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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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    • Eduardo Inestal ¡Gracias! Will do!

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    • Emma
    • 10 mths ago
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    Thank you for the video! I will then prepare the exercises with metronome and the chords from el concierto de Aranjuez. The model with the three fingers rasgueado I can not make it work with the music (me sobran dedos …) so I am using less fingers.. not ready yet for a video. Gracias! 

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    • Emma You can try Aranjuez first only with m and i, and after that with all fingers. I will upload tomorrow a video of it!

      Looking foward to watching your videos!!

      Gracias a ti!

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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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  • https://youtu.be/6xIHBqzFsgU

     

    Rasgueado exercise with muted strings. 

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    • peter hancock Hi Peter! Thank you for uploading the video. It sounds very good. I will try to move the ring finger a bit faster and extend it a bit more, in order, when you play faster, to get a percusive and precise sound. Try to increase the tempo a bit, always with metronome and see how it goes.

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    • Eduardo Inestal  Thanks will do but it is going to take some time ro master. Great tips 

      Peter

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  • Hier the first video with rasgueado exercises and some examples of rasgueados in pieces.

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Thank you for sharing that!

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 10 mths ago
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      Nora Torres-Nagel bravo!!! And you play beautiful rasgueados in your piazzola too!!!

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      • Andre Bernier
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      • Andre_Bernier
      • 10 mths ago
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      Nora Torres-Nagel Good work Nora. You are playing very well. Thanks for sharing 

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Hola Nora!!

      It sounds amazing! great Job. You look very relax and that´s key. When you play it fast, there is no problem at all, but you mentioned that, if you try to play it slow it, you don´t feel as confidente. Maybe that is a good starting point to improve: we should be able to do it at any speed. Only then, we are in absolut control of the momevents. I am 100% sure you are oing to master it!

      The pieces you mentioned, is a very good example of rasgueado. Asturias is, for instance, a great practice piece. We have to say, that, this piece, despite is not written for guitar, the composer thought about one while writting it on the piano. 

      Villa-Lobos, has also a good example. This is not a spanish pieces, as you know, but the spanish guitar is international and its technique universal, for instance, it can count as an example! 

       

      I am soooo looking foward to linstening your Aranjuez!!!

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    • Andre Bernier
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    • 10 mths ago
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    Hello all,

    I did practice with a metronome (speed increasing progressively) a few times a day for the last 3 days and I can feel an improvement. I still have a lot of work before pretending it is getting good but let's celebrate every small success 🎉

     

    On this one metronome starting at 120 bpm and increasing up to 175. I was able to do fairly well up to 165 bpm but after that it was much more difficult.  

     

    I also tried to do some preliminary work on the Concerto de Aranjuez and I am struggling a bit.

    This is in the Key of D - then 2 sharps (C# and F#)

    This is a drop D tuning ( string 6 tuned down to D) this allow the low D later in the score.

    The first chord is a standard D

    Strings 6 & 5 not played

    String 4 played open for the base D

    String 3 played on the second fret for A

    String 2 played on the third fret for D

    String 1 played on the second fret for F#

    The score seems to indicate to use a bar (with the index) on the second fret to take care of the first and third string and use the second finger (major) to play the D on the second string.

    This is a bit of a weird way to play a D chord for an acoustic guitar player like me but I guess it works and puts us in a better position for the other chords.

    That D chord is played for the full first bar and on the first strum (out of a better word) of bar 2.

     

    Then there is a second chord

    Strings 6 & 5 not played

    String 4 played open for the base D

    String 3 played on the fret 4 for B (finger 3)

    String 2 played on the fret 5 for E (finger 4)

    String 1 played on the fret 3 for G

    When I try to play the chord like this it does not sound like when you play it.

    Do I get something wrong?

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    • Andre Bernier Hi Andre, 

       

      it Sounds terrific! very controlled. My piece of advise for you would be: try to extend all your fingers involve in the rasgueado when you it the strings. The key of it is the speed, not the strengh you hit the strings with. For instance, if you play fast, your fingers tend to extend themselfs. 

       

      Regarding Aranjuez, it is better if you send me a video, so I would be able to see if there is any problem whatsoever.... but it looks promising!

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  • My first ever attempt at this iconic concerto.  I was always stymied by the first measure--not to mention those that follow. Thanks for your help.  I now have a Music Minus 1 cd to play along with, eventually.  Such a beautiful piece!

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      Marilyn Blodget  Great Job Marilyn, It was very helpful to watch you playing as I could see that I am right with the chord changes. I just have to get used to it.

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    • Andre Bernier Thanks Andre.  Glad it helped.

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      • Emma
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      Marilyn Blodget very good!!! It is coming along very well!!! And the rasgueado is smooth , bravo! 

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    • Marilyn Blodget Thank you for sharing! You're way ahead of where I am! But I'm digging the tune! Your effort motivates me!

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    • Spare Machine Thanks.  It’s fun to learn new tricks!

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    • Emma Thanks Emma

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    • Marilyn Blodget Hi Marilyn. I pleaseure to listening to you! You did a terrific job. I liked it very much. There are a couple of things you can do to improve:

      1, Try to be very stable with the rythym. Metronome should help in order to keep it.

      2. try to play the rasgueados (here a nice trick) from the 3rd string (avoid starting from the bases). Is going to sound smother and rythmycally. 

      3. Do not move your wrist at all. Only the fingers make the movemente. That way you are going to be able to control it better. 

      Next step: a bit faster! looking foward to listening to you!

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    • Eduardo Inestal Thanks Eduardo!  I will work on your suggestions!

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    • Emma
    • 10 mths ago
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    Good morning! Still practicing, hope to have a video soon. One of the assignments was to look out for pieces with rasgueados. One that I can not play but has plenty of apparently very difficult rasgueados is Danza del Molinero de Manuel de Falla 

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    • Emma Looking foward to seeing you playing! 

      There are plenty of pieces, and the one you mention is great for that matter. I love it!! You can try it! why not? the best excuse to start with that piece is this 2 weeks intensive on spanish music! Te atreves?

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