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🎸🎶 Attention Classical Guitarists: Introducing the "Two Week Intensive" with Eduardo Inestal on "Interpretating Spanish Repertoire" 🎶🎸

Hola tonebuddies and fellow guitar aficionados!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for our community of classical guitarists: a "Two Week Intensive" course on "Interpreting Spanish Repertoire" with the world-renowned guitarist Eduardo Inestal!

This unique course is designed to provide in-depth insights into the heart and soul of Spanish guitar music. Throughout the two weeks, Eduardo will share his immense knowledge of Spanish idioms, techniques, and interpretation, enriching your playing and enabling you to truly understand and convey the passion behind this beautiful musical tradition.

During the course, participants will be immersed in the rich history and cultural context of Spanish guitar music, while receiving personalized guidance from Eduardo himself. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for classical guitarists looking to enhance their repertoire and expertise.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from a true guitar maestro. We can't wait to see you at the Two Week Intensive with Eduardo Inestal!

🎵 Happy plucking, amigos! 🎵

Details

  • Sign-Up: May 11th - May 14th in an extra thread!
  • Course Period: May 15th - May 26th
  • Optional check-In via Zoom: tba

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Assignments

In the assignment videos, you will:

  1. Discover the rich tapestry of Spanish music and journey through five centuries of its history, from the Spanish vihuela school to today's contemporary compositions.

  2. Immerse yourself in the passionate era of Spanish romanticism and nationalism, exploring the profound changes in music during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  3. Understand the profound influence of popular music and folklore on classical music. Dive into the works of great composers like Gaspar Sanz, Scarlatti, Aguado, Llobet, Falla, and more contemporary authors.

  4. Feel the rhythm and power of flamenco as you examine its influence on the classical guitar. Master the "rasgeado" technique through the music of Joaquín Turina, Joaquín Rodrigo, Ángel Barrios, and Regino Sáinz de la Maza.

  5. Identify and interpret the typical elements of Spanish music on the classical guitar, including recurring motives and the "Cadencia Andaluza". Discover how popular song has left its mark on these timeless pieces.

  6. Unleash the Spanish "fire" in your playing, embodying the unique character and spirit of Spanish music. Appreciate the importance of understanding the mentality of the people to truly capture the essence of their music.

This immersive course is designed to not only educate but also to inspire, as you delve deep into the soul of Spanish music and learn to interpret it on the classical guitar with authenticity and passion.

Assignment 1 - Introduction and Rasgueado

  • Watch Eduardo's Introduction about Spanish Music!
  • Learn about Eduardo's approach to Rasgueado (starts at 6:00)
  • Share a video with Eduardo's Rasgueado Exercices with the regular Rasgueado (ami) and with the additional index finger (ami i)
  • Find a piece where you can use that Rasgueado (the most famous piece for guitar for example ;). Also feel free to share great examples of Rasgueado!
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  • Hello Eduardo, and fellow community guitarists.

    My name is Joosje, I live in (Flemish ) Belgium (born Netherlands). The Flemish are said to have inspired the name flamenco, though it’s hard to believe that tale. But these low countries in the north have been Spanish territory for a long time in history. Also during the richest period of Spanish history and heyday of Spanish baroque music. 

    I followed Eduardo’s scale course, which was very useful.

    Thank you, Eduardo, for your first introduction and for showing this exercise. I like doing that rasgueado as part of the warming up.. I have 1 question. When I practice this, it’s okay in a slower or regular tempo. When I try to speed up, my a finger seems to hold back the whole movement. I fear the ringfinger just doesn’t have the strength to perform the action with enough power. It is so difficult (f.e. In the Sevillanas) to keep rhythm with good accents on the beat. Since my i finger is so much stronger, it’s hard to keep the a accentuating the beat. Maybe a matter of practice? Are there special exercises? I do practice separate finger rasgueado but a is still so soft compared to the i  and m.

    ok, the most famous guitar piece you are referring to must be Aranjuez. The rasgueado section is fascinating. 
    What about Tiento by Maurice Ohara? It has a few short rasgueado moments and a more complex one, moving your 3 fingers in an opposite direction rasgueado. I’m intrigued by the piece and would like to practice it. 

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    • joosje Hi Joosje, Nice to see you again!! You are right, we both were once the same country... we shared a lot of things in common.

      Regarding famous piece, you are right: I was talking about aranjuez. But in many places. Just the first bars of the 1st mov is rasgueado!! 

       

      Regarding your problem of balance, I will send you a short video with a very specific exercise for it. Coming Tomorrow morning (German time :)

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  • Here a short explanation on rasgueado!! hope you find it usefull!

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  • Hi all!! Here the new assignment: Check this video and I am looking foward to listening and watching you!!

    Cheers!!!

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  • Hi Eduardo. Thank you for the videos. It looks like I’m the only one in this group. Agree, it’s not very exiting to upload yourself doing this exercise. 
    however, I’m practicing , following your ‘instructions’. This is a first example. Looking for regularity rather than speed.

    I think I could ‘fake’ a pretty nice rasgueado, but I realise I don’t have good control. My a finger feels still much weaker. I’m experimenting a bit with hand position, (wrist higher/lower), fingers moving more/less perpendicular…

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    • joosje Hi Jossje, It looks great, and sounds great!!! I liked it very much how you can control it!

      Regarding weakness on your a finger, you have to think about one thing: is not about how strong you hit, but how fast! try to think about that an you will see!

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  • I thought I might as well share my starting on the week 2 exercise. Only the first few bars, before I find out the following chord progression (I don’t have the score). Looking forward to your advice and comments, so that I can take them into my practice .

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      That was not good... that was Awesome! Great job. it sounds as it should be. 

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    • Eduardo Inestal looking foward hearing the whole section!

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    • Eduardo Inestal ¡gracias! I’ll work on this. Great exercises. 

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    • Eduardo Inestal I’m practicing but because of my travelling to France I don’t know when I can make a recording. It will be before the end of the week I hope.

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    This is pretty new for me. Really heats up my forearm

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    • Nick Hi Nick! great job! it sounds clear and percussive. You are ready for increasing the speed. Try to use metronome in order to not lose control. You can also work it on groups. ami... pause... ami... pause... etc. so your arm will have a bit time to rest. 

      Definetly, if you feel any pain, abort the exercise, and wait. Pain should never be involve in playing. It means something is wrong or that we are over-using our muscles and tendons. 

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  • NEW ASSIGMENT!!! 

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  • And Here we go with new information. Take a look!!

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  • Hola Eduardo!

    sorry, our group is not so active. You’re giving us your time and attention. I am still travelling abroad and all the time  surrounded by my family and baby . I cook for them, we go walking, swimming. Lots of fun but not a good surrounding for recording (or real practicing) I can still play around a bit though, and I did give it a quick try for the Barrios theme. It’s a bit noisy and poor sound quality but you get the idea of what I’m doing . Thank you so much for your insights and for bringing this nice piece to our attention.

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    • joosje It is just perfect!! exactly what I meant: melody sounds louder, accompament is doing what has to do, for instance, the voice are very well balance!!! Just great job... Imagine if you would have time to practice!!! 

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