WEEK THREE Updates: Main Thread - The Golden Sound of Tárrega
Hellooo, everyone, and welcome to WEEK THREE - the final Main Thread for this challenge!
Where is the Week 1 and Week 2 thread?
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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!
now we already have week three and just now comes my first post. I just don't have that much time at the moment - you will probably feel the same way ...
But maybe this week it will be better. Unfortunately I didn't have time to practice completely new songs. Now it starts with "Lagrima".
I wish you a nice week ! best regards
- One thing you found easy: nothing
- One thing you found difficult: everything
- One thing you found easy: nothing
- One thing you found difficult: it needs much practice time to bring up to speed - there are some parts feel to me as a brake .... ( bar 4 and 8 and all repetitions of them )
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult: I practice tremolo for years and it is very hard to let it flow. After last virtual-Masterclass with Mircea I spend much much much time on practicing tremolo. The main thing I changed was the articulation : I always played P a m I for years and now changed ( for most of the piece ) to p A m I ..... that was, I hope, the key to a better tremolo... If I let my fingers become too fast, I always fall back to P a m I . Because of that I need more time to reset the old articulation and let the "new" become my intuition version. For my feeling I need another 6 month time to speed up another 20bpm .... that would be my goal - a real killer tremolo
This is an update of Pavana, which I have continued to work on. I think this piece is my biggest takeaway from this challenge (at least so far). Before this, I knew the piece and liked it, but now it feel as though it has become a friend for life.
The score I used (which I attached) does have a simpler way of playing the first full measure of the B section. It's from a Tarrega book that I bought in Spain, and the introduction of the book claims that all pieces are from unedited originals, so I'm going to say that MY score is correct, not the one Martin attached. One thing is certain - the way I'm playing it is easier! I personally don't think the music suffers at all from the simplification.
Dear Martin and fellow challengers,
it is already late at night, but the next days will be very busy, so what shalls .... I gave Capricho Arabe - and me - a chance a few days ago. You can find it attached, but please be tolerant, cause it was a first take recording (with some sctratches). I hope you like it anyway
Still on Lagrima, I’ve been working on part 2. It’s much more dynamic, and I feel it’s not fluid enough yet to be really musical. However, I love the dramatic feeling it brings!
- One thing you found easy: learning the piece. From hearing the piece, I thought this second part would be complicated to learn and this was actually pretty easy. Playing it decently, on the other hand... is hard (for me)!
- One thing you found difficult: the fluidity, playing with the rhythm but not completely breaking it so the changes keep being smooth.
I am working this week on 2 new pieces. Speaking about challenges: Did any one of you ever try prelude No. 2? Tarrega dedicated this one to ‘his student’ (mi queridisimo discipulo) Llobet ! the guy with these huge hands….
- One thing you found easy: key and rhythmical patterns. Look at the opening and ending bars and it looks okay. (Except this stretch within V pos. barre, hard for small hands). Moderate tempo, no rhythmical complexities The melodic structure is clear: a dialogue between bass- and upper voice.
- One thing you found difficult: the piece runs through crazy modulations in no time, very far from the original A-minor, to A sharp minor, and then back again also within just a few bars. Some crazy shifts and chromatic moves. Keeping the balance and the harmonic structure intact is truly a challenge for me….
I hope to find time tomorrow for a basic recording…..
Well, once again I am blown away by so many beautiful interpretations of Tarrega's music. This challenge has helped me so much I cannot express how grateful I am. As for me, I am really enjoying the two pieces I selected (Preludes 5 and 1, in that order).
- One thing you found easy: Remembering the pieces, which is usually very hard for me.
- One thing you found difficult: getting the sound I am looking for: i.e. a clear, balanced tone.
Thank you again to all. I hope to share a piece when I figure out how to do it (I should have added that under "what I found difficult")
I've been away for a few days but took my guitar and managed a few short (very short) practices of Danza Mora. I've learnt all of the notes but the hard part is putting them all together in the right order at the right time! I've also re-visited El Columpio after a long time. Hope to post a video over the weekend.
I haven't managed to reply to all of the wonderful videos I've watched in the forum but congratulations and a huge well done to all of the people that have contributed to this challenge
Piece I played: Mazurka en Sol (one of my favorites that nobody has done so far)
What was easy: I love it so much that is was a joy to work on it. When I would finish it, all I'd want to do was play it again (and again, and again ...).
What was difficult: I could not get the slurs in measure 7 to sound good, so I plucked all the notes. The stretch in beat 3 of measure 21 is really hard for me. The long glissando in measure 22 was hard to pull off as well.
By the way, GSI recently released a video of Pepe Romero playing this that is fantastic. If you go listen to it, though, please don't listen to mine until much later as mine will suffer greatly in comparison!
I’m so grateful to Martin for bringing this challenge. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best timing for me - and Tarrega is one of my favorites! I played so many of his pieces.
but here I was, packing, unpacking, (after driving from Prague to Belgium, again testing) cleaning, painting, assembling book cases …
my fingers missed the subtle touch of the strings, nails broken or damaged
But a challenge is a challenge, so this week I took on two new pieces, and warming up with Tarrega s studies (those are great as well.)
Here is prelude No2, as promised (and explained in my previous posting). Quite demanding for the left hand, I can tell you….
The sound quality isn’t ideal, but I really didn’t have time to work on that. Just a quick smartphone recording. Last week I received my line audio mics. Now I need to buy the interface and get the whole set organized … I’ll get back to Martins recording course.
But playing comes first!
Yeah, this is my bonus submission.
What was easy? I took a very moderate tempo and the chord progressions aren’t very complicated.
What was difficult? How to make the melodic material sound really lyrical and the bass notes soft and rhythmical. I didn’t quite live up to my goals, definitely need more than one week (Sunday-Friday in ‘tempo rubato’ )
Hi everyone. As very much a novice player, I was nervous taking on this challenge, being very impressed by the quality of all the other submissions. I decided to follow Thomas Voliteau's 7-day class on Lagrima, and was very much encouraged by Martin's responses to questions that I raised elsewhere in the forum - thanks so much for that Martin.
So, after 7 days (although only about 45 mins a day), and with apologies to Senor Tarrega and music lovers everywhere, here's my effort.
1 thing I found easy - erm...eh....let me think about that...
1 thing I found difficult - only 1?? Barres! Barres!!
I think I need a few more days.
I'm still working on Maria and Danza Mora although I don't think Danza Mora is good enough to record yet - maybe tomorrow but probably not!
I learnt El Columpio last year but I haven't played it since so I have done some work on it to bring it out of retirement. The B section is quite tricky. I've attached a recording -There are a few pauses and glitches (possibly due to 'recording stress').
Also I have been working on Recuerdo for some time now I think my tremolo is improving it was very quiet but I think the sound has improved a lot in the last few months.
this is my attempt of "Rosita". I played this piece a long time ago and practiced it again because of this great challenge. In the Repetition of the first part I made the "Marizapalos-Variation" ... don't know why, but it happened . The piece needs much more additional time to become an a concert-level. But tomorrow the challenge ends and so I decided to make a recording, as best as possible for the short practice time. And I am sure, practicing two days more won't bring that effect - need at least one whole week, better two to become it smooth and flow
- One thing you found easy: find the Notepaper in my shelf
- One thing you found difficult: the slides in the last part are very tricky at speed
Piece I'm playing: Chopin's Prelude No 7 (arr. Tarrega). Tarrega definitely "guitarized" this piano piece by Chopin, and so maybe all the "guitarisms" like glissandos and vibrato should be minimized. I say otherwise - if Chopin had written for guitar, would he not have included such expressive techniques? We don't play Scarlatti's sonatas without dynamics just because the harpsichord had no dynamics, do we?
What was easy: It's short and straightforward.
What was difficult: The double glissandos are tricky. The B major chord in measure 12 is not hard, but a bit unusual.
Dear Community, this is my final piece for the Challenge. There are so many Pieces left....I thought about the "Prelude 2" as my final Piece, but tomorrow I will spend my whole time together with my wife and my three girls, so I have to do a cut. The "Pool" is waiting
I am looking forward to Mondays "Watch Party" and, dear Martin, the "Nitsuga-Challenge" .
As always, there is much work to do, playing the piece "perfectly" ... but within this short time I am happy with the results ... See you Monday