Week 2: A World Full of Sound!
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To kick off the second week of the challenge, I am posting Abel Carlevaro's Estudio #5, Homenaje a H. Villa-Lobos. Carlevaro wrote five studies in homage to Villa-Lobos during the 1970s. Estudio #5 has an echo of Villa-Lobos' Etude #4. As mentioned in the Discussion of the Week article, Carlevaro studied with Villa-Lobos in Brazil and was greatly influenced by him.
Barrios - Oración Apr 11 detail work on second half of the A section
I feel fairly good about the opening two phrases (measures 1-16) of this piece, and so today I decided to zoom in on the second half of the A section, or the two phrases found in measures 17-32. The biggest issue for me in this section is measures 25-26 (see score below), and so I created two videos:
- Measures 25-26 alone with me explaining what makes these measures so difficult for me. I did this mainly in an effort to get specific about what exactly the problems are.
- Measures 17-32 in their entirety.
Etude No. 2 (Estudios Sencillos) - Leo Brouwer
When I first learned classical guitar, I thought that those rich and sweet mellow tones were the only acceptable guitar sound, but my teacher at that time told me that classical guitars could be far more colorful than I thought.
In order to show me how vast the range of timbre a classical guitar could achieve, he introduced the Estudios Sencillos to me and it really blew my mind.
These so-called "Simple Etudes" are not simple at all! I still remembered my teacher telling me something like "imagine 4 people singing in a church". Now, I can achieve the "in a church" part by adding a lot of reverb, but the "4 people singing" part... well, just forget it.