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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  • Hi everyone! I'm Cliff from North Bay Ontario, Canada. My favourite food (yes, we spell favourite that way in Canada Eh!) is anything I make in my collection of cast iron dutch ovens over a fire pit or charcoal. Some of the dutch ovens I cook in are over 200 years old and the food tastes great!

     

    I am fairly new to classical guitar and I am currently working on my nerves! I seem to be scared to play in front of anyone or even a video camera! Weird, but I'm working on it.

     

    I'm looking for inspiration, guidance and the hope of playing well enough to entertain my Grand-Children.... well, that's the dream 🤣I hope to learn from this amazing collection of great players and one day, maybe give back to someone who is willing to take on the challenge of classical guitar. Cheers from Canada. 

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      Cliff Main Hi Cliff! Haha, my browser is always bullying me with a wiggly red line when I am writing favourite the way you do! Sounds damn tasty!

      The best thing to combat stage fright is to confront yourself in a welcoming situation! We regularly have these in our Live Interactive Classes, it's always great fun and great practice to perform in front of the other users (even if it's only a section of a piece)! Last time we had Khiem Nguyen  performing an Etude by Carcassi, we all had a blast! 

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    • Oriol
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    Hello everyone! Looking forward to learn the basics of classical guitar in here, I am expecting to get strong  basics and then learn mucho more on flamenco guitar. Completely new on guitar... =)

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    • Oriol Good to have you, Oriol! There are lots of good tutorials on the basics of both classical and flamenco styles. I envy you for starting at the beginning with Tonebase. I wish I had had such a good resource when I was starting out. Welcome!

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      Oriol Hi Oriol, fantastic! If you there is anything particular that you would like to see here in Community or Live, you can always reach out to me via [email protected] or suggest a topic in the Livestream Ideas!

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    Hi All,

    Starting my 2nd year at TB.  Really enjoying all the great content they are producing.

    I am a longtime player of electric who has always dabbled in fingerstyle and have made a hard pivot to classical/flamenco a few years ago.  I am a poor reader but intermediate level player with a lot of experience.      -Brooke, Sac CA

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      Brooke Hi there again! Was a pleasure to talk to you in our latest Virtual Hangout!

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    Hello from Prague...

    I'm from Czech Republic - country of very good beer but my favourite food is white and red wine. ;-)

    I am only a beginner with classic guitar because I played many years electric guitar and I was making hard rock music or metal music. Now I want to learn all about the classic guitar and I hope that TB will be my great tutor on this way.  I know that I'm going to enjoy it...

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    • Jiri Grau Welcome, Jiri! I am from the United States, but I did visit the Czech Republic many years ago (late 90s I think). I actually bought a lute in Prague on that trip (it was very cheap and not too good).

       In one week, we will have our next community challenge on a set of ten progressive studies by Nikita Koshkin, a Russian composer. Guitarists of all levels can join in, so it would be great to have you. Keep looking on the forum page and information should come out this week.

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    • Jiri Grau hello Jiri, and welcome to the TB community. I hope and trust you will find many inspiring moments. I am from Holland, but I spent four wonderful years in Prague and only recently moved back. The Check beer is great indeed. And the Moravian wine  too…

      enjoy Tonebase!

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      Jiri Grau Hi Jiri! Glad to have you here! Don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about Community or Live here at tonebase, you can always reach out to me via [email protected]!

      If you want to get an overview of planned livestreams, you can always take a look at the Live Calendar! And if you have suggestions for a new topic that you want us to cover in a livestream or a guided community activity, the Livestream Ideas is the place to go!

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    • Joy Rajan
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    Hi my name is Joy. I'm from B.C. Canada. My favourite food would be buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup. 
     

    I'm currently working through my RCM book (scales and arpeggios) along with a few pieces.
     

    I just kept seeing the Tonebase pop up here and there so I thought I would check it out. Been playing electric/acoustic guitar for years and just purchased my first classical guitar earlier this year and have not been able to put it down.

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  • Hello everyone.
    I am found Melbourne, Australia and my favourite food would have to be potato gnocchi, however my favourite Australian food is lamingtons.
    I am currently working on Sons de Carihoes by Pernambuco.
    I am hoping by joining the Tonebase community to improve my overall skill.
    Nice meeting you all.
    Thanks
    Adam

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      Adam Lanza Hi Adam! 

      Great to have you here in the community! Feel free to reach out to me via Martin if you have any specific questions! We have currently a Community Challenge on Nikita Koshkins Ten Progressive Studies running which you can check out here!

      If you wanna stay up to date with Livestreams, click here!

      And if you want to submit your own Livestream Ideas which you want us to cover, submit them here!

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    • Martin Hi,
      Thanks for the warm welcome.
      I will check out the community challenge now.
      Thanks

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    Hello every one, my name is Gerardo. Im from San Juan Argentina.

    Im having a blast going trought the whole site.

    I´m a guitar teacher at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan, for undergrade students and people majoring in music education,

    Been playing classical, rock, jazz and Argentinian Folklore Music.

    Nice to meet you.

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    Hi Everyone. Excited to get back into classical guitar after MANY years.

    • I'm from South Africa and my favorite food from here would have to be biltong.
    • I'm currently trying to get back into classical guitar. I last played classical actively in 2013 with my third year in the instrument during my music degree.. So a lot of catching up to do!
    • What I'm most hoping to get out of this community is direction. As it's been so many years I don't know where to even start! - So feel free to point me in any direction you think might be helpful ;)

      Thanks!
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      Nathan Hi Nathan, glad to have you here in our lovely community! If you'd like keep up to date with our livestreams, the Livestreams Calendar is your place to go! And if you feel that a certain topic is missing in our livestreams, you can always suggest a new topic in the Livestream Ideas Forum!
      Furthermore, we run regular Community Challenges, where users post and share their progress updates over the course of a couple of weeks! Our latest challenge is about to finish on Wednesday, but we'll be back with something very exciting next week!

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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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