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🎸🎶 Attention Classical Guitarists: Introducing the "Two Week Intensive" with Eduardo Inestal on "Interpretating Spanish Repertoire" 🎶🎸

Hola tonebuddies and fellow guitar aficionados!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for our community of classical guitarists: a "Two Week Intensive" course on "Interpreting Spanish Repertoire" with the world-renowned guitarist Eduardo Inestal!

This unique course is designed to provide in-depth insights into the heart and soul of Spanish guitar music. Throughout the two weeks, Eduardo will share his immense knowledge of Spanish idioms, techniques, and interpretation, enriching your playing and enabling you to truly understand and convey the passion behind this beautiful musical tradition.

During the course, participants will be immersed in the rich history and cultural context of Spanish guitar music, while receiving personalized guidance from Eduardo himself. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for classical guitarists looking to enhance their repertoire and expertise.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from a true guitar maestro. We can't wait to see you at the Two Week Intensive with Eduardo Inestal!

🎵 Happy plucking, amigos! 🎵

Details

  • Sign-Up: May 11th - May 14th in an extra thread!
  • Course Period: May 15th - May 26th
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: tba

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Assignments

In the assignment videos, you will:

  1. Discover the rich tapestry of Spanish music and journey through five centuries of its history, from the Spanish vihuela school to today's contemporary compositions.

  2. Immerse yourself in the passionate era of Spanish romanticism and nationalism, exploring the profound changes in music during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  3. Understand the profound influence of popular music and folklore on classical music. Dive into the works of great composers like Gaspar Sanz, Scarlatti, Aguado, Llobet, Falla, and more contemporary authors.

  4. Feel the rhythm and power of flamenco as you examine its influence on the classical guitar. Master the "rasgeado" technique through the music of Joaquín Turina, Joaquín Rodrigo, Ángel Barrios, and Regino Sáinz de la Maza.

  5. Identify and interpret the typical elements of Spanish music on the classical guitar, including recurring motives and the "Cadencia Andaluza". Discover how popular song has left its mark on these timeless pieces.

  6. Unleash the Spanish "fire" in your playing, embodying the unique character and spirit of Spanish music. Appreciate the importance of understanding the mentality of the people to truly capture the essence of their music.

This immersive course is designed to not only educate but also to inspire, as you delve deep into the soul of Spanish music and learn to interpret it on the classical guitar with authenticity and passion.

Assignment 1 - Introduction and Rasgueado

  • Watch Eduardo's Introduction about Spanish Music!
  • Learn about Eduardo's approach to Rasgueado (starts at 6:00)
  • Share a video with Eduardo's Rasgueado Exercices with the regular Rasgueado (ami) and with the additional index finger (ami i)
  • Find a piece where you can use that Rasgueado (the most famous piece for guitar for example ;). Also feel free to share great examples of Rasgueado!
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    • Jared
    • jsg
    • 1 yr ago
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    Hola, Eduardo (and fellow ToneBuddies)!

     

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us your expertise during this TWI!

     

    My name is Jared and I would consider myself a novice classical guitarist. I have a couple of years of lessons under my belt but with the addition of my new Tonebase membership and the community here, I have already learned so much and improved my skills! So exciting!

     

    I have always been in love with Spanish Romantic era classical guitar (Llobett, Tarrega, etc.) and more recently I have also become very interested in Flamenco music and guitar techniques, so this course is exactly what I love to learn about! 

     

    Please review my video below and feel free to provide me with any critique or advice as you see fit. I think I am getting the hang of rasgueado but my main question is in regard to the right-hand angle. With the use of apoyando, tirando, and rasgueado it seems that all of those right-hand techniques require a slightly different angle of the hand in order to strike all strings properly and get that percussive sound. If you have any tips about my right-hand angle I would greatly appreciate it!

     

    I have shown my rasgueado video to also have my pinky included (at the end) as I can usually reach the strings on all four fingers of my right hand, but please let me know if this is not a good idea at this time. Thank you so much!

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    • Jared , my pleasure!! glad to help. Looking foward to meeting you on Monday!

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  • Hi all!! Here the new assignment: Check this video and I am looking foward to listening and watching you!!

    Cheers!!!

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    • Eduardo Inestal Saludos maestro, aquí esta la parte del rasgueado del Aranjuez usando dos dedos. 

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    • Raul Guzman Vidal 

      Raul! Cómo estás? La mano izquierda la veo muy bien. La derecha es la que tenemos que mejorara. Necesito que el ritmo sea muy preciso. Quiero que el ritmo sea el siguiente: Largo, corto-corto-largo (es decir, corchea, dos semicorcheas y otra corchea). Las notas cortas son las que vamos a hacer con el rasgueado. La primera de ellas con el medio, la segunda con el índice, y al volver con el índice tocaremos el ritmo largo. 

      Trabaja solo este motivo.  Una vez que sea preciso, me lo mandas, y ampliamos el resto. No te olvides que el rasgueado es un elemento, no sólo armónico, sino también percusivo. Necesito esta precisión rítmica. 

      Un abrazo!

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    • Derek
    • Derek
    • 1 yr ago
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    Hi Eduardo. Apologies, I am late submitting videos for the first exercise. I have been practising every day! (you may not think so when you see the videos!). Enjoying this course and looking forward to working on the next exercise

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    • Derek Hi Derek, nice to see you again!

      Thank you for your nice videos! Let´s work!

       

      Video 1. Rasgueado slow: just awesome!! i would practice it without any chord of the LH, so you can just focus on the RH. If the LH has tension, so will have the other one. 

       

      Video 2. Rasgueado fast: Here i can not hear very clearly the 3 hits on the strings. I only hear 2 of them, which means that you are moving 2 fingers at the same time. We need absolut control of the movement and for instance, we need to be able to control the fingers at any tempo. My advise, practise with metronome and increase gradually the bpm. Don´t do it (incresing bpm) until you feel free and confortable with the tempo.

       

      Video 3: pretty much the same as in video 2

       

      Video Calatayud: I have to say it sounds great. but would be better once you have the control we spoke before. 

       

      Thank you very much for your effort!!! and looking foward hearing you next time!

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 1 yr ago
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      Eduardo Inestal Thank you very much for your feedback Eduardo. Great advice as usual. I'll work with the metronome on this!

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  • NEW ASSIGMENT!!! 

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    • Derek
    • Derek
    • 11 mths ago
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    Hi Eduardo. I am late again submitting a video of the scale exercise but here are my attempts at speeds 100bpm, 120bpm and 144bpm.  Unfortunately there are places where I repeat a right hand finger which I need to concentrate on more. I realise that I have done it when I start with the wrong finger on the next string but not when I am actually doing it! Thank you again for these exercises. I am enjoying this work and hope to be able to improve my technique and post some pieces from Torroba's Aires de la Mancha for Martin's latest challenge!

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    • Derek Hi Derek! Thank you very much for sending your videos. It is great that you recorded in 3 diferent tempi. 

      I have to say that you did the exercise exactly the other way around, by starting on the 6th string and going up, but it also works! lets say it can be a vatiation.

      A couple of things: try to kee the tempo. Sometimes you are faster than the metronome. I know we have to pay attention to too many things, but unfortunately, tempo and Rhytms should be on our priority list. And as you mentions, sometimes you repeat a finger. Obviously, if we play slow, is not a problem, but if we have to play faster... it may be... so always pay attention on alternation.

      Otherwise, great job Derek!!! keep going!!!

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 11 mths ago
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      Eduardo Inestal Thank you Eduardo for the feedback. I should have watched your video more than once :-).  (Or maybe started practising as soon as I watched it). I'll use this exercise (and the metronome) in my daily practice. Thanks again for this two week intensive - looking forward to the next one.

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  • And Here we go with new information. Take a look!!

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    • Derek
    • Derek
    • 11 mths ago
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    Hi Eduardo. I watched your video for the scale exercise again and I'm now playing it the correct way :-) so thanks again for your advice! I've been working on the Arroyos de la Alhambra. Still got a break when the melody note goes onto the second string with the chord. I've just watched the video again and will try to improve. In the meantime here is my first video attempt. It's a great piece, I'm going to try to learn it all!

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    • Derek Hi Derek!

      It sounds very good!! pay attention to the rhytm from sec. 20 on. 

      Trick: in order to get the melody legato once you have it on the 2nd string, try to anticipate the base a little bit, and you will build the ilusion of legato. A bit faster will help aswell!!! 

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