WEEK THREE Updates: Main Thread - The Golden Sound of Tárrega

Hellooo, everyone, and welcome to WEEK THREE - the final Main Thread for this challenge! 🤩


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  • Dear Community,

    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

    https://youtu.be/dPPljrnWxV8

     

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    • Olli Great to hear from you, Olli! That was beautiful! Such wonderful contrasts. (Is that a pepperoni pizza to your right?)

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    • Eric Phillips Dear Eric, thank you very much for your kindly comment. Yes - I love pepperoni Pizza. Best Regards 👍🙂

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    • Olli great to have you back! wonderful performance, beautiful  sound and phrasing as always….

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    • joosje Dear Joosje, thank you very much - I enjoyed you fantastic recording too 👍🌻

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      Olli Thanks a lot for the video!!! I am currently working on Lagrima, and hearing the dynamics you put on the rhythm and the sound is amazing... it really helped me to understand the piece better. Great performance!

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    • Didier Dear Didier, thank you, yes, the piece needs very much thinks that are  not written in the score. Best Regards

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      Olli Awesome, really beautiful and intimate performance!

      About your late entry:

      “A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.” 

      🕺🧙‍♂️

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    • Martin 🧙‍♂️

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    • Olli Hey Olli you're back! I'm happy to see you here in this challenge! Beautiful performance with a great personal touch 👍

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    • Olli nicely played Olli. It is a delightful piece to play, isn’t it? Never gets old!

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    • One thing you found easy: holding the guitar
    • One thing you found difficult: stopping the bass-notes ( I missed in this recording ...)

    https://youtu.be/SF_RK7SVq2I

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    • One thing you found easy: remembering the piece
    • One thing you found difficult: playing "Flageolets"

    https://youtu.be/_yYO68Dpsgg

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      Olli You were really on recording run! Good job!  Especially with that darn b major 7, I was always struggling with that one!

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    • Martin 😉

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    • Olli at this rate you will play them all! 😂

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      Olli wow they all sound great! If this goes on for another month you may just complete the entire Tarrega's repertoire..😄

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  • Some guy named Francisco keeps popping up all over my house with these short little preludes. Any idea how I can get rid of him?

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    • Eric Phillips Dear Eric, why do you need to do something against it ?

      Prelude is fine.

      My husband hates tremolo - that makes she nervous. I am not allowed to play tremolo when she is around 😂.

      So, perhaps you are a lucky boy playing in different places. 😉🎸🎶🎶🎶

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    • Eric Phillips why get rid of Tarrega preludes? There are some more to go. And they are all such wonderful miniatures , so please continue Eric!

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    • Eric Phillips What a crazy guy, but he definitely can play guitar, so keep him 😂

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      Eric Phillips Haha, that's SO cool and amazing that you took the time to record so many of this wonderful miniatures! Though they are very sure, they still need to be practiced, so GREAT JOB! 💪

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    • Eric Phillips wow eric you're so creative, I'm amazed by what you've done. You made those pieces sound very good.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks, Blaise!

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      Eric Phillips The prelude 11 sounds so beautiful, I've not heard of it before.  Gonna learn that next..🙂

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    • don Thanks, Don!

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    • Eric Phillips these are great! I didn’t even know about them! Thank you for sharing. You played them so nicely!

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    • Debbie Thank you, Debbie!

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    • 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 🤪 )

    https://youtu.be/iLv0NM-YpLQ

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      Olli That's a tough one, especially to get it up to speed! Well done! 💪💪💪

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    • Martin thank you very much for you Kindly comment. Yes, to speed up this piece it is so much practice to do....

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    • Olli Well played Olli - it's a hard one!

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    • Olli that's great Olli you already got a good speed in such no time, can't wait to listen to it in a few days or weeks 😲

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    • 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 👹

     

    https://youtu.be/lC39EnzKKrE

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    •  (If you put the Playback speed to 1.25 .....that would be my dream-tempo) 🥰

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    • Olli To be honest, I like it better at the tempo you played. Putting it at 1.25 sounded too fast to me. I wish I could pull off tremolo like you!

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    • Eric Phillips Dear Eric, maybe 1.25 is sometimes way too fast - but I think when the beat is over or at least 150 BPM - that becomes a nice flow .....

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      Olli Great Tremolo! I really should step up my tremolo game as well, that's on my bucket list! Tremolo Challenge with all Tremolo pieces ever written incoming? 🚀

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    • Martin dear Martin, thank you very much for your kindly words - I really practiced a lot and it helped 😉

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    • Martin Hey, Tremolo Challenge - yeah, let's do this ! 😉

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    • Olli Very Beautiful👋

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    • Olli Nice work on this difficult piece!!  It is so hard to play this well with even, legato, balanced flowing notes, dynamics and good tone ( and not hitting adjacent strings, ha ha).  Everything in both hands  have to work and coordinate perfectly to achieve it, and that's why it's so challenging.  You're doing a great job, so keep it up, and thanks for sharing it with us!

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    • Olli great tremolo Olli, you sound super clean!

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    • Olli great tremolo Olli. I have actually gone through the same process with tremolo articulation as you and you’re right that pAmi makes it smoother. I warm up with pima too.  I practice it a bit every day although I’ve never tried Recuerdos. Not sure my left hand could pull it off as it’s a bit compromised. 

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  • 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.

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    • Eric Phillips very nice, - never heard that piece before.

      Very warm interpretation, nice tone  - thank you very much for uploading 🍄

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    • Olli Thanks, Olli!

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    • Eric Phillips what book are you using ? I had the idea to buy a complete Edition of Tarrega - but I do not find a book like that ??? 📔

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    • Eric Phillips Very nice Eric!! As you know, I like that song very much ... and your version too, especially the pizzicato!! Simplification is always a good idea and music does not suffer, if you do it with taste, like you did.

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    • Olli Here is a picture of the book cover. I only have one volume. I bought it in Madrid about 25 years ago.

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    • Thomas Thank you Thomas  It was your recording of the piece that really captured me and made me want to play it myself. Thank you so much!

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    • Eric Phillips Eric, very nicely done!.  I tried this piece several years ago.  You have inspired me to learn it. Bravo!

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    • Paul Kennedy Thank you, Paul! As I said above, my inspiration to play it came from Thomas, and maybe now that is being passed on to you. That's what is so great about these challenges!

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      Eric Phillips Beautiful! I hadn't heard this piece before. Thanks for introducing me! Your performance of it is fantastic!

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      Eric Phillips Wow, so cool, that works VERY well and makes a lot of sense in terms of playability! Moreover, this is such a beautiful interpretation and thanks to you I discovered that piece as well! 🕺🧙‍♂️💪

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    • matt Thanks, Matt!

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    • Martin Thanks, Martin! I also saw Uros Baric simply play the third beat of measure 10 without the ornament, which is great too.

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo!!!👋

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Thank you, Giuseppe!

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    • Eric Phillips you play this piece beautifully Eric, I'm blown away by your consistency and dedication in learning and getting better 👍👍

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks, Blaise, I appreciate that!

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    • One thing you found easy: 😂 🤔
    • One thing you found difficult: I find the very similar parts difficult to tell apart

    https://youtu.be/cW8cgc1SAuo

     

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    • Olli  you are back with bells on 🔔 ! Great playing, as always. And all the great pieces. So beautiful. The capriccio is truly my favorite Tarrega piece, alongside with some of the miniature preludes…

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    • joosje thank you very much for your heartly comment Joosje,

      "Capricho Arab" is also one of my favorite pieces !

      but my all time favorites are "Un sueno en la floresta" and "Mazurka Appasionata"

      ... and a new song I never heard before is "Campanas del Alba" /Sainz del la Maza wow - I love this piece

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKwJ_PGYq9E

       

      Martin I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO FUTURE TIME

      - WHAT ABOUT A "NITSUGA MAGORE" CHALLENGE ??? 🥰

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    •  *Mangore

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      Olli We share the "Mazurka" as a favourite! A Nitsuga Challenge would be a great a idea, let me think abut that!

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    • Olli ca.mpanas del Alba is a wonderful piece. . I love it. Looking forward to hearing you play it. 

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    • Olli I adore his music, of course! Are there enough pieces in the beginner and intermediate skill levels?

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    • Martin "Nitsuga Challenge" 😍..... that would be very nice 🥰

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    • joosje Dear Joosje, when Martin starts the "Tremolo-Challenge", I promise to you, "Campanas del Alba" will be the first piece I`ll record ! 😉

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    • Eric Phillips Hello Eric, I own the complete scores - there are many contemporary pieces that are often played. And on the other side, exactly as with Tarrega, there are smaller, one page pieces, and also "easier" pieces as well.....👍🙂

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    • Olli  well, I might join you with that one, Olli. But for the moment I am practicing some pieces for a summer masterclass in France. I will refresh the tremolo pieces later.

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    • Olli Bravo!!!👋👋

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    • Olli Wonderful Olli - great playing. Campanas Del Alba is one on my to do list (or should I say wish list!). I also agree that a Mangore challenge would be a great idea

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    • Olli great take on this piece Olli! You're definitely on a run to play a dedicated concert to Tarrega 😂

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    • Olli very well played Olli. Thank you for sharing your interpretation with us. This was my main focus for this challenge but I’ll be working on it for some time to come. I’m learning it from Tariq Harb’s lesson here on Tonebase. I think it’s my favorite Tarrega piece although I’ve not heard them all!

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  • Dear Martin and fellow challengers,

    attached you can find my versions of Sueno and Gran Vals. Maybe I could manage to record a try on Capricho Arabe this week, but as usual .... time runs away and it is very diffucult to catch it ..... 😉

    Have fun and see you soon!

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    • Thomas that’s so beautiful Thomas. Very musical and wonderful tone. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thomas These are outstanding Thomas! I think you’re the first one to tackle either of these pieces. Sueno is beautiful, and is very difficult to make legato. Gran Vals is so challenging, especially all those barres! My arm is sore just listening to you.  Great work!

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    • Thomas dear Thomas, your recordings are very beautiful - thank you 😉

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    • joosje Thanks a lot for your kind words, Joosie! I am looking forward to your next prelude because I am a big fan of your tone as well.

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    • Eric Phillips Thank you Eric, my arm is sore as well 😉 At least it was worth ist, because you like the result. 

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    • Olli I am glad you like them and I am very impressed by the pace you recorded so many difficult pieces! Great!

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      Thomas Wow, both submissions are wonderful, great performance! Sueno is such a beautiful little gem, Tárrega has so much of them to offer!

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    • Thomas Bravo!!!👍👋

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  • 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 🙏

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  • Hi all,

    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.
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      Didier Lágrima is one of those pieces to which I am and will be always coming back! There's is always a new detail to discover! Recently I try to play it a little more "clean" without too many glissandi!

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  • 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…..

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    • joosje Looking forward to hearing Prelude 2. I’ve never been able to pull that one off very well.

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    • joosje I am looking forward to your nice Interpretation 🙂... I heard this "complete Tarrega recordings" and found out, there are so many peaces I've never heard before and so nice pieces - they should be played more in the future:

       

      https://open.spotify.com/album/0NM0FuxdkEYeZQB0uvkIhX?si=Wqh9-ZdaTbKe4XH3EZAyFw&dl_branch=1

       

      Does anybody, dear community, know about a really cool "complete Tarrega Scores" Book ? 

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      joosje Wow, so cool that you researched the background, I am eager to hear your performance, especially the harmonic journey throughout that piece!

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  • 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")

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    • Paul Kennedy I am happy to hear that you are finding this challenge helpful! Tarrega's music is so beautiful, and you're right, it's fairly easy to memorize. I hope we get to hear you play those Preludes!

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      Paul Kennedy Awesome! You will grow with these pieces and I am glad that this challenge helped you approaching these!

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  • 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

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  • Tarrega at the Park!

    It's such a beautiful day here in Rochester, New York, that I thought Francisco and I would go outside. I hope what is lacking in sound quality is made up for in natural beauty.

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  • 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!

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  • Promise kept.

    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!

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    • joosje Beautiful, Joosje! That is is a difficult piece, but I can really hear the dialogue between the two voices. This piece always sounds like a father and daughter dancing to me, and I heard that in your playing.

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    • Eric Phillips that’s a nice metaphor, I’ll keep it in mind… I actually never heard this  piece played, so I had to come up with the phrasing solutions all by my self. I’ll work on it again some time.

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    • joosje wow- amazing, two new pieces in that short time 😋

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    • joosje Beautiful Joosje

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    • joosje wow you sound great even on a smartphone 😂, your playing is great and secure as usual, alway great to listen to you. 

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    • joosje I think it sounds great Joosje! I always look forward to your playing. Tone is in the hands and even though you don’t have all your equipment set up you still made it sound beautiful.

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      joosje  wow this sounds great! 

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  • 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’ 😉)

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  • 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.

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    • Colin O'Regan Very good, Colin! Thanks for posting this. Your fundamental techniques look pretty sound to me, especially in the left hand. I don't know how long you've been playing, but this is no beginner piece. It is typically put at grade 4-5, so to get to the point of playing it shows quite a lot of accomplishment. Your recording setup looks top notch (although I am hardly the one to ask, as I just use my iPhone 7).

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    • Colin O'Regan thank you for uploading 🙂

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    • Colin O'Regan Good work Colin

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    • Colin O'Regan I forgot to mention, the really great thing about Tonebase and especially this community challenge ist, it does not matter how good you already can play a piece. The challenge is always to make progress on your ability of playing music. And you said, you play only for a short time and then I must say "really great work" ... keep on practicing ...

      There are always people playing high or lower level or a long or short time.... doesn't matter !!! It is alway a big pleasure to see the progress in a longer period that every musician can achieve 🍄

      When listening to the actual great and famous players there are only two possibilities : "sell the guitar or keep on practicing" ...... "Take the blue or the red pill to enter the Matrix 😂" Best Regards Olli

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    • Olli Eric Phillips Thank you Eric. I was at it for coming up on 2 years (about to do a grade 4 exam) when the pandemic shut down the class. Struggling with motivation until I saw this challenge last week. 

      The recording mics are basic, but having done Martin's Reaper recording course here last year, I'm handy enough at using sound effects to help with my tone!

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    • Colin O'Regan that’s sounds very good.  I like your tone and the phrasing  is very effective. well done!👋👋👋

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    • Colin O'Regan thanks for sharing your performance, you did pretty well to me.

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    • Colin O'Regan nicely done Colin. It’s one of my favorite pieces. Great sound.

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  • 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.

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    • Derek Good work, Derek! I'm always scared away by the B section of Columpio. Are those 32nd notes? 64th notes? Aah!

      As for Recuerdos, that tremolo is coming along nicely. I've always said to myself, "When my tremolo is good, I'll play Recuerdos." That was probably 30 years ago that I said that, and still not there. I tip my hat to you, sir! 🎩

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    • Derek hello Derek, great work - thank you for uploading 😉

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    • Eric Phillips Thank you Eric. It was probably about 30 years ago that I started to learn Recuerdos - It's only now that I feel fairly comfortable recording it!

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    • Derek so good Derek. Thank you for these submissions. 

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    • Derek great work Derek, you're not playing easy stuff !

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  • Dear Community,

    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

    https://youtu.be/F0jItGmLHlI

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  • 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.

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    • One thing you found easy: tune the guitar
    • One thing you found difficult: everything, so slowly my concentration is waning. Thank God, the Challenge ends soon...

     

    https://youtu.be/mg-w0PYhAr4

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  • 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 🥰

     

    https://youtu.be/eGzPM83J2j0

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    • Olli great Playing. Beautiful sound. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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    • Olli Another great performance! I hope you enjoy your family time tomorrow.

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    • Olli you did an amazing job on all these wonderful pieces. You deserve a relaxed Sunday . Enjoy the pool. I hope the weather in Germany will be better than here in  Belgium (thunder showers). Nice, we also have three daughters (and soon three sons ‘in law’ or Schwiegersöhne as you would call them, it’s fun! Good guys. We’ll  have a wedding this summer. As the French say « qui marie mal sa fille perd sa fille qui marie bien sa fille gagne un fils…  see you Monday, let the music flow….

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    • joosje Dear Joosje, it was not really hot today - many clouds. I found some time to practice and learned an new Piece. Wow -wedding is great -congratulations . My girls are 5, 16 and 18 .... it will hopefully take some time till Marriage and grandchilds. Best Regards 

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  • here's me playing Tárrega's Prelude 1 in D Minor, trying out my new zoom mic.

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