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Rhythm and Rubato - Improving Your Interpretation Of Latin Dances

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and rhythmic world of Latin American dances with our two-week intensive course, “Rhythm and Rubato”. This course is a deep exploration into the rich musical heritage of Latin America, focusing on authentic interpretation and rhythmic structure of emblematic pieces like Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Choro 1, Antonio Lauro’s Carora, and Cardoso’s Milonga.

Core Concepts:

  • Rhythm and Rubato: Delve into the essential techniques of employing rhythm and rubato, learning where to take time and where to maintain a straightforward tempo.
  • Understanding Rhythmic Structure: Gain insights into the intrinsic rhythmic structures that define Latin American dances, enabling you to render performances that resonate with authenticity and vitality.
  • Addressing Technical Challenges: Overcome typical technical hurdles such as mastering arpeggios with ami and thumb, negotiating chord changes, and more.

Hands-on Learning:

Participants are encouraged to bring their own repertoire to the course, allowing for a collaborative learning environment where individual pieces are analyzed for their rhythm and interpretability. The course will guide participants through the process of identifying where to take time in their pieces, ensuring a broader applicability of the skills acquired.

Who Should Attend:

This course is tailored for classical guitarists who are eager to refine their interpretative skills, enhance their understanding of rhythm, and delve deeper into the beauty of Latin American music. Whether you’re a seasoned performer or an enthusiastic beginner, this intensive course will enhance your musicality and broaden your interpretive horizons.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, participants will have a nuanced understanding of rhythm and rubato, allowing them to bring out the authentic essence of Latin American dances in their performances. They will also have honed their technical skills to navigate through typical challenges encountered in playing such pieces.

Join Us:

Embark on this musical journey and immerse yourself in the rhythms and expressions of Latin American dances. This course promises a transformative learning experience, offering a rich blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, all aimed at unlocking the true potential of every classical guitarist.

Timeline:

  • Sign-Up: October 13th - 15th
  • Course Period: October 16th - 27th
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: tba

 

Assignments

 

PART 2 ''MILONGA'' by Jorge Cardoso

 

Practice assignment:

1. Try the rhythm with open strings concentration on the beat from the metronome.

2. Play the first couple of bars (first three or four chords is enough).

 

Part 3: Carora (vals Venezolano) by Antonio Lauro

 

Assignment:

1. Try to play the cuatro's rhythm very slowly, by strumming in a down and up motion six 8th-notes damping 8th-note number 3 and 6 (1 2 X 4 5 X). Don't forget it is a vals and has a 3/4 measure.

 

2. If you play this piece or any other Venezuelan vals you can post it, if not, you can try the first couple of bars.

 

Have fun!

 

Part 4: Choro No.1 by Heitor Villa-Lobos

 

Assignment:

Try to play the basic rhythm as explained in the video and if you can, add some percussion from this link:

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

 

Have fun!

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    • Deb Covellnull
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    • Deb
    • 9 mths ago
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    So, thanks for the written and visuals Arturo, I find that if I. apply it to a piece it has more meaning for me. I have been trying this with the first 8 - 12 bars of the Millonga  by Jorge Cardoso, and now has more significance. I am just wondering, where are / will  the ongoing videos of this course ,as I haven’t seen any today on line,  I am in Australia so perhaps it is a time zone thing!  Just very eager! Cheers Deb 

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    • Deb Covell Hi! Yes, I tried posting it yesterday evening and for some reason it was not possible. Now it is there. I hope it helps.

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  • Hi Artuo, I have watched part 1 and part 2 and practiced the assignments of part 1 and part 2. I find the Milonga 3+3+2 rythm working quite fine for me, but the choros rythm at fast speed is a challenge, I will work on the choros next, but now I am focusing on the Milonga. Here is the practice of Milonga by Jorge Cardoso at 26bpm. As you said, the key in interpreting is to have elasticity in the notes within the measure and try to be ontime when moving to the next measure, I have attempted to do that in this video. Hope to hear your feedback. Thank you. 

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    • Khiem Nguyen wow, I am still struggeling with the score;-)

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz thank you Stefanie. I have started learning this piece 1 year ago. If I was to learn it by only 2 weeks, it is really impossible for me to remember a lot of notes. 

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    • Khiem Nguyen that's fantastic, congratulations. I like how the metronome reminds you always to be there for the first beat haha. Now something I would try to avoid once you feel comfortable with the piece is not to do a strong accent on the first beat. Even though the first beat is usually the ''strong beat'' if you do it too much it loses the continuity. having said that I think this is going very well and on a correct path.

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz Hi ! is there something I can help you with? :)

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    • Arturo Castro Nogueras I am still learning to change the chords,...the metronome on 25 is still too fast for me, but okay, I hope I catched the rhythm;-)

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    • Arturo Castro Nogueras hi Arturo, thank you very much for your feedback. You are definitely right on your comment on the strong beat. I will keep practicing and once I feel comfortable enough, I will try my best to avoid putting accent in every first beat :)

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz no problem :) it might take a little bit but I'm sure it'll work. Let me know

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    Hi Arturo. Many thanks for these valuable insights. I've been mainly concentratining onlearning all of the Milonga and I've attached a video of the first section. I've also tried to incorporate your ideas into El Negrito by Lauro and the Choros no 1 by Villa Lobos - videos attached. I'd be grateful for any feedback. Thanks again and best wishes Derek

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    • Derek hi Derek! wow, the choro so fast already! I am still srtruggeling with the chordchanges of the first section, but I am happy to be in contact with that music! I am happy, that I am on tonebase and can watch you play, that encourages me, to go on!!!so thank you!

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    • Derek wow thanks for sharing! It sounds really great.

      About the Milonga: I think it is definitely on the right path. The rhythm feel on point and musical at the same time.

      Negrito: it sounds really good. Maybe try it a bit slower and enjoy all the ''fill'' note a bit more. As an exercise you can just play the harmony and the accompaniment so you have a feel for it. That is a very important part of this :)

      Choro:  very nice and same as above, try it slower and work a bit with the articulation. For example, the way Pierri plays it in this video he makes the first chord a bit short. With this you can avoid losing the tempo and you an enjoy it more.

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

       

      Hope this helps! Let me know your thoughts on this.

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz Definitely! I'm very happy to read this!

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      Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz 

      Vielen Dank für Ihre freundlichen Kommentare. Ich spiele die Choros schon seit vielen Jahren, daher versuche ich nur, Arturios Vorschläge auf meine Darbietung anzuwenden. Ich hätte es nie in zwei Wochen lernen können! Wir hoffen, dass Sie sich sicher fühlen, ein Video über Ihre Fortschritte zu veröffentlichen. Beste Grüße Derek

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      • Derek
      • Derek
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      Derek PS - Google assisted me with the translation :-)

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      • Derek
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      Arturo Castro Nogueras Hi Arturo. Thank you for your kind reply and advice. I'll carry on working on these pieces and hopefully post a revised performance when I get the chance. I've tried to apply this to El Negrito and I thought it sounded better than my video performance.

       

      I've watched the video of the Choros. I see exactly what you mean. Quite an interesting interpretation of the rest of the piece. I have a tendency to rush thing - especially the parts which I can play fairly easily but then slow down on the hard parts! I need to keep a consistent tempo so that I can apply rubato to it in a musical way - not in a way to assist my technique!

       

      Thank you again for this 2 Week course. I've really found it useful

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    • Derek hahah, not so bad, the translation!

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    • Derek I'm very happy to read this! Let me know if there is anything else :D Thank you for your kind words.

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    • Derek you have a calm mind when playing Milonga. I think it is very well under controlled! 

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      Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz That's coming along nicely Stefanie. I had the advantage in that I started to learn it last year (but then I stopped playing it). There is an excellent course on Tonebase of this piece with Stefanie Jones. I originally learnt it from that although I never got the piece to any kind of performance level.

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    • Derek thank you!

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz that is coming along quite well Stefanie! Please keep on working, give it time, then you will have the whole piece at your hand. 

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    • Khiem Nguyen Yes, thank you! I use it to warm up now

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