Barrios Mini Challenge ✒

Hey tonebuddies! 🎶

We're absolutely stoked to present a community mini-challenge that will surely resonate with all classical guitar aficionados out there - The Agustin Barrios Mangoré Challenge! Inspired by the legendary Paraguayan guitarist and composer's profound contributions to classical guitar literature, we thought what better way to appreciate his music than by bringing it to life through our own renditions! 🎸

🌟 The Challenge: 🌟

We invite you to record and upload a video of yourself performing a composition by the magnificent Agustin Barrios Mangoré. Immerse yourself in the soundscapes of his innovative compositions and share your unique talent, fervor, and technique. Let's unite to celebrate and explore the multi-dimensional world of Barrios Mangoré's guitar music.

📹 How to participate: 📹

Record a video of yourself performing an Agustin Barrios Mangoré composition. Upload your video to your preferred platform (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Share the link to your video in the comments section below. Don't forget to add a brief description about your chosen piece and what makes it special to you.

Bonus Points: Share a link to your favorite Agustin Barrios Mangoré composition performed by a master!

🤝 Interact and engage: 🤝

This is an excellent chance to connect with your fellow tonebuddies! Extend your support by leaving comments, constructive feedback, and appreciation for their performances. Let's encourage each other to delve deeper into the profound and expressive world of Barrios Mangoré's music.

🏆 Reward: 🏆

While there isn't a physical prize, the reward lies in the opportunity to showcase your talent, gain invaluable feedback, and make connections with other guitar enthusiasts who share a love for Barrios Mangoré's music. Who knows? You might even discover a new favorite piece or strike up friendships with fellow enthusiasts!

💡 Need inspiration? 💡

If you're new to Agustin Barrios Mangoré's music, worry not! You can find ample resources and tutorials on tonebase to guide your exploration into his compositions. Let these resources kindle your imagination.

Find more tutorials here:

https://app.tonebase.co/guitar/live?tbModal=composerProfileModal&tbModalSlug=Barrios

🎶 Ready, set, practice! 🎶

We can't wait to hear your beautiful renditions of Agustin Barrios Mangoré's compositions. Let's unite and fully immerse ourselves in the enchanting world of classical guitar!

Happy practicing, tonebuddies! 🎉

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  • Prelude No 5 in E major

    I wanted to find a piece that would crossover between the Etude Challenge and this mini-challenge, but I could not find any “studies” by Barrios. This prelude, however, I think makes for a great study in arpeggios, slurs and shifting. In fact, it reminds me a little of HVL’s Etude No 2 (although it’s quite a bit easier).

    • Eric Phillips great finding Eric, it's already well shaped! For a study you can take a looks at his «Estudio de Concierto #1» 😅

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    • Blaise Laflamme Just checked it out, together with Estudio de Concierto No 2. They both look very easy. My plan is to be able to play both of them by this afternoon, while blindfolded, with one hand tied behind my back. You can choose which hand. 😀

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    • Eric Phillips 😂... I think you can also play them with only 1 finger... 

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    • Blaise Laflamme Okay, but how many toes can I use?

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    • Eric Phillips 4... you can borrow those from Steve 😅

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    • Eric Phillips Very nice. I didn't know this Prelude. It is pretty fluent already. Can't wait to see how you progress and what you can add to the musicality

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      • David Krupka
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      Eric Phillips Very nice, Eric. (And very impressive that you managed to post this within two hours of the challenge 'start' time!!) In addition to the concert studies there are, in the Jesus Benites edition of Barrios's works, ten (by my count) pieces entitled 'Estudio'. The 'Estudio para ambas manos' in volume 3 is not only a great technical workout (at a reasonable tempo (!))  - it's a beautiful piece of music as well:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9awv5W0Wzs

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    • David Krupka Thanks, David. Foolishly, I didn’t even look in IMSLP for Barrios studies (where there are many). I just went through my own binder of stuff I had previously printed out. So much music, so little time!

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks for introducing me to this piece, Eric.  Lovely!

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  • Yay!!!love to get to hear pieces that I did not know thank you Eric!

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  • Hi to all, i,m posting Preludio en Do menor……I recorded it a couple of months ago…..

    I need to  improve speed and sound ……any recommendation for sound recording gear is wellcome….cheers

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    • JUAN ALONSO That is sounding very good, Juan! I have picked up this piece several times, but never brought it through to completion. It’s much harder than it sounds.

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
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      • 10 mths ago
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      JUAN ALONSO Very nice, Juan! I agree with Eric, this little prelude is much more difficult than it appears! I think your tempo is about right already - I don't know that it needs to be any faster. 

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    • JUAN ALONSO Very nice, Juan.  I've looked at this piece a couple of times--it's harder than it looks.  I like a slow tempo, but if you'd like to push it a bit, you could try memorizing it and possibly practicing with dotted rhythms.  I think what would help it musically is playing with dynamics--building rainbows of sound.

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    • JUAN ALONSO great choice and you're already doing a great job! The legato, for both harmony and melody, is a long term shot in this piece, a lot of work for what the listener hear. About gear it all depends on needs and budget, what are you using at the moment and what do you want to achieve?

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    • JUAN ALONSO beautiful piece. Well played. I find it very difficult. My hands are too small for Barrios in general. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Prelude No 5 in E major (June 11)

    Here is another shot at this piece. I am trying to be a little more accurate to the score with my bass note damping this time. The score calls for a faster tempo (quarter-note = 132), but this is as fast as I can get it.

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      • David Krupka
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      • 10 mths ago
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      Eric Phillips This is coming along nicely, Eric. Your tempo works quite well - I wonder if the indication in the score is editorial or original. (It doesn't seem to me that Barrios was in the habit of specifying tempo so narrowly.) Similarly, I wonder if the rests in the score are from Barrios himself. As I understand it, little of his music was published during his life.

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    • David Krupka I’m not sure how much is from Barrios. I suspect the tempo indication in my score comes from Edson Lopes. The rests in the bass voice, however, just seem logical asa means of clarifying the harmonies.

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    • Eric Phillips very well done Eric, I like the tempo you're playing, it let the music flows very well.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks, Blaise!

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    • Eric Phillips sounds really good, very smoothly flowing and secure. 

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  • Julia Florida is one of my favorite Barrios compositions.  I was inspired to revisit it by Martin's Koblenz Guitar Festival livestreams.  Special thanks to Gabriel Bianco and Lukas Kuropaczewski.

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    • Marilyn Blodget It's always lovely to hear Julia Florida, especially when played this beautifully, Marilyn!

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