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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

All Courses by Eduardo on tonebase here!

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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  • I'm hoping to post the chromatic-ish scale exercise soon. I'm having the following hiccups: 1) when I get into a groove, there a patches where I sort of forget what comes next (= improve concentration/focus, 2) shifting between "floating" and anchoring my thumb, 3) I try to keep my non-fretting fingers close to the fretboard, but my "pinky" finger doesn't behave itself!

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    •  All advise/stories of practice are welcomed!

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    • Spare Machine Pinky finger goes usually on its own... you need to talk to him :)

       

      1) It takes a while until we got confy enough to play without much concentrations. Once we get it mechanic, concentrations should be a problem and it would sounds fluent. So, just take a bit of time.

       

      2) try to let the thumb in the exactly same position when it leaves the bass string. Do not move it at all. There are other ways to do it, but for the moment, try that.

       

      3).  it requires concentration, but not only with this exercise, but in general. Fingers of LH tend to leave the frets/strings letting a long distance in between. The less distance, the faster and precise we are. So, it worths to pay attention to it. Regarding the pinky... we will let him be a bit more free... just a bit.

       

      Show me how do you do it. It is not necessary the whole exercise. Just the beggining would be enough, and I will be able to help you better!

       

      Cheers!

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    • Eduardo Inestal Wow! Thank you for that speedy and thoughtful response. Here's where I'm at presently: https://vimeo.com/830865928

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    • Spare Machine Hi Mark!!! Thank you for your video! It is very very good. I have good news and less good news, so:

      The good news: both, RH and LH are very relax and that is the most difficult thing to achieve, So just perfect.

      Lees good news (that not bad): You do not always play i and m in alternation. Sometimes, you repeat finger by sliding it intro the lower string. It would be great to play always in alternantion for the precision, but... it doenst necesary means you can not slide. 

      Once you feel more secure with the exercise, and with alternation... I am 100% sure you are going to fly!!! 

      Keep working so good!

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    • Eduardo Inestal Thank you!

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  • Hi all, 

    I have been very busy recently with no time to post or record my practices. However I did practice daily with the following results:

    Rasgueado practice is progressing slowly but surely. I am getting better at getting my finger straight out and generating better percussion. Another few years and I should be able to play something right 😂. The good thing is that I am persistant.

     

    The scale practice is awesome. I am not very fast but it is helping me so much. As a conventional Acoustic guitar player, alternating between the  I and m fingers is not natural. This exercise is helping so much. I also tried alternating the m and a fingers. Great exercise that will be part of my daily warm up.

     

    I will try to post a recording later this week if I can spare the time.

    Thanks all for your posts and comments on your practices. They are very useful

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    • Andre Bernier looking foward to seeing your videos!!! Keep working hard :)

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

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