Welcome to tonebase!
Hey everyone - this is Igor from tonebase !
It's such a pleasure to welcome you as one of the founding members of the tonebase community. Please introduce yourself in a post below with the following format:
- Where are you from and what's your favorite food from there? ;)
- What are you currently working on?
- What are you hoping to get out of this community?
I'll go first:
- While it's hard to pinpoint where exactly I'm from, lol, I just go with Bavaria Germany, and as favorite food, I'd choose Beer (surprise, surprise - closely followed by "Schweinshaxe" - Bavarian Pork-knuckle, which is quite delicious, but sooo heavy that it feels weird calling it favorite food)
- Trying to keep my Aranjuez in the fingers, even though certainly don't have that much time to practice as during college days...
- I hope we can facilitate authentic and interesting discussions around playing, learning, teaching, performing the guitar as well as all adjacent topics like concert prep, professional development, auditioning etc...
Now over to you (after some participation from our tonebase team members!)
I live in Southern California and it shouldn't surprise anyone that my favorite food is tacos.
I've been playing classical guitar since college and been playing to myself the same tunes over and over again. Well I recently had an amazing guitar made for me by Alejandro Cervantes and I have been inspired to explore new horizons. Hence why I'm here. I am currently working on The Frog Galliard by John Dowland arranged by Scott Tennant.
What I'm most hoping to get out of this community is clarity and focus. At the moment, I'm so overwhelmed with all of the content on this site. I would really like to have a simple routine that I can do daily where it's not a total time buster but with consistent doable sessions I can improve my technique and song learning while at the same time build out my repertoire.
I am really teachable right now so any help would be most welcomed :)
My name is Roberto and I'm from Venezuela. My favorite food is the pabellón criollo, a dish with shredded beef, plantain, rice and black beans. My favorite drink would be chicha, but not the andean version, which is sour and fermented, but the sweet version which is almost dessert.
Currently I'm working on Carcassi's Etude No.1 Op.60 and on Antonio Lauro's El Negrito. I also practice Tai Chi and am fascinated by the similarities it and Classical Guitar. Marco Tamayo's essential principles bear stunning resemblance to treatises by Tai Chi masters.
I'm happy to be with Tonebase for the variety of authentic, verified and high-quality information available on performance of high-level classical guitar. (By high-level I don't mean necessarily hard or difficult; it can be easy and exquisite). I also like the community it fosters.
Best wishes to you all :)
I am Srinath frim Bangalore, India. But I do consider the bay area as a second home as I spent considerable time there, and that was the place where I got introduced to western classical guitar :-)
I love vegetarian fare from all over the world with a good pasta, a good thai yellow curry or a great Chille relleno taking preference. And from my region, for breakfast I love a masala dosa, which is a rice-lentl crepe with curried potato-onion as a stuffing served with a coconut chutney and mixed vegetable stew (sambar is the local term)
RIght now I am focussing on technique and building out a repertoire, as well as preparing for grade 6 ABRSM exams. Pieces include Sonata KP 34 by Scarlatti, Prelude in D minor by M. Ponce, Bouree by Ernst Gottleib Baron and Etude No 13 by Caracasi. Apart form this Bouree by Bach and Spanish Romance are also worked on.
Any advice from tonebase veterans and faculty on creating a good learning path for myself, would be very welcome. Feel free to write to me at [email protected] also.
Best wishes to all in their respective musical journeys. I am honored and excited to be part of this community
• I am from Bayonne, New Jersey, USA. Favorite food from the area...it would be a crime not to say pizza, but the carne enchilada tacos from El Aguilar Dorada are insanely good.
• I just finished writing a book of ten short "studies" for classical guitar. (My focus over the last ten years has been composing and performing original music for solo finger-style steel string guitar. I have been shifting my focus back to classical music/guitar this past year.) I also teach a full time high school classical guitar program here in town, which I began in 2012.
• I am hoping to find inspiration and motivation here as part of the Tonebase community, both as a player and composer. I believe the best way to do that is by communicating and collaborating with other artists. I am also looking to incorporate what I learn here into my school curriculum and classes.
New here and pretty much just trying it out. Very new to classical guitar though I have some experience with guitar but never really got beyond basic stuff.
From London in the UK though currently in a little UK village full of river walks and fields. If we are cheating with drink then my favourite food is single malt whisky, if it needs to be solid then my passion is bread, and I've spent a long time perfecting my sourdough bread. Though if it's cooking, I can't get enough of gumbo which isn't remotely from here but is amazing and I love cooking it
Currently working on pretty much anything I can. I guess I keep coming back to Lagrima currently which is about the level I can manage, not entirely happy but getting there. Otherwise need to work on learning to read music and learning the fretboard. Slightly concerned that maybe much f the content here is beyond me so will have to see.
Hi my name is René
- I'm from Denmark, and I really like koldskål and risalamande :p
- I've not been able to play the guitar for many years now, and even back then I always went the easy way, with rock, indie and blues. But lately I've been thinking more and more about learning some classical style guitar. I want to be able to practice more and be a good role model for my children. I played Asturias for my high school music exam, and I did almost finish a bachelor’s degree in musicology in Copenhagen. But never had time to practice my instrument. Now my biggest problem is coping with me being older and severely out of practice. And I have gain so much weight, that even holding the guitar correct, is a problem. I hope to work through it and gain musically confidence.
- I do not expect using the community much. But I hope to learn a lot from the courses, and to stay motivated.
I am really looking forward to practicing again.
Hello Tonebase Community,
I'm in Clovis, California (Central Valley). Too many food favorites, can't pick just one, but if I had to it would be cheesecake!
Working on the 6th Cello suite, JS Bach. My own transcription. Building myself a new guitar since I still play my first, and after building nearly 400 of them I thought it was time to upgrade. LOL
I miss the comradery of my classmates when I did my BM and MA degrees many years ago. Retired from teaching at the college level after 20 years there. Plus I see many of my former instructors from my college study years have lessons on Tonebase.
Wishing everyone a positive musical journey!
I am originally from China and now live in Singapore! My favourite local food is … seafood noodle - probably because it's taking the best flavours from Singapore and my hometown.
I am currently going back to my basics, training on my tone projection and other little performing habits.
I am looking forward to have fun with you all here, being part of the community means warm support, constant inspiration and place for me to give back! Which are precious to me because my connection to the music world has been only my teacher and few close friends.
Looking forward to hangout and create some fantastic music with you all!
- I'm from Massachusetts; the best food here is Vietnamese, IMHO -- particularly a good bahn mi sandwich. Sadly, there's only one Vietnamese restaurant in driving distance of me, so I have to settle for tomatoes from my garden as # 1 food, at least in summer.
- I'm working on Bianco Fiore and Carcassi's etudes #2 and #3, along with technical studies to help me make the transition from electric bass to classical guitar, with the help of my online teacher in Boston.
- I'm hoping to find out things I might not otherwise learn about, so it's hard to say. My goal is to find work as a solo guitarist after I retire from my full-time (non-musical) job. playing a variety of different styles in the resorts and tourist restaurants near me. Classical pieces would be on the setlists, but so would lots of Brazilian music, particularly Garoto's pieces which I love!
Hi! I'm from Quebec (Canada) and even though I should say my favorite food is Poutine, I guess I'll choose Apple Pie. I joined Tonebase a few months ago, and already watched a few video. But for the new year, I thought I should start to participate a little bit more actively with challenges and stuff. So I decided to work on some Mertz-Schubert for the Playing Transcriptions Challenge. Looking forward to meet new players!
Stefano from Italy here. I'm very happy to have just joined, I hope I'll find nice tutorials and explanations. I really like that there seem to be so many competent people playing guitar here!
- I have two favourite foods I must say: "parmigiana di melanzane" (typical of Sicily) and "baccalà alla vicentina" (typical of north-east Italy, where I come from). The first one is vegeterian, while the second uses cod fish in a special preparation. If you can you should try them, they are very good recipes in my opinion!
- I am currently taking the rust off from my past as a classical guitar student. In particular, I'm trying to improve my speed and musicality on "Recuerdos de la Alhambra" and am also learning "Asturias (Leyenda)" for the first time. I would like to play very often, but a full time job in ICT/Engineering takes up most of my time these days.
- I'm curious to see if there are other people nearby north Italy here, and of course to get to know other players from all over the world and share knowledge, support and share our love for music and for the amazing instrument that guitar is!
Wish everyone a nice day!
Hi folks! I'm new to tonebase (where were you 50 years ago when I was trying to learn classical guitar?) I've just finished reading a lot of the intros - everyone has an interesting story. Mine is, I live in St. Louis, Mo, I love Canadian Bacon Pizza and I'm drinking a gin and tonic as I type this. Ok, not terribly interesting. I'm in my 80's and I haven't played the guitar in about 28 years. I used to play folk music, blues, some jazz on electric and anything on electric bass. All the while I was trying to learn classical guitar. I ended up with a repertoire of about 10 or 15 pieces that I could get through but my technique was pretty crummy. I had two problems that slowed me down which I still have - nails breaking and the reaches on the guitar are sometimes impossible for me. I'm thinking I might need a small scale guitar. BTW are there any discussions on buying guitars? I could use some advice. Anyway I'm happy to have found tonebase (Thanks Alexandrea Whittingham) and I'm starting out really slow with reading music and beginner courses.
Hi Everyone, James here in the UK, just signed up. I've been playing for about 10 years, but really ramped things up 3 - 4 years ago. ABRSM grades left me feeling bruised and battered, so I new my technique was not solid. I want to go back and correct all of my self taught madness. My aim is to focus on playing well, not just because a piece of paper says I did, but because it really felt that way. As a self taught guitarist, I love having something like this as a hand-rail for me. I'm really excited about being here and look forward to the discussions. As for food, well I'm from the UK, so anything brown usually features.
Hi I'm Helana from the UK originally from Grimsby but now live in Horncastle, didn't move far. I live with my husband and my 7 month old daughter. My favourite food has to be fish and chips.
I've made a decision to learn the guitar this year hopefully tonebase will help. I know a bit already just need to practice more.
Hello community, this is Jason from Vancouver, BC, Canada. I love fried chicken, beef rendang, and laksa (and poutine as well!).
As I recently started playing guitar again after a 6-year break, I'm working on practicing nice and easy pieces I used to play - including Valse Francaise and Un dia de Noviember.
I'm looking forward to the recorded masterclasses and lessons that may boost my interest and passion for practicing certain pieces - I believe Tonebase will save my time and effort in finding helpful resources. I also see many events happening and would love to join them once I get used to Tonebase :)
Have a lovely weekend!
Hello I am Karen from Nebraska. I don’t think we really have a “from Here” food. I like far too much to pick a favorite anyway! I suppose our only regional food is a Runza. They are pretty good too.
I started playing around 9 y.o. When I asked for guitar lessons and thinking I would learn like how to play popular music, got Frederick Noad plopped in front of me. Playing a large guitar was always painful and so I didn’t practice as well as I should and I’d say my education was a bit uneven anyway but I played about 8 years and then college happened. It wasn’t touched much for around 7 years and there were no teachers (and no internet!) Then I moved somewhere I found a teacher. But he moved after just a couple years. Again I fell into non-playing. Plus I had two jobs quite a while that left no time.
Fast forward another 15 or so years and one day during the pandemic I thought “I’m a grown person who could buy a smaller more comfortable guitar”. Plus while there are no local teachers there is a ton of helpful resources on the internet. So I went and got a student 3/4 Cordoba that day to see if I liked the size. I did and ordered a Kenny Hill New World Player 615mm and sold the Cordoba to an 8 year old for cheap because no kid should have to put up with a full sized guitar. I have three guitars. The small scale NWP, a beautiful old concert Wallo and my childhood Yamaha the ubiquitous guitar of the 70s.
After 22 months of consistent playing now and starting what felt like scratch I can say I have returned to an intermediate level and with far better technique than previously. I actually enjoy practicing beyond words. It drives out all cares and worries for those blissful moments.
I’m working on Ojos Brujos by Brouwer and Inspiração by Garoto plus a lot of Maria Linnemann because it’s so preeetty.
I played in front of some friends for the first time at Easter and didn’t completely fall apart from nerves!
My personal rules for myself right now are play what I love and and is accessible. Go a measure at a time. Don’t freak out when you see barres. Practice in very small chunks of time (I have a tear in my left rotator cuff that has plagued me almost the whole time but has improved to the point I don’t *have* to have surgery quite yet).
I know. That’s a novel. Thanks for your patience if you actually read this far. Lol.