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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
PatG #3019911 08/31/20 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by PatG
KevinM wow that's cool! Can I have your autograph? You did do a nice job and should be proud. I just got the book today. Excited to start learning a piece. Gonna try a find the easiest one.

I am looking forward In following your progress and listening to recordings.

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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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I was watching your recording closely ShiroKuro and I noticed we have made some interestingly different fingering choices. Looking at AF videos of him playing, his hands look quite large and so we have to find our own answers to fingering that works and mixing that with a judicious use of the sustain pedal.

Exactly!! When I saw your recording, I was thinking "oh good camera angle so I can see his hands!" smile

My hands are not particularly small for a woman, but I have no doubt that Mr. Ffrench has much bigger hands than I do!

I'm working on Sept. Song, and several spots I think "his hands must be enormous" because of the stretch. Although I think he didn't prep the score (I think it was prepped by either a fan or one of those sites where you can buy a transcription of audio) so it might just be the way the piece was transcribed...


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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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Can you explain the composer's tips in Bluebird? "Practise the piece in chordal clusters to reinforce economy of movement. Practise the left hand separately and make the dotted minims as sonorous as possible". Choral clusters? and minims as sonorous as possible?

sonorous - adjective. giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place: a sonorous cavern. loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound. rich and full in sound, as language or verse.

KevinM - Sorry but you probably won't hear a recording from me. I'm not good enough for that.


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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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I watched a few of the tutorials and I decided they didn't make much sense to me. At the moment I listen to AF recordings as a guide more than anything. So my playing is not so far from his playing, Amy did a better job of making her own interpretation of Bluebird.

If you are learning Bluebird I would recommend working hard on the runs in thirds from the start. Mine are still very fragile and the most likely reason for me to trip up while playing.

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Originally Posted by KevinM
If you are learning Bluebird I would recommend working hard on the runs in thirds from the start. Mine are still very fragile and the most likely reason for me to trip up while playing.

I love this piece so much, but I still cannot do that section. I can't seem to settle on any fingering that works well consistently without flubbing one transition or another. I pull it out every month or two and try again, hoping one day it will magically work!

Really looking forward to getting the new book. I've had Moments on my wishlist for awhile, but I'm glad I didn't pay $5 for just that song since it's included.


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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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Funny, my copy of "The Sheet Music Collection" should be getting to my door by this afternoon. I only wish it had "Radiate" included.


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If you are learning Bluebird I would recommend working hard on the runs in thirds from the start. Mine are still very fragile and the most likely reason for me to trip up while playing.

I love this piece so much, but I still cannot do that section. I can't seem to settle on any fingering that works well consistently without flubbing one transition or another. I pull it out every month or two and try again, hoping one day it will magically work!

I am not sure I am the person to be giving advise on this but I have benefitted from hands separate practise on this section. I am rarely a practise hands separate person but when I can be disciplined enough and do hands separate practise For this it does help.

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Originally Posted by KevinM
I am not sure I am the person to be giving advise on this but I have benefitted from hands separate practise on this section. I am rarely a practise hands separate person but when I can be disciplined enough and do hands separate practise For this it does help.

I am a proactive HS-er. smile It's just not working. I keep meaning to take this piece to a lesson and at least have my teacher help me decide on the best fingering so I can stick with that. Might need to adjust the angle of my hand too, I don't know. Next lesson maybe!


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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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Do any of you here who like/listen to Alexis Ffrench have a transcription for his composition "Radiate"? Anyone know where I can fins it? Ive searched on his site and it doesn't seem to exist. It appears that he has just about all of his music transcribed and available but not this piece.


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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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Music me I searched on google and went to several places but could not find Radiate. frown


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Music me I searched on google and went to several places but could not find Radiate. frown
Thanks so much for looking.


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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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Music Me, I also checked Tunescribers (which is where I got the score for September Song) but they didn't have Radiate.

Did you check MuseScore? When did Radiate come out?

BTW re Tunescribers... I don't think they did a very good job with Sept Song. If he ever puts out an official score, I will definitely re-buy. (It's not in his new collection either)


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Music Me, I also checked Tunescribers (which is where I got the score for September Song) but they didn't have Radiate.

Did you check MuseScore? When did Radiate come out?

BTW re Tunescribers... I don't think they did a very good job with Sept Song. If he ever puts out an official score, I will definitely re-buy. (It's not in his new collection either)
Thanks so much ShiroKuro. "Radiate" doesn't appear to be on any of his recordings. There is a video on YouTube where he recorded the song in Royal Albert Hall. I even wrote to him asking about purchasing the transcription but received no response. Oh well! Thanks for looking. I appreciate it.


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That is disappointing Barbara.

Hopefully it will become available at some point in time.

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That is disappointing Barbara.

Hopefully it will become available at some point in time.
Thanks. No worries. Believe it or not, I've got most of it by ear. But, I always like seeing exactly what the composer wrote. I'm surprised, considering he just about has published everything he has composed in sheet music.


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He doesn’t have an official score for September Song either. I wish he did because I think the score I have (from Tunescribers) is not notated very well. Like, somethings that should be on the LH are written in the RH staff... in other sections, the same passage or series of notes is written differently in one section than another, so that just makes reading it that much harder. -_-


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Re: All things Alexis Ffrench
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Wow Radiate is a really beautiful piece of music. I wonder if a lot of it is improvised and that’s why it’s not in the Sheet Music Collection...

Anyway, Just in case:


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I would say definitely improvised.


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Maybe he will see the interest here and decide to transcribe it.


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Maybe he will see the interest here and decide to transcribe it.
I actually came across a recording of "Radiate" with Chorus! It is available on Amazon as a single - it is not part of an album. I wish I knew who to add it here - sorry, but I don't.


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