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! 🎸

🌟 The Challenge: 🌟

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.

🏆 Reward: 🏆

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!

💡 Need inspiration? 💡

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! 🎉

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    • ericncharlotte Very nice! Your technique seems well-suited to this type of music. It's also good to have another Eric here!

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    • ericncharlotte That's really impressive and I love the music. Well done.

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    • Steve Price Thank you Steve!

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric!

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  • 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).

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      • David Krupka
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      Eric Phillips Interesting piece, Eric, and great repertoire choice for this particular challenge. (Like you, my first thought here was of Sor, but it's not so clear just what is 'Spanish' about his music.) I've heard of this composer but had no idea what his work was like. According to wikipedia, his father was a flamenco guitarist of some note, which no doubt explains the flavour of his music. Thanks for posting!

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    • David Krupka Thanks, David. It reminds me a little of Calatayud’s quasi-flamenco style. It would probably be a crowd pleaser (and I don’t mean that disrespectfully at all). It’s a lot of fun to play, and I imagine a real master of this style could improvise on it very effectively.

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    • Eric Phillips hi fellow Eric--what a beautiful piece of music! I really enjoyed this--thanks for posting!

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    • Eric Phillips I’d say you’ve got some Spanish soul there Eric!  What a fun piece and a convincing performance! 

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    • Santi
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    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.

    https://youtu.be/VXk8HbZz3E0

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    • Santi Really nice Santi. De Falla is wonderful and he's the only composer I can think of whose orchestral compositions work on guitar. 

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      Steve Price thank you! . You are absolutely right.  It is due to the atmosphere of flamenco which inspires many of his works.

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    • Santi that was great--such a dramatic, exciting piece of music! Well done!

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      ericncharlotte thank you very much! Glad that you like the piece. Do not miss the Orchestra version of the whole suite El Sombrero de Tres Picos. 

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    • Santi Good choice  Danza del Molinero its one of the most famous pieces from Manuel de Falla, a perfect choice for this Challenge.......Cool 

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      JUAN ALONSO thank you very much!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      Santi ¡muy buen trabajo! 

      This definitely made me interested to learn more about this piece, and that E flat9 chord was not lost on me! 

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  • 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!

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    • Eric Phillips Nice, Eric. I'm not familiar with this one but it really is a mixed bag of all things Spanish it seems. Very cool. 

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    • Eric Phillips thanks for sharing this discovery with us Eric, interesting... but how did you managed to record your future (May 29) version already! 🤣

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    • Blaise Laflamme Oops! My mistake. Just corrected it.

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    • Eric Phillips I would have liked to know how you do that, quite a skill! 💪

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      Eric Phillips Great piece Eric. I don't know how you found it, I've never heard of him. As usual, excellent performance.

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    • Derek Thank you, Derek. I first heard the piece a while back in a YT video with it being played by Pepe Romero. A google search got me the score, but I just started playing it now for this mini-challenge.

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