Alan, funny you should say that about the 3 and one
emphasis.... my teacher has told me the same thing! Maybe I should listen to him?
Ok.... I will definitely work on fixing that. I'll think more about where I place the accent in each measure.
The bravado ending is indeed bravado. This piece always seemed to me to have an "over-the-top" finish.... so dramatic! I always end up grinning at the end of it and finishing that last chord with a florish.... can't help myself! My teacher took me to task one time for making it a caricature of itself, so I'm careful not to make it into a joke, but I do feel that high drama at the end. There is such a build up.
I've worked a lot on that ending, but in the recording, I could still hear a slight hesitation between the last note in measure 104 and the two C notes in following measure (just before the final two chords). It should be 1+2+3+ ONE, and I had at least an extra + in there as I made the big shift up the fretboard!
Ah yes... the tempo... I can count this while playing it, but I think you mean more use of rubato in measure 72 when the new theme is introduced and I play it a bit more sul tasto? I've been experimenting with that part, and perhaps that wasn't as effective as I wished.
I can dial that up to match the rest....
I can play this piece to the metronome while counting.... and now I am trying to let it breath. But maybe it is now "breathing" a bit too heavily??!! The problem for me is that the theme in the piece is pretty repetitive and I don't want to put the listener to sleep, so I am trying to "do something different" the second time around. If it becomes disorienting or distracting to the listener, then I will rethink that. Well.... that is why we let others listen to our recordings!
Thank you so much for your helpful comments!
Jamiecrock, I usually just turn on the recorder and try to forget it is there. I am pretty successful with that after about two times through the piece. I don't turn off the recorder, I just keep playing the piece and try to feel the music. After I feel that what I've recorded pretty well represents where I am with the piece (none of the takes are without some error....whether that be hesitation, missed note or buzz), I stop the recorder. Then I label the file with all the takes with the date. I've been listening to all takes and then choosing the best to upload here, but I keep all of them since they give me a better idea of the areas that were giving me trouble at the time I made the recording.
I'm glad you enjoyed the piece!
Thank you for listening, Erik!
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