"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!
Molino – Romanza
I am having one of those days when I can’t seem to play any of the pieces I am working on. That’s when I really like to break out something simple, that does not take too much effort to make sound reasonably good. Typically, I’d turn to Sor. But for some reason, today I was led to this piece by Francesco Molino, whose music I have no memory of ever having played before. It has a simple, beautiful melody, supported by a few bass notes and arpeggios. Just what I needed today!
Tarrega Prelude no 1
A bit late to the party. I had some challenge when I played it last time and when this piece played by Rafeal Aguirre came up in my play list, I thought to play it. I was surprise I can play it without much difficulty.
Not easy by any stretch to play well but also not difficult to learn.
Tarrega Prelude no 5
Was going through this after I did the Prelude no 1. While there are no major technical challenge to play it but after listening my own recording, there are so many spots where I could have held a note longer to make it connected or play it a bit slower. But I guess that’s the lesson of this challenge, that there are no simple pieces at all.
Sor op. 6.8
I continue to work on how to bring out the contrapuntal qualities of this etude. This version has some interesting ideas, the articulations in the bass in some segments and trying to bring out the middle voice with dynamics. Unfortunately the playing is a bit rough and I was never able to resolve that, even after many recordings. Oh well, (sigh). I wanted to try to post something for this mini challenge.
I am also including a bit featuring my wife presenting my birthday present during one of my many attempts.