Thank you a ton, lagartija, I did not expect such quick and detailed response! Really appreciate it!lagartija wrote: Thank you for sharing this with us, Andrei. It is a compelling piece, isn't it? It is one of my favorites, too. Your tone is very nice, even while listening on my cheap computer speakers.
It is a really good idea to record yourself now...and then, maybe in six months record again. You may be surprised at how much progress you've made. How long have you been working on the piece?
Sorry, I did not answer this question. I guess I have been working on this piece for 2 years. At the same time I have been developing necessary technique (pull offs, finger independence with barre), so my skills were not good enough at the time I started it (but could not resist). Mostly all work was about polishing difficult fragments.lagartija wrote:One of the reasons I asked how long you have been working on the piece is because some of the things I suggest are hard to do if you aren't far enough along to play the piece fluently at a constant tempo. If that is the case, practice with a metronome first, slow enough to play at some tempo in time. Then when you get to a speed where it holds together as music, you will probably be able to play fluently enough to work on the phrasing and dynamics.
That makes perfect sense. Especially, when there is no teacher and you think you (I mean myself) can already play it OK with the right rhythm and timing. Of course, it is hard to resist adding this beautiful ornamentation which makes practice so fun.petermc61 wrote:Firstly, I think you underestimate your performance. I very much enjoyed it.
Picking up on lagartija's comments, in a few spots it seems as if the ornaments are affecting the rhythm. Whenever I have interesting rhythms with ornamentation or complex ornamentation I tend to play the piece through without any ornaments so that I get the timing of the underlying melody right and embedded in my brain - then I add back the ornaments and make sure I don't change the basic melody/timing. Seems to wok for me (mostly, but not always!!)
Haha, that's so true! I'm very aware of this thing and know how counterproductive it is.lagartija wrote:Another pitfall of working on a piece you love is that you want to hear the entire thing, so you try to play the entire piece all the time. My teachers always told me I was trying to take too big a bite of the piece when I was first working it up. It took another two years before I actually followed their advice in that!
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