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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Villa-Lobos - Valse-Choro
Well, now for something completely different.
I don’t often take on these icons of the repertoire, but I came across this in my binder of music, tried playing a bit, and I think it may be doable for me. Obviously, this one will take me a little longer than the pieces I have played thus far in the challenge. Here is where it’s at on day one.
HVL Valse-Choro (May 22 update)
Today, I am posting three videos, one for each of the major sections of the piece. I am playing them rather slowly, simply trying to get the hand movements down and fine-tuned a bit. I’m not paying much attention to musicality yet.
A section: In E minor, with the melody on top. The main technical hurdles are making the melody legato, making the accompaniment softer, and playing the barres cleanly.
B section: In A minor, beginning with melody in the bass. The challenge is to bring out the melody, wherever it may be, from within the texture. It also goes up higher on the fingerboard, with some tricky shifts, and mixing fretted notes with open strings, which is always challenging. The chromatic bit in measure 46 is tricky for the left hand.
C section: In A major. It eventually needs to be piu mosso, but I am still playing it very slowly here. There are quite a few awkward left hand fingerings in the section. Those fingerings, together with the speed, tell me that this will be the most difficult section for me to play.