I’ve added the Sor Allegretto
to my earlier post to keep them together. I neglected it a bit as I wanted to concentrate on the pieces I was having problems with. With the Allegretto
I’m about as relaxed as I ever get while recording – whereas I can feel my whole body tense for the Danse Polonaise
– no, dancing isn’t my forte! In the Sor, my quiet echo is almost vanishingly quiet at times and it’s probably a bit too soft overall. I noticed when uploading on YouTube that it suggested lullaby as a tag. I checked to see if all my recording had that suggested - they didn’t, in fact Soleares
had a suggested tag of Trash Metal!
Richard – Thanks for your comments. I dread to think what my recording would sound like at the speed you play the Danse Polonaise
– I think you play the second section particularly well. I know we’ve discussed the strict/free timing in the past. I notice you play notes 3 to 5 almost as quavers.
Ned - I notice you are slightly syncopating the first notes in bars 6 and 7 and elsewhere. I've heard this used to affect in certain pieces (Baroque perhaps?) so I wondered if you were doing this deliberately or not. You get a nice contrasting tone in the echo by moving the RH.
Jack - I wonder if the absence of the camera made you more relaxed - three great recordings there. [Are you sure you didn't have a helper doing the damping? - I could do with one!
] The Allegretto
just gets better each time - I think it's one of the best examples of an improvement from the first recording. If I was to be really picky, I think you could add a few pauses/breaths within the piece. As Richard said, the Andante benefits from the stately pace and the Polonaise is played with great confidence.
See you all in the next lesson!