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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  • 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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    • Derek
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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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      Eric Phillips Just wonderful, Eric! The sound, the nature, the birds… I hope you had a great day!

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    • Thomas It was great to be playing outdoors! Thanks, Thomas.

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      Eric Phillips sounds very hot 😋

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    • Olli Actually not too hot today. It was about 70 degrees F or 21 degrees C.

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      Eric Phillips Hallo Eric, das ist mit 21 Grad noch ganz ok. Hier in Deutschland hatten wir heute 31 Grad Celsius 🥵 ... LG

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      Eric Phillips 🙈 oops....

      Hello Eric,

      21 degrees that is still okay. Here in Germany we had 31 degrees Celsius today    ... Best Regards

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    • Eric Phillips so nice Eric, beautiful Tarrega with the birds at the background. Thanks a lot for sharing these 2

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    • joosje Thanks for listening, Joosje. I wish I could go to a summer masterclass in France!

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo!!!👋👋

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Thank you, Giuseppe!

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      Eric Phillips I would have loved to be in the park listening to that!

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    • Derek Thank you, Derek. Give it a try yourself. Playing outside can really change your perspective on the music.

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    • Eric Phillips great take on those two beautiful pieces, and the landscape is just amazing. You have so many crazy ideas! Marieta was definitely next in my list, congrats!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Francisco is the one with all the crazy ideas. I just go along for the ride!

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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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    • Eric Phillips nice! Such a charming piece and you make it sound easy. Very warm sound. Thanks for sharing 

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