Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

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Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by Adrian Allan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:46 am

It was such a nice day yesterday, I decided to play this in my back garden

There are mistakes (one take, no editing, only some reverb added) but my aim was to keep playing through the mistakes and present something that is hopefully musical.

There were a few other issues, such as the heat causing the top e string to drop, and at one point an insect lands on my face.

Excuses aside, see what you think

The guitar is my new spruce double top by a young female Italian luthier.


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Re: Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:33 pm

Very nice performance of this piece! I loved the sound and the wonderful outside scenery with the blue sky and the light breeze in the trees and the singing of the birds! Thank you for uploading the video.

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Post by Adrian Allan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:42 pm

spanishguitarmusic wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:33 pm
Very nice performance of this piece! I loved the sound and the wonderful outside scenery with the blue sky and the light breeze in the trees and the singing of the birds! Thank you for uploading the video.
Thank you - it is rare for the UK to have such glorious weather
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Re: Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:20 pm

Adrian Allan wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:42 pm
spanishguitarmusic wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:33 pm
Very nice performance of this piece! I loved the sound and the wonderful outside scenery with the blue sky and the light breeze in the trees and the singing of the birds! Thank you for uploading the video.
Thank you - it is rare for the UK to have such glorious weather
You're welcome! Where I live here in Canada, it's like cloudy and raining everyday. Wish we had a few more sunny days though! :bye:

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Post by Adrian Allan » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:29 pm

Playing this back today, I never noticed how much the heat had affected the tuning - I will record this again soon and get the tuning right.
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Re: Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by Gary Macleod » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:36 pm

Now you've had the guitar a few weeks how does it compare to the Adalid, which would you rescue from a fire first ?

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Re: Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by Adrian Allan » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:00 pm

Gary Macleod wrote:
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:36 pm
Now you've had the guitar a few weeks how does it compare to the Adalid, which would you rescue from a fire first ?
I would probably rescue this new spruce one first.

The reasons are that (when I get the tuning right) the intonation is slightly better - but the heat was obviously affecting that on Saturday. On the Adalid, I couldn't quite get that G major shape perfectly in tune on the first bar of Sevilla. For some reason I can on the spruce guitar.
The shape and size of the Adalid is probably better suited to me because I am a big guy.

However, the Italian one is more personal to me because I commissioned it.

In addition, I think that spruce is generally a more interesting wood to play. Cedar gives more instant results and is more fail safe, but you can coax more out of a spruce.

I remembering asking Gary Ryan about this issue around 20 years ago, and he said that for him, cedar was more easy to pick up and run with.

I also think that at the other extreme, Smallman guitars almost hide your imperfections in a blanket of easily made sound.

Spruce is the exact opposite - you have to work at it to get results, but the results are more musically satisfying (including getting your nails just right).

Thanks for asking - I should be at work writing school reports right now, lol!
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Re: Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by davekear » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:20 am

Sounds great man! Enjoyed that.

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Post by Adrian Allan » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:01 pm

davekear wrote:
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:20 am
Sounds great man! Enjoyed that.
Many thanks for listening, Dave

I wonder what it will sound like with your nails, when I order a set, lol.
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Re: Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by SteveL123 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:40 am

HI Adrian, Just listened to it. Nicely done and great sounding guitar! Love the birds singing along in the background! That really adds another dimension to it. What did you use for the recording and how far away was the mic?

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Re: Bach, J. S. - BWV 1004 Chaconne in D Minor - Video

Post by Adrian Allan » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:43 am

Hi Steve

I also sent these recordings to Cheryl Grice and she was very impressed with the quality of the recording (she is teaching my by Skype) and she wanted to know my set up, so I will copy what I told her e-mail. The mic was about 2 feet from the guitar and the gain set to half way.


"I have a Yeti USB condenser microphone (£100) that I plug into my laptop and I use a free programme called OBS studio to record the video via a normal webcam. I import the video into MovieMaker (again, free). I export this as an audio file and open in in Cubase where I added a little reverb (I know that everybody does this, so to not do so is an unnecessary disadvantage). I then bring the audio file back into movie maker and save the file as a movie file format.

I have done a lot of experimentation on this, and the main factor is the microphone.

Everything else is free apart from Cubase. As you know, my son is a technical whiz and he recommended the microphone. I have used Cubase for many years as sequencer, but the professionals use Pro Tools."

I have sent you a pm about the guitar
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