Week 2: Technique Tango!

Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of "Etude Extravaganza" practice challenge! 

  1. Choose an etude from a composer that captures your interest. It could be a soothing Sor etude, a technical Giuliani masterpiece, a Carcassi finger exercise, a harmonically rich Brouwer composition, or a rhythmically challenging Villa-Lobos piece. You're encouraged to experiment with pieces from composers you're not accustomed to or push your boundaries with a technically demanding work. 🎼
  2. Commit to regular practice and share your journey with the community. Aim to practice daily and upload at least two videos per week to showcase your progress. This will not only aid in keeping you dedicated and motivated but also enables you to share your musical journey with our tonebase family. 🎥
  3. Share your favorite etude or recording that epitomizes the concept of "Etude Extravaganza." Your submission will serve as inspiration for others and construct a vibrant repertoire of potential pieces for fellow members to explore. 🎧

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  • Hello to all, I post another Carcassi study, Opus 60 Number 3....beauty melody.....i hope you like it...Greetings

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    • JUAN ALONSO  Well done Juan, Very lovely piece of music. Thanks for sharing

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  • Ernesto García de León – El Río Op 50 No 19 (June 18)

    Here is another one from García de León’s Twenty Studies that I started working on tonight. This one really focuses on slurs, so I also posted it in the two-week intensive on slurs as well.

    The score (attached) looks really difficult to read, but once I figured out the patterns, it wasn’t too bad. Executing the slurs, however, is another question. I particularly struggle (again) with the slurs from open string to higher frets up the neck. It’s so hard to make them sound good. I watched William Kanengiser’s video lesson on this a while back, but I want to watch it again after actually playing the piece.

    • Eric Phillips  Great Eric, well done. A lot of technical challenges in this one. Absolutely impressive when we realize you just started on this one👍

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  • García de León – Río Op 50 No 19 (June 19 update)

    Today, I watched the video lesson on this piece by William Kanengiser, and it was really helpful. I then practiced it slowly, paying close attention to the details of movement (see the first video below). Then, I picked the speed back up, which I found a lot easier after the slow practice (see the second video below).

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    • Eric Phillips Very nice, Eric.  Looks a good work out for the left hand.  

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    • Eric Phillips Great work again Eric. This is good to see the progress from low pace to normal pace. Definitively a great way to learn and practice a piece.

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