"Easy Pieces" Mini Challenge
We're excited to bring you a fresh mini challenge that aligns with our upcoming live stream featuring the renowned guitarist Stanley Yates! As he deciphers the notion of "easy" guitar pieces, we thought it'd be fun for our tonebuddies to join in on the exploration and challenge their own musical growth!
We invite you to record and upload a video of yourself performing a piece that you consider to be "easy" on the guitar. Discover the hidden depth within the simplicity and share how you're engaging with the piece in new and profound ways.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Record a video of yourself performing your chosen "easy" piece. Upload your video to your preferred platform (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Share the link to your video in the comments section below. Don't forget to include a brief description about your chosen piece and what insights you've gained from revisiting it.
Bonus Points: Share a link to a performance of your chosen piece by a renowned guitarist!
INTERACT AND ENGAGE:
This is a great chance to engage with your fellow tonebuddies! Show your support by leaving comments, offering constructive feedback, and expressing appreciation for their performances. Let's inspire each other to delve deeper into the music we thought we knew.
There isn't a physical prize, but the reward lies in your personal growth, the feedback you'll receive, and the connections you'll forge with other guitar enthusiasts. Who knows? You may even strike a chord with someone new!
If you're unsure about which piece to pick, don't worry! Tune into the upcoming livestream with Stanley Yates. His insights into the hidden depth within "easy" pieces will surely spark your imagination.
READY, SET, RE-DISCOVER!
We're eager to see your fresh interpretations of familiar tunes and hear about your new insights. Let's join together to explore the uncharted depths of the "easy" pieces we thought we knew!
HAPPY PRACTICING, TONEBUDDIES!
I love playing simpler music and working on the details. Here are a couple pieces I thought of when this mini-challenge was announced:
- Carulli - Andantino Op 241 No 5 So simple, but so beautiful. I have heard it played faster, but I like it on the slow side.
- Coste - Study 4 Opus 38 I'm not sure if this should be called "easy". I'd probably grade it as early intermediate. I think it is very charming, and underplayed.
Grade 1-3 pieces are getting a but easier for this novice adult student of the guitar. Would it be appropriate for me to participate despite the fact that my “easy” is embarrassingly low compared to those I see posting more regularly here on TB? I am excited about the S. Yates presentation coming up ; I have recently engaged with his method books on a recommendation from a fellow TobeBaser. Thank you.
For some reason, I felt like playing some lute music tonight. I figured that it would be a good idea to post a few pieces here, since my very limited abilities on the lute leave me with no other option than playing “easy” pieces. I apologize ahead of time for the occasional “twangy-ness” of my playing, especially on the open first string.
- Hans Judenkunig – Christ ist erstanden This piece has just two voices in perfect rhythmic unison.
- Anonymous – Untitled from the Jane Pickering Lute Book A simple but beautiful melody, supported only by a few bass notes.
- Hans Newsidler – Preambel This one is a little more complex, but still very playable. Newsidler wrote a lot of nice beginner pieces. This has such great polyphony, somewhat like Francesco da Milano's fantasias. (Note: Two of Newsidler’s sons were also lutenists and composers, and their music was generally much more difficult to play than their father’s music.)
Hello fellow guitarists ;)
Some time ago I recorded "Bella Ciao", an Italian popular theme that I decided to personally arrange in this short version.
Given that the term "easy" is decidedly subjective, in fact this piece is not so in some respects, however I think it is "easy" in terms of memorization, technique and melodic leadability.
A musical hug to all of you :)
I have been studying some easy Fernando Sor etudes available here on Tonebase. I did want to join a community challenge earlier with these pieces, but with life and work and family happening I ended up missing the Sor mini-challenge and the etude challenge. So I figured out it would be nice to join this one.
Here is Op. 60, etude n. 9. I believe it is the easiest Sor piece here on Tonebase - it is ranked level 2. Still need to work on dynamics and make the last part of B section sound more natural. I´m also working on Op 60, n. 14, but haven´t recorded yet. Will share it here soon.