I'm now posting Sor's Opus 35 #5 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 Kuniharu Nobe #8 (1972), with Knobloch Actives CX 500 Carbon Double Silver, High Tension strings (20 days old and 13h of effective playing time
). The resulting .wav
file was then processed with the Audacity audio editor on Windows 10 to produce the .wma
Sor’s Opus 35, #5
. Learning period
: 21Mar19 - 14Apr19 Comments
: As I cannot sight read at the speed the piece is supposed to be played at, I had to memorize it first and slowly increase the tempo. I reached a speed of 1/16 = 230 bpm, higher than I had planned initially - 200 bpm. I might go further but I feel I've reached already my limit and to to play it faster - say, 10 or 20 bpm more - would pin me down to it one or two weeks more. So, unless there is an outcry from you my Friends
, I will let it be for now and move into the #9
As the piece has two sections, repeated, and five different phrases, some of which repeated in the two sections (see please my post
above), I ended up having to play 14 phrases by memory in order to complete the piece
. That's quite a lot, I would say, and, occasionally, I played a given phrase in the wrong order...
. From all these phrases, Phrase E is the most difficult and prone to errors, specially if you are really going fast.
I played the whole piece using p
. I also used one small trick that can be useful to others: in Phrase D, m.19, I did not use the barré
indicated in the score, instead, the D treble is played in the 3rd string, fret 7 (6D3 in van Handel's ASCII music notation, whose format is DNS (duration-note-string), in which duration = 1 (whole note; 2 (1/2 note); 4 (1/4 note) 6 (16th note) 5 (32nd note, 2**-5)
). So, I press the string with my finger 3
for both B, b.1 in the 4th string (8B4) and D, b.4 in the 3rd string (6D3). Thus, while my i
finger stays put in the 3rd string fret 5 (serving as an anchor for the whole measure) my a
finger stays in the 7th fret, moving successively from the 4th string to the 3rd and back again. This positioning, once mechanized, is much faster than doing the barré
suggested in the score.
Finally, listening to my record, I noticed a small hesitation, a de-synchronization, in the first run of m.23
. The rest seems to be reasonably OK, but please let me know if you find any mistakes. Suggestions for improvements are also most welcome.
Sor, Fernando - Opus 35 #5 (V1).mp3
So, now, the table of posted studies is the following:
The corresponding Excel file (TPR
) is stored in my Google Drive and any Forum Member can download and use it at any time. By pointing to any particular post, the reader will have available not only the sound or video file but also all the subsequent comments made by other Forum members.
My next self-assignment is to post a sound file of the #9 study.
to point out that my next assignment will be the Study #9, the next Novice
piece following the #5 in the TPR, and not the #6, as I had erroneously stated.
to replace phrase "...the F treble is played in the 3rd string, fret 7 (6F3 in van Handel's ASCII...
" in the fourth paragraph by this other "...the D treble is played in the 3rd string, fret 7 (6D3 in van Handel's ASCII...
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