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.


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

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      • Jack Stewart
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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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      • Jack Stewart
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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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      • ivan paolonull
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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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      • Olli
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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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      • Derek
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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
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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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    • Emmanull
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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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      • Olli
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      • Saitenzwirbler
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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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      • Olli
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      • Saitenzwirbler
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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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    • Olli
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    • Saitenzwirbler
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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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      • Olli
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      • Saitenzwirbler
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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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    • Eric Phillips no worries, the previous was really nice, but this is just so beautiful…..

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    • joosje Thank you so much, Joosje! I'm really happy to have discovered this piece.

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    • Eric Phillips That's beautiful. Don't think I have heard that song before.

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    • Hélène Beaulieu I hadn't heard it either. Thanks, Helene.

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      • Olli
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      Eric Phillips wow - it is unbelievable, how much beautiful music you put into this challenge. Great work 😉

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    • Olli Thanks so much, Olli! I should probably try to focus a bit more. I'm just having too much fun, though!

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