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    Quote Originally Posted by Tal_175 View Post
    Wait, he is hybrid picking this piece. I've never seen a classical piece performed this way.
    Hybrid picking reduces your most dexterous 2 fingers into 1, effectively giving up your index finger in fingerstyle playing. It works well for chord melody because you very often alternate chords and single lines. But I would think it would be quite detrimental in classical arrangements.
    I mean typically thumb is like pianists right hand and the other three are the more demanding right hand (in classical guitar). So you do need your index finger to help out the treble side most of the time.
    Does this work well here because Bach counterpoint demands just as much work for the bass line as the melody line?
    I think the point is noy playing Bach for performance sake but as a means to elevate the music you actually play. He plays contrapuntal jazz. He plays with hybrid techinique. So it makes sense to work on other music with that technique because it informs the music he plays as his bread and butter.

    Also it sounds pretty good.

    I just bought his dvd on jazz guitar counterpoint. It’s pretty excellent. Part of it deals with playing Bach in this manner.

    You should check out his playing Stella on YouTube. He practices what he preaches.

    There’s also a cool video of him talking about the pedals he uses on reverb.com. It’s pretty interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tal_175 View Post
    Wait, he is hybrid picking this piece. I've never seen a classical piece performed this way.
    Hybrid picking reduces your most dexterous 2 fingers into 1, effectively giving up your index finger in fingerstyle playing. It works well for chord melody because you very often alternate chords and single lines. But I would think it would be quite detrimental in classical arrangements.
    I mean typically thumb is like pianists right hand and the other three are the more demanding right hand (in classical guitar). So you do need your index finger to help out the treble side most of the time.
    Does this work well here because Bach counterpoint demands just as much work for the bass line as the melody line?
    I think Gilad is effectively using the Bach as an etude for his hybrid picking technique which he uses to play two part counterpoint ideas in his jazz playing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sully75 View Post
    I think the point is noy playing Bach for performance sake but as a means to elevate the music you actually play.
    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    I think Gilad is effectively using the Bach as an etude for his hybrid picking technique which he uses to play two part counterpoint ideas in his jazz playing.
    I see. Makes sense. It sounds pretty good in it's own right even just as a classical performance.

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    I think the point is noy playing Bach for performance sake but as a means to elevate the music you actually play. He plays contrapuntal jazz. He plays with hybrid techinique. So it makes sense to work on other music with that technique because it informs the music he plays as his bread and butter.
    he uses Bach as technical study ib clean contrapunctal voice leading (which I personally do not like because he does not play the piece actually... just voices and I cannot abstract it from the musical contents - but it's up to him)

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    Philip Hii has published at least a few of his transcriptions on GSP, among them the chorale preludes BWV 639 and 659. If you have the classical chops to play them (I don't) it's exquisite stuff.

    The cello suites are pretty playable with a pick, 1-3 work transposed up a fifth, 4 (Eb) works great in G, 6 can be done with the sixth string dropped to D. Apparently I never did no. 5, or else I mis-filed it somewhere. Anyway other than transposing I didn't do anything, no revoicing or added bass parts, I didn't and still don't see the point. They're fully realized as written.

    As others have noted the motherlode for pick style is the solo violin sonatas / partitas -- I can't imagine playing the chaconne or the G minor fugue with a pick but there's so much in there that's playable right off the page.

    speaking of chorales, Graham Anthony Devine has also recorded the BWV 639 and 659 preludes on an all-Bach Naxos disc, along with an amazing transcription of the chorale prelude BWV 147 (Jesu etc). I've never much liked the piece (I have the David Dolata arrangement, which is not difficult to play, but, well, boring) but the GAD arrangement is gorgeous. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be published.

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    Forget guitar


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    I like the lute, but I generally enjoy Bach more on the guitar, I just like the sound a bit more I think. (I like Weiss on the lute though). Having said that, I have got 3 CDs of Nigel North playing Bach on the lute (Linn Records), they are very good.

    I was looking for a long time for a good modern guitar recording of the ‘lute suites’ and I eventually chose the recording by Eduardo Fernandez. It’s the later OEHMS one he did in 2000, not the older one on Decca.


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    On lute with Bach no-one as good as Hopkinson Smith for me (as in general on lute).

    I also like the record of Evangelina Mascardi.

    I did not like Nigel North's CD, but I really liked this concert I put here.
    I do not know why, there is a thing about Nigel's playing that always makes me feel awkward - too straight ahead time-feel maybe - too academic.
    As if he elaborated some concepriopn and now he brings it to realization
    But sometimes he overcomes it an dthen it becomes great.

    Hoppy is much more flexible and vivid - especially his latest records (check his 'Mad Dog' CD with English music- it is exceptional, to me it's best lute recrods up to date).

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop View Post
    I was looking for a long time for a good modern guitar recording of the ‘lute suites’ and I eventually chose the recording by Eduardo Fernandez. It’s the later OEHMS one he did in 2000, not the older one on Decca.

    TBH I find this record terrible (not becasue of guitar).
    it sounds like a stylized neo-baroque soundtrack.

    Do not take it personally please.

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    Evangelina Mascardi plays it in D minor.
    This is what makes sence for me (it does not really matter if it is lute or guitar) and it's not about tempo!


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    Bach For Guitar

    There’s not really much of a point to performing Bach on the guitar tbh.

    The Bach repertoire played by guitarists sounds so much better on other instruments.

    And the lute totally dominates the guitar here

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    There’s not really much of a point to performing Bach on the guitar tbh.

    The Bach repertoire played by guitarists sounds so much better on other instruments.

    And the lute totally dominates the guitar here
    That's funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    There’s not really much of a point to performing Bach on the guitar tbh.

    The Bach repertoire played by guitarists sounds so much better on other instruments.

    And the lute totally dominates the guitar here
    Well I don’t agree with that, I like hearing Bach on both instruments, they bring different things to it. But I listen to it on the guitar more than the lute, overall that’s my preference for Bach at least.

    I don’t enjoy some of the violin pieces that much on the violin, those scratchy chords annoy me. I have the Itzak Perlman complete recordings, and I think I’ve only played it a couple of times. Yet the guitar recordings I own I have played loads of times. Even the cello suites don’t always knock me out totally on the cello.

    But ‘chacun a son gout’, probably not much point in discussing this anyway, everyone feels differently.

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    Bach For Guitar

    They’re cool to play and you can learn a lot from them, but I wouldn’t seek out a guitar recording or concert of Bach. Maybe as an item in a programme of other stuff, it’s cool.

    Unless it’s Julian Bream of course.

    The classical guitar really has the repertoire problem. But then I suppose if you are into that sort of thing that’s part of the fun. It’s an unusual repertoire and a small one.

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    Unless it’s Julian Bream of course.
    Segovian Chaconne is better than many violine's performance... as my friend violinist said: when Segovia plays it you understand why it is a chaconne)


    As for guitar - it is repertoire problem that guitar always had. since it became 'classical' There is nohing to play...

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    Post Segovian classical guitar has this sort of feeling of respectability but really it’s a young instrument, about the same age as plectrum guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonah View Post
    Segovian Chaconne is better than many violine's performance... as my friend violinist said: when Segovia plays it you understand why it is a chaconne)


    As for guitar - it is repertoire problem that guitar always had. since it became 'classical' There is nohing to play...
    Oh yeah Segovia too. Completely anachronistic in a brilliant way....

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    Any must have books/collections of Bach for guitar? I've enjoyed playing his music quite a bit over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DS71 View Post
    Any must have books/collections of Bach for guitar? I've enjoyed playing his music quite a bit over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DS71 View Post
    Any must have books/collections of Bach for guitar? I've enjoyed playing his music quite a bit over the years.
    Have a look back through the thread - several early posts already covered this.

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