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    Now I'm working on Beethoven Spring Sonata. First and second movements for now, but I'll learn to play all of the movements. And I just started to learn the LvB Romance in F major. It's easier than the G major.

    But my problem is that I don't play and learn something until it's mastered. I get through a piece with some ability then move on. I really should try to master some pieces, and not just hack my way through music. It doesn't help that I work full time, in a stressful and tiring job.
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    I've made it through the entire LvB Violin Spring Sonata. The second movement is giving me nightmares. A couple of bars in particular. There is one bar with a turn, slow quarter notes and a run of 8 sixty fourth notes all in one down bow. I always run out of bow. And later on the second movement modulates and I have to find Cb and Db on the D string. Yikes. Anyway, it's slow progress.

    And I've played through the entire LvB F major Romance. This isn't too bad.

    Of course, when a professional gets a difficult piece to learn they have all day. My day is spent with ungrateful teenagers on another subject altogether. I somehow have to come home after a long day of work and get the energy to play LvB.

    I will never sound like a professional. That's okay. It is so satisfying making one's own music. To my ears when it goes well, it sounds pretty good.

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    My guitar playing has been a little less of late as I've been playing a lot more piano, as well as going back to studying composition. But lately I've started to work on Bach's Chaconne again, I'm determined to make it past this darned 3rd page (of the Segovia transcription) this time. Its going all right so far. I noticed on the violin score there are sections of 64ths, but none on this guitar transcription. I'm not sure if because of the added bass notes, there is a similar effect, or whether Segovia just felt certain passages would be impossible to play up to speed on guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    My guitar playing has been a little less of late as I've been playing a lot more piano, as well as going back to studying composition. But lately I've started to work on Bach's Chaconne again, I'm determined to make it past this darned 3rd page (of the Segovia transcription) this time. Its going all right so far. I noticed on the violin score there are sections of 64ths, but none on this guitar transcription. I'm not sure if because of the added bass notes, there is a similar effect, or whether Segovia just felt certain passages would be impossible to play up to speed on guitar.
    Good luck with your bach! I've been working on the prelude from Bach's lute suite BWV 995 (transcription of the C minor cello suite) and I was stuck on certain passages for a long while and put off from learning it for a week or two. But wit sheer determination I can now play the whole prelude up to speed.

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    I think I need to stop learning new pieces and instead concentrate and perfect what I've been learning. Maybe not perfecting, but getting better. I have a habit of making it through a piece of music and then starting something new. Therefore, I will spend the next two or three months working on the following pieces and not start anything new.

    Mozart's 3rd Violin Concerto in G
    Beethoven Spring Violin Sonata
    Bach E major Concerto
    Beethoven F Major Romance
    Bach E major partita prelude
    Kreisler Three Vienese Waltzes
    Bach Air on a G String

    See what I mean? That's a long list already, I don't need any more music. My problem is that I'm impatient as I've got other pieces I want to try.

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    I'm just starting these pieces (continuing my Bach though):

    Villa-Lobos: Étude VII
    Brouwer: El Decameron Negro (just the first movement for now)
    Richard Charlton: Short Walk in a Rainforest
    Elliott Carter: Shard
    Koshkin: Tin Soldiers (from The Prince's Toys)

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    ^ You two are ambitious. I used to try to play all the pieces I'd memorized everyday as well as learning at least one new piece, after I got up to twenty some pieces it became inefficient. Now I rarely work on more than two or three pieces at a time. I'm still just working on Bach's Chaconne at the moment. (Finally through page 3 though, yay!)

    But, aside from this I'm also working on various pieces on piano, as well as trying to study tonal harmony, read other books I'm interested in and get exercise everyday (oh and I also have a job). There aren't enough hours in the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    ^ You two are ambitious. I used to try to play all the pieces I'd memorized everyday as well as learning at least one new piece, after I got up to twenty some pieces it became inefficient. Now I rarely work on more than two or three pieces at a time. I'm still just working on Bach's Chaconne at the moment. (Finally through page 3 though, yay!)

    But, aside from this I'm also working on various pieces on piano, as well as trying to study tonal harmony, read other books I'm interested in and get exercise everyday (oh and I also have a job). There aren't enough hours in the day!
    Well I have an assessment on those pieces next year and my performance of them will affect my final high school mark, so I gotta work hard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Well I have an assessment on those pieces next year and my performance of them will affect my final high school mark, so I gotta work hard!
    A nice variety of modern pieces you are working on there, and mixed with the Bach - that is just the kind of stuff I enjoy most. The only thing you are missing is a piece by Rodrigo.

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    As mentioned before, I've got too many pieces to work on. So I'm spending a couple of weeks or more on one piece at a time. Right now I've been playing Mozart's Third Violin Concerto, G major. All cadenzas, all movements. I can't play through non stop, but I'm getting better. It's my first real concerto and cadenza to learn.

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    Robert Muczynski Gallery "suit for unaccompanied cello"

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    The Mozart is coming along fine, not memorized. It won't ever be. I also play the LvB Romance in F major well enough. So I've put them aside for now and I'm working on the Beethoven Spring Sonata, the last movement needs the most work. My teacher also gave me two new pieces to learn.

    Pablo de Sarasate Malagueña. It's a good piece, and with lots of left hand pizzicato for me to learn.
    Bach Corrente from the Dm partita.

    And I'm up to Kreutzer study 24 of 42 if anybody knows what I'm talking about.
    And I bought the Carl Flesch scale system book. Scales of all sorts in all keys, major and minor. I really need to work on scales and double stops in scales to progress further.
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    I've been given some Grade 3 pieces for viola today:
    Holst - Theme from Jupiter (the Planets, of course)
    A French medieval one
    Grieg - Arietta from Lyric Suite
    ≥12

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    Well, I suppose the only pieces I'm working on are my exam ones: La Rotta, Carolan's Air, and Putting on the Ritz.

    We've dabbled in pieces in the orchestra, but we're not working on anything solid at the moment.

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    I started another piece two days ago, the Kabelevsky Violin Concerto. I wanted to learn to play something from the 20th Century, and this is within my reach. It's fast, and plenty of accidentals but few double stops. It's a good piece for me to try with my teacher.

    I also started to learn the Bach double violin concerto. This isn't so difficult for me, only first and third position, and no double stops. I've only had it a week, but it's not bad. My teacher played the second violin part while I played the first violin part, that was fun. It was under speed, but each week it'll get faster as I get more familiar with the notes.

    I do attempt a lot of different pieces as you can read from my posting history in this thread. And I have our weekly orchestra rehearsal. I don't try to learn everything to perfection, that's an elusive goal I think. Some music I learn more thoroughly than others. And often I learn a piece, put it aside as I grow weary of playing it so often, try something new for a few weeks, then return to it at a later date.

    Some music I only play to get a skill and technique. For instance, Air on a G String I learned to gain practice playing high positions on the G string. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair I learned solely to play harmonics within a piece of music. And Malagueña for the left hand pizzicato.
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