WEEK ONE: Uncharted Territory!

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of the Sergio Assad Community Challenge, starting to discover this wonderfully intriguing set of etudes! 


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  • Hello everyone! 🙂

    I decided to dive right in at Sketch IV. When I heard Martin say it was like Stairway to Heaven, I had to play it! Growing up, Jimmy Page was like a god to me.

    Things I found easy: Eating ice cream 🎉 (just kidding, I did not actually eat any)

    Things I found difficult: Taking care on some of the fingerings; damping open strings when necessary; I played around with the improvisation, but I found everything I did to be terribly boring or just weird sounding, so I decided to spare you all of listening to me do it. 😁

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo!!!👋

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Thank you, Giuseppe.

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      Eric Phillips Eric!!! Right on,  what a start! Thank you for your submission of Sketch No.4!!! Did you also get the Led Zeppelin Vibes with this one? 🤘 Looking forward to more of your submission, if you want to cover all of them during the Challenge Period, we'll need to cover approx. 3,3 per week 💪🕺🚀

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    • Martin Thanks, Martin. The chromatic descending bass line in A minor is a dead giveaway.

       I’m not sure if the later sketches are within my technical capabilities. I was thinking of maybe using this challenge to really focus on a few techniques posed by some of the sketches and maybe going for quality over quantity. Besides, I’ve heard Sergio Assad is not looking for a housekeeper like Tarrega was!

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      Eric Phillips Yes, it's so much fun to play! 🥳

      Very nice, keep us up to date, your submissions are always inspiring to see and hear! 🚀

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      Eric Phillips Eric that's beautiful - well done!

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    • Ron Thanks, Ron!

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      Eric Phillips Nice!

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    • Peter Thanks, Peter.

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    • Eric Phillips wow you were fast at posting your first one... and the fourth one... great start!

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo

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    • Vilio Celli Thank you, Vilio.

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  • Very nice Eric!

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    Hello everybody, I gave the first Sketch a try and - Spoiler alert - failed miserably in the 4th section of the 1st Sketch, but I'll continue working on that one!

    • Things you found easy: Shaping and phrasing the line as the Simple Notes can't hide their harmonic direction!
    • Things you found difficult: Adding the brazilian flavour the the 4th part and especially performing it! While the first 3 sections are repetitive and the way their patterns are built, the 4th really needs attention for fingering in order not to stumble! A wolf in sheep's clothing! 🐺
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    • Martin Really well done, Martin! Great shaping of the melody. Your musicianship shines through even on this simple melody.

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      Martin I agree with Eric - the phrasing is exquisite - thanks for sharing!

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      Ron Eric Phillips Thank you guys! Excited to dive deeper, especially into the last part of the first Sketch!

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      Martin Good!

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    • Martin Martin 

      I am having trouble with that one too. Nevertheless, I found this Assad’s short pieces amazing. Even if I am not able to play them well (working now on Etude 2) they are quite beautiful and appelative.

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    • Martin great to hear the music you're doing with simple lines :)

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      Martin Beautiful! Really nice work. Inspiring!

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      Steve Pederson thank you, I‘ll dig deeper from Sunday on, had a busy schedule but finally will explore more of these fantastic compositions and of course all of your submissions!

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      Blaise Laflamme thanks you!!! 🚀

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