WEEK 3: El Canto de la Guitarra 🎶

Welcome to the Main Thread for the second week of our musical Journey to Spain!! This is the place to share submissions of the third week! 🔥


If you want to describe your process (optional), feel free to use the following template.

  • Things you found easy:
  • Things you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!
  • (Optional:) questions

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    • Olli
    • Mr. Pizza
    • Saitenzwirbler
    • 2 yrs ago
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    Capricho Árabe / Francisco Tárrega ( Take 31 🙄 - no editing at all 😋... )

    Dear Community - this is my first recording for this Challenge. This time, my goal was to practice on only a few pieces for a longer period of time and thankfully, the challenge will have another 4th week. I am really running out of time and not all pieces are already ready for recording...

    • Things you found easy:

           - Remembering the Piece and bringing it back to memorisation within three weeks

    • Things you found difficult:

            - Keeping the pulse while involving Rubatos,

            - playing in a good tempo while not losing musicality

            - Second Part (Bar 23): Holding F-Major-Chord while playing the Melodie with slurs,

            - Not to run out of Memory at all 😂 

     

    https://youtu.be/J6It8e1Fi-E

     

    • Olli I liked the video already, but did  not have time to reply. So,: Very well done. One of the top pieces of our repertoire. You have great control and play it beautifully! Gratuliere!

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      joosje Dear Joosje, thank you very much - I worked a lot at the piece - and it will take another month to grow under the fingers...

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Olli This was totally worth the wait! Gorgeous tone and excellently performed. I'm curious about your guitar. The headstock looks like it's a Hauser model, but with a cedar top. Cool funky background as well! 😎

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Steve Pederson you are right - Hermann Hauser 1947. This Replica was build for me in 2019 by Carl-Hermann-Schäfer (Nicolaus Wollf). It has original Landstorfer Machine Heads from that time which the luthier still had in his drawer - so they are yellowed over the years. The guitar has been varnished to darken it and look like a spruce top that is at least 100 years old. So it 99% looks and sounds like the original from 1947 🥰

      Now I only have to learn how to play the guitar in a correct way... 😂

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Olli that's so cool! I ordered a Herman Hauser model from Cordoba guitar company. They are currently working on building it. Last time I heard I should be expecting it around June of this year, but they keep pushing back the date for some reason, so who knows when I'll get it! 

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Steve Pederson wow - I will push my thumbs that you will get your guitar soon :o)

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Olli Beautiful Ollie, well played and beautiful sound.

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    • Olli very nicely played Olli....I used to play this beautifull melody years ago.... you invite me to return to it..thanks for sharing

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  • José Viñas - Capullos de Abril Op 40 No 2

    Here's another piece by Viñas. The title translates as April Buds. Right now, I would love for Spring to be here. We had a pretty bad ice and snow storm last night. It took me about twice as long to drive to work.

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      • Jack Stewart
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      • Jack_Stewart
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Nicely done Eric. It's nice to hear less well known works - it helps to fill out the range of music for each period 
      (yes, even the romantic period).

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips never heard of that piece - you played it very well and your guitar is sounding great !

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    • Eric Phillips great finding again Eric and your playing serves well this piece.

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    • Jack Stewart and Olli and Blaise Laflamme Thanks guys!

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Another nice one Eric.

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    • Eric Phillips nice Eric. It’s some film music it seems. So great how you build up the expectation from the Gmajor section back to the E minor, and then: this surprise major coda at the end……

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      • Steve Pederson
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      • Steve_Pederson
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips Fun! 

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje. I sprays appreciate your careful listening and observations.

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      • Emmanull
      • Emma
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips what a piece, so beautiful! and your interpretation is so good.

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    • Emma Thank you, Emma!

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  • José Ferrer – Minuet Op 12 No 8

    On to another great José of the Romantic era in Spain. José Ferrer (1835-1916) was a student of José Brocá. He taught in Paris for sixteen years, but later returned to his homeland, where he died.

    This piece is from a group of twelve minuets dedicated to Francisco Tárrega, Ferrer’s “esteemed friend”. The two halves of the piece starkly contrast with one another in character.

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      • Derek
      • Derek
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips This is a nice one Eric. Well played and the sound is really good. I've played a few Ferrer pieces in the past. I've been thinking of digging out for this challenge

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      • Olli
      • Mr. Pizza
      • Saitenzwirbler
      • 2 yrs ago
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      Eric Phillips wow - as alway, you played very good and your guitar is weeping sweet !

      How many recordings have you made for this challenge ? At least on per day ? This is so great and unbelievable. You told, you needed double time to arrive at school ? And nevertheless you did another great recording there 😉⏳

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    • Eric Phillips so beautiful , Eric. What a lovely piece. Nice and dramatic. Your legatos  in thirds and sixths in the B part are superb! And your tone is so all over consistent. Great playing.

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    • Derek Thanks, Derek. He has a lot of music to choose from. I’ll do at least one more by him tomorrow.

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    • Olli Thanks, Olli. My goal has been one piece per day. That’s why they’ve all been simpler pieces.

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