Thanks Stewart! I too try to pop in at D05 threads next semester from time to time to offer some comments.
Thank you for your comments regarding the micro pauses, Håvard! Eric was talking about essentially the same thing in his email to me (Thank you Eric, I will reply to you soon). I'm not sure how interested you are about further analysis of those issues, but as it may generate more of interesting discussion, I'll try to explain the difficulties I had with with this piece.
0:05 (transition between bars 2 and 3): It's very difficult for me to move finger 4 from the 4th string into the 1st without either making the open 4th string sound "by accident" (which I seem to be doing on occasion anyway), or cutting the accompaniment short, which I don't like musically (2nd beat staccato sounds ok in waltz, but 3rd beat staccato I don't like). I didn't realize the pause was so distracting (or noticeable), though I should have. I am using my RH thumb to damp the 4th string right after playing the 6th string bass, as a kind of 'insurance', but at that point the damage is already done. I probably should have thought of a better fingering, although there doesn't seem to be any obvious alternatives that allow for legato melody.
0:09 (transition between bars 5 and 6): This pause is completely to avoid string noise caused by hard callous in my finger '2'. It was the choice between cutting the bass note 'e' short, or slightly delaying the next bar. The proper thing would have been to get rid of / soften the callouses. This is definitely something I need to keep in mind for next year.
0:15 (transition between bars 10 and 11): This is essentially the same as 0:05, although the 1st string is now fingered with '3'. '4' on the 4th string needs to let go of the string softly before the '3' can reach the 1st string.
0:19 (transition between bars 13 and 14): I lift the barre momentarily in order to stop the 6th string, which causes the delay. I wonder if others are just able to do it faster, lift it already when playing the last note of the arpeggio, use some other form of damping (such as side of the thumb, which I don't like to use as it sacrifices the tone of my thumb stroke), or let the 'B' bass note ring?
0:29 (transition between bars 21 and 22): Not sure what happened there. Sounds like simple hesitation, memory lapse, or a musical decision (adding micropauses for consistency
1:10 and 1:38 (transition between bars 54 and 55) : Never really had much problems with that section before the take that ended up into exam. I think it was caused by tension that caused me to miss the 6th string with 'a' finger, or some sort of hesitation. These two were clearly mistakes that I just chose to accept. Not intentional or compromise or anything like that.
2:14 (transition between bars 25 and 26) : I believe this is hesitation caused by finger '4' not being ready on time. I possibly wanted to play it safe having almost reached the end of the piece.
The rest of the time stamps, I believe, are repeats of these.
Pat Hargan wrote:An exam is, after all, only a milestone, but it is good to know that one is on the right track.
Indeed! This is why I really appreciate the feedback from others. I don't so much care about the exam result itself, but it would be good to hear some major points that need improvement, because otherwise the grade feels just a bit random (of course there is nothing random with honorifica
In this light, I'm really happy it all turned out well in the end