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March 6, 2023 at 11:12 am #56592
Here is my attempt with “Swan Lake”.
I think it’s at ca. 55 bpm
So it’s pretty slow 🙂March 6, 2023 at 11:14 am #56593
@TBB Those feelings are normal. I think we all feel overwhelmed at the beginning of every challenge. I know I do. We start, little by little and low and behold, we accomplish more than we could’ve imagined. Giving it a try is a good start ☺️. No pressure whatsoever….March 6, 2023 at 11:15 am #56594
There has been a construction site in front of my house for some time.
First the construction workers used jackhammers.
Then stakes were driven into the ground.
And I practiced “Swan Lake”…
Stephen experimented with distortion on the double bass.
And I practiced “Swan Lake”…
YouTube said I might be interested in a video titled “15 STYLES OF METAL (w/ guests)”.
That surprised me a bit…
And I practiced “Swan Lake”…
I watched the video.
Something sounded like construction site behind my window.
There were loads of distortions.
And in symphonic metal there is even something that sounds like classical music…
I found drums on wikiloops, “Metal backing track 68170” by rp3drums (wikiloops public-license).
Distortion comes from Audacity.
Sound is not cosy and now it is not slow.
Here is my second attempt at “Swan Lake”.
On this recording I had problems with A string on tenor ukulele.
There are snarls on the 5th fret. I suspect that strings are too deep for the rest stroke technique. Or something else…
Have a nice day!March 6, 2023 at 11:21 am #56595
@andrew I’m afraid “Swan Lake 2” ended up in spam…March 6, 2023 at 11:37 am #56596The_Bumble_BardParticipant
@gi_gi_ thank you so much, friend! 😊Sometimes I do feel more confident with certain challenges, but even though this one is classical-themed, which I am pretty familiar with, the techniques and the songs are unfamiliar (mostly). It’s good to know I’m not alone in feeling that way. You’re right. Maybe I should just give it a go before getting all anxious but, well, that’s just my brain. 😅 I’m trying to work on that though. But thank you! You’re right that these challenges are all about overcoming and growing which everyone pretty much always does. I haven’t cried yet though so that’s progress! 😉😅March 6, 2023 at 11:38 am #56598AndrewKeymaster
@katazumiri – Thanks for letting me know, it’s showing now 🙂March 6, 2023 at 2:11 pm #56600evapajuParticipant
Swan Lake 1 and Swan Lake 2 sounded both really cool and fun 🙂 Somehow the metal backing track seemed so appropriate!March 6, 2023 at 2:46 pm #56601leb397Participant
@katazumiri excellent entry! Love the bass and at the slower pace made it seem more “ dark”. Very cool.
@TBB AND @gi_gi_ , ladies I’m always impressed with your entries and you gave me inspiration when I posted my first entry last April.
We all have self doubt but we keep practicing :).
It’s been slow but I can tell I’m making baby steps… Can’t wait to see more entries!March 6, 2023 at 2:53 pm #56602
@Leb397 Thanks. When I started this month’s challenge I really thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. Adelita is really hard but I’m so surprised how quickly the brain is kicking in. That encourages me to not give up. When I see everyone’s submission I’m always so impressed. Keep up the good work everyone. ☺️March 6, 2023 at 2:54 pm #56603sarahmusicParticipant
@katazumiri this is amazing, i loved the metal swan lake!!March 6, 2023 at 5:05 pm #56604
@katazumiri Wow! Amazing.March 6, 2023 at 5:13 pm #56605The_Bumble_BardParticipant
@katazumiri, heck to the yes! That was amazing! You shredded that swan… lake.
@leb397, thank you so much! I might cry from encouragement from you and @gi_gi_ and also @Andrew and others who are so supportive here. I look forward to seeing everyone’s entries in these challenges, too! 🙂March 7, 2023 at 5:57 am #56606diannaParticipant
Yes Gigi! Thank-you….so true….Adelita does seem to be packed full with all the techniques….quite the challenge! Luckily, I started with Swan Lake in February….so I practiced the rest stroke, which was a good start for this piece. I find myself going in and out of the course as each technique presents itself. Also, I have had to create a road map, literally writing down which finger goes where for each measure, based on Stephens directions in the lesson. Good-luck and thanks again, DiannaMarch 7, 2023 at 6:13 am #56610diannaParticipant
I have also been trying to participate in each challenge. This April it will be a year worth of challenges. It has been fun, I have also experienced the same feelings of overwhelm, especially when trying to record! But, I think it says a lot for all of us who keep going….keep exploring all of these different aspects of playing….especially the mental. I do have a question, maybe I should pose it to @andrew – I have noticed that as soon as I move on to a new piece, I lose the last piece from my memory. I have other music that seems to stay with me always….but these pieces come and then go. Any thoughts on memory retention? Has anyone else had the same experience?March 7, 2023 at 6:47 am #56611
@dianna Thanks. I think Matt did a monthly q&a about that of sorts. I forget everything too 😂 When I go to play something again it takes just a little bit to get it back. I need to get the notes out and everything but it comes quickly. I have considered making a little playlist of sorts that I practice and keep in my memory but I haven’t done it yet.
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