Week 2: Delving into Diverse Styles

Welcome to the "Around the World in 80 Strings Challenge"! This month, we'll embark on a global musical journey, exploring classical guitar compositions from various countries. The only rule: Don’t play a composer from your home country. Let’s make this a truly international experience!

🗓️ CHALLENGE TIMELINE

  • Challenge Start: Kick-Off on May 15th
  • Duration: May 15th - June 24th
  • Watch Party: June 24th

🎼 ACTIVITIES

  1. Choose Your Piece: Select a new piece of music to work on. Share your choice in the thread below and inspire your fellow musicians!
  2. Video Submission: Submit a video of your practice this week. Highlight your favorite passage from the piece that showcases the origin of this piece!

🎸 GET INVOLVED

Let’s kick things off with enthusiasm! Share your progress, encourage others, and explore new musical horizons together. Can’t wait to see what everyone chooses!

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  • Leila-Leila (arr. Afshar)

    Here is an update on this piece. This time, I have recorded the entire piece, including the part with harmonics at the end. I had to cheat in a couple places by taking out the middle voice. I cannot find a workable way of simultaneously playing an artificial harmonic on the first string, a bass note on the fifth or sixth string, and a middle voice on the third string. Watching others do it in YT videos, it looks like they are plucking the middle voice with the RH middle finger, but I just cannot seem to make that happen, even very slowly. So as a result, I just don’t play that middle voice in those spots. I hope it doesn’t detract too much from the music.

    On another (and very sad) note, I just found out today that Lily Afshar died last October. She was only 63 years old, and died of cancer. I obviously did not follow her career closely, but now that I am playing these arrangements by her, I feel a little more in touch with her musically. I have also learned a little bit more about her amazing career. Apparently, she was the first woman in the entire world to receive a doctorate in guitar performance. I'm honored to be playing something she created.

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    • Eric Phillips Beautiful Eric. Great performance 👍

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    • Eric Phillips beautifully played, Eric. It’s such a sad melody. A true hommage you bring to Lily Afshar playing this so nicely. Thank you.. 

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      Eric Phillips Really beautiful performance and touching tribute to Lily Afshar. I was not familiar with her until this challenge. Great job, Eric, and thanks for sharing this.

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      Eric Phillips A beautiful piece Eric. You play it very well. Wonderful

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  • Getting a weeks late start on this one. I think I'll choose a Modern Englishman for my  piece. I have rotated Gardame las Vacas into my rotation, but I see some else is doing it. So I'll try the Prelude from the 'English Suite' Opus 31 by John Duarte. No way can I do the whole suite. Always loved this piece. Hope I can do it justice.    

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    Ravel Trois Beaux Oiseaux du Paradis Guitar Transcription

    I think I finally have a final version. I just need to play thru it to see if it is playable. I can, mostly, play it now. I just have a couple of changes that I need to confirm and hopefully post a rough draft tomorrow.

    I just wanted to show I have actually been working on this. BTW, these are just the versions that I printed out. There are probably at least twice as many on my computer that never made it to the printer.

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    • Jack Stewart that sure looks impressive and promising. Can’t wait to hear you play the result of this ….

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