WEEK 3: El Canto de la Guitarra 🎶

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  • Jose Vinas - Andante Sentimental Op 40

    From what I can tell, Jose Vinas (1823-1888; there should be a tilde over the n) was not only a guitarist, but also a pianist, violinist, and conductor. The name of this piece definitely describes its character.

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
      • David_Krupka
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips You're lucky! I'd love to have seen him. My parents had a couple of his recordings in their LP collection. Listening to him really cultivated my love of the guitar.

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    • David Krupka It was very special night for me. It was some time in the late 80s when I saw him play Aranjuez with the Rochester Philharmonic. I then bought a bunch of his recordings that are so great and I listened to them over and over again, alternating with Bream. Who would have thought then that he would retire so early from performing and recording?

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
      • David_Krupka
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips His early retirement from the stage (and studio) was certainly a surprise. Maybe an injury explains it? Or maybe he just didn't enjoy it. The life of an itinerant virtuoso probably isn't for everyone ... A pity for the guitar world, though. I understand Segovia regarded him as his true musical 'successor'.

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      • Emma
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      Eric Phillips another new piece for me!! Wow I am discovering so many!!! this one is beautiful

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    • Emma Thanks, Emma. I agree!

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  • Ok so here's another version of the Sanz's Pavana where I refined a bit the playing and the video to make it public on my channel.

     

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Wow!!! Blaise that was amazing and very beautiful. Your performance and interpretation were exquisite!! Bravo, Maestro.

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
      • David_Krupka
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Very fine playing, Blaise. The audio and video quality are incredible too! Definitely A++! May I ask, though, why you decided to use a capo here? I wouldn't have thought it necessary. Thanks.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Bravo!  All around great playing and video production.  

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    • Jack Stewart Thank you Jack!

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    • David Krupka Thanks David. In fact I was playing this piece to test out the sound and video for another piece I use a capo for, and I really enjoyed the feeling of playing it that way, nothing more. You're right, there's no need to use a capo for this piece.

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    • Dale Needles Thanks Dale!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Well, I loved your first recording of this, but this one is even better. You really lay out for us the beauty of the composition in your phrasing and dynamics. I particularly love the section from about 1:30 - 2:00. So beautiful! I also like your choice of repeating the opening phrase at the end.

      I know what you mean about the capo. Sometimes putting it on can give the music an entirely differently feel in the hands, and I enjoy that.

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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme It was so beautiful! Thanks to this community for introducing Gaspar Sanz's music to me, all of his music are really masterpieces 👍

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    • Blaise Laflamme that was just so beautiful, from the beginning to the end!  

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    • Eric Phillips thank you Eric, at least I was able to show you the beauty I see in this piece. Yeah you know right about the capo, hard to explain... you fell it as you do it.

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    • Wai Thank you Wai, Sanz's music is indeed beautiful.

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    • joosje Thank you Joosje!

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      • Olli
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      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme you made an amazing recording of the piece. May I ask, what Camera you use ?

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    • Olli Thank you Olli. In this video I'm using 2 cameras, the main POV is a Canon EOS M50 and the side POV is a Canon EOS SL3. Those are quite affordable and give you great results for the bucks, and they can do 4K but I still do HD for space and speed.

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme Blaise - great playing, great recording, great video. I shall watch it again!

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    • Blaise Laflamme I was just short of words. You give it a very personal interpretation, which I find really beautiful. And so well edited in every detail.

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    • Derek thank you Derek!

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    • joosje thank you Joosje, the most important to me is that you enjoyed it somehow. 🙏

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      • Lars Kjøller-Hansennull
      • Amateur with too little time and bingeplayer with sore arms and fingers
      • Lars_KjollerHansen
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Blaise Laflamme I only have to hear a bar or two of a recording to determine that it is an amateur doing his best, regrettably often myself, or a professional recording. This one belongs to the latter. High-end  recording sound, video, musicality, technique and confidence.👍🏻

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