Week 1: A Guitar has Six Strings, Right?
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I am reviving a valse by Chopin, op. 69.2, that I worked on a while back but never got it to performance level. This is the first section (of 3).
Chopin can be a bit quirky and he slightly varies his repeats which can be difficult to keep track of. His use of chromaticism is challenging - especially after Bach and Sor. They both can be chromatic but I am more familiar with their harmonic logic.
Hello to all! I am entering the challenge with Cadiz by Isaac Albeniz. I tried this piece a couple of years ago and found it was too big for me so I dropped it. Now, I feel confident to give it a go! Though as it is a large piece, it may be the only one I enter . Also, because I have Ballet by Ponce to prepare … starting strong 2022!!!!!
My first challenge, but feel like getting involved in this one as I want to learn a new piece anyway... Looking through my music I have Henry Purcell - Four Pieces, edited by Bream. I've picked Rondo, the second of the four pieces to have a go at... As I understand it, originally a harpsichord piece, and transcribed by Bream in 1970...
I thought about practicing "Asturias-Leyenda" of Isaac Albeniz. I never played music written by Albeniz. It is so hard to read and play. Thinking about this fact, now I remember my first classical guitar teacher - it was at my age of 26 ...
He asked me, why I want to learn classical guitar - and I remember me saying "When I can play Sevilla, then my goal is reached :o) ..."
But Sevilla, I think, is very difficult ?!
I will start with Lexus-Commercial-Manuel-Barrueco Piece
A video will follow - but at the moment I just can play the first bars - not worth to record anything...
Schubert Adieu (trans Tarrega) Update Jan 4
I practiced this piece a bit more, and here is a new video. I tried to make the melody come out more clearly above the accompaniment. I also tried to play it more expressively.
BTW, without thinking, I permanently deleted my previous recording of this from YT, so that video is no longer available.