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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    • Roni Glasernull
    • Classical guitarist and composer
    • roniglaser
    • 3 yrs ago
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    • If from means where I grew, then England, but I haven't lived there for 15 years, and for the past 8 years I've been based in Berlin. Food? I like whatever innit.
    • I'm currently working on a few compositions for guitar, trying to compose them and learn to play them, also some arrangements of traditional songs in a style more suited to concert performance, and I've also been trying to learn Regondi's "Nocturne - Reverie" (after discovering it properly in Stephanie Jones' lesson!)
    • What am I hoping to get out of this community? I'd like to engage in all many of discussions about the guitar and composing for it, both technical and as deep, meaningful and insightful as music can be, but also some tips here and there for simple things too we all encounter.
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      • Roni Glasernull
      • Classical guitarist and composer
      • roniglaser
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Tarra Guerra Sounds about right, when you've got a reasonably interesting ±1 hour programme to keep polished, at least in the time leading up to performances.

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  • Thank you for the big welcome. You stated, "Try working slowly through the pieces, bar by bar until you really feel comfortable on all changes, RH patterns, LH fingerins etc... Are you finding the lesson on the Romanza helpful so far?"

    I didn't even think of searching tonebase for Romanza. Thanks.  I'll definitely study it by Thomas Viloteau and work through it as you recommended.

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      • igorTeam
      • Co-Founder
      • IGor.1
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Ricardo Leaños That's interesting.. is there a reason you haven't considered searching for it? Did you think it's too "easy" for this platform? :) Just curious... 

      In any case, in case you haven't found it yet, here's the link to the video . Enjoy! :) 

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    • igor I am glad you are curious. I am still in the Google search mode. I've looked for Romanza on YouTube only to fine it is not taught well. 

      I think Romanza on your platform is very good. Don't change a thing, yet.

       

      I had difficult time replying to you comments. What happens is that when I hit reply on my email, it takes me to the center of guitar community. It took me severals time to figure out how to reply. I am using a Safari. If this makes any difference.

      Once again, many thanks.

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  • Hello!

    My name is Filippos Polykarpou i am from Limassol, Cyprus. If you visit Cyprus you should definetely souvlakia and sheftalia in cypriot pita bread. I'm currently working on Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo and Fantasia on a Theme from La Traviata by Frascisco Tarrega. I hope to to share, learn and chat in a community with a lot of classical guitar performers and teachers.

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      • igorTeam
      • Co-Founder
      • IGor.1
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Filippos Polykarpou Welcome to this Forum!! Those are great pieces you're working on. Have you seen the Andrea De Vitis' lesson on the Fantasia on Traviata? I found extremely insightful... Andrea is such a great player... maybe it's relevant to you? 

      Please let me know how you like it! :)

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    • igor  I've seen it of course its one of my favourite lessons in the platform from one of my favourite guitarists

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    • Lela
    • Lela
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Hi Guitarists, I am originally from Seattle, WA but now live by the Olympic Mountains in WA.

    My favorite food is most foods "Italian" followed by strawberry shortcake with whipped cream! 

    I am a professional pianist and pipe organist but have taken on the classical guitar and am finding strings are certainly a far cry from keys!  I was trying to learn from the Christopher Parkening books but found I really need the personal touch whether in person or videos to show me how to execute what I'm trying to accomplish.  I have a huge library of classical guitarists via videos and am constantly awed and inspired by them.  So...I would like to be able to bounce thoughts off beginners like I am and continue to learn from those anywhere above my level.  

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    • Dominik
    • Dominik
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Hello everyone,

    My name is Dominik! I was born in Germany and I live here too. At the moment I live in Hannover, which is in the northeast. I am 37 years old and have been a passionate amateur for an eternity. I am currently practicing for the LRSM exam in May next year. This is a certificate from Great Britain that almost anyone can take. I really enjoy Tonebase - the new live events are a real enrichment!
    Have any of you ever taken the ABRSM exam? It would be a pleasure to exchange with you. I can really recommend it for amateurs - it gives you a chance to practice in a goal-oriented way and to present a program under stress. Here you can find information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABRSM

    Many greetings,
    Dominik

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      • Kari
      • Kari
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Dominik 

      Best wishes on your LRSM prep.  Sounds like an exciting goal to accomplish.  Happy PIMAing to the finish line!

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    • Varun
    • Varun
    • 3 yrs ago
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    1. Hi all, this is Varun from India. Favorite foods: Medium rare ribeye with mushroom sauce. Saffron srikhand for dessert

    2. Working on Jose Vinas’s reverie, as well as Romanza 

    3. Hoping to make some good musical relationships with fellow journeyers 

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  • Hi

    I'm in Sydney Australia.

    My favourite food changes depending on my mood - I'm currently in a Spanish mood and tapas with wine and appropriate music is heaven.

    I'm currently working on Un Dia Novembre and Cancion de Cuna as my short term projects as they are about my level and am also getting familiar with Tango En Skai (way above my ability but working on the skills required like triplet melody and eighth note bass, dynamics et cetera) but my biggest project and challenge is NAILS!!! I can't get all three nails even, one always breaks just when I get there.

     

    I thought I'd try Tonebase to learn some of my favourite pieces but I'm blown away by the live events (pity about time zones), workshops, interviews and the explanations on how to interpret pieces.  

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Mehmet Hi Mehmet! Good to see you on here. And so happy to hear you've been enjoying the live streams! I'm very proud of those, myself :D

      You are so right about the time zones - in the future, we hope to have a couple of tonebase "live stream ambassadors" around the world, so that we can create content that fits all time zones.

      We're not there yet, but we're working hard towards that goal! Thanks for joining even though the current ones might be at mostly inconvenient times for you! Hope to see you in those again.

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  • Ciao a tutti, scusate se scrivo in Italiano ma non parlo e ?L'inglese(cercherò di imparare un pò) vivo a Genova Italia e mi piace la Pasta.Non sono giovane ma suono da un pò di anni,il pezzo che ho registrato per ultimo è stato il Gran Vals di Tarrega, adesso studiando En los Trigales e Serenata Spagnola, non sono sodisfatto perché suono con molta tensione ed è per quello che mi sono iscritto con il Piano Annuale, tutti i consigli sono i benvenuti Grazie

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    • Giuseppe Hello everyone, sorry if I write in English but I don't speak e? English (I will try to learn some) I live in Genoa Italy and I like Pasta.I am not young but I have been playing for a few years, the piece I last recorded was the Gran Vals di Tarrega, now studying En los Trigales and Serenata Spagnola, I'm not satisfied because I play with a lot of tension and that's why I signed up with the Annual Plan, all advice is welcome

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 3 yrs ago
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      Giuseppe Gasparini ciao Giuseppe! Mi fa piacere sentire la tua registrazione qui! Ti potrei dare qualche consigli - saresti interessato a inviare questa registrazione per una delle nostre prossime "masterclasses" virtuali? Vogliamo iniziare una serie di live streaming con registrazioni dei nostri membri e questa sarebbe una possibilita per ottenere consigli da me. Se ti piace la idea, puoi inviare lo stesso video qui! (<- click)

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    • martinTeam
    • LIVE
    • martin.3
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Hey everbody, happy to be on the forum now as well!

    I am from Düsseldorf in Germany, though my roots are deep down in Bavaria, but through COVID I haven't had the chance to back for while. Düsseldorf has an incredible japanese community, which is why you can have amazing japanese food there!

     

    I try to be a jack of all trades for audio and music. I teach, I live stream for tonebase, I produce classical recordings (after my master's degree in Music I studied sound and video engineering) and do some audio stuff for a german broadcast station.

     

    I'll be looking forward to interact with you on all topics, especially in the LIVE forums where we opened up topics for the upcoming live streams! 

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    • @martinHI  Martin, Your live on the recording was very interesting,I hope live reverb and EQ in Reaper Thanks

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    • Ronjazz
    • Ronjazz
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Hi all, I am Ronjazz, from Boston, so seafood diet, no meat. I have been a professional guitarist for over 50 years, studied with Ghiglia, Hand, Artzt, LaGoya, John Williams, Paco Pena, taught and performed until focal dystonia hit in 2001, had to give up heavy classical repertoire, switch to plectrum, back to jazz and blues. Tonebase has been an inspiration to get my technique back, Thomas Viloteau to start with, but just found Sanek and his Sagreras studies, these I feel will help my dystonia more than anything else. Lots of excellent input on RH technique, especially the Russians (!), and always interested in composers' posts of view. Great site. It would be informative to include luthier name for each performance or lesson; some of the guitars here are other-worldly.

    • Eric Moen
    • Eric_Moen
    • 3 yrs ago
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    Hello. This is Eric Moen from Neola, IA.  Close to Omaha Nebraska which some of you may have heard of. Not sure we have any favorite foods from here. I seem to like all foods but Pizza is always good. And my wife makes a lot of great food!

     

    A long long time ago when I got out of the Navy, having been a guitar player from high school, I took classical guitar lessons from a old old gentleman in Mpls, MN.  He was originally from somewhere in South America and could play any thing  with strings. He started me on  the Sagreras Method. Told me not to worry. He could read Spanish.  After getting through about the third book I graduated from school, had a traveling job, wife and kids so my practice playing time was close to zero.  Now after retiring I have more time and am trying to rekindle my passion for playing.    AT the moment I am going through the Sagreras Books again and  some of my older music. Having a hard time getting into some kind of routine. What to do Scales , etudes, arpeggios etc Probably also need help with righthand technic.

     

    I consider myself a intermediate, whatever that is, and would like to see more of that type of learning. I am enjoying some of the online sessions even if they are past my expertise and ability. I seem to be able to gleam something out of all of them.  Thank you!

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  • Hi everyone

    • I'm from Colombia but I live in Taipei, Taiwan. So much great food to chose from but lets say lechona is one of my favorites. 😄
    • I'm currently working on small pieces,  getting "back in the saddle" of the classical guitar since last year. "Tango" by Tarrega and "La Danse des Naiades" by J. Ferrer.
    • Hoping to learn from this community of students and teachers and keep getting inspired (as I have for this last few months).

    Saludos!

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  • Hi all,

    • I'm from the Netherlands, rapidly approaching the dreaded 40 and currently living in Spijkenisse which is fairly close to better known cities such as Rotterdam, The Hague and Delft. We did make the world news with a rather unique incident concerning a metro and a whale 😄 Food-wise I'm quite internationally oriented. I like the typical Dutch classics such as Stamppot (mashed potatoes with brussel sprouts, kale, spinach or carrots and onion along with a (smoked) sausage and some gravy). But I also cook quite some French, Thai and Indian dishes. I quite like spicy dishes but the rest on the family doesn't always agree 😂 On overall I try to eat as much vegetarian/vegan as possible and it poses a nice challenge.
    • I'm currently working on the 11 Landslög pieces. Well more precisely the first four so far. I find the fourth one is quite challenging (but doable with enough patience). Other than that I've been working on the grade 1 & 2 (almost on 3) repertoire lessons, method books and technique books by Bradford Werner and browsing through the courses here at tonebase.
    • I've been playing guitar quite fanatically for almost 2 years now (first musical instrument actually) and think I'm on a early intermediate/intermediate level. I used to follow guitar lessons but found that the teacher was very unstructured (very talented though 🙂) so I switched over to the independent learning mode. Maybe I'll start looking for another teacher after the pandemic 🤔. I was drawn to tonebase via YouTube as I was watching Gulli Björnsson perform several Landslög pieces. So far practicing those has improved my overall technique by leaps and bounds. I really like the LIVE videos! They're are a great learning resource and everyone is just very enthusiastic. The lessons and courses are very high grade and it will take quite some time to absorb it all. But that's no problem as I'm not in a hurry. On overall I hope and expect to learn a whole lot about guitar playing from this community.

    So, cheers!

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  • Hi Everybody.  Hope you're doing well.  I treated myself to a lifetime Tonebase membership this weekend. :) I think this will be great motivation for me to improve.  I'm currently working on shorter etudes to rebuild my technique to where it was years ago when I was a more serious player.  These days I don't take it so seriously and I find myself enjoying it so much more (less stress and anxiety) Hope everyone has a great week!

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  • OH! as far as food well, that's a weakness of mine.  I try to eat healthy but I rarely succeed ;)  In the morning I like a basic breakfast of a smoothie with almond milk, yogurt and some fruit (banana and strawberry typically)

     

    I would say some of my favorite cuisine is Thai and Indian, although I do not get too adventurous.  I also love a good Korean bbq.  I'm getting hungry just  to think!

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  • Hello All.  I currently live in the Chicago, IL metro area, in the northwest suburban area. I studied classical guitar like many, but transitioned away from music for personal reasons.  I studied with Jason Vieaux and John Holmquist at the Cleveland Institute of Music for graduate school, and studied with Robert Guthrie at Southern Methodist University. I grew up along the border in El Paso, Texas. 

     

    Thanks to quarantine and working from home I've gotten back into playing regularly, almost daily, which has been great. After checking a few free lessons, I thought tonebase would be a great way to get some opinions and recall how to work through some technical issues as I've been getting my chops back up.  

     

    At the moment, I'm working through some of the Gerald Garcia Etudes and "Sin Rumbo" by Astor Piazzolla.  Now that I've joined tonebase, I may go back and re-learn some of the early Brouwer Etudes.  

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