an architect by profession as well as an accomplished guitarist who focused on transcribing tangos and related repertoire for the guitar.  He is quite well known in Uruguay and Argentina for his numerous publications of works of Piazzolla and other tango composers. 

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    • Dale Needles I love Piazzolla and almost selected his Verano Porteno, but instead went with Gershwin (maybe next time).  I really look forward o hearing this.  I hope you post.

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    • Dale Needles great Dale ! Piazzolla is my heart....looking forward to hear your interpretations...

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