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    It's a big challenge but I've just started to work on the Bruch, yes that one. Bruch violin concerto no 1 in Gm. Here it's a grade 10 piece, out of eleven levels. It'll take some months before I can play it will some grace and style. But I think it's quite exciting to play something from the standard repertoire. I'll never get better if I don't try pieces that are a challenge.

    I'm still working on the Grieg 1st violin sonata, and always playing solo Bach. I've started playing the allegro assai and largo from the second solo sonata in C major. Lovely stuff.

    And I've started playing some new studies: Fiorrilo, Mazas and Rode 24 Caprices.

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    I'm currently working on overcoming tendonitis in my left arm...Tennis-elbow from playing funk and bending strings on my new electric guitar. I've been strictly classical for 15 years and it was (too) fun to do something different. I can play some exercises and dream of what's to come when I get well, which is duo with piano and cello. With the piano guy I'll be playing the Villa-Lobos concerto and Desafio no. 37 by Marlos Nobre and maybe something else. With the cellist also Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Schubert & Granados. It really sucks not to be able to practice now...

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    I'm working on Scottish folk tunes ready for our trip to the fiddle/keyboard classes at Beauly.

    This book has some lovely pieces in it:



    I am working on two new strathspeys from it, 'Miss Lyall' and 'The Stewarts of Grandtully' - and also going over some tunes that I've already learned. Here's the first in the book, 'Sitting in the Stern of a Boat'.
    A lovely fiddle tune & fiddler!

    ~ Mollie ~
    My fiddle my joy.

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    Not trying to be rude, just pointing out I have a personal quirk about the word 'fiddle'. I prefer when people refer to the instrument as a violin (of course everyone is free to use whatever term they prefer and that is fine).

    To me 'fiddle' has a masturbatory quality to it, and if someone tells me they play the 'fiddle' I seem to associate the word with an image of incompetent screeching and squawking as if the individual 'fiddles' around with the instrument as opposed to playing or performing on it.

    As I said just a personal quirk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    I'm currently working on overcoming tendonitis in my left arm...Tennis-elbow from playing funk and bending strings on my new electric guitar. I've been strictly classical for 15 years and it was (too) fun to do something different. I can play some exercises and dream of what's to come when I get well, which is duo with piano and cello. With the piano guy I'll be playing the Villa-Lobos concerto and Desafio no. 37 by Marlos Nobre and maybe something else. With the cellist also Villa-Lobos, de Falla, Schubert & Granados. It really sucks not to be able to practice now...
    I've probably developed a tendinitis in my left elbow too. I'm not really sure how I could. There isn't a lot of movement in the left elbow when I play, I do play right handed. All the big motion is my bow arm, the right elbow and that's fine. It's quite painful at times. I can't grip too much in that hand without some discomfort. For example, holding a plate of food horizontally in my left hand is difficult now, it never used to be. The discomfort is in the forearm near the elbow.

    So I don't play as much right now. At most 30 minutes per day. The Bruch is therefore slow going. Though I've played through the entire first movement so far.

    I'm also working on the Vitali Chaconne. It's a somewhat forgotten piece that used to part of the standard repertoire more than 50 years ago. I found a Heifetz recording on Spotify. It was written in the late 1600s. It's quite a challenge and a good preview if I ever get to try the Bach Chaconne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I've probably developed a tendinitis in my left elbow too. I'm not really sure how I could. There isn't a lot of movement in the left elbow when I play, I do play right handed. All the big motion is my bow arm, the right elbow and that's fine. It's quite painful at times. I can't grip too much in that hand without some discomfort. For example, holding a plate of food horizontally in my left hand is difficult now, it never used to be. The discomfort is in the forearm near the elbow.

    So I don't play as much right now. At most 30 minutes per day. The Bruch is therefore slow going. Though I've played through the entire first movement so far.

    I'm also working on the Vitali Chaconne. It's a somewhat forgotten piece that used to part of the standard repertoire more than 50 years ago. I found a Heifetz recording on Spotify. It was written in the late 1600s. It's quite a challenge and a good preview if I ever get to try the Bach Chaconne.
    That is too bad about the tendinitis. I think physical ailments such as this are very common for many musicians, I've certainly had my share of issues, actually part of the reason I've cut back a lot on guitar is because of physical problems I encountered simply from my sitting position which is not the proper technique. I sit closer to the way Paco De Lucia sits and its caused some problems in my left knee just from having my right leg rest on it so much. I unfortunately do not find it comfortable to play with a footstool or any other similar device. However I was already wanting to transition into playing classical mostly on piano anyway because I enjoy the wider repertoire and because I think it is a better instrument from a compositional standpoint. I do still play some guitar, but not very much classical guitar.

    So far I've already gotten a little stiffness in my right wrist from playing piano (I have some problems with my right arm) but nothing too serious yet thankfully. I know that a lot of professional players (including one who occasionally posts here - hreichgott) have had to deal with some major physical setbacks and had to take some time off and adjust their technique accordingly in order to advance. I hope you are able to advance past this setback, or at the very least continue to enjoy some playing and gradually progress with the amount of practicing you still do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    Not trying to be rude, just pointing out I have a personal quirk about the word 'fiddle'. I prefer when people refer to the instrument as a violin (of course everyone is free to use whatever term they prefer and that is fine).

    To me 'fiddle' has a masturbatory quality to it, and if someone tells me they play the 'fiddle' I seem to associate the word with an image of incompetent screeching and squawking as if the individual 'fiddles' around with the instrument as opposed to playing or performing on it.

    As I said just a personal quirk.
    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.

    I play Irish fiddle and was properly instructed in the definition of terms by the locals of these Appalachian hills when I live

    so the poster was using the proper term as he was talking about the Scottish fiddle tune tradition

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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.

    I play Irish fiddle and was properly instructed in the definition of terms by the locals of these Appalachian hills when I live

    so the poster was using the proper term as he was talking about the Scottish fiddle tune tradition
    I think you are right. In any case I started this thread because I was interested in what classical pieces posters are working on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I think you are right. In any case I started this thread because I was interested in what classical pieces posters are working on.
    and you have a point there, too

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    I'm working on "How High the Moon" on my jazz guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    I'm working on "How High the Moon" on my jazz guitar.
    I suppose some might consider this classical music. Watching the video you posted in the non-classical forum of Methany reminded me that I'm not really a big jazz fan.

    However, I do like this particular piece, the Duke Ellington band version is nice.
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    A guitar transcription of the fugue from Bach's Violin Sonata No.1. Getting it back under my fingers and in my brain!

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    Nikita Koshkin's "The Fall of Birds," a very demanding passacaglia and toccata piece. I can only dream that it will ever sound this good!


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    OK, the previous two pieces are basically ready now, so I'm starting Carlo Domeniconi's massively challenging Chaconne. He basically took Bach's Chaconne and replaced all of the notes but kept the note values and rhythms (for the most part). Parts are much harder to play than transcriptions of Bach's piece, but it's also far more guitaristic, and dare I say it, more harmonically and contrapuntally interesting? Here's a video of a fellow playing it:



    and an audio-only version by Dale Kavenagh, for whom it was written. I greatly prefer her interpretation:



    I'm curious to see what any violinists think about the Domeniconi piece.
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    I'm working on "Sausages and Ice Cream".

    It's quite demanding...for me

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