Week 6: Triumph & Reflections

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  • Here is my next recording with few changes from previous recordings:

    1- This time I took only one recording only after about 10 min warming up practice. Previously I could make 10 + recordings until I felt satisfied.  I feel it represents my real practice time but feel very stressful.

    2- I am getting used to the Alaska picks but still miss or add a few strings. I guess this will  improve over time.

    3- I am trying to work on getting a better tone when plucking chords. 

    4- I was able to increase the tempo by 10 bpm in the last week.

     

    This is probably my last recording for this challenge but I will keep working on this piece and bring it back in a future challenge.

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      Andre Bernier You are making great progress with this piece Andre, well done!  I thought that this posting was more musical than your earlier postings.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Andre Bernier Great job, Andre. You continue to make impressive progress: this sounds more confident than previous.
      You seem to be doing well with the Alaska picks: I tried them a while back and found them very frustrating. I’ll be interested to read about your experience over time.. 

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    • Jack Stewart Barney Jim King

      Thanks for listening and your support. 

      I will post the Alaska Pick comments today.🙂

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    • Andre Bernier it’s so inspiring to hear your progress from week to week, Andre. It’s definitely beginning to flow with a more legato sound  and that will stay with you in this kind of music, when you start working on a new piece. 

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    • Andre Bernier your progression with this piece is great, well done......do you prefer these Alaska picks instead nails??? I used then a couple of times , with steel strings , but with nylon ones y have better control with my nails .....let us know your feedback

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    • Andre Bernier Good rendition with nice control without. Nice sound too!

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    • Neil Macmillan joosje JUAN ALONSO Neil Macmillan

      Thanks a lot for all your good comments. I guess that we are never really happy with our performance and to get supportive comments like yours push us to keep working and improving.

       

      Thanks again... 😍

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  • Opus 60, No. 3, without repeats. This is my submission for the watch party on 15.04.

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      Neil Macmillan Well done, Neil. This sounded very smooth and musical.

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      Neil Macmillan Excellent Neil!  This is a favorite and you brought out the top melody notes very nicely.  I enjoyed listening, so thanks for sharing .

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    • Neil Macmillan Well done Neil and no aircraft in the background ✈️

      😉

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    • Neil Macmillan wel done! Sounds really nice. good tone in this sweet melody. Great choice, thank you for sharing.

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    • joosje Thank you. Your recordings encourage me to delve much more into the whole of Opus 60. 

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    • Andre Bernier Thank you for your comment. Maybe I caught a lull between flights. I live nowhere near an airport but the skies locally seemed very busy when I was ready to record. 

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    • Jack Stewart Thank you for your comment. Smoothness and legato is the great challenge on the guitar. We try to be legato on an instrument that is inherently rather non-legato.

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    • Barney Thank you for the comment Barney. Bringing out the top line is a major objective here. Glad you approve.

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      Neil Macmillan Keep up the great work, Neil!!

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    • Neil Macmillan Good work on this Carcassi's «classic» Neil! You're doing a great job on all aspects and it flows very well, bravo!

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    Here’s my take on studies 3 & 16. I’m a little reluctant to post – as soon as I start recording the tension kicks in -  so please excuse the fluffs & face contortions!  😬

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    • Ron lovely! I’m glad you posted this Ron. It sounds very nice, musical, lyrical. Good sound, too. congratulations!

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      Ron Excellent, Ron! Nice flowing melodies and balance.   I enjoyed both performances and look forward to more recordings from you.  I also am usually reluctant to post for the same reason as you--tension/stage fright when recording. I realized that these performances are never as good as when totally relaxed while not recording; so i just submit them with mistakes anyway.  Our Tonebase community is very supportive and forgiving.

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      joosje Thank you Joosje, that's very kind of you

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    • Barney Ron very true. Recording is unforgiving and creates stress. On the other hand, a little stress can be good also, to be more aware, concentrated and perform even better. When you listen back, just observe what is as you intended or what could be better. Isn’t that a great possibility to have at hand? Anyway, as said before, I enjoyed your submission a lot, Ron. 

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      Ron Well done Ron.  I enjoyed both of your pieces very much.  I also enjoyed your sharing about your reaction when recording yourself.  It just shows us newbies that being tense once the video light is on is not just reserved for the inexperienced!  Thank you.

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    • Ron Well done Ron, great job on both of them! You're right about recording, it can be stressful and hard to do a good take. On my side I usually play the work 2 or 3 times in my recording session and take the best one.

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