WEEK 3: Mastering Carcassi's Etudes
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Probably my last update: I'll continue to work on the pieces I've been looking at (!,3,7, 8, 10, 16 and 19) and maybe a few more until I achieve a decent performance level of all of them. I've looked a t a few others in the past which I will revive so hopefully be able to play at least 10 of these studies in a few weeks (...months...years etc). I probably won't get chance to do any more recordings before the watch party (unless I manage some tomorrow) so here is my latest recording of number 19 - it maybe simple but I think it is a really beautiful little piece. Recorded straight to my phone - no editing.
Study 15 update.
What was easy: Typing these words.
What was difficult:
- There are a few spots where it is difficult to transition from one chord to the next (measure 4 to 5, middle of measure 27, middle of measure 30).
- There is some squeaking on bass strings that is hard to get rid of.
- The 8th fret barre C chord in measure 41 sounds out of tune due to intonation. Any helpful tips about this?
- I don't think it needs to be lightening fast, but I'd like it to be a bit faster than it is right now.
This time I tried Carcassi #2 with the fingerings Martin suggested in his video. I think these were a little easier for me than the fingerings on TY's lesson. Also I tried pima mama this time. I think I like that a little better too. I found that I lost the legato a bit when trying to keep time with the metronome. Hope I can give it another try this weekend and smooth it out.
Hi all, It was great to do this Carcassi Challenge with everyone over the past few weeks and thank you Martin for challenging us all with these great Carcassi Etudes and for your insights. It was also wonderful to get to know everyone a little bit better through all the posts and comments. During this difficult time of covid, having such a supportive online community is critical to our mental health.
As this Challenge comes to end, I wanted to suggest another possible future challenge - Abel Carlevaro 20 Microestudios. These are wonderful short studies, ranging from easy to difficult and would be a nice musical contrast to the Carcassi Etudes. If you agree, you can vote for this idea in the Live Stream suggestions forum. Or, if you simply want to check our these Microestudios, they are published through Chanterelle Music.
I wanted to squeeze one more in before the "official" close of this challenge, so here is a one and only take of No.16. The sight reading is not great, so I lost my place in a few spots and made a few errors.
This piece has a simple texture of melody and accompaniment and a bit difficult to keep legato; Wish I had the sustain pedal of piano to achieve result I had in mind.
I am still working on #21 . Most of the chord shapes are coming well. What still needs to be worked out are the fingerings on the ornaments going into the chords. There are lots of options so I'm still exploring what works well for me while still sounding good. The whole challenge has been fun. I plan to keep exploring the studies I have not yet done.