WEEK 2: La Guitarra Espanola! 🐂

Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of our musical Journey to Spain!! This is the place to share submissions of the second week! 🔥


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    • Steve Pederson
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    • Steve_Pederson
    • 2 yrs ago
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    A slow and majestic interpretation of the Gaspar Sanz piece "Pavanas". There were a few clams towards the beginning, but I felt this take was worth keeping, as I think there were some beautiful moments that I felt captured the essence of the piece. 

    I added quite a bit of reverb, as I thought that's how it would sound being played in a cathedral in Spain. 

    Gaspar Sanz was a composer, guitarist and priest that went to the University of Salamanca in Salamanca Spain. I found a picture of the Cathedral in Salamanca and looked at while rehearsing. It totally changed how I interpret the piece - giving more space at the end of the phrases for the sounds to reverberate throughout a cathedral. 

    A couple challenges I found with this piece - 

    • The trill in measure 2 is really difficult to pull off (literally) without hitting, and therefore muting, the open B string.
    • The intonation in the ascending C, D, E and F chords towards the end is really bad. After recording this I decided to leave out the doubled octave note, which doesn't seem necessary and is causing the problem. 
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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      joosje thank you!

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    • Steve Pederson Nice sound and well played, Steve. It's funny, I think Sanz might have the most videos so far in this challenge. I would not have guessed that when the challenge began.

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips thanks, yeah, I saw some right away the first week. It's like everyone had all this pent-up Sanz within them and finally had an outlet to express it! 😄

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      • Wainull
      • Wai_Ng
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Steve Pederson Really well played! Before joining this community challenge, I have never heard of Gaspar Sanz (In fact, I know only a few classical composers 😅). Now, after hearing many people playing his music in this challenge, I also want to play it myself. One of the best things about joining community challenges is exploring something new and finding new music to play. 

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    • Steve Pederson that was great Steve! This is exactly the piece I intended to play for last week submission... but I was missing out time... thanks for playing it! 👍

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Wai thanks! Well said. This challenge has introduced me to a lot of new stuff - and new ways of playing stuff I already know. 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme thanks so much! 

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Steve Pederson This is a very interesting piece. It seems more complex than most of what I know of Sanz, Nicely played. Thanks.

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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Steve Pederson wow, absolutely fantastic submission!!! 

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      • Olli
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      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Steve Pederson great playing Steve - I also love this song very much 😉

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      • Moyses Lopes
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      • Moses
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Great, Steve Pederson ! Great job, great choice, very nice played! Bravo!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jack Stewart thanks. You know, it's interesting, most of Sanz's work I'm familiar with is composed with repeated sections or repeated parts. This one doesn't have that. 🧐

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Martin Thanks!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Olli thanks! 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Moyses Lopes thank you!

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    • Steve Pederson beautifull sound and feelings...thanks!

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    • Jack Stewart
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    • Jack_Stewart
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Rodrigo En los Trigales

    Well, I almost got the initial recording in the first week. This needs a lot of work but I feel I am within the ballpark. The middle section is pretty shaky, as is the ending.......

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    • Jack Stewart That is great, Jack! It’s coming along very nicely so far!  I’m struck by how well you are executing the complex rhythms. That’s what I always find most difficult in pieces like this.

       By the way, I think you labeled this post incorrectly, as that was En Los Trigales.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric. I don't know if you saw Emmanuel's masterclass yesterday. I presented Da Falla's Homenaje - That set the standard for botched rhythm as well as botched everything else. But I am determined to get a handle on it.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric PhillipsThanks for the tip.  I just repaired the damage.  Both of these pieces are works I have wanted to play for a long time. They are really throwing for a loop but I am glad I am working on them now.

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      • martinTeam
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      • martin.3
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jack Stewart Yeah, fantastic to see your first submission for our month Spanish music exploration, and what a spirited entry with "En los Trigales"!

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jack Stewart wow Jack - what a wonderful piece - well played too 👍

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    • Jack Stewart Congrats for taking on this wonderful and challenging piece.  Very well done!

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      • Emma
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jack Stewart bravo Jack!!! hard piece!! and you play it with a lot of rhythm and energy!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Jack Stewart thanks for introducing me to this piece. I've never heard it before, and I think you did a really great job - especially considering how complex it seems. Way to go! 

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