WEEK 3: Dóbry wétscher (Good Evening)!
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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!
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
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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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
- 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.
- 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...
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!
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!