Spanish Music Mini Challenge
Hey fellow toneBuddies!!
We've got an exciting opportunity for all of you guitar aficionados out there! Introducing the Spain Mini Challenge, a celebration of Spanish guitar music that will have us exploring the rich and vibrant sounds of this beautiful country. Inspired by the upcoming recent cross stream by Magdalena Baczewska “A Journey into the world of Spanish Music”, we thought it would be amazing to show them how Spanish music should really sound like, played on the guitar!
We invite you to record and upload a video of yourself playing a piece of Spanish guitar music. Share your talent, passion, and skill as we come together to appreciate the diverse and captivating world of Spanish guitar.
How to participate:
Record a video of yourself performing a Spanish guitar piece. Upload your video to your preferred platform (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Share the link to your video in the comments section below. Feel free to add a brief description of the piece you chose and what makes it special to you.
Bonus Points: Share your favorite recording of an iconic Spanish piece of Music!
Interact and engage:
Don't forget to check out the performances of your fellow toneBuddies! Show your support by leaving comments, constructive feedback, and appreciation for their efforts. Let's encourage each other to explore and enjoy the richness of Spanish guitar music.
There's no specific prize for this challenge, but it's an opportunity to showcase your talent, receive feedback, and connect with fellow guitar enthusiasts who share a love for Spanish music. Who knows? You might even make some new friends along the way!
If you're not familiar with Spanish guitar music, don't worry! There are plenty of fantastic composers to discover, such as Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, and Joaquín Rodrigo. Listen to their works or performances by other guitarists to get inspired.
Ready, set, play!
We can't wait to see your incredible performances of Spanish guitar music. Let's show those pianists what Spanish music really sounds like when played on our beloved instrument!
Happy playing, everyone!
Angel Barrios - Tonadilla from Arroyos de la Alhambra
At first, I was tempted to submit some Sor, since he is Spanish and all. But that's probably not the spirit of this mini-challenge.
A while back, I remember hearing a YT video of this piece played by Pepe Romero. I had found the score, saved it to my laptop, but then never touched it. So, here is a VERY rough run-through after about 15 minutes of playing it (I won't call it practice).
Just for fun, I tried throwing in a few rest strokes (which I almost never use) and even a rasgueado (which I execute embarrassingly badly). This is definitely not my usual thing to play, but I'll give it a shot. I promise to practice it more before I post again!
Also another apology - I realized after listening back to the video that I accidentally repeated the whole thing three times, instead of twice like I was supposed to do. I guess I just got carried away. Feel free not to listen to all of it (or any of it for that matter).
Hi all. I am a little ashamed to share my domestic performance of Manuel de Fallas' Danza del Molinero but I dared to do it so that you could know a litle more about one of the greatest Spanish composers in the XX century. He mastered to combine the andalucian popular culture with the contemporary music, as Federico García Lorca, friend of him, did in poetry. Sorry in advance for any mitades. I hope you feel curious enough to look for any proffesional performance of Fallas' works.
Angel Barrios - Tonadilla from Arroyos de la Alhambra (April 29 update)
Here it is again after about one hour of practice this morning. I really feel like a fish out of water playing this. It's not super fast, but when there is such a strong, steady rhythm, I always feel very stressed while playing (I always liken it to trying to keep up with a moving train).
I learned a bit more about Angel Barrios. As David wrote above, his father, Antonio Barrios Tamayo (relative of Marco Tamayo?) was a flamenco guitarist. Antonio was a friend of Manuel de Falla, and Angel was a friend of Federico Garcia Lorca. What connections!