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!) 
 

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  • Hello guys,

    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 :)

    Cheers,

    Kevin 

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      Kevin Mudd Hey Kevin, so glad to have you here! I can so relate to the feeling of having a new guitar and find myself always peeking for the next upgrade! I've been playing my Paco Marin now for over 10 years and still love it, but you know ... grass is always greener on the other side ;) 

      I looked up some livestreams that might be helpful to give you more structure in your practice sessions:

      Additionally, we send out a "This Week in Live and Community" newsletter once a week in order to keep you updated on the upcoming livestream and community activities where you can add the livestreams via the "Add to Calendar" button, but you can always hop into our Livestream Calendar to inform yourself about the livestreams for an upcoming week. This is also the place, where you can ask preemptive questions you want us to cover in a particular livestream!

      If you have an idea you want us to cover in a livestream, I invite you to share that idea in our Livestream Ideas, that's your fast lane to get the livestream you want!

      Furthermore, I invite you to open your very own Practice Diary and share your progress on a piece you are currently working on with us! We have already a lot of people participating and cheering for and motivate each other to continue practicing!

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      Martin thank you for the warm welcome, I will check your suggestions out. 

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  • Hi everybody,

     

    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 :)

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      Roberto Dell Hi Roberto! Glad to have here in our community! Pabellón criollo sounds absolutely delicious! 

      Feel free to share your progress with Carcassi and Lauro in our Practice Diary, we are always happy about new entries!

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  • Hi 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

    Warm regards,

    Srinath

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      Srinath Subrahmanyan Hi there and greetings to India! I remember very well my trip to the Guitar Festival of Kolkata!

      Check out our Live Calendar, we'd love to welcome you in our livestream which we do multiple times per week! Today we'll have Marina Krupkina talking about the ten string guitar!

      If you have an idea you want us to cover in a livestream, I invite you to share that idea in our "Livestream Ideas", that's your fast lane to get the livestream you want! https://guitar-community.tonebase.co/category/livestream-ideas

      Furthermore, I invite you to open your very own "Practice Diary" and share your progress on a piece you are currently working on with us! We have already a lot of people participating and cheering for and motivate each other to continue practicing! https://guitar-community.tonebase.co/category/your-practice-diary

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  • Thanks for the kind welcome Martin.  If you come again, please stop by Bangalore also :-)

    Your suggestions are very useful and I have started engaging with them.  Looking forward to a rich learning journey with tonebase.

    Warm regards,
    Srinath

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      Srinath Subrahmanyan Fantastic, looking forward to all of your input into our supportive community! ♥

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  • Greetings All,

     

        • 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.

     

    Cheers!

     

    Vin

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    • vin Hi Vin, welcome to Tonebase! I hope we'll have the chance to meet you across activities here... that'd be great if you want to share some of your work, can you tell us more about your 10 studies?

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thank you Blaise! I appreciate your welcome. Looking forward to learning here.

       

      The ten studies are appropriate for intermediate level players. I tried to write short pieces that were good for technique, but most importantly good for working on expressive playing. If you are interested in seeing an example, feel free to email me - [email protected].

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      Vin Downes Hi Vin, happy to have you here in the Community!

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    • Vin Downes just bought it... lets see how they are 👍

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    • Blaise Laflamme I hope you find them enjoyable. Let me know if you have any problems opening the file or if you have any questions. Thank you for your support. Cheers....

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    • Martin Thank you Martin!

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    • Vin Downes thanks for the fast delivery! we can definitely hear and feel the acoustic guitar influence in your pieces... for what I've sight read... cool stuff!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thank you. Lol...yes...I like combining both worlds. Thanks again.

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  • Hi all,

     

    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.

     

    Cheers

     

    Jay

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      weateallthepies Hi Jay! Oh, you gotta tell me your Sourdough Secrets, I am so envious of people of can make their own bred (my girlfriend tries occasionally, but let's not talk about that 🐶)

      I keep coming back to Lagrima back as well! With every iteration, there's a new layer that waits to be discovered! Currently, I am preparing that piece (along with Recuerdos to face my all-time Nemesis: Tremolo!) for our tonebase Community Concert, would be lovely if drop by! 

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      weateallthepies Hi Jay, I was just typing up my intro post when yours popped up, and I think we might almost be the same person so I'm just gonna jump in here.

       

      - I'm from Scotland and I was going to say whisky, too! But if it needs to be an actual food, then I'll go with cranachan, which is a traditional Scottish desert of oats, raspberries, cream and... whisky! (vegan cream for me though)

      - I'm very much an amateur and am trying to build a practice routine into my life, 12+ years after my teenage love affair with the classical guitar. I've been fiddling around with a couple of parts from Bach's lute suites (HARD but wonderful) and some from a book of Intermediate Baroque Guitar Solos. 

      - I wasn't going to post because I'm really far below the standard that most of the people here seem to be - but then I remembered that this is a community and all are welcome. So, hello! 

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    • màiri Hi Mairi, welcome to the community! There's no real 'standard' here - people play at a variety of levels, but we're all learning. (Some of us are re-learning - for myself, it's been more (much more) than a dozen years since that teenage love affair!) It's a friendly, supportive crowd here - I'm sure you'll fit in!

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      màiri Fantastic to have you here, welcome (in particular fellow whisky lovers, haha!)! I am super happy that you decided to post, because as David Krupka said, this community is not about having a certain standard, but to encourage and motivate each other to grow! 🚀 Happy to have you!

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    • màiri Hi. Yeah, whisky speaks to me. Got to make it up there again at some point and do a few distillery tours. Though I love the peat so I probably need to get to Islay.

      Good luck with the practising. Currently just trying my hardest to at least pick the guitar up everyday and do something, but I know I need some more structure.

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    • Martin love baking bread. Sourdough is actually a very relaxed process, takes all day or even two in terms of time, but very little actual effort. Like most things though, you just get a feel for it after experimenting, can tell when it's too wet or dry, or ready to bake and so on.

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      weateallthepies I will try that!

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  • 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.
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      Stennow Hi there and welcome!

      Those Danish dishes sound very interesting and right for the upcoming Christmas Season! We will do a Christmas Challenge where everyone gets to share Christmas Pieces that they love, may them be classical pieces or traditional piece from their country. And I know for a fact, that all countries north of Germany have ABSOLUTELY fantastic Christmas pieces, so I DO hope you'll be using the Community just a bit in the beginning ✨🥳

      I have a background in playing in a progressive metal band, I'm not sure which persona I am aiming for as a role model for my future children 🧙‍♂️

      Again, good to have you and I sincerely hope you find some inspiration in our community!

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  • 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!

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      David Schramm Hi David, glad to have you here! I feel your enthusiasm on food, there's just so much good stuff out there! 🐶

      I hope to hear your transcription one day, maybe you might want to share your practice session in our Practice Diary?

      Happy to have you here! I am quite positive I've heard one of your guitars already somewhere, but I can't remember who it was 🥳

      Let us know if you have any questions or comments or maybe suggestions for a livestream!

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    • Martin George Sakellariou plays my guitars, so maybe you heard him on YouTube. https://youtu.be/GquXpmgYQ6Y

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  • Hello, 

    I am from Central California and my favorite food is the Asada Quesadilla. I am currently working on Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach. I hope to learn as much as I can to be able to play my favorite songs. 

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      Noe Manriquez Hi Noe, so good to have you here! I just had a quesadilla the other night, but being based in Düsseldorf/Germany, I figure a Quesadilla in Central California is somewhat closer to the source! 😋

      I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this piece! I even started a practice diary on that piece, but David Russel's transcription is so hard! Feel free to open your own practice diary with the pieces that you want to learn and share your progress there! 🥳

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  • Hello!

    🐻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!

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      Huang Wei Hey there, so good to have you here!!! I do miss being in a place with fantastic sea food, I'm happy for you! 😋

      Let me know if you have any questions! Tomorrow we 'll start our Happy Holiday Challenge where we invite people to play music that they connect with the festive and celebratory spirit of the season. Furthermore, you can always open up your own Practice Diary, where you can share your progress on the pieces you love with others and invite them to listen to you! 🥳

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    • 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!
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  • 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!

     

    Cheers

     

    Hélène

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    • Hélène Beaulieu Welcome to Tonebase Hélène, I'm more than happy to meet someone from Quebec here! I hope you'll enjoy the activities and I can't wait to hear you!

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      Hélène Beaulieu Hi Hélène, so good to have you and excited about your participation in the Challenge, your 8-string guitar looks amazing and I look forward to listen to your recording that you shared!

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  • I wish. To cancel my recurring subscription.  Purely due to financial concerns unfortunately.

    Please assist

    Mr. Jeff Sieth

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  • Hi, Jesus from Spain.

     

    I’m very interesting on your learning platform, you have great teachers and tech resources.

    I will spend my practice through this year and my desire is improve my skills on classical guitar.

     

    greetings

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    • Jesús Mostajo Bienvenido, Jesus! Where are you from in Spain? I spent two months in Zaragoza, and traveled a bit around Spain about 25 years ago.

      Right now, we are in the middle of a challenge on the music of Spain. Check it out in the forums, and if you would like, you can join in. Let any of us know if you have questions, although Martin from the Tonebase team is the best one to ask.

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      Jesús Mostajo Holá Jesus, glad that you've joined! I've done a trip to Spain at the beginning of the year for some exciting new tonebase productions and I enjoyed every second of it!

      Let me know if you have any questions about tonebase LIVE and our Community! We are currently running our "Explore Music from Spain" month, we have a lot of people already sharing their love for Spanish music in there! We have a very welcoming and helpful community and love to listen to each other (not only in these challenges but also in interactive masterclasses and community concerts).

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      Eric Phillips Hi Eric, I'm from Madrid, Spain is little compare USA but there are so many things and sites to enjoy. It's my first time in Tonebase and I'm doing my first steps. I detect a great level. Thank you for your contact.

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  • Hello!

    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! 🎉
    Stefano

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    • Stefano Ciao, Stefano, e benvenuto. I live in the United States, but I lived in Italy (Roma) for five years back in the 1990s. I did visit Venice a few times. Are you anywhere near there?

      I want to taste both of those dishes you mentioned! I really miss the food in Italy. In Rome, there is a restaurant called "Filetti di Baccala" that I enjoyed a lot. My favorites, however, will always be the pastas, like Spaghetti alle Vongole, or Penne Carbonara. I always prefer simple dishes done well (which is actually similar to the guitar music I most enjoy).

      Right now, we are in the middle of the Spanish music challenge. It would be great if you could participate and send in some videos of your progress on those iconic pieces. You can read about it in the forum. Let any of us know if you have any questions, but Martin from the Tonebase team is the best one to ask.

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      Stefano Hi Stefano, very nice to have you here in our Community!

      Those two dishes sound absolutely amazing, I love Italian food so much!  I hope to be back in Italy this year, shortly before the pandemic hit I've done a trip to the Amalfi coast with absolutely stunning views and delicious food!

      As Eric Phillips mentioned, we are currently running our "Explore Music from Spain" month, it would be absolutely fantastic if you could join in the fun and share some music there! We have a very welcoming and helpful community and love to listen to each other (not only in these challenges but also in interactive masterclasses and community concerts).

      Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions around tonebase LIVE and Community!

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    • Martin 
      Yeah, now the warm weather is coming and the pandemic seems more under control, so I think it will be possible to travel again around Europe! I'm also missing that! Nice to hear you liked the food and the stay in Italy.
       

      Eric Phillips
      Great that you lived in Romefor a while. It is really a beautiful city, even though it is a bit complex and chatoich to live.

      I am from Trentino, which is right below the Tyrol part of Austria, in the middle of the alps.
      It is pretty close to Venice, but it is more of a mountains place than a seaside place.

      Thanks for suggesting "Exploring Music from Spain". I'll definitely try to participate!

      I don't have good equipment to record my playing on video, but I can try my best.
      Is there some sort of deadline or is it fine to submit for the whole month of February?

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      Stefano The Watch Party for the Spain-Challenge  is on March 4th, afterwards we will start another challenge! We are doing these every month, so that we can never stop practicing 🧙‍♂️🪓

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    • Ciao Stefano

      vivo a Rimini, lo possiamo considerare vicino al nord Italia?😄
      Ho visitato molte volte il Trentino Alto Adige, andavo a fare sci di fondo nella meravigliosa Alpe di Siusi, ho visitato Bolzano, Merano, Trento, Bressanone..posti incantevoli dove camminare attraverso splendidi paesaggi bere vino e mangiare piatti tipici squisiti.
      Suono per diletto da molti anni, trovo Tonebase un'ottima piattaforma per condividere
      la passione per la musica e in particolare per la chitarra.
      Contattami per la qualunque (come dicono gli amici siciliani)

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  • 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.

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    • Lon Gilbert Hi Lon - welcome to ToneBase from a fellow member. If you have problems with your nails, I suggest you trying playing as I do - without them! Here's a video describing this approach from Scottish guitarist/lutenist Rob MacKillop: 

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB_NBJbYJZo&t=1s

      As for big left hand stretches (which I also have trouble with) one possibility is to simply avoid repertoire that has too many of them! Yes that means not playing some pieces that I would otherwise love to (like the beautiful 'Choro da Saudade' by Barrios) but there is more than enough good repertoire out there that doesn't make unreasonable demands on the left hand. A small scale guitar might be a solution, but personally speaking, I have found this doesn't help much. (In fact, among my own guitars, the one I find easiest to manage has the longest scale length - go figure!) As far as I know, there are no discussions here about purchasing an instrument, but if you were to start one, I suspect you would elicit more than a few opinions!

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    • David Krupka Thanks for the reply David. I watched a lot of Rob MacKillop's videos on you tube - he's really an interesting guy. I've never heard of him before which surprises me because I used to be a folksinger and thought I knew everyone connected to folk music. I'll keep that in mind about the nail-less playing but for now I'll keep trying different shapes and see what happens.

      Interesting what you said about stretches/small hands and your long scale guitar. I guess I need to find a small scale guitar and see if it makes any difference for me. Not an east search in St. Louis but I know one place that might have one. Thanks for the info.

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  • My name is Sage. USA resident. Love seafood. Hoping to learn to express myself through strings.

    I'm currently working on holding my guitar without crying.

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      Sage Hi Sage, good to have you hear! Invite us into your daily struggles with the guitar by opening a practice diary here in the forum, we are a very warm and welcoming bunch of people who like to help! 

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  • 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. 

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      James Fowler Hi James, good to have you!!! Maybe you can get not only guitaristic but also culinary insights from all over the world in our awesome community! 🥗 

      We run monthly Community Challenges, you can open your own Practice Diary or take part in our Discussion of the week, there is plenty of stuff to do here! I'd be super excited to win you as a livestream viewer, we do this 3-5 times a week and you'll find all the upcoming streams for next weeks in our Live Calendar!

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  • 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.

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      Helana WELCOME!!! Glad to have you here! Let me know if we can be of any help for you! 

      We run monthly Community Challenges, you can open your own Practice Diary or take part in our Discussion of the week, there is plenty of stuff to do here! I'd be super excited to win you as a livestream viewer, we do this 3-5 times a week and you'll find all the upcoming streams for next weeks in our Live Calendar!

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  • Hi Igor any chance of bringing back the Tonebase podcast? I love listening to it on my dog walks

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      Vilio Celli I forwarded it, I enjoyed it as well! 🐕

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  • 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!

     

    Jason

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      Jason Park Hi Jason! That sounds absolutely delicious, haha! Would love to see you in our regular livestreams, we are hosting these multiple times per week! Let me know if you have any questions about the Community or the live events!

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  • I'm from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Favorite food, rice and beans and fried eggs.

    Working on Un dia de noviembre with Isaac Bustos and loving it!

    I hope to learn as much as possible about technique, interpretation and acquire a vast repertoire. I'm very confident and excited with tonebase.

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      Suellen Hi Suellen, I've never eaten Brazilian style rice dishes, that sounds super tasty!

      Isaac's class is great, we also invited him for an interactive masterclass and surely will bring him back! Looking forward to see you in one of our many community and live events!

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  • 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. 

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    • Karen Chuplis Welcome and thanks for sharing a bit of your musical journey with us. Like you, I've played for a long time (39 years I think?), but have been much more engaged since the pandemic. I LOVE the personal rules you listed at the end! Good not just for guitar, but for life. 

      I hope you'll be able to join in on some of the community challenges. This month, it's Latin American Music. I'm not sure what next month will be yet. For whatever reason, they appeal to me greatly, and I have learned and grown so much through them. You can read about them more from the community homepage.

      Now I gotta go look up what Runza is!

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    • Karen Chuplis Hi Karen, similar story here. On and off with guitar learning and during the pandemic I found so much joy and peace studying again. I learned over 10 pieces from Garoto, Inspiração was one of the first nad made me believe I could do this again after almost 20 years after the last time I read a music sheet. Hit me up if you have any doubts on that one :) 

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