READ ME FIRST: Rules & FAQ for the Playing Transcriptions Challenge
Alright, everyone! Hello and welcome to the Playing Transcriptions Challenge Together, we will take a step outside the comfort zone of guitar composers and explore pieces that have been transcribed for the classical guitar!
I'll look forward to some wonderful interpretations of music by Granados, Albeniz, Bach, Scarlatti, maybe even Schubert, Beethoven and Chopin? Who knows, our community has an infinite capacity of digging out the most beautiful music and share it in our forums!
Some Tutorials to get you started!
- We are going to explore music outside the comfort zone of guitar compositions!
- We will discover how great guitar composers have transcribed music by the most influential composers of their time.
- The aim is to practice them every day and post progress updates!
- You choose how much time you will invest , but you commit to practicing them regularly.
- A watch party featuring your submissions will take part at the end (date below!)
- Jan 3rd: Kick-Off for the Playing Transcriptions Challenge with Manny!
- Jan 5th: Albéniz: Capricho Catalán with Manny
- Jan 7th: Dominic (our Piano Live host!!!) on Music by Granados and Albeniz
- Jan 26th: Watch Party for the Playing Transcriptions Challenge!
- Challenge start: Monday, January 3rd
- Watch party: Jan 26th
First you will explore the vast repertoire that has been transcribed for the classical guitar and decide, which pieces you would like to work on for the challenge!
After some Practicing, you go to the dedicated Weekly Updates Thread and post your progress in there!
If you are comfortable with it, add a video or audio of yourself performing it. This is optional, but it will allow you to share your progress with others!
I encourage you to post updates twice a week. No daily update expectation in this challenge! If you want to post daily though, feel free!
After you post an update:
- When you feel ready, move on to the next piece!
- There is no limit on long you can spend on each piece! Do whatever feels comfortable, as long as you keep practicing one of them every day.
- Because we want to challenge ourselves to practice every day
- Because learning together is more fun than learning alone
- Because we get to share our progress with others (whether video or just text)
- Because discovering great pieces is always inspiring!
- Because we want to meet our fellow tonebase community members
The Fun Part:
- At the end of our practice challenge, we will be hosting another Watch Party on tonebase LIVE! This will feature user submissions, community awards and shoutouts!
- This is planned for January 26th at 11 am Pacific (2 pm Eastern, 7 pm London, 8 pm CET)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Can I join the challenge if I wasn't there on January 3rd?
Yes! Just make sure you keep practicing every day and updating us at least twice a week.
Do I have to go through more than one piece?
Absolutely not. You are free to go as far as you wish!
I have a question, who do I ask?
Feel free to use this thread to ask any questions you might have about this challenge! If you would prefer to ask something in a more confidential setting, please use my email: [email protected]
Can I do more than one piece per week?
Absolutely! As always, this challenge is for you - do with it what you wish. As long as you 1) practice every day; 2) keep track of your progress; 3) share your progress with others - you are fully participating! Of course I won't be mad if this is too easy for you ;)
↓ Reply with other questions below ↓
Hi Martin. This may be a philosophical question but what is the difference between a transcription and an arrangement? Is there a fine line between how close a transcription is to the original piece and how far away an arrangement is from the original and are we allowed to include arrangements in this challenge. Looking forward to getting started (I have actually:-)). Thanks Derek
Martin this is a great challenge! Are we sticking to classical pieces or any transcriptions by guitarist for guitar? There are loads of Final Fantasy pieces transcribe for guitar that I love to try and in fact the first piece of music that Im planning to learn in the new year is a transcription of Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.