WEEK 3: Dóbry wétscher (Good Evening)!

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of the Nikita Koshkin challenge! This is the place for the Week 3 Submissions!


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  • Here's the last 3 measures of Koshkin #1.  Just about everything about this is challenging for me.  The timing, making the slurs more audible, playing piano, and the fingerings are all a little hard for me.  (I did decide that the written fingerings were still the easiest option) I'm playing super slowly with the metronome set for eighth notes.

    I'm doing a little experiment in practicing for just a few minutes at a time.  I'm often pressed for time, so I thought I would just concentrate on a few measures, so that's why the video with just 3 measures.  

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara You made it to the end! Good job, Elizabeth!

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara that’s great Elizabeth, thank you for sharing. 

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      Elizabeth Uyehara Yeah! Congratulations, wonderful and dedicated progress, absolutely fantastic to keep updated in such a detailed way, thank you so much! Those studies are really not easy, not even the first one, so you really made it a challenge for you! I'd recommend to pluck the e-flat and the c in the bass, the lines are probably indicating that you can use the same finger and slide with the finger down, but not played as true glissando!

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    • Martin Ah, thank you!  I noticed that Marina didn't even use the same finger going from C# to C.  Hmm, might have to try that.

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      Elizabeth Uyehara That's what I did! The stretch between 3 and 4 might be a little hard, but ultimately I enjoyed the added legato!

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara well done Élisabeth, thank you for sharing 

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  • Finally sharing my fingerings for Study No.10! 🤓🧙‍♂️

    Blaise Laflamme Barney get going, waiting for your Study 10 updates 💪💪💪

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    • Martin Thanks Martin!  I only have time for the challenge deadline to work on #7.  But I would like to look at this #10 later on, when I can spend the time needed for this tough one.

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      Barney 💪💪💪

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    • Martin yeah! my last submission was #4 in week 2, next is #5 and then #10... lets see how it goes!

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    • Martin I was wondering how you're using finger 3 in the last chord of mesure 12 since it seems to still be an A flat, so I suspect you're just using 1 from the barré, or 1-3-2-4 seems to be a good choice if you're not using a barré there.
       

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      Blaise Laflamme Oh--- Ooooohhhhh. I did miss A flat, good catch! In that tempo I'd try to avoid barre chords if I can, they cost too much time to set up and release!

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    • Martin  am working on this one as well! But time is limited. I don’t want to just  touch a few pieces and then move on. These studies take time and effort. It’s a very challenging challenge, this one….

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    • Martin same here 👍

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    • joosje you're right, but it pays off when it begins to shape. Hope to listen to your version by the end of the challenge.

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      joosje fantastic, looking forward to hear you, maybe my fingerings help you!!

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      Blaise Laflamme Nice! 

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    • Blaise Laflamme can’t promise

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    • joosje no need to promise... but I can hope 👍

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  • And here we go, getting my feet wet with Study No.9! Day one passed without any epiphanies, there's probably a lot to say about left hand stability and barre performance, but since it's already late I went with the path of least resistance here!

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    • Martin Thanks so much, Martin, very helpful! I now get to practice it! 😀

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      Eric Phillips Yeah, Study no.9 crew ready for take-off 🚀

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    • Martin thank you. It’s very instructive. I still have a problem, because I don’t hear the  triplets where they are written. They sound like a division of sixteenth notes . Is that what the composer meant?

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      joosje This piece is still very new to me, so I when I look for a fret I might have missed the rhythmical details! It is a common problem with quarter triplets that they rather sound two dotted quarter and one regular quarter as in “1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2”! Will definitely work on that flow a little longer!

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    • Martin sorry Martin, I didn’t mean to criticize - you or anyone else. I’m just having problems with this motif myself. I can’t seem to get it right. And don’t know how to come to grips with it. It’s becoming my stumbling stone. Maybe at a higher tempo it will fall into place…. I will have internet access hopefully till tomorrow evening. If I have time I’ll try to record something. 

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    • Martin Very inspiring Martin. It will be too late for the challenge but I think I will have a look at this piece. (Another one on the long list!)

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  • Study 9 Update

    Here is where it's at right now for me.

    What was easy: Tuning the sixth string down to D maybe?

    What was difficult: Playing all the notes. 🙂 But here are some specifics.

    • The slurs in measures 11, 16, and 18 sound strained and not beautiful at all.
    • The huge leaps and shifts in measures 12-14 I almost never play accurately (including in this video).
    • The right hand harmonics in measures 20-23 are so hard for me to play in time. I'd love to be able to pluck them with my thumb, as Koshkin suggests, but I'd have to drop the tempo by about half to hit them in time. So I gave up on that (at least for now) and am plucking them with the ring finger.
    • At this tempo, the harmonics in measures 24-27 are rarely accurate. I think I just need to commit these measures to memory so I can keep my eyes on the guitar and not the music. I don't know if this is my age showing, but I find it very difficult to see the correct frets up so high, and I almost get dizzy trying, especially at tempo.

    I'll keep plugging away. I really want to be able to play this one well, as I love it so much, but I lose hope sometimes, especially when recording it.

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    • Eric Phillips wow Eric... amazing how you progressed on this one, that's sound really good and your musical ideas are taking shape. For sure if you go the route of memorizing it you'll reach a level of expression I would like to hear, good work!

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    • Eric Phillips Wow, great job Eric!  I see you gave up on the thumb plucked harmonics at speed.   As you know, I had that problem as well.  I presented that challenge to Martin, who said he would evaluate and perhaps come up with a solution.  So let us both not give up on it quite yet till we hear back from Martin.

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      Barney No pressure, Martin, no pressure 😅 

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    • Barney Thanks Barney. Yeah, I just could not do it quickly or accurately. I have a hard enough time at this tempo plucking with the ring finger. Maybe Martin can share some magic with us though!

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    • Martin Martin, I just want you to magically make me play like John Williams. Is that too much to ask for?

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    • Martin Oh man! I can't wait to go home and pick up my guitar! (If this doesn't work, I'm suing you, Martin.)

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      Eric Phillips Oh, I could magically make you forget that you wanna sue me, but for that I'd need to create another meme, I'd rather use that time for practicing 🥳🧙‍♂️

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    • Eric Phillips I want to sound like Jonh Williams too!  Hey, the first time I heard Recuerdos de la Alhambra was by John Williams on his first album.  Best sounding tremolo I had ever heard.

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    • Martin I know you are a wizard with vast magical powers, but no pressure 🧙

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    • Martin practicing guitar wizardry 🤔

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    • Martin Barney Blaise Laflamme We are all such nerds!

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    • Eric Phillips and will all want to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously.

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    • Barney We may have to check Dumbledore, if it's okay to do this kind of magic...

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    • Eric Phillips Barney Martin  as long as Martin is not forging a «string» to rule us all 😱

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      Blaise Laflamme Barney Eric Phillips 

      4 Strings for the Ukulele-kings under the hawaian sky,
      5 for the Bass-lords in their basements of stone,
      10 for Russian Cat-Masters doomed to play Koshkin Studies,
      1 for the tonebase host on his dark Streaming Throne
      In the Land of tonebase, where the livestreams and recordings lie.
      1 String to rule them all, 1 String to tune them,
      1 String to bring them all, and in an subscription to bind them,
      In the Land of tonebase where the livestreams and recordings lie.

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    • Martin wow Martin... I like you man... 🍻

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    • Martin the fellowship of Tonebase will not fail

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    • Eric Phillips I came back on-line and saw(heard) this . Wow, so beautiful. You did a great job on this one. I liked every bit of your interpretation. Great addition to your repertoire. The piece is yours.

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje, I appreciate you kind words. I still don't feel like it's mine, though. Getting there.

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    • Eric Phillips Eric - maybe not like John Williams but very impressive none the less! I think it's a great achievement to play the piece as well as that in the time you've had - especially with the other pieces you've done. Well done!

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    • Derek Thanks, Derek! Not like John Williams, eh? I’m suing Martin!

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    • Eric Phillips Do you really want to be? You're very much like another wonderful guitarist I've heard - think his name was Eric Philips or something like that.

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    • Derek Thanks, Derek, you speak truth!

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    • Eric Phillips well done, truly amazing, that you are completing number 9. I can only imagine your progress. I have been working only 3 studies and I can see mine . Congratulations 

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  • Finally got around to recording myself. This is study 1. First time recording so I don’t know about sound quality.

    things I found easy- this piece is really nice to practice, so it’s enjoyable to play around with. 
    things I found hard- getting the dynamics right. Getting ahead of myself and fluffing a note.

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    • Chris Coghill not sure if I attached that correctly?

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    • Chris Coghill I was able to watch/listen to it. It sounded great, Chris! Well done.

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    • Eric Phillips thanks heaps! Yours have been very inspiring! I notice everyone else has YouTube videos uploaded. Do I have to get a YouTube account then attach them- I just uploaded this one from the photo app on my iPad?

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    • Chris Coghill Yes, if you create your own YouTube channel, it lets you upload videos. It’s a bit challenging at first, but you get the hang of it after a little while. If you can’t figure it out, just let me (or someone else) know and I can write up instructions. Be sure to make the video either unlisted or public. If you make it private, it won’t show up when you post it here.

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    • Chris Coghill welcome to the challenge and great take on study #1! That'd be awesome if you can upload on your YT channel to share it directly here. Never tried but I think you can upload from your iPad with the YT app. I'm looking forward to your next submission!

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    • Chris Coghill thanks Eric and Blaine-think it’s sorted now!

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    • Chris Coghill Congrats! You’re now a YouTuber!

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    • Chris Coghill woohoo!! that was fast!

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      Chris  Hi Chris and welcome to the challenge! Glad that you got your YouTube account set up and can share your wonderful performance here!!! Fantastic submission! Let us know with whatever you are struggling with in either this or the next challenge, all of us are happy to come up with ideas, some crazier than the others,  haha! 🧙‍♂️

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    • Chris Coghill what a good interpretation of this study. Thank you for posting (+ the video)

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    • Chris Coghill Great work Chris

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    • Chris Coghill I liked it a lot. The rhythm is great and very musical

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  • Still plugging away with 1,2 and 4, although I have had a look at some of the others. Mainly been trying to get 4 to a decent level though I've also got lots of other pieces which I need to finish soon as well.

     

    Easy (number 4).  Bars 4 to 6 aren't too bad.

    Hard: bars 7 and 8 are still tricky as are bars 19 to 21

     

    Video attached it fell to pieces a bit at the end but this was about the 15th attempt so it is as it is

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    • Derek Good work, Derek! This seems to be the most popular one so far, and with good reason. It's a cool piece of music.

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    • Eric Phillips thanks Eric

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    • Derek nice to hear you again Derek, great take on this one. It's quite a challenge to raise up the speed, especially in the second part, RH fingerings can be confusing!

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      Derek Fantastic, Derek!  I actively try to limit my recording attempts, otherwise I wouldn't get done anything at all 🤖 Do you actually play it by heart? 😱

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    • Derek well done Derek. All of you guys make this study sound  simple. But it’s very tricky. 

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      Derek Thanks for posting a video of #4, sounds great and it looks like you memorized it.  I'm working on this right now (along with 3) and it's tough to play at the indicated tempo.

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    • joosje Thank you Joosje.  I think it's one of those pieces where the individual phrases aren't too difficult - it's when you try to put them together that the problems start to appear.

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    • Brett Gilbert Thanks Brett. There are some tricky its when you start playing it faster

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    • Martin Thanks Martin - I was determined to record it all of the way through some of the attempts failed in the first couple of bars others got through the first tricky bit (the harmonics) and then failed because I was so relieved to get that far that I forgot to carry on playing! I'm not quit sure what you mean by the last question 'do you actually play by heart'

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      Derek Oh, I meant to ask if you don't need the scores anymore, I thought it's called "Playing something by heart"! 

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    • Martin Thank you Martin - I was hoping that you meant that it's very kind of you - It was the 'scream' emoji that made me wonder if you meant something else. Yes I've played it that many times over the last couple of weeks that I try to play now 'from memory' - but playing by heart makes the compliment so much nicer :-)

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    • Derek but I think we can say that you play «from the heart» without any doubt ❤️

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    • Blaise Laflamme Martin Derek Have you heard about the blind heart surgeon? Don't worry - he knows it all by heart.

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    • Eric Phillips 😄

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks Blaise

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    • Eric Phillips 😂

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    • Derek Nice, and from memory!

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    • Well done ! Derek I am doing that too! 

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  • Here I'm trying Martin fingering suggestion for the last three measures of Koshkin #1.  I like this better.  And thank you for letting me know that I should pluck the bass notes.

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      Elizabeth Uyehara Fantastic! I particular enjoyed how you transitioned from the c# to the c and kept the lower voice legato, beautifully executed! 💪🚀🥳 I'm glad my fingerings helped you!

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara well done! You learn fast!

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara Well played Elizabeth

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  • Study 9 update

    It's slowly getting better. The struggles are the same as above, but I'm getting incrementally better. I think I'll be working on this one well past the end of the challenge.

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  • Study #5

    Difficult; left hand fingering

    This one was a challenge for me

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  • Ah, I made it through Koshkin #1!  Sure, it needs work, but I'm so thrilled to have made it through the whole piece. I love this piece and I feel like I learned a lot from the attempt.  I can see myself revisiting this one for the rest of my guitar journey.

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      Elizabeth Uyehara It's been great to watch your progress, congratulations on recording the whole piece and up to tempo as well!  

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara Congratulations Elizabeth! You should be very proud of yourself. It sounds great!

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara bravo! 💪

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara great job Elizabeth. Really, amazing progress. It’s far from easy to play and record it like you did. 

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara Very good Elizabeth - you've made great progress

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      Elizabeth Uyehara Absolutely fantastic, we’re all very proud!! Congratulation, it has been so lovely to watch you progress through that piece! Hope to see you in our Final Watch Party!

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    • Martin Blaise Laflamme  Brett Gilbert Eric Phillips joosje Derek Thank you everyone for the encouragement.  I plan to join you for the watch party.  It will be so nice to see what the other 9 etudes have in store!

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara Congratulations Elizabeth! 

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara that's great you've been able to go through #1 and let us be part of your journey! 🙏

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    • Elizabeth Uyehara congratulations!!!

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  • Eric Phillips said:
    Have you heard about the blind heart surgeon?

     no but that sounds scary 😵

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  • Study 9 update

    I might make this my final posting of this study for this challenge (but I reserve the right to change my mind until Monday!).

    I pretty much have it memorized by now, only because I've played it so much. There is just one section where I like to peek at the score for a bit of security. I still feel like the right hand harmonics are a bit hit-or-miss, but they're getting better.

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    • Eric Phillips . Really beautiful Eric. you’re getting closer every time. It’s such an incredibly beautiful inspiring piece 

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      Eric Phillips ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! That was so beautiful!!! I have to be honest, I  couldn’t make enough time to keep on working (I was preparing a workshop with Steve about Time Management, oh the irony!), but that was such a joy to listen to! Bravo to you! 🥳🚀🧙‍♂️

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    • joosje Thanks, Joosje!

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    • Martin Thanks, Martin! Couldn’t you just magically stop time each day to practice for 3-4 hours?

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    • Eric Phillips Wow!  Beautiful! This keeps getting better and better, so your hard work and dedication to this piece is obviously paying off.  Keep up the great work!

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    • Barney Thanks, Barney!

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    • Eric Phillips incredible the progress you've made... sounds beautiful and introspective. 💪

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      Eric Phillips Congratulations Eric, it's amazing what you did in 3 weeks and this really is a great finale!  

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    • Blaise Laflamme Brett Gilbert Thanks Blaise and Brett, I appreciate the kind words.

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    • Eric Phillips beautiful improving progressively at every study. Just as it says … bravo!!!

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  • Добрый вечер to all of you challengers. I practiced a lot on studies 7-10. And that wasn’t easy, but I think I will keep them on my schedule for a while. Really, this is  great material, like the first 6 studies btw. 
    7: nothing here is really easy, but most difficult: the fast development of the motifs from upper to bass voice and back, changing constantly. I memorized now, but couldn’t yet record…

    8 the tremolo is one thing, but the coloring and moving p-mp-mf-f and back needs a lot of attention. it’s a trap to play the thumb part to strong, p tends to predominate, I understand the tremolo should lead, that’s what I’m now working at. The faster second part, is quite demanding in itself. I really like this part, but to make it a whole with it the tremolo part is …. a challenge.

    9 this one is so beautiful, but, playing from the score, there are still a few scary moments.  I really should memorize it  but I couldn’t get myself into this one. Time management issue, sorry, no, I’m on holiday for the first time in 4 years. It’s just a bit too much for now. 

    10 thank you, Martin for your fingerings. They seem to work well for me. l still have some problems with the R hand fingerings, though, but, playing slowly, it’s getting together. The last part with the descending arpeggios in sixteenths and the scale motifs is so cool, but as a whole this is taking more time than I have within this challenge….

    Unfortunately, I have no possibility to make any recordings until next Monday… I hope I can join the watch party session. I enjoyed this challenge a lot, but sorry,  I wasn’t able to join so much. You all have been submitting your unique and really beautiful interpretations of the studies. Very inspiring. Thank you, maestro Koshkin, Martin and Tonebase.

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    • joosje I understand you and I'm more than happy you got a bit of time to participate and submit some recordings. You always bring fresh playing and views about the material and what you do, we're lucky to have you on board for that long!

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      joosje I am so happy that these studies give you so much joy by challenging yourself! You created some fantastic submissions, so absolutely no need for an excuse there! Looking forward to many more challenges with all of you guys!!!

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  • I wish I had more time with this one to get it more secure.  Sorry for the errors in this recording , but had time for only one take ( Life stuff getting in the way.).  This is a nice study with cool "imitation" going on.  Anyway, here is my status on it at this point.

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    • Things you found easy: Watching everyone's wonderful videos.
    • Things you found difficult: Been working on #3 and #4 for 2 weeks, but it's still a bit beyond my level.  My fingers won't do what my brain wants.  Of the first 4, I like #4 the best but I need a few more weeks on that one.  Life/work got in the way of my practice time this week but I wanted to record #3 since I worked so hard on it.
    • (Optional): a video of you performing it! I really wanted to play this at "con moto" tempo so I went for it even though it meant a few mistakes along the way.  Despite how many hours I worked on 3 & 4 I never got tired of them.  Such interesting studies!
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    • Brett Gilbert I loved that, Brett! Great tempo! Sure, there were a few mistakes, but believe me, they bother you way more than anyone else. I'm amazed at how fluid your left hand is looking. This one requires some very challenging fingering contortions that you handled so gracefully. Your hand moved like a spider (I mean that as a compliment). Good work!

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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric, that means a lot coming from you.  I was just re-watching your study 9 video with all those harmonics.  Just amazing and I think 9 is my favorite now.  I'll continue to revisit these for months/years to come...

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    • Brett Gilbert wow Brett... what a tempo... bravo!! I'm amazed how you learn so fast while only playing for that short. I hope to see you around in the next challenges and activities, you rock man! 💪

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    • Brett Gilbert Really great job Brett! 

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      Blaise Laflamme Thanks! ...and thank you also for inspiring me to upgrade my recording setup.  That's been a fun side challenge for me as well.  Looking forward to seeing you in the next challenge!

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    • Brett Gilbert well done! Bravo!!!

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      Brett Good Job!! It is super important to get a sense for the tempo goal and see if all the fingerings work there as intended! As Eric Phillips mentioned, you're probably your worst critique when it comes to the details! But it has a good side: it will be helpful in the long run to have an objective ear for your own playing!

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    • Brett Gilbert impressive. You gave it a feel of energetic lightness I haven’t heard before. It just needs some more time to be fully controlled,, but in this short time you did a really great job.

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  • Ok here's #10... my last submission for this challenge! It was by far the most difficult I've been working on out of the #1 to #6. I wanted to memorize it while slowly learning it and then once fingers were secured attempt to speed it up... I mostly succeeded the first but failed at the second... I would need another week to reach the speed it needs... Martin I challenged you, then I challenged myself 😅

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    • Blaise Laflamme Excellent job on this tough piece!

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    • david robinson thank you David... I was not sure about posting it... but that was my last chance before Monday 😵

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      Blaise Laflamme Just incredible😮 I watched this a few times in row I enjoyed it so much.   I've actually been anticipating your #10 video, and I'm so glad you did it!   Congratulations. 

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    • Blaise Laflamme well done!!!! It sounds beautiful …

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      Blaise Laflamme absolutely fantastic!!! I'm just happy that I didn't remain the only mad lad to tackle that beast of a study! 🧙‍♂️
      Fantastic Job on bar 22-26, those cost me a loooot of time!! And the arpeggio's in that tempo only look intimidating from a distance, you fall into place rather well!

      I particularly enjoyed that you didn't try to play everything staccato, you applied some beautiful articulation in the opening bars!

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    • Blaise Laflamme So impressive, Blaise! Between this and #4, I think this challenge is the best I’ve heard you play (at least until the next challenge!). And it’s much more than just technical execution. Your musicality on those two pieces is outstanding.

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    • Brett Gilbert thank you Brett, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    • Emma thank you Emma!

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    • Martin thank you Martin, yeah I was crazy enough to tackle it 😂! You're right those bars 22-26 were hard to memorize and not make mistakes, I miserably failed the open E on bar 24 😭 but the other take I have where I get this passage right I failed at the scales 😱... then I had to make a choice! The arpeggio's alone are kind of manageable, while being intimidating, and at that tempo they are hard to connect from where you come to where you go. Playing staccato is a challenge in itself, I would have like more time to raise up the speed and better fix my musical ideas for this piece, but overall I think it can sound more flowing by articulating a bit differently.

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    • Eric Phillips thank you Eric for the kind comments! I think I can tell you the same... you reach a level with #9 that is really impressive.

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    • Blaise Laflamme fantastic Blaise. I’m impressed. I found it so difficult to get the parts connected. You did it in such short time. I enjoyed listening. Congratulations. 

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    • joosje thank you Joosje, once you managed to memorize the piece it becomes easier... but speeding it up is definitely the challenge.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Hey Blaise. What can I say-- this is so awesome!  Amazing playing, musicality, and sound!  I just started looking at looking at this piece (first read through),  and I think you're right about the need for memorization to achieve something meaningful. You did an outstanding job on this.  Thanks for posting it in time for "the Challenge".

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    • Barney thank you for your kind comments and appreciation. I would have like to do it better before the end of the challenge, I should have started on it earlier and put more time upfront, but I was interested by the whole set too... three weeks is kind of short!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Agreed--3 weeks is short for these kind of studies to do polished performances.  I guess the idea is to expose us to them enough so that we can continue working on them later; also, to force a "deadline" establishing consistent practice and discipline.  You definitely succeeded at a high level under this constraint. 

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    • Barney agree, deadlines are mandatory to get results, and those studies are a huge addition to our repertoire!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Hi Blaise - been a busy week since the watch party but I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your playing in this piece. You did a great job - I'm very impressed!

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    • Derek thank you Derek for your appreciation!

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  • Hello everybody, for the last week I have been looking at the week 2 thread and wondering why there were no new postings! Today I watched all the new posts in the tight thread and they are very good.
    I have been working very hard on studies 3, 4, 5, although I have not been so active recording  myself, only no 3 and it is already commented 

    Study 4 is well memorised and still find new things to improve so I keep delaying my recording. It is beautiful and in these 3 weeks my bars and slurs have improved a lot.
    Study 5: beautiful. It is also memorised and ready to be improved and improved. In this one, it took me longer than usual finding the phrases and the melodic line. 
    thank you so so much Mr Koshkin for giving us these challenging, beautiful, different  and very didactic studies. Thank you Martin, Tonebase for making these available and your support, and special videos  and to the challengers of the ring for the inspiration and encouragement! 
    it has been an incredible challenge 

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  • Is everybody excited for today's Watch Party? You better be, because both Nikita AND Marina will participate to watch some of your submission of this challenge and of course be there for the Award Ceremony of this Challenge! 🧙‍♂️🚀🎉

    Additionally, I would like you to fill out this survey to gain more insights into your  Live and Community Activities! The survey is anonymous!  📝

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  • Hello guys, hope you're all okay! Well, I couldn't resist to post something for this challenge, Koshkin's Etudes are amazing! I wanted to post the videos sooner but an unexpected presentation came and I had to give priority to it 🙃 So here I'm playing nr. 4 and 6, wanted to do nr. 5  as well but I couldn't find the time, nay I almost could do the Study #4 😅

     

    Study 4:

     

    • What I found easy: mostly the fingerings and barrés, although I'll keep on working on the barrés.
    • What I found difficult: The starting descending arpeggio 😵 It's a little hard for me to get those 16th notes quite precise.  

    Study 6:

     

    • What I found easy: Again, the fingerings are great here!
    • What I found difficult: Mostly the shifts for the left hand and the short notes in the bass at the beginning.

     

     

     

    ... Sorry for the poker face... 😂 


       

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    • Daniel Beltrán Great work, Daniel! I particularly liked #6. You were able to get it up to full tempo, and you seemed so poised and in control.

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks, Eric! I guess that my concert this weekend gave me more concentration and serenity. I would like to look as if I'm enjoying more what I'm playing, actually. Hope to see one your videos on today's Watch-Party! 

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    • Daniel Beltrán my hope to see one of your videos for this challenge was lost until now! great take on those 2 studies, #6 rocks! 💪

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks a lot, Blaise! Your study #10 rocks even more! 🤘💪 

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    • Daniel Beltrán thank you! and since Koshkin kind of challenged me to play it at tempo I have no other choice than post an update at some point 😂

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    • Blaise Laflamme Ok 😆 awesome job for that little time, and like Koshkin said during the Watch-Party, with practice it'll just get better and better! Now you have Koshkin himself challenging you haha.

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    • Daniel Beltrán in any case it is a serious trigger of motivation!

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  • Barney Blaise Laflamme joosje

    Hey guys, I finally managed to record a video where I talk about how I approached the staccati in Study #10 ! As usual, there is no perfect solution, but applying both left and right hand techniques as well as musical effects will create the illusion of a very accented staccato even on adjacent strings!

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    • Martin Thanks very much Martin!!  That was extremely helpful.  So if I'm able to work on this piece and want you to review a video, should I attach it in Week 3?

      I appreciate really you taking the time to make this instructive video for us. You are awesome!!

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      Barney Oh yeah, simply put it in here and tag me, so I get notified! 🤓🤘🧙‍♂️

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    • Martin Thanks. How do I "tag" someone?

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      Barney You just type the "@" symbol and then the name, that way you can choose someone you want to take. That way, this user get notified. This happens automatically when you hit "Reply"!

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    • Martin you're so right about speed, it makes things behave very differently. For me playing at tempo was not a problem till the sixteenth notes, were I needed to raise up the speed, and that's why I opted for a submission were I was able to play the whole piece at a coherent speed. But I'll definitely put more time on it just to play it at the right speed for my personal satisfaction! Thanks a lot for your dedication to us!

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  • Martin Blaise Laflamme   Hey guys,  I didn't have time during the challenge to start on this study, but was so impressed by the way both of you played it, I figured I'd give it a try.  It is not memorized and polished like yours, and there are some mistakes in this take.  I wanted to do enough work on it to at least benefit from the study's intended purpose.  Please let me know your thoughts and if I'm on the right track.  Thanks!

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    • Barney wow Barney, great job!! you're totally on the right track! Take care of the A flat on bar 11, penultimate top note, as the first chord of the bar has it. I'm eager to hear the final result!!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks Blaise!  Good catch...I was playing A natural in error.  I think I would need to memorize this study in order to play it better and faster, but not sure I'll have time at this point to do that.

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    • Barney at least for me it wouldn't be possible to play it better and faster without being memorized, but after a few days of playing it got memorized. But the thing is to speed it up, mostly for the arpeggios and scales, I have to slowly bump up the metronome until I'm safe on the next speed... but I'll post an update on it, while I don't know when 😅. I encourage you to continue on this study as a kind of «exercise», I find it very good to unlock speed and relaxed playing. 

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    • Blaise Laflamme Martin Great advice from you, as usual.  Thanks again for your help! 

      On the ascending scale,  I'm concerned about achieving the higher speed;  I think either my right handrest strokes may not be traveling at the proper angle as it ascends to the next string or my fingers are not returning quick enough (reflexive action) for the speed with accuracy needed.  Maybe I need more practice with Rasgueados to strengthen Extensor muscles ( like the flamencos).  Not sure what the correct diagnosis is.  Maybe Martin can see it...

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      Barney YEAH! Great to see you tackling this beast! And thank you for sharing your progress even if it's not finalized, it is so valuable to see the progress of a monster like that! 

      For the ascending scale, you did a great job on that one! It's just important to stay relaxed within every single note of that scale, especially for ascending scales! I'd recommend to start very slow and work on it with speed bursts. Training your extensors is essential for that as well and as you've already pointed out! Good job!

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    • Martin Thanks Martin!

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