Week 1: Our Unfinished Pieces!
Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of "Unfinished Business" practice challenge!
- Choose an piece that you have started to practice but never fully commited to finish. It could be a an iconic masterpiece, a technical challenge, a sweet little miniature or a piece that you played a long time ago and always wanted to refresh! You're encouraged to experiment with pieces from composers you're not accustomed to or push your boundaries with a technically demanding work.
- Commit to regular practice and share your journey with the community. Aim to practice daily and upload at least two videos per week to showcase your progress. This will not only aid in keeping you dedicated and motivated but also enables you to share your musical journey with our tonebase family.
- Share your favorite piece or recording that you always wanted to learnm but is still "unfinished business". Your submission will serve as inspiration for others and construct a vibrant repertoire of potential pieces for fellow members to explore.
↓ Happy Sharing! ↓
I started learning "El Testament d'Amelia" after watching this tonebase video: https://app.tonebase.co/guitar/live/player/gtr-antigoni-goni-llobet-catalan-folk-songs
I see now that there is this lesson too, which I will check out soon!: https://app.tonebase.co/guitar/courses/player/thomas-viloteau-teaches-el-testament-amelia-by-llobet?moduleSlug=thomas-viloteau-teaches-el-testament-amelia-by-llobet&t=1&recommId=
I sort of know my way around the first part (except maybe for that G7 chord on the 6th fret). The harmonics-centered B section and the last part still have a long way to go, making it "unfinished biz" for me. I look forward to giving it a little more attention with the help of this group!
Giuliani – La Rose Op 46 No 9 (July 5)
As coincidence would have it, for the last couple days I have been working on a piece that fits this category for me. I was never a huge Giuliani fan until I discovered this opus. I had played several of the pieces (“flowers”) from the opus about a year ago, but this one (my favorite) always eluded me. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the technique, but whenever I tried to actually play it, I simply could not get the phrasing to work. I would listen to others play it, get a sense of the phrasing, but then when I put my hands on the guitar, I just kept hitting a brick wall. So … I stopped. I tried picking it up several times after that, but would just hit the same brick wall. It went into that huge pile of “unfinished business” as this challenge calls it.
Then, a couple days ago, I heard fellow TB member Rick Lord post a video of the piece on YT (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTXftPmGKUw). His performance is outstanding, and it inspired me to give it a go once again. This time, I just went phrase by phrase, and worked with the fingering until I got it coming out the way I wanted it to sound. Well, I have been playing it almost non-stop for a few days now, and the video below gives you a sense of where I am at with it now. It’s one of those pieces that, whenever I finish playing it, I just want to start it over again, and over again, and over again …