Week 1: A Guitar has Six Strings, Right?
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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.
My first Challenge :) So I was planning on learning new repertoire anyway. Mostly Romantic era music since I ordered a romantic guitar (was thinking Mertz, Regondi, Coste, wasn't sure what exactly). So because of the Challenge, I decided on some Schubert-Mertz. Not sure yet how many pieces I will be able to work on, but I started Lob der Tränen Sunday. I made some progress on the first page (mostly the intro and first melody). Will try to record something tomorrow (actually, I tried to record yesterday, but it sounded awful )
Such a wonderful challenge, but I am having this problem making a choice: so much incredible music! most of my repertoire is original guitar (or lute). So, I have to discover some new. Granados and Albeniz are tempting….
This first attempt of a recording is from Bach’s violin sonata (1005). The transcription is in original key (3rd F major part from the C major sonata). It’s so hard to find the ideal tempo…
i tuned the 6th string to F and my 7th to C, mainly to enhance the harmonic resonance and the dominant bass in the the cadenza (hardly noticeable with my poor sound quality)… it’s perfectly possible to play this on 6 strings with normal E tuning. Still lots of work to be done, but it’s still the first week.
This is an awesome challenge man!
So many wonderful posts. I've been so lazy during the holidays that I didn't even practice anything. I always wanted to play Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence transcribed by Hirokazu Sato, Rhapsody of a theme of Paganini variations 18 and one of the Final Fantasy Song for the longest time but just couldn't work myself to it.
This comes at the right time to motivate myself to start it. I'll start working on
Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence. Hopefully I can get it done before Christmas. Not an easy piece to play for my current technical ability but if I never try it will always be beyond my ability.
I was hoping to beat Eric to the Scarlatti pieces! I started looking at this a day or so ago, it's one I used to play many years ago but haven't looked at it in a long while. Still a bit unsteady but another one I'll keep looking at. I'm also working on a couple of the Schubert /Mertz pieces among others so looks like it's going to be a busy month!