BYWEEKLY UPDATES (Section Two, Main Thread) - Submissions, Questions & Discussion

Welcome to the Main Thread for the second section of Santiago de Murcia's "Marizápalos"! 🎉

Every day between February 23th (Week 1 stream) and March 16th (watch party), we are hoping to read your daily updates in this very thread right here!

 

Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):

  • Section you worked on:
  • One thing you found easy:
  • One thing you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!
  • (Optional:) questions
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    • martinTeam
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    • martin.3
    • 1 yr ago
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    Here's the updated score with all the markings from the workshop, the ornament markings indicate the frets that are supposed to be trilled! 🙌🧙‍♂️

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    So it seems I will be the first one to post an update! Stay strong and keep motivated, I look forward to all of your submissions 🧙‍♂️

    • Section you worked on: 2nd set of variations, bar 73-144
    • One thing you found easy: I really enjoyed trying to accentuate the different character of each variation! Music as a language is so universal, even with the "limited" sonority and harmonic material of renaissance and baroque music we can understand different kinds of musical gestures without any words!
    • One thing you found difficult: This set of variations really had some really non-guitaristic stumbling blocks! I found that from bar 109 up to 121 it's really easy to get lost with the fingering of your right hand. Moreover, bar 106 has a phrasing implemented within the original fingering of the facsimile, but it's so hard not to sound like you have a hiccup!
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    • martin Bravo Martin. So nice to hear this section played properly. Even though I haven't posted an update this week I have been stumbling over the fingerings - so I now have your video for reference. Thank you - have a great weekend

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    • martin sooo beautiful! I love the way you accentuate the different character of the variations . Your diminutions (or whatever they’re called) are so well placed. Thank you so much for posting it. 

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    • martin thank you for posting Matin. It’s good to have something to refer to. I’m behind on my practice this week because I’ve been under the weather after getting THE vaccine but I’m better today so I’ll start tackling this section.

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    • martin beautiful!!! I will be hearing these over and over  I think. Such a good reference ....

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    • martin that sounds wonderful Martin. I'm struggling on this one. I think it's because it's such a long piece I find it difficult to piece it all together. Hoping to work on it more tonight and over the next few days. Your recording makes me want to work harder on the piece.

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    • martin thank you for posting, it is very inspiring.

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  • Section I worked on: 2nd set of variations (73-144)

    Something I found easy: note image, no complicated passages or chords. Plus,  it’s very inspiring to get so close to the musical tradition of this period/region via the manuscript. Martin showing us the way to practice.

    Something I found difficult: making it sound fluent and rhythmical, the way I imagine it should sound. I heard some vocal versions and solos on original instruments. It gradually changed the way I understand the music. I do practice , but can’t find the way to do it.  Hope to record some of it this weekend.

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      • martin.3
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      joosje I'm happy that you enjoy working with the manuscript, this opens up a whole new world of repertoire to discover! 

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  • Section I worked on bars 73 to 145

    Something easy, nothing really but I am enjoying playing around the contrasts in the 4 subsections.  I hope I can record this part before Tuesday 

    something difficult among all is to interiorise the fingering pi pi in strings that are close giving it the right tone. Also the strumming makes here and there is this section need more “gracia”... the record of Martin will help me a lot

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      Emma Awesome, glad you like the concept of contrasts in this piece! Pi Pi took me quite a while as well to internalize and balance, but the effort is worth the result 🧙‍♂️

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    • martin thank you for your 

      comment! I am practicing hard to see if I can produce a video before tomorrow but I don’t know... that thrill in bar 107...    bars 99 and 100 and a few others. Also I have to regularice the speed as I have been practicing in blocks. Well ... let’s see ... but thank you! Your comments are encouraging! 

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  • I was feeling sick Tuesday through Friday but I am better now. Unfortunately, I am behind but, oh well. Today I worked with the class video and Martin’s recording for measures 73-144 trying to get fingerings, ornaments, and phrasing down but it is a lot of work. I broke it up into smaller sections. It feels manageable but I wish I had those lost days back. 

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    • Debbie happy to hear you are back in shape. Hope it wasn’t COVID?. This Murcia challenge is really hard work for all of us. It looks like we’re a bit intimidated...?

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    • joosje yes I think you’re right! 
      it wasn’t Covid but is was side effects from my first Covid vaccine so you were close!

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    • Debbie I am happy to hear that you are OK. Vaccine made me sick the next day too. Looking forward to your recording.

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    • Gokce Turkmendag oh I was sick for three days! Lucky you only one 🙂

      I may not get to make a recording for this week because I only had two hour of practice. We will see what the coming days bring.

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    • joosje yes haha I have finish the part for this week but thinking of recording makes my stomach turn! Totally intimidated!!! 

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