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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    I'm working through the pieces for my Grade 3 exam - not a high grade but scary enough when you've never taken a music exam in your life. La Rotta from the 'Early' section - Carolan's Air from the mid-section - and Putting on the Ritz from the modern section. Every time I feel I've got my head round my teacher's instructions, he comes up with another refinement. Here's hoping my nerves don't kibosh everything.
    Good luck!!! You can do it!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    I'm working on Tilman Hoppstock's guitar transcription of the Fantasia BWV919:



    which he couples with the Fugue from BWV 906:



    The Fugue is a fragment, which Igor Kipnis finished by making it a da capo fugue--Hoppstock's version follows it. Both arts are brutally hard to play in places.
    Not anymore...I hope to play it on the piano in about 2 or 3 years.

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    Oh, who am I kidding? Guitar is in my DNA, plus I just don't have the patience to learn an instrument from the ground up. I might continue to dabble with the piano, but the guitar is my instrument. Taking 3 months off has given me a new perspective and musical insights about some pieces I was playing, so it was not a complete waste of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    Oh, who am I kidding? Guitar is in my DNA, plus I just don't have the patience to learn an instrument from the ground up. I might continue to dabble with the piano, but the guitar is my instrument. Taking 3 months off has given me a new perspective and musical insights about some pieces I was playing, so it was not a complete waste of time.
    Well, I hate to say "I told you so" but uh...who am I kidding, no I don't - I told you so!

    For the record I don't think you'll quit playing piano all together either, its great to do both. So, no - in my opinion it wasn't a waste of time at all.

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    I agree--it's a great fundamental instrument. If could play the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations on the piano (It's a bear on the guitar!), then I'd be happy.

    I do regret selling my concert quality guitar, though. I have a new Dieter Hopf en route, but it has been delayed a day--should have arrived today, in fact,

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    I am currently working on some fifth position studies, because I want to try first violin. I am quite methodical about this, I play with a metronome (an app on my iPad mini) and chart my progress day by day. Each day I play a little faster. In the next few days and weeks I'll "graduate" to sixth and seventh position studies and shifting.

    I should also prepare some music to perform, I might need to audition.

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    I downloaded software to compose music on my computer.I completed the parts to my string trio only the cello & violin parts.It was not easy because i had to read from the written score home.

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    Indian Classical version of Violin..

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    I had a violin lesson this afternoon, my first in over ten years. I started 16 years ago, and took lessons for about two years, and progressed quickly. For the past 14 years I've remained somewhat static technically, though as part of the orchestra my ensemble playing is much better. I went back to my first violin teacher today. I'm not sure he's the best for me. I know him and it's a safe environment for me to try music beyond my current ability. I had forgotten that his repertoire is a little limited and he doesn't perform, hasn't for years.

    I took to the lesson The Lark Ascending to play. It's challenging for me, lots of high positions, but not loaded with double stops. He didn't really know the piece, he had probably never played it himself.

    I'm probably going to see him once every couple of weeks for three months and work on the RVW and Mozart #3 in G and the Bach E major partita, all of it. Then I'll decide if I want to find another teacher, or stop lessons again. I didn't get a good vibe today considering it was my first lesson in a very long time.

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    Kinda working on Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on bass guitar...but it's a little rough.

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    Having finished my grade 3 exam, I am now working through the Young (!!!) Violinist's Repertoire Book 3 with Richard my exam teacher. Unfortunately I shot myself in the foot by telling him how I liked my three-quarters bow (he hadn't noticed) so now he is making me use my full size pukka brazilwood bow, and boy, is it heavy!

    At present I am stuck on Mozart's Minuet from Don Giovanni - http://youtu.be/rda6qVAR0Sg - which requires lifting and landing, supposedly in a graceful manner, but I keep dropping it on the string so that it sounds like a spifflicated hen. I am also playing 'My Homeland' by César Cui, which is lovely, but I am to do whole bows for the minims & semi-breves and also try to do some vibrato on the long notes. It's very hard work, and I have to keep reminding myself that I'm British (my upper lip will wobble, even so)!
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    I am working on the music for the a local Workshop Orchestra and some pieces for string ensemble written by a friend who is a professional composer. I don't play solo pieces because I have no interest in playing solos. If I was going to do anything I would play a study to help with a problem I might have in one of the ensemble parts.

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    For my repertoire teacher, I have chosen to start playing 'A division upon a ground' by Mr John Banister (17th century) and a Passamezzo (not the famous one) by Diego Ortiz. They are gorgeous, but very challenging time-wise. I think I'm getting the better of them, but I am going to ask my Fab Fiddle Guru to play them for me on Friday so that I can sort out some tricky bars. I love Early Music!

    I am also (thanks, Senza Sordino ) contentrating on some slow airs (e.g. the Londonderry Air) to develop an arm vibrato. It's miniscule so far, but after forty eight years I'm beginning to think that finally there may be light at the end of the tunnel - or is that an oncoming train?
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    1st mvt of Brahms - piano concerto 2
    “Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.”

    - Mozart

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    Well, since this school year is almost over, I am finishing my programne (just polishing the colours and such things) and I (or should I say my professor) will be choosing a new programme. This year I played Bach BWV 998, Sor's Variations on a theme by Mozart , Villa Lobos Etudes 7 and 10, Ivanović's entire Café cycle and Brouwer's Parabola.

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