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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    • Sage
    • Sage
    • 2 yrs ago
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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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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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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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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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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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    • Helana
    • Helana
    • 2 yrs ago
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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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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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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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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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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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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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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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    • Suellen
    • Suellen
    • 2 yrs ago
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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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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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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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      • Carlo Martins
      • A scientist with a passion for the study of proteins
      • Carlo_Martins
      • 9 mths ago
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      Suellen Hi Suellen, I have just posted my introduction here, and I am a fellow Brazilian too. A big fan of the food from your state.

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      • Suellen
      • Suellen
      • 8 mths ago
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      Carlo Martins Hi Carlo, the food of my state is really the best! It's great to have another brazilian fellow here in tonebase. 

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    • Karen Chuplis
    • One bar at a time
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    • 2 yrs ago
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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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  • * Hi, I'm from N. Canton, Ohio.  It seems Italian food is the favorite here but I'm partial to sushi.

    * I'm currently working on transitioning to classical guitar after over 45 years of playing jazz, pop, etc.  I'd rather be playing classical, I've just never had the time to devote to it before now.

    * I'm hoping for some direction on how to retrain my hands to the discipline of classical guitar.

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  • from singapore, chicken rice. currently working on my classical guitar sight-reading and also playing electric guitar. i like to interact with peers and have fun.

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    • Jan C Smith
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    • Jan_C_Smith
    • 1 yr ago
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    I live in the northern neck in Virginia. It’s between the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers on the Chesapeake.   There is some cultural access to Williamsburg and Richmond.

    I’m in tonebase to develop some discipline and skills.  I have a great interest in classical but always keep my eye on playing blues.   Right now I would be extraordinarily happy to play Sor, Giuliani, Carcassi and Sagreras. I’ve targeted my first year here to do that

     

    in disciplining myself I want to tighten up my daily practice regimen.  
     

    I am 76 years old and have spent too many years not doing the right things.   

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    • Maurengo
    • Maurengo
    • 1 yr ago
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    Hello, my name is Mauro, aka Maurengo. I’m originally from Brazil but I’ve been in Europe for the past 30 years, the last 20 of which in Dublin, Ireland. I came across tonebase through a friend ( Moyses Lopes ) and I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience. Hope to learn lots with so many talented musicians. 

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    • Maurengo Good to have you, Mauro! Any friend of Moyses is a friend of mine. Welcome!

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      • martin.3
      • 1 yr ago
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      Maurengo Hi Maurenga, we're happy to have you! Looking forward hearing from you in one of our many community activities here 💪Feel free to reach out to me via DM or [email protected] if you have any questions 👋

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  • Hello all,

    My name is Myron and I live in Gig Harbor, Washington. My favorite food is pork belly Korean tacos.

    i pick up the classical guitar in 2018 my first teacher was a flamenco player, so this sparked my fascination with Spanish music. I am a follower of Paola Hermosín on YouTube she is a performer and a arranger of different areas of classical and flamenco music. I am currently working on a Spanish arrangement of Gaspar Sanz Canaries by Paola Hermosín.

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  • Hi, my name is Wallie. I spent the first 17 years of my life in Southern Germany, and I am now one of those busy volunteering retirees, who is relatively new to music in general, and the guitar. 

    I am working on the Bach Bourree in Em and the Spanish Romance. It's slow going, but I am making progress, and that feels great.

    I LOVE the variety of topics, challenges and resources presented by this community, and look forward to staying inspired.

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    • Bart Versteeg
    • Civil law notary with a passion for music
    • Bart_Versteeg
    • 1 yr ago
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    Hello all,

    I am Bart Versteeg and live in the Netherlands. I played a lot when I was young, stopped when I was 35.  Now, 25 years later I did a restart. I have a great teacher (Yes, you Francesco Chávez!) and am on a intermediate level again. Struggling with La Catedral, Asturias, Bachs Lute Suite no. 2 , Pujols Verde Alma and Darragh ONeills Cocobolo.

    since 3 weeks I join a mandolin ensemble and orchestra.

    I received a lifetime membership as a farewell gift from a national society in which I was a board member.

     

    Musical greetings,

    Bart

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