WEEK ONE Updates: Main Thread - The Journey Begins!
Hello and welcome to the WEEK ONE Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Make sure you've read the rules before replying (<- click)
Twice a week between June 17th - July 8th I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
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Handel: Chaconne in G major HWV 435
Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):
- Variation you worked on:
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
Sample daily update:
- Variation you worked on: No. 1
- One thing you found easy: Learning the notes, and rhythms were rather straight-forward, and not challenging!
- One thing you found difficult: Playing the trills/ornaments in an elegant way was what challenged me the most.
Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!
Hello Dominic and all, thanks for a great challenge!
I started out with "random" variations, nr. 4, 10, 14 and today 5. Fun to behold the difference between triplets, sixteenth, minor and major as the main focus, instead of sightreading from a to z.
easy: a sort of remembering the chords, although I do not play by heart easily, I will try to learn some of the variations by heart.
fun: changing rhythms to make it flow, make a slow siciliana out of variation 4! (video)
difficult: deciding on a fingering or a couple, working enough on that to let the movement flow.
Hi everyone, really enjoying the challenge so far.
I’ve worked mainly on the theme to get it in my fingers and flowing so I can play it more confidently.
The simple harmonic structure has helped me to learn the notes quickly.
I’ve found that I tended to start with a tempo that was too fast making the runs and embellishments more difficult
Have sight read through seven variations so far but haven’t quite decided which ones to focus on - not panicking though. I’ll decide soon
I love the idea of doing a challenge and I like the level of difficulty in this challenge. I started with the theme. I’m a few days late starting.
Figuring out how to play the notes and rhythm was easy.
Moving to the chord immediately after a trill was harder. Tomorrow I need to work on making it fluid. I noticed that on the descending short trill, people do all different lengths: short, long, none. I think I’ll do just once back and forth.
This is such a good way to connect and interact! Today is the first day I've had time to look at this.
Easy part: playing the triplets in the melody.
Difficult part: landing the base chords accurately and on time.
I started with the third variation because it looked easier to grasp quickly (my sight reading needs a ton of improvement). So my video is a true sight reading, this is literally the first I've seen or heard of this piece (be gentle, lol!). Anyone want to share your best sight tips with me?
Here is a link to my first run through:
- Variation I worked on: number 10 - working methodically one hand at a time.
- One thing you found easy: Practicing, I'm enjoying the beauty of the music and looking forward to putting hand together.
- One thing you found difficult: Hold the notes the appropriate amount of time and being able to slur as written.. but it is getting better each day... tomorrow starts both hands, it has been extremely difficult to not play hands together, but I wanted to document the progress and do the process instead of jumping to the end. Looked over the piece, worked out the timing, played and separately - so anxious to move on to hands together tomorrow.
I'm enjoying watching everyone's videos - thanks for the inspiration everyone!
Hi to all . I’m really enjoying working on this music , reading your comments and listening to the videos .
- Variation you worked on: Theme and no 1 and 2
- One thing you found easy: The notes , key signature of G major, the notes lie nicely under my fingers and thus fingering is fairly easy for me . I also like that there is no metronome markings so I don’t have the pressure of getting up to speed.
- One thing you found difficult: For the the life of me I can’t figure out the rhythm in beat 3 of bar 2 in the theme. I have looked at several different editions of the music and each one has a slightly different rhythm for this . I just want to break the 3rd beat into 4 parts so I can get it accurate . Any ideas would be appreciated . Thanks Marianne Hampton
The indefatigable pursuit of an unattainable perfection, even though it consist in nothing more than the pounding of an old piano, is what alone gives a meaning to our life on this unavailing star.
Logan Pearsall Smith
8, 9 and 10 again
In 8 I still have problems in bars 4 and 5 moving down the keyboard
and in 9 I still haven´t worked out what is going on in bars 6 and 7.