READ ME FIRST: Rules & FAQ for the Sergio Assad Community Challenge!

Alright, everyone! Hello and welcome to our next tonebase Community Challenge and we couldn't be more excited! 😀🎉 Sergio Assad, one of the most accomplished guitar composers of our time gifted us with a wonderful set of exclusive compositions for tonebase! Together, we will explore his wonderful sketches in an inspiring tonebase Community Challenge💪


Three Weeks of New Music!

Get a head start with Sergio Assad's brand new tonebase release (←click)

Download the scores for Assad's 10 Sketches here (← click)

Watch the Kick-Off-Livestream on July 16th! 

WEEK ONE: Uncharted Territory!


The What:

  • We are going to explore new music composed by internationally acclaimed composer Sergio Assad!
  • We will discover a wonderful set of Sketches dedicated to the core movements of your left and right hand and the development of your musicianship!
  • 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!)

The When:

  • Kickoff Livestream on July 16th
  • Challenge Period: July 16th - August 6th
  • Watch Party: TBA on tonebase LIVE

The How:

  1. Start by choosing one of the Sketches and commit to practice it regularly! 

  2. After some practicing, go to our Updates thread and post about it using the template given in each thread!

  3. 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 Sketch!
  • Repeat steps 1-3 from above every update of the challenge.
  • There is no limit on long you can spend on each Sketch! Do whatever feels comfortable, as long as you keep practicing one of them every day.

The Why:

  • 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, audio or just text)
  • Because new music is wonderful and these pieces were written especially for us by none other than Sergio Assad!
  • 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 August 6th 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 July 16th?

Yes! Just make sure you keep practicing every day and updating us at least twice a week.

Do I have to go through all Sketches?

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 Sketch per week and can I choose with which one I'd like to start?

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 ;)

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  • 🚨Here it is: Sergio Assad's "10 Sketches" on tonebase!🚨

    Live now! Enjoy 10 brand new compositions from Sergio Assad composed specifically for tonebase! Each of these pieces focuses on a specific set of ideas, either musical, technical, or compositional. Throughout the series Sergio describes what he considers to be some of the building blocks of composing for the guitar. He discusses how to elaborate on ideas, and explore new sounds on the instrument, all while encouraging you to take this knowledge and apply it to your own composition. The 10 Sketches are progressive in difficulty, so no matter how advanced your playing is you'll be sure to find an exciting new piece to work on!

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  • 🚨🚨🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨🚨🚨

    We just got confirmation that Sergio Assad will take part in the Watch Party which is scheduled for the 5th of August! More information soon in the Live Calendar!

    SO EXCITING! 🥳🌟🖖

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  • Wow! This is very exciting. I read through the etudes and I kind of have an idea of where they are going but I think there is A LOT more to them then I am picking up on my own.  Is there more material coming that will explain them?

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      • MartinTeam
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      matt  YES! 🚀 There‘s a whole Progress Track  by Sergio Assad himself coming very soon, we hope to release it simultaneously to the Kick-Off-Livestream, I will put a link to that in here! 💪

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  • Once again, really looking forward to this!  Are there recordings available?

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    • Paul Kennedy discover how beautiful they are while reading through them... it's like reading a book and discover the story as you read... I'm so amazed by the quality of those compositions!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Yes!  I only had about 15 minutes when I downloaded them and I thought the same thing as I read through the first few

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      Paul Kennedy Blaise Laflamme We will release a full tonebase Progress Track on these on Friday, I will link them in this thread once it is published! 🚀

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  • Wonderful! Thank you.

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  • OK, I just read through all the Etudes.  They are beautiful and there is something in them for everyone regardless of performance level!  I liken them somewhat to Brouwer’s Etudes in that they are musically interesting and can be played as short performance pieces as well.  What I really like are the options for improvisation; a topic that generally scares me.  I see these as becoming part of the serious guitarist’s Etude repertoire.

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      Paul Kennedy You are absolutely right, those pieces are massive, I can even seen them being played in their entirety in a concert! I am happy that you are taking on this challenge, especially tackling those improvisational cells! Excited for your submissions! 💪🚀🌟

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  • This is the first challenge that I've participated in. Sounds like fun! Question - is this the thread where we post about our progress? Also, is there a specific hashtag we should use on Instagram if we want to post there as well? Thanks!

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      Steve Pederson Hi Steve! Great that you're on board and great that one of our most  exciting Challenges so far will be you're first one to take on!

      For every week, I will open up an Update Thread like this one: WEEK ONE: Uncharted Territory. This is the place where the magic will happen, for every week, a new Thread will be opened to have everything organized!

      For the #tonebasechallenge on Social Media and a chance to win a free year of tonebase, simply follow the rules in this thread here! 

      Great to have and awesomely excited for your submissions! 🖖🚀🎸

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  • I love these compositions and this challenge. They are beautiful and interesting, and a great summer challenge. 

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      Jenny Wonderful, glad to have you, we are excited for your progress updates!!!

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  • I would like to join in as well. Thank you.

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  • Cool, thanks, downloaded, how do Upload recordings?

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      • MartinTeam
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      • martin.3
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      Peter You have several possibilities! You can either upload your video to YouTube and share the link via the "Add Video" button in the "Reply" field or directly share a video via "Attach File" or drag&dropping into the text field of a  replay (the maximum file size is 50mb) 🥳

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  • I would like to see a composing challenge.

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      ken Hey Ken! We actually hosted a Composition Challenge with our very own and wonderful Ashley (Ash) Lucero a couple of months ago (you can access the livestreams and fantastic updates threads here), since then she is doing regular livestreams on various topics including composition, analysis. But maybe we can do something similar in the future, thank you for our input! 🥳

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  • Is there a new thread yet for week two?

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