WEEK 5: What We've Aspired!!!

WELCOME TO THE MAIN THREAD FOR THE FIFTH WEEK OF THE "End of the Year" PRACTICE CHALLENGE! 

  1. Select Your Piece(s): Choose one or more pieces that you've learned this year. It could be something you've practiced through our live streams, a personal favorite, or a challenging piece you've conquered.
  2. Record Your Performance: Film yourself playing your selected piece(s). Quality doesn't have to be professional – it's all about sharing your progress and passion.
  3. Share Your Journey: Post your video in our community forum under the "End of the Year Challenge" thread. Include a brief write-up about your experience learning the piece – what challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and what this piece means to you. If you don't want to record yourself, show us a video of a piece you plan to take on in the next year!
  4. Engage with Others: Watch, comment, and encourage your fellow community members. Share your feedback, experiences, and celebrate each other's progress.

↓ Happy Sharing! ↓

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    • Barney
    • Barney
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    I had posted the 3rd movement of this classic Sonatina by Torroba for an earlier challenge, so decided to post the 1st and 2nd movements for this one.  Here is the 1st movement.

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    • Barney So beautiful, Barney!  I loved everything about your performance!  You’ve inspired me to give it a try.  You’ll be my teacher!

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    • Barney what edition are you using?

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      Marilyn Blodget Thanks Marilyn! 

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      • Barney
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      Marilyn Blodget The edition I'm using for the Torroba Sonatina is Ricordi (BA 10042).

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    • Barney  Wow this was fantastic Barney. Well done... Bravo 👍 

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      • Barney
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      Andre Bernier Thanks Andre!

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    Here is the 2nd movement.

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    • Barney Those two movements are so beautiful!  Your tone and phrasing are superb and a real joy to listen to.  Thanks for sharing and BRAVO!

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      Dale Needles Thanks Dale for the kind words;  much appreciated!

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Barney Really beautiful, Barney. You always have such beautiful tone and phrasing. Any chance you'll have all 3 movements altogether.? It would be great to hear you play the complete sonatina?

      BTW if this is a Sonatina what does Torroba consider constitutes a Sonata?

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    • Barney What a gorgeous atmosphere you created!  Beautiful tone and phrasing.  It feels like you’ve lived with this piece for quite awhile.

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      • Barney
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      Jack Stewart Thanks Jack!  Maybe I should copy and paste the 3rd movement I posted to an earlier Tonebase challenge so they appear here altogether, haha.

      I believe the "Sonata" would have 4 movements and Torroba used "Sonatina" for the 3 movements.

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      • Barney
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      • 3 mths ago
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      Marilyn Blodget Thanks Marilyn.  This is one of those standard repertoire pieces learned many years ago.  It was nice to re-visit it, as the beauty of Torroba's guitar works never diminishes.

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    • Barney  Again, this was just fantastic to listen to. Thanks a lot Barney for sharing this beautiful music 👏

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      Andre Bernier Thanks again Andre!  It is my pleasure, as I love the music of Torroba!

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    • Barney Beautiful rendition of those 2 Sonatina's movements Barney. As I said before you have a great affinity with Spanish music and we definitely hear it in your expressive interpretation, bravo!

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      Blaise Laflamme Thanks Blaise!

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      • Barney
      • Barney
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      Barney I re-posted the 3rd movement from a challenge a few months ago, so the movements are all together in one place here.

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  • So here is the complete Estudio No. 3 (Bicordes) composed by Abel Carlevaro.  It is the third study in a set of five Estudios by Carlevaro that were written in homage to Villa-Lobos.  This study is also dedicated to Eduardo Fernandez.  Maestro Carlevaro gave the first public performance of this piece in San Francisco in 1983. This Estudio was a bit challenging to learn and while it still needs some time to mature, I am relatively pleased with the progress to date after one month of study.  The tempo is designated as "rubato" and probably should be played a little faster, which I hope will come with a little more time.  

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      • Barney
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      • 3 mths ago
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      Dale Needles  Wow!  That was wonderful and so glad you posted the complete study.  Your performance demonstrates beautiful choreography of the hands along with nice color and dynamics. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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    • Barney Thanks, Barney.  This Estudio definitely puts the left hand through quite a workout, not to say that it is easy for the right hand.  I also found that the more that I played it, the more I came to appreciate the musical side of the Estudio with all its bi-chord progressions and dissonant harmonies. 

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Dale Needles Amazing Dale. What an accomplishment. All aspects of your playing are spot on, Your tonal palette, dynamics and phrasing really bring this difficult piece to life. Great job

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    • Dale Needles Wow!  You played that with such conviction.  It stretches my musical palate, but I may become a believer.  It was fun to watch your fingers crawling all over the fretboard-kind of like spiders-or half a spider.  So clean and expressive!

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    • Marilyn Blodget Jack Stewart Thanks for your kind words.  This Estudio was definitely challenging for the left hand but worth the effort.  Musically it also quite interesting and grows on you the more you play or listen to it.  Now on to his Estudio No. 2, a very challenging arpeggio study. 

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