@davecolemanactive 45 minutes ago
Roger, I believe that’s correct. The B-C-B is a reverse or upper mordent which, according to some research (Googling), Bach never used. But hey, he’s not around so he won’t know. The C-B-C-B is a trill, as it begins on the note above the primary note and repeats the primary note at least twice. The context would probably determine how long the…[Read more]
Thank you all for your encouraging words and the skies are not cloudy…wait, that’s Home on the Range. Julie asked about the ornaments. Ornaments can be tricky. After analyzing it, I think I was playing a reverse mordent which, from my understanding, was not something Bach used. To me it sounded fine, but apparently Bach wouldn’t have used…[Read more]
Roger–I am so impressed with the progress you’ve shown us in just two weeks! It is sounding fantastic! I have no doubt that you will soon be playing the piece in its entirety! As for that pesky F# in m14, for what it’s worth, I let go of the F# when I play the A in the bass. I agree with Linda–just focus on playing it smoothly. I think the…[Read more]
So I said I was going to up the tempo, but instead I dropped it to about 70bpm for the 1/8th note so that I could get a handle on the ornaments. It’s funny how slowing it down brings out other issues too, like discovering I was lifting the B in the bass in m17 too soon, an important note as it is the beginning of the great bass line (B-A-G-A-B)…[Read more]
Definite progress!!!! This is sounding great! The articulation, the fingering, everything is looking so good! This is a piece that takes time. It’s kind of like watching grass grow. We don’t see the daily difference, but over time it’s obvious! You’ve worked hard and it shows!
How cool is that!!! While they may not be ready for this piece, it could open up a whole new world for them, piquing their interests in Bach or other types of music. You’re doing a great job with these kids! And thanks to all, you, John, parents, everybody, for the influence you’re all having in their lives!
here are a couple of questions for Rene–
1) how do you approach a new piece of music? we’ve learned a lot about how to analyze pieces thru CGC videos, but I like to hear what others do with a piece of music when they look at it for the first time.
2) how do you get yourself out of a playing slump, and how do you keep your practice…[Read more]
You guys are amazing! Not only the technology to put you two together, but your playing of a variety of pieces and styles makes it so much fun to listen to! Keep up the great work! And I look forward to futures works!
I echo their thoughts! it’s sounding really good! my only suggestion would be to bring the bass out more in the call and response sections. if they were crisper, maybe a bit louder rather than an echo of the upper line, it would make that bass line more distinct.
Thanks Bruce, Thane, Rick, and Julie! I’m not going to increase the tempo by much, but it does seem to be lacking some energy. Maybe that has more to do with my playing than the tempo. And yes, this is the week of ornamentation. I’m going to use the ones that are written in, but I would like to add 1-2 more somewhere if they’re appropriate.…[Read more]
Thanks, Roger. Honestly, I couldn’t tell much difference either and wondered what I’d been doing all week! Sometimes I can hear it in my head but not in the video. I do want to up the tempo a bit and add some ornamentation but first I wanted to work on the voices and stops before doing that. Hopefully next week will be a noticeable improvement!
Absolutely wonderful! I don’t see how it could sound better! You have such control, and I love how you shape the phrases. Your playing is always a pleasure to listen to. Great job!
It sounds great, Scott! Your ornaments are clear and even. And your analysis is almost intimidating, lol. But it’s helpful and I appreciate all of the thought you have put into this. I’m glad there are so many of us working on this one!
Nels, this sounds great!!! The bass is clear and distinct (maybe could be a bit louder, but it could just be the recording), and you seem very confident with the fingering! Great job!
Is it possible to over analyze this piece? After reading the other Allemander’s comments, I’m second guessing myself when I play this. I’ll lay some of the blame at Bach’s feet. He put so much into this piece that I don’t trust myself to plumb the depths of his work! So thank you, fellow Allemanders, for your collective analysis!
This week…[Read more]
Like others have said, don’t worry about increasing the tempo right now. Just get comfortable with the fingering, the voices, shaping, and then speed will follow. I’ve given myself this pep talk many times, still needing to heed my own advice. Just sit back and enjoy playing the piece! It’s beautiful and so much fun to play…even if it’s…[Read more]
Julie–that was fantastic!!! You obviously worked hard on it this last week! I like the “arts and crafts” as Simon calls it…coloring the different voices. It really does help, like Dave said, in breaking it down visually, helping the brain and the fingers to see it together. Great job this week! It sounded great!!!
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