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    Still not completely over tendonitis...Been 9 months! I do play Sor & Giuliani and yesterday decided to go for Bach's Chaconne again. Played through it all the way I got some special strings in the mail that are for tuning the guitar G to g, a minor 3rd up. That and my Despalj transcription in e-minor will make it sound g-minor! Nobody does that!

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    I'm reading through Sergio Assad's Sonata. It will be a while before it flows like this! (This is the first of three movements.)

    "Muß es sein?"
    "Es muß sein!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate Miller View Post
    but when you are playing folk music, it is called a fiddle. It is a violin when you are playing repertoire, a fiddle when you are playing folk tunes.
    A fiddle is what folk musicians spill beer on. A violin is what classical musicians spill wine on.

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    All on mandolin.

    Music:
    Scarlatti K87 and K430 arranged for mandolin by Victor Kioulaphides
    Vivaldi Op 12 No 1.
    Munier "Ninnarella"

    Exercises:
    Calace Method for Mandolin Op 37 No 72
    Wohlfahrt Sixty Studies for Violin Op 45 No 7
    Branzoli Metodo Teorico Pratico per Mandolino No 43

    (On the dark side I am working on a few Charlie Poole songs and some wonderful waltzes.)
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    Repertoire I'm working on right now:

    Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, first movement
    Bach's Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin in E Major
    Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3
    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Canzonetta
    Romanze Andalucia, Sarasate
    Barber Violin Concerto, first and second movements

    Also looking at Tzigane by Ravel a bit- very challenging, but very fun as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    Repertoire I'm working on right now:

    Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, first movement
    Bach's Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin in E Major
    Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3
    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Canzonetta
    Romanze Andalucia, Sarasate
    Barber Violin Concerto, first and second movements

    Also looking at Tzigane by Ravel a bit- very challenging, but very fun as well.
    This is an impressive list of pieces - congratulations on your advanced repertoire! Are you planning on performing the concertos with an orchestra, or with a piano accompanist playing an arrangement of the orchestral parts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    This is an impressive list of pieces - congratulations on your advanced repertoire! Are you planning on performing the concertos with an orchestra, or with a piano accompanist playing an arrangement of the orchestral parts?
    Oh, no, not with an orchestra! Maybe- hopefully- someday, but I'm not near good enough or have enough connections to play with an orchestra. I actually just finished working on the Mendelssohn (I performed it two weeks ago with a piano accompanist, nothing big)- and as for the other pieces, I will probably only ever perform a couple of them, with a piano- most of them are just for fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    Repertoire I'm working on right now:

    Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, first movement
    Bach's Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin in E Major
    Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3
    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Canzonetta
    Romanze Andalucia, Sarasate
    Barber Violin Concerto, first and second movements

    Also looking at Tzigane by Ravel a bit- very challenging, but very fun as well.
    Nice! The opening "Preludio" to the Third Partita is a virtuoso showpiece, commonly played by violinists as a stand alone encore.

    If you can play it in under 4 minutes, you've done well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Nice! The opening "Preludio" to the Third Partita is a virtuoso showpiece, commonly played by violinists as a stand alone encore.

    If you can play it in under 4 minutes, you've done well!
    Yes, a beautiful piece (as is the whole partita). And I currently cannot play it under 4 minutes... although I haven't really timed it, I'm just guessing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tchaikov6 View Post
    Yes, a beautiful piece (as is the whole partita). And I currently cannot play it under 4 minutes... although I haven't really timed it, I'm just guessing.
    A perfect prescription for anyone feeling down in the dumps, thanks to world news and other reasons.

    That bright E Major Preludio is like drinking a triple espresso. Perks one right up!!

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    STILL Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "No hubo Remedio" - will I ever get it??

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    Sergio Assad's Sonata isn't holding my attention--it's a nice enough piece--maybe at a later point. So, I'm relearning Ettore Desderi's "Toccata and Fugue", a remarkable piece for someone who didn't play the guitar! That might be an advantage since he doesn't rely on traditional guitar figurations. His dates are 1892-1974, and he wrote the piece for Segovia, who never played it. Initially, it was published as is, but several years ago, it was discovered to be the last movement of a massive Sonata!
    "Muß es sein?"
    "Es muß sein!"

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    I'm currently working on the Reger cello suites, more specifically the first one. Pretty challenging stuff - you have to consistently nail those double-stops, which is a bit of a problem on my end.



    I'm getting better (I think).
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    Thistle & Minuet - 16 Easy Pieces from the Scottish Baroque... - Schott publishing.

    My fiddle teacher will soon be going away on tour with English Touring Opera, so I have decided to start on a 'project' while he is away to give me something to get my teeth into.
    Fiddle Guru is a professional HIP baroque violinist and violist, and he brightened up immediately when I took this music in for my lesson this week.
    As for me, back home in the practice room, I'm wondering what I've taken on - I love the melodies, as I am passionate about The Golden Age of Scottish Fiddle - but I find it so hard to use my baroque bow and to do all that lifting and careful attention to the shape of the notes.

    So yes - the pieces may be 'easy', but my performance of them is not...

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    My fiddle my joy.

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    Another bassist and I are transcribing Bach's Inventions and several of the Well-Tempered Clavier exercises as double bass duets. It's rather fun.
    "God," asked Adam, "why did you make Eve so beautiful?"
    And He replied, "So that you could love her."
    "But God," asked Adam, "why did you make her so stupid?"
    And He replied, "So that she could love you."

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