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!
Still working on Prelude no. 1. It is definitely easier as I settle into a consistent fingering pattern. Also, the measures 3 - 5 are also easier (still not what I would call easy, but thank you for the tip Martin on measure 4 using the 2nd finger as the guide finger; it also helps stabilize that chord as well, and helps with intonation I think...).
Difficulty - definitely trying to maintain a nice legato while adhering to the dynamics.
Here is the first draft of Prelude number 5 - not sure that the timing is too good as I think there is a tendency to make the rhythm into triplets as Martin warned us against! Slight pause on one bit but i didn't have time to re record it. I will study the video and try to improve on it.
one thing I found easy: listening to Martin play it! Learning the notes wasn't too difficult.
One thing I found hard: listening to me play it! - R=Trying to get the timing of the dotted rhythm and the playing it with a nice legato
Okay here goes! This is one of my all time favorite pieces. I'm going to work on Capricho Arabe.
Something that I've found easy: With this piece, because it's so close to my heart, I have listened to, and watched this piece played over and over again. I've watched the lesson here on Tonebase as well. I think the fingering on this works well and I've found alternate fingerings that seem to work for me.
Something I've found difficult: TIMING! Boy this is a stickler for me. When I play this piece, I've learned it, but the chords and fingerings primarily. Getting it squared away with the timing...that's always been tough for me. I like to ad-lib the whole thing, which when I've watched myself on a recording is all broken up because of the timing, but that is the tough piece for me.
I'm going to give Adelita a shot for this challenge. I've been wanting to play this piece for a long time but it keeps getting pushed off. This is a good external motivator to get it into my repertoire! I put in about 1/2 hour yesterday and another 1/2 hour today. Hopefully I'll get a video of my progress this weekend for my 2nd post.
One thing I found easy: The first half.
One thing I found hard: The second half if MUCH harder than the first. :D
Hi, I decided to start with Lagrima believing it would a fairly easy piece to start with. Oh boy, was I wrong. It was quite challenging.
- One thing you found easy: Finding the notes wasn't so hard.
- One thing you found difficult: I found it quite difficult to decide on dynamics. I probably overdid it and also eliminating string noises whilst shifting was difficult! Very obvious will listening back to the recordings. Doh!
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
Hello! Completed prelude number 1 .
Easy, it is a beautiful piece so it is fantastic to practice. Interpretation is coming along well.
Difficult, there are a couple of places where I still stumble. The bars 13 and 14 and the harmonics at the end. As I am travelling I may let it brew before I record it. Then record this and number 5 next week, even if it is with a worse guitar. Guys you are all playing so so wonderfully that I need more time to catch up!
OK, here it goes:
What I found easy: Listening to all of the beautiful interpretations by so many dedicated Tarregians (is that a word?). I learn so much from seeing and hearing these pieces performed. For my own piece, Prelude No. 5, what has become easier are the 3 (and 4) note chords in measures 3 - 5, and again in measures 13 - 14 (thank you Martin).
What I found difficult is getting the dynamics right in measures 20 and 21 p < pp > along with the accent over second beat in measure 20 - it is a lot going on, especially while trying to play legato!
Hello Martin Tonebase crew and Community.
I would love to join in with this challenge. The music of Francisco Tarrega is very dear to me.
I have chosen the 'Tango'. It took a long while to choose but I've discovered many future projects in the process.
One thing I found easy was getting the tune in my head (my Dad plays this one)
Once I got going I found several things hard but:
One thing I found hard was the tuning 6th string to D -AND 5th string to G. It taxed my brain a bit! I liked it!
Im uploading my first performance. Filming this has already been super educational. I am exited to hear any feedback from any of you crazy talented amazing friends.
My Dad always says its my Mums favourite the Tango - so Im determined to get this one absolutely Banging!!
One Love Jaime
Here is an update of me playing the wonderful but challenging measure 41 of Maria. After some wonderful tips from Martin (see video above) I am now able to play it much better. I did change my fingering, but I am mostly concentrating on lifting my wrist and moving it intentionally and fluidly toward the destination in the glissando. I can now play the measure accurately and repeatedly at a slow tempo. I'm still working on bringing it up the speed and then incorporating it into the rest of the piece. I'm very happy, though, with this progress. This is a measure of music that had almost gotten me depressed because I wondered if I could ever do it. Now with Martin's help, I feel like it is an obstacle that I will overcome, which feels great! Thank you, Martin!
Dear community members,
it is wonderful to see and hear how great you all are playing during that challenge! Congartulations! I am looking forward to the progress with your and Martins help. Unfortunately I had almost no time this week, but now I at least managed to record Lagrima and Adelita. These pieces seem to be common ground for the most, but not for me ;-) ...
I think it isn´t easy at all to play these pieces with a good sound and feeling, but I work on it, I promise!
All the best,
Ok, here's my 2nd update for this week.
One thing I found easy: I found this song easy to memorize. I think because it is so familiar and the harmony and melodies are exactly what you'd expect them to be.
One thing I found hard: Surprisingly I'm have issues with the slurs. I thought I was good at slurs :(
Here's a video of me playing through Adelita. Lots of string noise, flubbed notes, missed notes, etc. etc. but that just means I have lots of room to make each subsequent video show improvement. Also still just working on mechanics so not much thought put into music yet. Also please ignore my hair, still getting covid quarantine cuts from my wife. :D
Hello challenge buddies! I'm late in the week with this but better late than never. Sorry for the guitar. I'm in between guitars right now as I just sold the last one and a new one is being shipped to me on Monday
What I I found easy: I was able to work on this four days this week. I did not find the first page particularly difficult but later when I work more on phrasing and increasing tempo for the fast passages I will have to practice much more.
What I found difficult: Playing the intro and the first part of the next section in one go. I finally gave up and did two different takes. I just had too many brain farts. I try to memorize a new piece as I'm working on it so putting it together wasn't working yet.
I chose a piece I have not played previously, Estudio en forma de Minuetto, although I hope to re-learn Recuerdos de la alhambra later in the Tarrega Challenge. With Estudio en forma de Minuetto, I'm practicing it sometimes with free stroke, sometimes with rest stroke. It seems like people play it either way. Anyone have thoughts on that?
Hello everybody! congratulations to all of you, beautiful job in your playing!
So, this week I took a look at Lágrima and Estudio en Mi menor. Didn't have time to upload a video until now. I agree with Martin, these are pieces for working on them a long time, trying to figure how to develop them always better.
The next week I'll be working on Capricho Árabe, which I haven't play since a year or so, and I was taking a look at The Variations on the Carnival of Venice, perhaps I'll keep on studying it... I'll tell you if I'm still alive at the end
- What I found difficult: mostly the shifts, I used to do one of the fingerings notated on the Lágrima score, at the penultimate bar of the A section, where was written to do the B 7th chord on the 7th fret. But it was a bit difficult for me, so now I do it on 2nd position.
- What I found easy: The Etude was pretty easy to remember. And in Lágrima is almost everything pretty easy with the new fingerings.
Sorry, for the noise in the background
Hi, here is my output after practising Receurdos de la Alhambra the A section this week. I've never managed to get to a level where I'm confident of recording this but using the practise techniques I've learnt over the past few weeks (using Tonebase material) I've managed to get my first recordings done so I'm happy with that. My microphone is not very good so the sound isn't very good - as well as my mistakes :-). It is amazing how the pressure of a camera makes playing far worse !! Regards Dennis