WEEK ONE Updates: Main Thread - Awakening Tárrega's Spirit
Hello and welcome to the WEEK ONE Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright my friends - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Twice a week between Mai 31st and June 21st, I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
Here's my first take of Maria - quite a few hesitations in there but I think most of the notes are correct. It still needs a lot of work but hoping to post a decent video without the strange faces where I'm concentrating too much (I need to work on this as much as my guitar I think).
Thing I found easy : not much - I would have said the run of little motifs in bars 22 to 26 from the open E on the 1st string to the E9 chord with the top F on the 13th fret but I seemed to struggle with it on this recording
Things I found hard : quite a few things. In addition to bar 41's notorious slide I think the stretch in bar 2 with the G#, F and D on strings 1, 2 and 3 quite hard to get in time. I'm trying to prepare my 2nd and 3rd fingers on the F and D while I play the preceding note (B) on the 1st string then moving my first finger up one fret to the G#
I find Tarrega's pieces so musical, they make the guitar really sing. Working on Adelita, Lagrima and Capricho Arabe. I chose the Arabe for all the scales, to get me working on them and improving my scale technique. I expect it will take many months to get this piece to a comfortable level, but it is great fun. Worst part is the buzz I get on the first string at the 11th fret. Might just be a worn fret, it is very annoying.
What is easy is to fall in love with the music. This is a great beginning. I've been listening to as much as I can of Tarrega while choosing pieces to work on. I am beginning to polish Lagrima, Adlita, Study in Eminor. I have been studying Recuerdos for tremolo and Capricho Arabe for all the fun scales, something I need work on. I am finding the greatest discipline in all this is patience! Without it, learning and developing is impossible. But daily patient practice works wonders. I don't have a recorder, but will see if I can arrange something.
Bit late to the party as I've only just joined the tone base community. This seems like fun :)
I've begun the challenge with Capricho Arabe;
Easy; The bits I've played before came with greater ease than I feared after so many years.
Difficult; There's a lot missing in terms of detail, rhythmic accuracy and speed... I've also reached the bit I stopped at last time at the end of page one...
I'm also having a look at Jota... I'd like to nail the tremolo section and maybe extend that to the last two pages.
Not sure what week this is, but here are my challenges:
1. Adelita - left hand, little finger ornamentation in melody in B part (measures 11 and 12)
2. Lagrima - practice and consistency. Working on playing it musically, I think I've covered the technical.
3. Capricho Arabe - I have worked through part A and am making my way through measures 23 to 40. Looking forward to the final measures. I find this piece is mostly about consistent practice, understanding the rythym, working on scales and being a bit capricious,,, as the title suggests.
Good Parts - I am loving this and this forum is contributing wonderfully to my progress. And the music of Tarrega is a joy to study and play.
I especially appreciate all the posts from everyone, they are an inspiration and provide a sense of camaraderie in a quest for the music of Tarrega and the guitar.