CALL FOR RECORDINGS for upcoming Virtual Masterclass with Dominic Cheli

ANNOUNCEMENT:

We are delighted to open this thread for an exciting opportunity and unique virtual experience for ALL community members: The Online Virtual Masterclass!


Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis (no deadline), so simply reply here with your submission anytime you have a piece or passage you would like to work on. 

 

A new date and time will be announced once we have 2-3 suitable submissions. So please, go ahead and submit your videos to us by replying to this very thread


HOW VIRTUAL MASTERCLASSES WORK:

  1. You send in a video of yourself performing a piece, movement of a piece, or even a passage from a piece. Alternatively, you can submit a passage of sheet music for me to give you targeted advice on.
  2. Once we have 2-3 submissions, I will run a live stream specifically for you, giving you tailor-made advice for your own playing!

It's like if we were doing an online lesson - except others get to see it and hopefully also benefit from the advice I'm giving you. 

It's basically an exact replica of an in-person masterclass: you play for a teacher (in this case through a recording), and they work with you while others watch. 

WHY?

  • Have you been watching the live streams and wishing you could ask me a question relating to your playing specifically? Now is your chance!
  • Share your music with others and grow by watching them, too.
  • It's basically a free online lesson for you!

WHAT MUST YOU KNOW?

  • It can be something you recorded specifically for this, OR a preexisting recording you already have.
  • All levels are welcome! My advice will be tailored to your specific level, and in the past, we've worked with everything from beginners to full-on concert players.
  • You must be fine with other people watching the video and your performance, as it will be embedded into the live stream itself. I will start and stop it as if we were doing an actual, in-person masterclass.
  • I usually spend about 20-35 minutes per submission.
  • While I will try to feature everyone, if we get a lot of submissions, your video might not be immediately featured. In that case however, we'll run more of these very soon!

WHERE AND WHAT TO SUBMIT?

  • Submit right here, by replying to this thread!
  • You can either attach a video directly from your computer, or paste a link to a YouTube video
  • (If you opt to use a YouTube video, it can be unlisted - no need to make it public!)
  • Please also attach a link to the sheet music.

   

All right, this should be it! Looking forward to seeing everyone's submissions! 

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  • I am wondering if you received my video of the Rachmaninoff Prelude in G#minor Op.32  albert landa

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  • This is me playing the Beethoven Bagatelle Op. 119 No. 1 in G minor.

    https://youtu.be/DnOTBZTMF6I

    The recording was in December 2020. I've been focusing a lot of my practice these days on shorter pieces such as these (easier to manage). I played piano a lot when I was younger but this piece is relatively new to me, learned it last fall.

     

    A link to the sheet music follows (No. 1 is the first 2 pages only):

    https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/5/5e/IMSLP00946-Beethoven_-_Bagatelles_(Opus_119).pdf

     

    I used a different edition to learn the piece but my edition is copywrited-  I think the above link version is pretty much the same.

     

    Steven

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  • Hi All,

     

    I accidentally posted the link without saying anything, still getting used to this forum. Anyway, here it is! I will be delighted to receive feedback even if it is negative.It is the Prelude in G# minor Op.32 by Rachmaninoff.Recorded at home on my I PhONE so it's not Deutsche Grammaphone quality.

     

    HTTPS://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=UDOWRPX7PSY

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  • ALBERT LANDA  I have your video! Don't worry, it works just fine and we will feature it in a masterclass. Thanks so much for it!

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  • Thanks for your videos Ben Katt  and Steven Ellner !!

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  • To Sandhya (Sandy) Asirvatham and EVERYONE-

     

    I understand that this process of recording, and having a virtual masterclass may be out of some of our comfort zones! But I can promise you that we here at tonebase believe in education/constructive criticism as tools to empower, enrich, and hopefully inspire our users to achieve their goals! Putting ourselves out there can be a vulnerable feeling, but also incredibly rewarding! Take your time, and we hope to hear your music when you are comfortable :)

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  • Thank you,Dominic.  I look forward to it.

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  • Dominic Cheli  I am excited and very nervous to be the first one up at bat for the Masterclass.  May I please qualify my performance by saying (a) I have extreme performance anxiety, and (b) I am studying piano as a midlife challenge to myself to pick up where I left off as a teenager and to see what I can accomplish.  Thank you so much, in advance, for including my video!

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  • Lisa Thomas  of course! We are very happy to have your video being featured and it is great to see you coming out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there! - looking forward to Thursday!!

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  • I'm cheering for you Lisa, I was too shy to submit anything but how great will it be to get a lesson from Dominic! What a great peak life experience!

     

    I'm in exactly the same spot but not as brave as you. I will watch it for sure.

     

    Just know we are all sending positive vibes your way.

     

    I'm also challenging myself and so grateful for the awesome resources Tonebase offers.

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  • Thanks, Tim!  I can't wait to see your video (hint, hint).

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  • Hi Dominic. What an opportunity! I have loved learning this piece, but have struggled with (at least) two issues regarding it: 1) using the pedal throughout (I struggle with the pedal, in general), and 2) the ‘waterfall’ section and what to do with it (top of second page). Also, how to navigate all the jumping around while staying secure and focused. 
     

    I am coming to the piano as an adult learner and have 3 yrs under my belt after playing classical guitar as a hobby for many years. I’m excited to have some feedback on this new-ish musical adventure in my life called piano. Thank you so much!

    https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/0/00/IMSLP599576-PMLP16687-Intermezzo-Final.pdf

    https://youtu.be/IzMxIDtO9nA

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    • Carolyn Cunningham Thank you for this video! In the masterclass (tbd) that will feature your video, we will address any/all questions you would like including the ones you have already listed! Thank you for your submission!

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  • Hello! Taking the courage to submit a video on Schumann-Liszt Widmung recorded several months back after having learnt and practiced it for a year. https://youtu.be/SZxODOSa3eg.
    This piece has inspired me to take on Gretchen am Spinrade and Rigoletto Paraphrase - both more challenging but just too beautiful not to try…


     

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    • Ching Lee Goh attaching score

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    • Ching Lee Goh Thank you so much for this submission! Yes please give Gretchen and Rigoletto a try ;) They are WONDERFUL works. If you have questions about learning them, let me know, and I can have a livestream to help address the issues (many people also share in the difficulty of these challenges!)

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    • Dominic Cheli Hi Dominic, many thanks, and if I may, I need  help with a passage of another piece instead - Falla’s Spanish Dance No. 1 - attached here. I think the bass notes really add character to the piece, but they seem impossible to play as written! Would it be valid for me to try this strategy-  take the bass G and D with my right, and omit the G/B and  middle C - to try to achieve the same effect without affecting tempo ( hopefully) or changing the harmonic integrity.  Or perhaps these bass notes are not meant to be played, but if so why did he write them in in the first place… (Also if they were simply markings of the orchestra, they don’t seem to merit that in the passage). Would love to hear your thoughts  whether it’s even worth trying to make this playable. Thanks! 

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    • Ching Lee Goh I can address this in the masterclass where your Widmung is featured! Would that sound good to you?

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    • Dominic Cheli Dominic Cheli thank you Dominic - I have since realised it may be a matter of the edition…My score is from Chester music, but IMSLP scores (editions unclear) don’t show the bass notes! 

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  • Here’s Variation 3!

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  • I always wonder where people submitted the videos for masterclass. HERE IT IS! I didn't see this thread till now. I have some preexisting audio recordings (not videos). Does audio recording work?

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    • Heng-Pin Chen 

      Absolutely! Audio is just fine if you like..

       

      You can create a video on youtube just like you did for the Handel Chaconne or you can send in the audio directly!

       

      Looking forward to your music!

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    • Dominic Cheli Thanks a lot!

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    • ALBERT LANDA Thanks! Looking forward to featuring this soon!

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    • Dominic Cheli And I look forward very much to your critique and suggestions.

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  • Hi Dominic,

    Chopin Nocturne Op 27 No 1.

    This is an audio recording made years ago. The sound quality is not that good, but, the music flow and shaping should be clear enough.

    I used Paderewski edition, but I couldn't find it online. Here I am attaching Jan Ekier edition. Some phrasings are different. Sometimes even note(s) would be a little different in both editions.

    https://soundcloud.com/compath/chopin-nocturnes-no7

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    • Heng-Pin Chen Thanks for this! Tune in on Thursday for the masterclass!

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    • Dominic Cheli Looking forward to it! If I cannot join live, I'll definitely watch it from the archive. Thank you!

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  • Hi Dominic,

    I am working on the Chopin Etude Op.10 No.5. (Black Keys Etude)  It’s still quite choppy.  Some pointers would be helpful. 

    https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/9/9e/IMSLP626204-PMLP1969-51639630-Chopin-Op-10-Etudes-Cortot-Edition.pdf

    Not great at recording, so I tried it two ways.  Both recordings have static.  I tried recording it on my phone an uploaded on YouTube:

    https://youtu.be/as6v3k2szQU

    and also recorded with Audacity and uploaded it to SoundCloud:

    https://m.soundcloud.com/spokeydee/chopin-etude-op10-no5-gb-major

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    • Victor Wong Thanks! We have your video being featured on Thursday :)

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  • I've debated what to submit (something more polished or a work-in-progress) but since I've been working through the Chopin nocturnes and there seems to be a Chopin trend in the submissions I decided to submit a nocturne that I've had some trouble with so this is a work-in-progress.

    This is Chopin Nocturne No. 5 in F-Sharp, which is not as commonly played but my favorite online version on youtube is from Claire Huangci (Tonebase instructor!) .

    I'm looking for some specific feedback (in additional to any general comments):

    1. I never had any lessons after high school so have not had anyone evaluate my general hand position and finger action and have always feared that I have ingrained bad habits I need to change.  A run into a wall with certain pieces and wonder if my technique is the limiting factor.

    2. I find octaves quickly fatiguing and especially the middle section of this piece is challenging to bring out the octaves without stumbling over notes or ignoring the left-hand to focus on the right.  Perhaps I'm just not practicing this in an effective way because after a few run throughs, the middle section just gets progressively worse. 

    Thank you!

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    • Brett Gilbert Bravo , that was nicely played !

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  • Grieg - Piano Concerto, Cadenza.

     

    Hope you like my video!

     

    https://youtu.be/bGn50TC2lGU

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    • Bruno de Lorenzo Bravo !

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    • mariannejhampton thank you!

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    • Bruno de Lorenzo Well done Bruno! Excellent performance, both expressively powerful and technically detailed! I have already watched the masterclass by Jon Kimura Parker here on Tonebase and this concerto is really amazing. Keep up the good work!!

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  • Hi Dominic ! Let's talk about Mozart! 

    Here is a video of me playing Mozart Sonate nr 3 in Bflat, Kv281. 

    I appreciate all advices on how to improve on my playing. 

    PS: Not completely satisfied with the third movement, but was a little bit too tired to aim for a better recording at the time. I also thought showing some errors might be useful. 

    Here's a link to the sheet music https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/e9/IMSLP70201-PMLP01834-KV_281.pdf. I've not used this edition thought, I've been using Henle.

    Thanks for all the help! 

    Sindre 

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      Sindre Skarelven Bravo, Sindre! What a beautiful sound and phrasing! Congratulations!

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      Juan Carlos Olite Thank you for the compliments, Juan Carlos! I hope to bring this piece to new hights after the masterclass :) 

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    • Sindre Skarelven Beautifully played in my opinion . It seems quite hard especially that 3rd section !

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      mariannejhampton Thank you, Marianne! Absolutely correct, that third movement is the most difficult of the three, and it is quite a difficult sonata to play well. There are some passages in the first movement that I had to spend a lot of time on, and even then I’m not satisfied. Even the second movement has some tricky stuff, and to make everything sound as clean and pure like it’s the simplest think in the world… Mozart is deceptively more difficult than it sounds.   

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    • Sindre Skarelven 

      Mozart's music is particularly difficult to perform. His admirable clarity exacts absolute cleanness: the slightest mistake in it stands out like black on white. It is music in which all the notes must be heard.

      (Gabriel Faure) 

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      mariannejhampton What a telling quote! Yes, I agree. Thank you for that. 

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    • Sindre Skarelven I will be featuring this in the next masterclass soon, stay tuned!

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      Dominic Cheli Thank you, Dominic!! Looking very much forward to it!! 

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  • Hi Dominic! 


    Would LOVE your masterclass feedback on this piece — Chopin’s Mazurka in A minor, opus 17 no. 4. 

     

    Here’s my YT video. 
    https://youtu.be/-ZTBJrxBZkI

     

    Thank you! 
    Tammy

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    • TT2020 Thank you! I will be featuring this piece in an upcoming masterclass, soon!

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      Dominic Cheli Fab! Thanks, Dominic. Looking forward to it. 

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  • Hi, is this still running?

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    • Jackie Yes it is! You can submit a recording any time, no limit on the number of videos!

      It may take a few weeks for us to schedule a masterclass, as we work through the repertoire in the order it was submitted!

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  • Hi, Dominic!  I wanted to submit something a little different, which is my performance of Bach's Organ Sonata No. 4 in E minor, Mvt. 2 "Adagio," transcribed by August Stradal.  I first heard this piece performed by Vikingur Olafsson and fell in love with it.  It has a lot of invention- and fugue-esque components to it.  Enjoy!

     

    https://youtu.be/HZmun5rvg6E

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    • Lisa Thomas Thank you for this Lisa!!!

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      Lisa Thomas Beautiful playing, Lisa! I love this piece too. I'll try to load a video up for the virtual masterclass.

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      Lisa Thomas lovely playing Lisa! I enjoyed your video. 

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  • And thank you! Here's the link to the score, the 2nd movement is on page 9. https://s9.imslp.org/files/imglnks/usimg/8/82/IMSLP96359-PMLP152884-Bach-Stradal_Trio_Sonata_No4_in_Eminor_BWV528.PDF

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      Lisa Thomas Very lovely playing, Lisa! Thoughtful and beautiful. I enjoyed it! Thank you!

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