Jack, I would be very interested to hear more about your approach to rest stroke. Currently I'm aware of two ways to accomplish rest stroke. 1) Starting from free stroke position, pull your palm back (away from the direction of the floor), which keeps the angles of the finger segments essentially the same as with free stroke. Only the position and the angle relative to the plucked string changes. 2) Keep the palm in free stroke position, but extend the middle joint of the finger as you pluck. I myself prefer the first option when possible to use it. To me it doesn't make sense to adjust the height of your palm depending on free / rest stroke, because the position of the string to be plucked will remain the same with both strokes. Only the trajectory of the finger tip after the stroke will change.
Nice DR story! I agree that it is accuracy vs. speed and duration issue. Then again someone like David probably uses cross string trills whenever possible, as they can be sustained indefinitely without any degradation of sound nor fatigue of fingers.
Ned, well spotted with that weak open E note. The thing that happened was that my intent was to play a similar addition in the 2nd bar of part B the first time as during the repeat, but I somehow lost concentration and started to think about something else. Close to reaching the end of the 1st bar, I suddenly "woke up" but decided that I wasn't mentally prepared to play the addition, so I left it out for the first time. The weak E note was a sign of my hesitation on how to play the next bar
And yes, the extended trill in the end was intentional rallentando, as I thought it was appropriate. I only wish it would have sounded a little stronger, but the hand position (the first finger holding down A on the 3rd string) didn't allow for effective use of two fingers alternation on the trill.
Mark, good to have you back! Your trills sounded very nice regardless of lack of practice time!
Ross, very decent Las Hachas! I didn't notice any missed notes though. They probably weren't that important then
The speed could be faster, but part B is surprisingly difficult even at slower tempo. I keep promising to post my version of it, but I haven't had a chance to do any recording for a while. I am getting more fluent in playing the piece though...
Richard, thanks for your suggestion
I do try and relax, but the camera makes it difficult. I think there are both pro's and cons. Obviously not sounding / looking relaxed is on the negative side, but having the mindset of doing a performance (instead of regular practice) when recording can maybe help to alleviate some performance anxiety to a degree where performing a piece will actually make it sound better than just practicing it. Hopefully doing these performances for camera for long enough time will allow me relax a bit better eventually
Your performances were very solid as usual! The only thing I'd like to point out is the tune of your guitar. Especially the bits where you play open D on the 4th string and the D on the 3rd fret 2nd string, the latter sounds very sharp (I think) compared to the first to a point where it's very distracting. Also Goran has some tune problems sometimes. Are you using an electronic tuner? I find that even with that, one needs to adjust the tuning a bit for the reason that a guitar can never be fully in tune, so what I personally do is to make it out of tune in places where it doesn't distract much. I also tune by ear when practicing a piece if/when there is a chord that does not sound in tune.
There's a simple fix for the most common out of tune issues when using an electronic tuner. Only tune the bass strings as open. Tune the treble things from 2nd or 3rd fret. The 3rd string is notorious for the intonation problems near the nut. Typically when you tune the open G, the 2nd fret A will end up sounding sharp. If you tune the 2nd fret A, the open G will sound flat. This is because of the nut position, which is a compromise between the strings of various thicknesses and tensions. What I find works the best for me, is to tune the 3rd string A just a little bit sharp (so that open G is just a little bit flat). I would also check 3rd string A against the 5th string open A (or the 12th harmonic of it), and 2nd string D against the 4th string open D. Before that I would make sure that the open bass strings are in tune with theirselves by using the 5th (on the lower string) and 7th (on the upper string) fret harmonics. The first string rarely has any bad intonation issues, so usually I just tune it against the 6th string 5th fret harmonic.
Ned, I can tell you had done much work with the timing issue with trills! Your timing was spot on this time, except some bits in part B that were a little bit rushed, but not too much to distract. Although it's probably at least partly due to the microphone you use to record, your playing does sound a bit nasal. I cannot offer any advice to you as I don't know what is causing it. Perhaps you could experiment in producing a softer tone?