Week 1: Rhythmic Revelations
Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of "Song and Dance" practice challenge!
Choose a piece that is inspired or transcribed from a song or a dance. It could be a lively south-american danza, a passionate tango, a serene romantic lied, or a poignant aria transcribed for the guitar. You're welcome to explore pieces from unfamiliar composers or challenge yourself with a complex work.
Commit to daily practice and share your journey with the community. Aim to practice every day and upload at least two videos each week to illustrate your progress. This will not only help you stay committed and encouraged but will also allow you to share your musical voyage with our tonebase family.
Share your favorite piece or recording that embodies the theme of "Song and Dance." Your submission will serve as an inspiration to others and create a vibrant pool of potential pieces for other members to delve into.
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I have some new things in the works for the month, but here are a couple of pieces I put up in my resolutions post a couple of months ago and they seemed to fit this challenge.
Leo Brouwer's Zapateo (or Zapateado) is based on a flamenco dance and the name translates to tap dancing in English.
Antonio Lauro's Ana Cristina was conceived of by Lauro as a lullaby for one of his nieces, but it's written in the style of a Venezuelan merengue with a triplet followed by a tuplet which gives it a distinct swing feel.
Here are two folk songs harmonized by Vincente Emilio Sojo and transcribed for guitar by Antonio Lauro. The first is entitled El Gato (the cat) and the second is La Pulga y El Piojo (about the marriage of a flea and a louse). Sojo lived from 1887-1974 and was a composer, conductor and the founder of the Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra.
This challenged me to work on Ida Presti’s Dance Rythmique. It’s a relatively unknown piece, but there is this inspiring course with Connie Sheu.
Not a technically very difficult piece, but I have some work here: balance of the voices, clear phrasing of the rather short melodic lines and accentuating contrasts and colours. I feel I’m going to stay with this piece for a while and try to get it complete and growing over the coming weeks. This is the first half as a starting point, after a bit of practice and reviewing Connie’s lesson. Oh yes, there are a few bars where I’m not sure of the correct notation. Some inconsistencies? I play what is printed. If there is anyone out there familiar with the piece, I would appreciate your input ….
Ida Presti was one of the great guitarists of her era, the word is that Segovia said to her: “I have nothing more to teach you”.
I do not have a recording yet as I am just starting to learn and practice it.
However, I can share with you a piece from a Canadian Artist that I like a lot.
Jesse is from Toronto, Canada and is a great guitar player that I had the chance to watch last fall when he came in Québec city for a concert.
Here is on of his great inspiring piece ''Havana'' . Hope you will enjoy