"Easy Pieces" Mini Challenge

HELLO TONEBUDDIES! 🎶

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! 🎸

🌟 THE CHALLENGE: 🌟

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.

🏆 REWARD: 🏆

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!

💡 NEED INSPIRATION? 💡

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! 🎉

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  • Hi everyone!

    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.

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks, Eric! And yes, I am learning a lot with Redzic lessons, they are really great!

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    • Bruno Calixto you're doing great Bruno, as Eric said this opus is very interesting.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks, Blaise!

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  • This is one of my favorite "easy pieces". Simple Mambo, by Thierry Tisserand. 

     

    It is a fun piece, lively rhythm, uses all strings, right hand and left hand fingers. Great practice passing weight from 4th to 1st finger of left hand. A lot of opportunity to experiment with dynamics and color changes. 

     

    My video is followed by a professional tutorial.

     

    I am looking forward to the livestream. I think we all benefit from continued work on "easy pieces".

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    • Martha Kreipke That was great, Martha! I am not familiar with it at all. It's always good to find easier pieces (I won't call it easy) with an interesting, syncopated rhythm to it.

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    • Eric Phillips Eric - I love the compositions of Thierry Tisserand and have several books of his music. I especially like his blues music. Whenever I play in our local open mic sessions I always begin with a Tisserand selection as a warm-up.

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      Martha Kreipke that sounded really great! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Martha Kreipke Very lovely piece, Martha.  Thanks for sharing. 

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    • Martha Kreipke beautiful little piece Martha, I really enjoyed your performance and I like French composers music.

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    •  Thank you everyone for the kind comments. Once I started playing out of the Tisserand book I didn't want to stop. They are so much fun!

       

      Here is one more. 

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      Martha Kreipke This is a very nice piece, Martha , and you play it with great command. Thanks for sharing.

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      Martha Kreipke Another great piece, Martha. I have come across tis composer's name before but I am not actually familiar with his music. I will have to check him out. Thanks.

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  • Here is little study that Abel Carlevaro wrote for his students at the Music Conservatory in Montevideo in the late 1950s.  As you will hear, it gives us an early glimpse of Carlevaro musical tonal pallet.  It is relatively easy to play, but of course, as with most pieces, the beauty is in the details.

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    • Dale Needles Very beautiful, Dale!

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    • Dale Needles beautiful Dale, very interesting all those miniatures from Carlevaro.

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      Dale Needles This is a great little piece, Dale. It is definitely very Carlevero. He really packs a lot into 1.5 minutes. Great performance.

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    https://youtu.be/SezBBF_Zad0

     

    This etude by Fernando Sor was one of the first "real" pieces of music I learned at music school. My teacher-whom I liked very much-came from the former Yugoslavia and first made me play the school of Carcassi. After a good overdose of Carcassi, I was very happy when the first pieces of Sor and Mertz came...so I had a very classical education in the beginning. Before I learned classical guitar, I played pop and rock songs-without sheet music-, like probably most guitarists of my generation.

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    • Georg Beautiful, and one of my all-time favorite Sor studies. I just subscribed to your YouTube channel.

      I’m curious what guitar you are playing in this video.

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      • Georg
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      Eric Phillips Thank you very much for taking the time. The guitar is a Staufer replica made by Bernhard Kresse, Cologne. Wonderful instrument

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    • Georg Thanks for getting back to me. It is lovely! I am very envious. Please think of me next time you play it. 🙂

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    • Georg that was beautiful Georg, looking at your YT channel I hope you'll find time to post more from you in our activities! 👍

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      Georg This is very nice, Georg. I really like these etudes by Sor.

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      Jack Stewart Thank you very much! As I said in the video, it's one of the first pieces I learned on classical guitar and I still love it after more than fifty years.

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  • This easy piece is a simple arrangement I made of a summer song, Visa vid vindens ängar (Song by the meadows of the wind) by the Swedish singer/songwriter Mats Paulson. The original was released in 1966.

    https://youtu.be/JZYXsYcUd1E

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    • Håvard Tjøstheim That was beautiful, Havard! Thank you for sharing. Looking at your YouTube channel, I am guessing you are a mathematician?

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