Week 6: Triumph & Reflections

Get the Scores for the Carcassi Etudes op.60 Challenge 

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Ready to join the "Carcassi Etudes op.60 Challenge"? Here’s your starting line:

  1. Pick Your Etude: Dive into the evocative world of Carcassi by selecting an etude from op.60. Whether it's a piece that tests your technical limits or one that you've longed to perfect, the choice is yours. 🎼
  2. Commit to Practice: Embark on a disciplined practice routine, aiming for consistency. Share your journey with at least two video updates each week on our platform. This commitment will not only enhance your skills but also enable us to experience your progress, fostering a supportive atmosphere in our tonebase community. 🌱
  3. Share Your Practice: Submit a recording that you feel best captures your connection with Carcassi's music. This will inspire and contribute to a rich collection of performances for our community to enjoy and learn from. 🎶

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  • When is the end date for tis challenge please?

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    • Jacques farmer well the "watch party" is on Monday 15th May, so I guess a day or two before that. The next challenge then normally kicks off at the party.

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    • Jacques farmer Thanks Sam, I will try and put something up in the next few days, time permitting. 

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    • Barney
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    Here is Estudio No. 14, which is a scale study.  I generally use Rest Strokes when playing scale passages.  However, I wanted to work  a bit on using primarily Free Stroke scales instead for this  submission.

    I find Rest strokes more secure with better tone quality, but free stroke scales  are preferred in certain situations and repertoire. I think this requires continued slow concentrated practice to achieve more legato.  Not easy, particularly at faster speeds...

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    • Barney Beautifully done Barney. Great performance 👏

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      Andre Bernier Thanks Andre!

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      Barney Beautiful; Barney: Really inspirational!

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      Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!

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    • Barney beautiful rendition, Barney, very clean and pure and with a refined rubato at the reprise and on this high d in m32. I also especially liked the ending, perfectly timed, and clean. Great submission, as always…

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    • Barney Very good performance and sound .......congratullations

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      JUAN ALONSO Thanks Juan!

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      joosje Thank you Joosje!   I've always admired your wonderful legato and tone production while playing  free stroke passages ( scales, contrapuntal works, etc.)  Do you have any suggestions for my improvement?

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    • Barney Bravo Barney, what a great take on this study! 👍💪

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      Blaise Laflamme Thanks Blaise!

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    • Barney Very pleasing rendition. Nice rippling passages with good legato and solid support from the bass line. Great ending!

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      Neil Macmillan Thanks Neil!!

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      Barney 💪Great playing! I am amazed by the quality of your playing! 

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      Carlo Martins Thanks for your kind words Carlo!

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  • Now that was awesome, phew!

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      Jacques farmer Thanks Jacques!

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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 I'm not familiar with this particular piece, but it seems to be coming along very well.  Nicely done Andre!  Keep up the great work!!

      Are those finger picks flexible at all (like real fingernails), or are they very very rigid?

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    • Barney yes and no.

      I will start a new post this weekend with my comments on these finger picks.

      Stay tuned

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      Andre Bernier Okay Andre.  I'll look out for it.

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