WEEK 4: Homenaje a la Guitarra 🎶

Welcome to the Main Thread for the fourth week of our musical Journey to Spain!! This is the place to share submissions of the fourth week! 🔥


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    • Barney
    • Barney
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Hey guys, I joined this challenge very late , so the pieces I submit are works in process, I won't be available to do any updates before the watch party.

    This piece used to be a favorite encore by Segovia and Angel Romero.

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric!  Torroba has made a wonderful contribution of many beautiful pieces to guitar repertoire.  I played many of them in the past, but not this Burgalesa.

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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Barney This is sooooo beautiful! You probably know that the piece was originally written in F# major instead of the much more suitable E major, sadly I only have the F#-Major version here at home and I always forget to order the E major version, but this piece is on my to do list for such a long time! Beautifully done, Barney!

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      • Moyses Lopes
      • Classical Guitarist and Electroacoustic Interpreter
      • Moses
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Barney Great! I didn't know this piece, thanks for introduce me, even more with this great playing!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Martin Thanks Martin!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Moyses Lopes Thanks Moyses!

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Barney very beautiful and great playing - also a great piece - thank you so much for posting it !

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Olli Thanks Olli!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Barney oh, my gosh Barney, you had me at the first chord! Your guitar and your playing is very enjoyable to listen to! So beautiful! I must know what kind of guitar you're playing! 

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Steve Pederson Thanks Steve!  This is a 1964 Jose Ramirez Cedar top.

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    • Barney
    • Barney
    • 2 yrs ago
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    I wasn't able to upload the video file, because it is apparently too large.   So here is the audio section only.  When I was a kid, my father and I used to listen to Alicia De Larrocha play all the Granados Spanish Dances and my little sister learned the piece on piano while I sat with her on the bench.

    • Barney Wow, Barney! That was great! I was thinking of working on this piece for this challenge, but I'm glad I didn't. Mine would have paled in comparison with that. So big and luscious! You are very fortunate to have been exposed to such wonderful music as a child.

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      • Moyses Lopes
      • Classical Guitarist and Electroacoustic Interpreter
      • Moses
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Barney Wow!!!! Great! Thanks, Barney!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric!  We are never competing  in this community, so never be discouraged by other performances.  I've always strived to play the pieces I really love, regardless of technical difficulty;  that was a way of challenging myself to keep improving. 

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Moyses Lopes Thanks Moyses

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    • Barney I know, Barney. To be very honest, I decided against playing it because it is too difficult, which always frustrates and discourages me. I wish I had your persistence, staying with a difficult piece until you can manage it.

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    • Barney very nice Barney! I used to play it in the past...maybe I should return to it ...it is beautifull. Thanks for sharing.

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Nora Torres-Nagel Thanks Nora!  It's nice to be reminded of these pieces played long ago.  I think you should definitely return to it.  You will be able to play it even better now.

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Barney wow this is awesome, beautiful sound and beautiful interpretation full of colours… congratulations. Alicia de Larrocha incredible playing Spanish music, I am listening a lot to her now for my Cádiz. 

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      • Barney
      • Barney
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Emma Thanks Emma!  You are doing great on Cadiz.  Listen carefully to Alicia's masterful use of Rubato, pauses, Staccato, dynamics, etc.  She was amazing in person... I attended a few concerts by her many years ago in New York, which included her full performances of Iberia suite by Albeniz.  Check out Jorge Caballero on guitar performing selections from this work.  He borrowed Bream's Hauser guitar for this project and it's wonderful.  Unfortunately, although he told me he would publish his transcriptions, he never did.

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  • I'm running out of time, so today I'm going to post two pieces. They are rather similar, coming from the same book.

    Rafael Marin – Peteneras

    With this, I’m venturing out into a new arena (a bit). Marin was a flamenco guitarist from Sevilla. He taught in Madrid and published a flamenco method in 1902, that has apparently been very influential in the world of flamenco guitar. I am not a flamenco guitarist at all, but this Peteneras seems to sound okay with classical technique.

    Peteneras is a song and dance style that alternates 6/8 and 3/4 time. The rhythm goes 1-2-3  1-2-3  1-2  1-2  1-2. It is very slow and sad, and according to superstition, brings bad luck to anyone who interprets it (but I think you are safe if you just listen to it).

    Julián Arcas – Solea y ¡Ole!

    Arcas (1832-1882) is perhaps the most important Spanish guitarist of the nineteenth century prior to Francisco Tárrega. Arcas collaborated with Antonio Torres in the design of his groundbreaking guitars, and was also a major influence on the young Tárrega.

    Much of Arcas’ music has a strong Spanish character to it, and is often based on popular Spanish dances. This particular one is a flamenco dance called the Solea. It is a very expressive and emotional dance in 3/4. I found this piece in the flamenco method book of Rafael Marin mentioned above. The short "¡Ole!" that follows it is in double-time.

    Tomorrow, I'll post another piece by Arcas.

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips unbelievable - you already played so much fine music.

      You are running out of time ???

      🦸‍♂️

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      • Wainull
      • Wai_Ng
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips We have plenty of time to listen to your music, mate. 😄

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    • Olli I just mean that the challenge is finishing. Did I have you worried? If so, I am very sorry. 🙂

      I actually thought that the challenge went through next Friday, March 4, but Martin posted the Watch Party for Wed Mar 2. I've got some nice pieces that I'd like to include. I know - I should probably talk to a therapist!

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