Interactive Masterclass with Emmanuel Sowicz

This is a special day. It’s all about your playing! Are you looking for guidance on that piece you’re been beavering away at? Take this opportunity and sign up for one of our few slots to perform in this interactive class. The lessons will have an approximate duration of 15 minutes each and will not be recorded. Sign up below and submit your score in the forum. First come, first served!

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  • Hi Emmanuel. Can I sign up for this? I'd like to play Fernando Sor Opus 11 no 6. Thanks Derek 

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    • Derek sounds great! I've put your name down for one of the slots. See you in a few weeks! Emmanuel

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    • Emmanuel Hi Emmanuel. Sorry it's a little late but here is a copy of my score. It's the Schott GA Segovia edition. Best wishes Derek

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  • Hi Emmanuel I would like to play Prelude n.1 of Villalobos which I am preparing for the concert of end of January. Is there time for me? Thanks. Nora

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel  There certainly is! One of the slots is reserved for you. See you there! Emmanuel

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  • Hi Emmanuel , I would really love to join. But on Jan 13th, at 8PM CET, it is 2:00am in my time. I would most likely not be able to play the guitar at 2am.  So this time is not possible. I hope I can have a chance in one of your furture interactive master classes. I was wanting to play the Se Ela Perguntar by Dilermando Reis. Happy New Year!

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    • Hi Khiem Nguyen , sorry to hear you can't join but that's completely understandable! Glad you've been working on Reis' Se Ela Perguntar. It's a beautiful piece! I hope I might get to hear it on another occasion. Until then, hope you have a Happy New Year!

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    • Hi Emmanuel , thank you a lot for your nice wishes. Yes, Se Ela Perguntar is a beautiful piece very well composed by Reis. Thank you for your encouragement! ^_^

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    • Emmanuel i have a request.  Had aso mentioned this to Martin and Mircea  .

      Tonebase is now truly international, which means timezones become very critical for reach.  CET and US time zones may be hard for South and southeast asia, APAC in general.  We tend to miss these lovely sessions, especially live.  My humble request is to have sessions conducive to our timezone.  For example I was with Classical Guitar Shed(CGS) and they would organize two separate open mikes, one centered around US time zone and one centered around Asia.  Could Tonebase make this a priority this year.  Thank you.

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      Srinath Subrahmanyan Thank you, we will start to experiment with different times to accomodate for different timezones, definitely on our To-Do-List for 2022!

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  • Hi Emmanuel,

    Will you have time for me to play Granada by Albeniz for this Masterclass?  I believe you know this piece very well, as I've seen some beautiful excerpts you've done.  I would greatly appreciate your guidance to help me improve and polish performance on this wonderful piece.  Thanks, Barney

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    • Barney it is really beautiful Barney! I am also working in Granada! It would be also very helpfull for me to hear you!

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    • Barney absolutely! And thank you – it's been a little while since I studied it properly, but I'll make sure to give it a proper look for our session. It is a gorgeous piece. Looking forward to it! Emmanuel

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel feel free to post (or ask during the session if I forget) if you happen to have any specific questions about the piece. We might be able to address it while working on it with Barney:)

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    • Emmanuel Thanks for including me.  Hope I can do it justice live(stage freight, distractions, etc, haha).  There are several versions out there.  I generally use the Segovia edition.  Not sure which one you play.

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    • Barney I have Manuel Barrueco's at hand. If you happen to have the Segovia edition in digital format and are able to post it here, that might come in handy. No worries if not. Looking forward to it!

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    • Emmanuel Sorry, I don't have the Segovia edition in digital format.

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    • Barney No problem. Managed to find it!

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    • Emmanuel Great, thanks!!

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    • @Emmanuel Barney Barney great Emmanuel. I have added the scanned pages of the score of David Russell that is the one I am working on. Just for you both (Barney and you) if you want to look something at. In the bar 21 the cord with G flat as the melody  a forth with point ( I do not know in english we say "negra con puntillo" ). I brake the duration of that G  after "2 " times duration (sorry !!!!) to be able to reach in tempo the first 8TH of the next bar. As alternative I could sacrify the G falt of the 4th string in the fist accord doing directly in position VII a small "ceja"? with  3,2,1 strings and D flat, G flat (melody) and B respectively with D in 4th string free in that way the G flat melodic will stay all the length of the bar (the 3 times duration let' say). I hope you understand what I mean. I don`t know how Segovia wrote this bar or phrase. Also will be interesting for me to look how you Barney play the bars 31 through 39. I do like DR says with that difficult stretching between the fingers 3 and 4  of LH. Also interesting for me the melodies of bars 64-66 and 72-73.  Anyway the main points are those of Barney but I share with you the passages that I am dealing with specially the LH. For me will be very interesting to see all through the piece. Thanks a lot.

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Hi Nora.  Thank you for posting the DR pages!  For measure 21, I like DR's version better than Segovia's because the "G" melody note on second string will ring for that full measure, with nice accompaniment.  Segovia version plays an open G major chord (3rd fret)with some harmonics afterwards and then jump to 7th fret for remainder of the phrase.  I may switch to the DR version for this passage.

      In measures 31 through 39, DR's version has a beautiful harmony and sound.  However, it is quite challenging to play.  Segovia using single notes "followed by" the chord harmony, so very easy to play and still sounds good, but not as nice as DR.

      I'm sure Emmanuel will have great advice for us and help sort out the best choices to consider.

      I look forward to this session, and happy that Nora also is interested in this wonderful piece.

      Many years ago, my father loved this piece and often listened to it played by various guitarists, including Segovia, but also Alicia de Larrocha.  I wasn't able to play it while he was still alive.

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    • Barney but now you play it Barney! play it for him! I use to play some music for my mother (she is not longer alive ...) that she liked it ....it is a very deep feeling....maybe like Pepe Romero with his  "Serenata española"...the power of the music!!!

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel Thank you Nora!  I will do that, and hope he is listening...

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  • I would love to play Se Ela Perguntar if there is a slot available. Thank you. 

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    • Bill Young sure thing! Looking forward to hearing your performance of this piece on your beautiful Kobs. See you there. Happy New Year! Emmanuel

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  • I started working on Sor”s opus 5, Andante Largo. If there’s a chance, I’d be happy to join.

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    • joosje I think we'll just about manage to fit this one in! If you're able to post a score here, that would be super useful. Looking forward to seeing you there! Emmanuel

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    • Emmanuel thanks. Would be great. Here you can find the score. #5 andante largo.

      https://boijefiles.musikverket.se/Boije_0460.pdf

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    • joosje That's great, thank you!

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    • joosje I keep your score Joosje. I am returning to Sor more and more through Eric music already and your Andante touched me very much!!! But, it is not "easy"...in the score is writing " Petites pieces très faciles" !!! voilà !

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    • Nora Torres-Nagel indeed, no idea how it ended up under this description, but it’s a wonderful piece, with so many details to encourage more precise phrasing and articulation. Emmanuel gave some very useful hints to find best fingerings for that, and to make it even more expressive within the style of the period.

      Btw, Listen to Ida Presti play this piece!

      https://youtu.be/0aS3XzIn1nk

      or Anne Haasch on a romantic guitar

      https://youtu.be/oyzzpVyj14s

      They are very different in approach but both inspired me in making my own choices.

      Nora, enjoy this piece and take a dive into the many scores here :

      https://musikverket.se/musikochteaterbiblioteket/ladda-ner-noter/boijes-samling/

      it’s in Swedish but you just choose the letter T for Tarrega, M for Mertz etc.

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    • joosje One of my all-time favorite pieces, Joosje! I hope you record and post it some time, maybe in the practice diary?

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    • joosje thanks a lot Joosje! this is a great link!!!

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  • Have been hoping to see one of these. Would like to play Carulli's Romanze from op21 no3, if there's time.

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    • Roddy Hi there! I think we may be reaching the available time we'll have on the day, but I think we should be able to have a look at this together:) Carulli has some beautiful music! Please do post here if you have a score. That would be really useful. See you soon, Emmanuel

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      @Emmanuel Here we go. It's in the Trinity Grade 6 syllabus 2015-2019, and there's a recording here. If there's time that's great, if not I'm happy to wait. 

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  • Hi Emanuel, I would like to play the prelude from Bach’s BWV 998. If you have any space left that would be awesome. 

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    • Giovanni Hi Giovanni! We may be running out of time, but you'll be first on the list if we manage to get through all 6 previous participants in good time:) Best wishes, Emmanuel

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  • Hi Manny! Hope you're doing great 👍 is there a slot left for me playing Milonga by Jorge Cardoso?

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    • Daniel Beltrán  Hi Daniel! Would love to if we have time, but with 7 participants who signed up before I can't promise we'll make it (though I'll try my best!). All best! Manny

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  • Hello Manny,  

    if slots are still available, I would like to give Brouwer’s Estudio no. 6 a go.

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    • Paul Kennedy Hi Paul, I would love to go through some Brouwer together though I'm afraid we may have reached our time availability for the day (standby performers included). If anything happens and we go through everything in record time, or anyone else is unable to come, we'll make sure to have a go at it. Otherwise, I'll make sure to schedule another one of these sometime soon:) All best wishes, Manny

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    • Emmanuel no worries, thank you Manny

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  • If there is still availability I would like to get your feedback of the Gavotte I and II I learned with your tutorial. 

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    • Emma Hi Emma, I would so love to hear your performance of this! As I mentioned to Paul, we may have already reached our limit for this livestream but please do make sure to sign-up for a next one. I'll try my best to schedule one soon! In the meanwhile, do drop me an email if you have any specific questions or difficulties (or if you'd like to share a performance of it!). Happy New Year and best of luck with the Bach! Emmanuel

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  • Hi Everyone!

    Thank you all for your enthusiasm to participate! I'm really looking forward to seeing you there:) I think we've reached our available slots, in the following order:

    1 Derek: Study, op. 11, no. 6 by Sor

    2 Nora Torres-Nagel: Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos

    3 Barney: Granada by Albéniz

    4 Bill Young: Se Ela Perguntar by Dilermando Reis

    5 Joosje: Andante Largo, op. 5 by Sor

    6 Roddy: Romanze, op. 21, no. 3 by Carulli

    (7 Giovanni: Prelude from BWV 998 by Bach)

    (8 Daniel Beltrán: Milonga by Jorge Cardoso)

    (9 Paul Kennedy: Estudio 6 by Leo Brouwer)

    (10 Emma: Gavottes I & II from BWV 1012 by Bach)

    We will make sure to have at least 6 participants perform and will move on to the following if time permits. I will aim to keep each lesson at around 10-15 mins, so don't feel you must play the pieces in full unless you'd like to:)

    To clarify, these lessons will happen over Zoom and will be seen by other attendees. Please expect to perform the pieces live (this is not a video submission event). However, the lessons will not be recorded or livestreamed to the tonebase website.

    Very much looking forward to hearing all your performances!!

    Very best wishes for the New Year, Emmanuel

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      Emmanuel Oooh, live. That's scarier.😂

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    • Roddy haha... too late now, you're name is on the list 😃🔥

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  • Too late in the night for me in Bangalore, India :-(

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