Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Yisrael van Handel » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:08 pm

Jorge Oliveira wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:33 pm
Sor, Fernando - Opus 60 #12 (V2).wma
Wow! Beautiful phrasing, melody brought out clearly, interesting dynamics. I like the lighter, slightly more rapid way of playing this piece (meaning, I like better than my approach). You have a little bit of tension in the left hand in measures 20–23, which is audible and some slight deviations from the rhythm. Your playing is noticeably more fluid, and the interpretation is becoming richer.
I am working on the same piece, and hope to post very soon. I just need some time to practice seriously. I hope this weekend.
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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Jorge Oliveira » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:25 am

Yisrael van Handel wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:08 pm
Jorge Oliveira wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:33 pm
Sor, Fernando - Opus 60 #12 (V2).wma
Wow! Beautiful phrasing, melody brought out clearly, interesting dynamics. I like the lighter, slightly more rapid way of playing this piece (meaning, I like better than my approach). You have a little bit of tension in the left hand in measures 20–23, which is audible and some slight deviations from the rhythm. Your playing is noticeably more fluid, and the interpretation is becoming richer.
I am working on the same piece, and hope to post very soon. I just need some time to practice seriously. I hope this weekend.
Why, thank you, Yisrael for your nice and encouraging words :D. This #12 is indeed a challenge if you want to play it a bit faster, specially in the counterpoint in measures 20 and 21. As an amateur it is quite difficult for me to play them, always, in a controlled and clean way and within the tempo. But it is worth the effort because this piece really stands out when you play it in a, as you say, "lighter, slightly more rapid way" :D.

But now that you are rehearsing it, let me point out to you a couple of details in the score, if I may:
  1. In measures 2 and 6, the first notes are dotted ones and they are followed by notes played with your thumb. Now, if you play the first thumb note, in the third string, in the usual way, that is, apoyando (rest stroke), you will inevitably cut short the duration of the previous dotted note in the second string. So, the first thumb note must be done in a tirando way.
  2. In measure 18, the C in the first beat is a half note, so, it should ring during the whole of the measure. This means that finger 3 must be kept pressing the 3rd string in the fifth fret and use the remaining three LH fingers to play the remaining three notes.
These are simple things Steve (powderedtoastman) called my attention to upon listening to my first rendition of the #12- see, please, his post below. But, may be, who knows you have noticed already these details, in which case, please disregard my comments above :).
powderedtoastman wrote:
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:55 am
Jorge Oliveira wrote:
Sat May 27, 2017 7:39 pm
I'm posting Sor's Opus 60 #12 for you all to listen to and comment.
...
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At any rate I have some comments for you for number 12.
First and foremost, nice job! It's a tricky one.

For me one of the most important things in the first section of this piece is the separation of the voices.
In the second measure (not counting the initial pick up note as a measure) where the lower voice comes in on the offbeat... I recommend using the thumb for that even though it's on the second string, and I say don't be too shy with that voice, since that's where the motion is at that moment!
That may help to make it sound like it's coming from a second guitar entirely. Also practice the voices separately, and if you have a friend to play with, try making a duet out of it as a fun exercise. I think that will open up your ears to something a little more that you can squeeze out of this piece.

And my other comment is 10 measures into the second section (once again not counting the pick up note as a measure), the lower voice is a half note C on the third string. Be sure to hold that for the whole measure!

Other than that just keep up the great work!
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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Yisrael van Handel » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:09 pm

Jorge Oliveira wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:25 am
  1. In measures 2 and 6, the first notes are dotted ones and they are followed by notes played with your thumb. Now, if you play the first thumb note, in the third string, in the usual way, that is, apoyando (rest stroke), you will inevitably cut short the duration of the previous dotted note in the second string. So, the first thumb note must be done in a tirando way.
  2. In measure 18, the C in the first beat is a half note, so, it should ring during the whole of the measure. This means that finger 3 must be kept pressing the 3rd string in the fifth fret and use the remaining three LH fingers to play the remaining three notes.
powderedtoastman wrote:
Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:55 am
Jorge Oliveira wrote:
Sat May 27, 2017 7:39 pm
I'm posting Sor's Opus 60 #12 for you all to listen to and comment.
...
For me one of the most important things in the first section of this piece is the separation of the voices.
In the second measure (not counting the initial pick up note as a measure) where the lower voice comes in on the offbeat... I recommend using the thumb for that even though it's on the second string, and I say don't be too shy with that voice, since that's where the motion is at that moment!
That may help to make it sound like it's coming from a second guitar entirely. Also practice the voices separately, and if you have a friend to play with, try making a duet out of it as a fun exercise. I think that will open up your ears to something a little more that you can squeeze out of this piece.

And my other comment is 10 measures into the second section (once again not counting the pick up note as a measure), the lower voice is a half note C on the third string. Be sure to hold that for the whole measure!
Jorge, thanks for your comments.
  • I follow Amaya's method of first studying the melody separately, and making sure that I know it. Then the problem of the negra puntada (dotted quarter note) in the 2nd and 6th measure will be immediately obvious.
  • Interesting that you use Sor's method of using the thumb for the bass. I also do that. In such cases, it is obvious that the thumb should play tirando.
  • As for separating the voices, I am trying very hard, but with limited success. There is a way of having a different voice quality in the treble than in the bass, but I have not had much success with that. I do not know how to get good tone quality when plucking the strings perpendicularly. I am experimenting with playing the bass staccato where possible. That is probably how I will finally record.
Thanks again for your comments. And by the way, I was inspired by your playing. I will try to copy some of the things that you did.
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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Jorge Oliveira » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:57 pm

Ah, Yisrael, I forgot to mention that it might help you to stay in the second string in measure 9 up to the first note of 10 (do a slide with finger 4) and then proceed in string 1 until the last note of measure 11 where you should return to the 2nd string. Of course, if you do that (see, please, the rendition of Prof. Edson Lopes in You Tube), the fingering indicated in the score is going to be different... but easier to do :D.
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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Peskyendeavour » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:24 am

Hiya, I must confess I'm not so good with this recording melarky. I'm too scared, facing the micro-phone i may as well be having live audience. I freeze up and get it all wrong.

Anyway, in my own living room with no one and no machine listening I've moved onto 7,8,9.

I have a question for 9 regarding bar 13- LH fingering? Especially C# to DF# then C at the end.

Do you use 1 for C# from beginning of bar so 4 for G and 2 & 3 for F#D and slide 1 up to C...

Or do you use 2 for C# and deal with the awkward string jump to F# with same finger to play F# D?

Or ...?

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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Peskyendeavour » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:25 am

PS... I've enjoyed listening to you guys playing. All so much better and inspirational to my learning. Thanks all for your beautifully recorded renditions.

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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Jorge Oliveira » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:15 am

Peskyendeavour wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:24 am
Hiya, I must confess I'm not so good with this recording melarky. I'm too scared, facing the micro-phone i may as well be having live audience. I freeze up and get it all wrong.

Anyway, in my own living room with no one and no machine listening I've moved onto 7,8,9.

I have a question for 9 regarding bar 13- LH fingering? Especially C# to DF# then C at the end.

Do you use 1 for C# from beginning of bar so 4 for G and 2 & 3 for F#D and slide 1 up to C...

Or do you use 2 for C# and deal with the awkward string jump to F# with same finger to play F# D?

Or ...?
Hi, Peskyendeavour:

Yes, I also become nervous during a recording session, but a bit less now than when I did my first recordings :) . That is natural and more so when you are not yet confident with the piece your are rehearsing. My advice to you is to play at least twice, each day, all the compositions you have learned so far. After some time you will see that you are playing much better the compositions you learned first. There is a connection between brain, ears and fingers that allows the memorizations of the piece by sheer repetition.

Regarding the questions on LH finger positions in measure 13 of the #9, see, please my post http://classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewt ... 5#p1189637 of March 31st. And I should just add that in the last C of the measure I use the 1, indeed. But I do not slide it into the new position, I just disarm the position indicated in the second picture of the post above and, while doing so, I lift the 1 from the 2nd fret in the 2nd string (finger position 1.2.2 - my convention! :)), and put it rapidly in the first first fret (finger position 1.1.2). But may be you could as well slide it into the new position. I hope my explanation does not sound too confusing... :D
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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Jorge Oliveira » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:56 am

I'm now posting Sor's Opus 60 #16 for you all to listen to and comment. As usual, the record was produced with the Zoom Handy Recorder app on my iPhone, the sound capture being made by an iRig microphone that connects directly to the iPhone. The guitar used was my Hermanos Camps Master with Knobloch Actives Carbon CX, High Tension strings (8 months and 8 days in the guitar and still holding :D). The resulting .wav file was then processed with the Audacity audio editor on Windows 10 to produce the .wma file below. My impressions of this piece are, as usual, in green:

Sor’s Opus 60, Nº 16 (V1). Learning period: 28Jul17 - 22Sep17. Comment: The most difficult piece to memorize so far (being Summer didn't help either). And there also these quite fast notes in measures 38 and 48 everybody complains about. If you master these measures and play them within the allocated tempo (which I did not succeed entirely), the rest is not that difficult. Nevertheless, I'm not happy with this rendition and I plan to post a second version later on.
Sor, Fernando - Opus 60 #16 (V1).wma

So, now, the table of posted studies is the following:
Sor's Opus 60 recorded pieces as of 22Sep17.png

My next self-assignment is to post a sound file of the #17 study.
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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Peskyendeavour » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:14 pm

I'm trying out both iRig and HandyRec. As recommended.

IRig playback is really quiet, so I can't even hear what quality - I can't seem to adjust volume and phone volume is max already. The user interface isn't very clear and slightly more tricky to understand / find bits and features (some of them you have to buy and have to register just to get manual)

HandyRec is ok volume wise - sound still a little tinny but better than voice memo! Good user interface.

So can't really compare in truth as I can hardly hear the playback of iRig - any suggestions on making playback volume louder?

The reason I ask is because iRig seems to give better quality of sound but I'm not entirely sure

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Re: Let’s learn Sor’s Opus 60 together, shall we?

Post by Jorge Oliveira » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:23 pm

Hi, Peskyendeavour:

Let me try to help you. The iRig has a button which should be set as shown in the picture below.
The iRig microphone.JPG
The head of the micro should then be set some 40 cm from the hole of the guitar and the iPhone (or, for that matter, any Android phone) should be set with its volume amplification roughly in the midle of the scale. But this can be adjusted by playing some notes in your guitar and verifying that the audio volume scale in the HandyRec does not go too much beyond the green area. If yes, then the volume of the iPhone should be decreased (or increased if the captured signal is too weak). In my case I'm using an Apple accessory, a Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter ($9.00) to connect the the iRig to my iPhone.

The next thing is to do your record and transfer the .wav audio file from your iPhone to a designated folder in your PC. I wouldn't know how to do it on an Android smartphone, but if you have an iPhone you should connect it via a Lightning to USB Cable to a PC and start iTunes to synchronize it. You then select the iPhone on the menu on your left and click File Sharing. The ZOOM app should appear on a list of apps on the right side of the screen. If you select it, all .wav audio files on the iPhone associated with the app will be displayed and you can then drag and drop into the folder the one you want.

Once the .wav file in the PC, you open it with Audacity, edit it if you want and audio export it in .mp3 or .wma formats for listening or posting (.wma only) in this Forum. During the Audacity session you adjust the PC volume as you see fit.

And that is all :D. Please, let me know if you still have any doubts.

Best regards,

Jorge
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