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 am loving this challenge, and I plan to participate, but I have been (somewhat frantically) preparing for my trip this weekend. I am going to be attending the Los Angles Guitar Festival!
I am super excited for this, but a little nervous. This is my first time going to LA and the first time going as a vendor. I will be representing La Ruta De La Guitarra - a business my friend and I are putting together where we take people on tours of Spain!
For the Song and Dance Challenge I have been thinking about working on Canarios by Gaspar Sanz. (I know many of you were expecting me to do an Ariana Grande cover. Sorry - not sorry. )
Canarios is a piece I learned when I first started playing guitar, but don't feel like I ever really quite mastered. I've been trying to relearn it lately and polish it up, but the new ways I've learned to play are conflicting with the old - and well worn - poor ways of playing that I originally had.
What's more, I decided to dig a little deeper into the origins of this song and dance from the Canary islands. What I've seen from performances of it on YouTube is that most interpretations of the dance are much slower than the guitar versions I've heard performed by the greats.
Take, for example, this version done by John Williams in 1975, where he rips it out in about 60 seconds (and appears quite satisfied with himself for doing so at the end! )
Following this is a video I found of a traditional Canary Island dance that is at about half the speed of what John is playing.
Now, I get it - I might be totally misunderstanding this whole Canarios/Dance of the Canary Island thing. If anyone has any information to enlighten me with, I will gladly accept it. It'll give me something to research on my flight! Cheers!
wow this is another great challenge.
Other than moon river which I picked up recently. the other pieces were something I played quite some time ago. It is a bit frustrating that I can forgot such a big chunk of music that I spent countless hours practising but I think should take much lesser time to pick up.
Moon River : Not exactly one that bring your feet up. But is such a nice piece. I came across recently on Kevin Loh's channel and the arrangement were in the link.
Gran Vals: I learn this sometime ago, was pleasantly surprise that I can remember the fingering still. Just matter of slow practice again and will be my submission for this challenge.
Oblivion: I love this arrangement. I discover when I saw Julia Trintschuk played. The arranger has this arrangement on his website for free.
Lob der Tranen: I've been waiting for a chance to pick up this piece again. I've forgotten most of it but will work on this after Gran Vals.
I decided to throw into this challenge with a Scherzo which is by definition 'A lively piece, often humorous, in triplet time and used for the third movement of symphonies and sonatas.' I guess you could dance to it.
Scherzino Mexicano by Manuel Ponce I have a video of the first 16 bars played very slowly, very slowly and spotty with a few clams here and there, I included comments about the trouble spots I'm working on. Next week I should have this much better along with the 'B' Section. Did notice I need to focus on fretting the notes closer to the frets. Guitar may be out of tune also.