WEEK 4: Fernando Sor for Everyone!!

WELCOME TO THE MAIN THREAD FOR THE LAST WEEK OF "Ferndando Sor" PRACTICE CHALLENGE! 

  1. Select a mesmerizing piece from Fernando Sor! Whether it be a delicate Sor etude, a powerful solo work , or a little miniature, the repertoire is in your hands 🎼
  2. Dedicate yourself to consistent practice and share your musical evolution with our community. Aim for daily practice sessions and upload a minimum of two videos each week to document your progress. This will not only fuel your dedication but will also allow us to partake in your musical expedition within our tonebase family!
  3. Contribute your most cherished performance or recording that resonates with the "Sor Guitar Soiree." Your contribution will not only motivate but also help curate a diverse anthology of pieces for our members to discover and enjoy.. 🎧

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  • Last minute submission. Not sure if this one's better than previous ones. Learning the guitar is not always a linear progression for me. Sometimes it's one step ahead, one step back. Still lots to work on- chord shifts, more relaxation and less pressure on LH fingers, tone, colour etc.

    Thank you everyone here in the forum who're incredibly kind and generous with comments, advice and encouragement. After all, it's because of all of us that we're here,🙂🙏👏

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    • Andre Bernier Thank you Andre.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Nijwm Bwiswmuthiary Nijwm, your tone and phrasing are beautiful in the performance. However, I think I would be careful not to add a pause at the end of each phrase unless notated in the score. For example, you add a break at the end of measure 8 which is not notated. This breaks the flow of the music. I think a slight ritardando there would be enough to separate the end of the phrase from the next.

      however, your performance is quite beautiful. Great job.

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    • Nijwm Bwiswmuthiary Bravo Nijwm, great improvement over your last submission! 💪

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thank you Blaise.

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    • Jack Stewart Thank you, Jack.  Regarding the pauses, yeah, I need to be more careful. Adding ritardando is a great piece of advice. I'm still new to reading scores and I rely on YouTube recordings of pieces to get some guidance. I might have subconsciously internalised the pauses incorrectly. I'll continue to work on this piece.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      Nijwm Bwiswmuthiary You are doing great on this piece. I also listen to a lot of YT recordings for interpretation ideas.  I think it is a great resource. But I need to go back to the score for review, something I am not very good at doing.

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  • Andante Op 60 No 13

    I know I said that yesterday would be my last post for the challenge, but I heard a recording yesterday that inspired me. It’s by Marcello Fantoni, playing two very different Sor studies. He plays them both at the absolute highest level, and he is playing them on a beautiful 1820 Lacote guitar. Just outstanding!

    I just don’t have the technique that Marcello and Jack Stewart have to pull off Op 31 No 20, but I can manage Op 60 No 13. So, here is my new last post of this challenge! 😊

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    • Eric Phillips Beautiful!  I really enjoyed your phrasing!

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    • Eric Phillips  Beautiful Eric. Bravo 👍

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      Eric Phillips Another beautiful and sensitive performance, Eric.

      BTW that is very unfair to Marcello to mention my name in the same sentence as his. He clocks in about twice as fast as mine while maintaining amazing articulation and phrasing.

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    • Jack Stewart Yes, Marcello's performance is ridiculously virtuosic, but yours was very good too, and far better than I have ever been able to play this.

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  • I wasn't able to get a final video up in time for the watch party, but had some time last week to put one together.  Thanks to the Fernando Sor challenege, I have rediscovered this charming piece and will keep polishing it to enhance performances of it in the future. Thank you tonebase friends for the encouragement along the way and the amazing number of performances included in this challenge forum. 

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    • Rick Lord This is outstanding in every respect, Rick! As always, your performance is not only technically strong, but so very musical. The quality of your sound and video production is as good as anything I have ever heard and seen in this genre.

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    • Rick Lord totally agree with Eric Phillips this is an amazing rendition coupled with an amazing production, bravo! 👌💪

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    • Eric Phillips thanks so much Eric.  Most of the credit has to go to our beloved Fernando for writing such a perfect guitaristic piece.  If I were starting over again, I would spend more time learning Sor's music because it gives so much room for learning how to play expressively.  You have been an inspiration in that regard!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks very much Blaise.  As I said to Eric, Sor offers so much to explore on the guitar (let's face it, he was a genius). You and Eric have inspired to learn more Sor in the future. 🌟

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    • Rick Lord you're so right Rick, Sor has a lot to offer and your interpretations, as well as those of Eric, of his music inspire us to learn more of him!!

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    • Rick Lord Just Bravo. Great performance and incredible recording with many cameras and microphones. Thanks for sharing. Better late than never. Keep this recording for next year Sor Challenge. 👍

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    • Rick Lord As a side note Rick, the title in your video thumb says Op 35 No 5 instead of Op 45, but in the video it's right.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks for that good catch!  Just edited the thumbnail - hope it now appears correct.

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    • Andre Bernier Many thanks Andre. The world of video/recording is a vast ocean, but I am enjoying the learning curve.  Yes, Sor is sure to return to the TB Challenge!

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    • Rick Lord thumbnail is perfect now! 👍

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      Rick Lord Bravo Rick.  Your playing of the piece sounded great.  I enjoyed it very much, along with the outstanding video production.

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