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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    • Derek
    • Derek
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    Here's my first attempt for this challenge. A Habanera by the 20th Century Majorcan guitarist Bartolome Calatayud.  I think I'm in Cala Bona, Majorca :-)

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    • Derek Very good performance Derek, you capture very well the Habanera rhythm......Apart from Flamenco flavored ones, there are many other styles in the Spanish music, like your Habanera.....Cool

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      • Derek
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      JUAN ALONSO Thank you Juan

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      • Derek
      • Derek
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      Eric Phillips you're still a youngster to me Eric :-)

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      • Steve Pederson
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      Derek Fun performance Derek! I really enjoyed listening to this. Love the background too! 

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      • Derek
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      Steve Pederson Thanks Steve

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  • Angel Barrios - Tonadilla (Apr 30 update)

    Today, I pushed the speed up a bit. I also changed a few of the chord voicings, which I think help the flow of the music. I hope Angel would not disapprove!

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      • Derek
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      Eric Phillips I hesitate to say it keeps getting better Eric as the earlier recordings were very good anyway but I'm still enjoying listening to it. I need to find a little square somewhere with palm trees and a glass of Rioja and your recording - bliss!!

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    • Derek Thanks, Derek. I do enjoy Rioja! Around here, most people drink Californian or Italian wines, so I like to give people Rioja just to be a little different.

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      Eric Phillips  Wow!  This sounds great Eric!  Love it.  Nice flow, tone, and melody legato.  Even a few nice thumb strums/rasgueados and some Apoyando.  I really enjoyed it.  thanks!!

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    • Barney Thanks, Barney!

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      • Steve Pederson
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      Eric Phillips Dude! You're out of control! Stop playing so much music! 😄 

      Seriously, though, this is great! 

      And, Derek I just bought my first bottle of Rioja this past Saturday. Though it's not as good as Eric's playing - still...awesome stuff! 🍷😎

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      • Derek
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      Steve Pederson The Rioja and the sunny square are optional extras Steve - Eric's playing is the essential!

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  • Hi fellow guitar lovers! Here is another piece I've been learning-Guajirita. It's definitely not where I want it to be yet, but it's very fun to play.

     

    https://youtu.be/AuIu48BTMUg

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    • ericncharlotte That does look very fun to play! Thanks for posting it!

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    • Eric Phillips thanks Eric!

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      • Derek
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      ericncharlotte Hi Eric - well played, That's another piece by Calatayud. It's hard to keep that rhythm going for the full piece. Well done!

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    • ericncharlotte Thanks Eric, I never heard it before......Guajira is a "Flamenco palo" (Flamenco style) influenced by Cuban  music.....Yours sound like a genuine Guajira ......Cool

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    • JUAN ALONSO Thank you Juan! 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      ericncharlotte Fun stuff Eric! Thanks for sharing! 

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  • I´m posting here a piece from Julian Arcas, who was a very good guitarrist / composer from the XIX´s second half. He was a virtuoso, who helped Antonio Torres to redefine the Spanish guitar size, shape and internal brazings. Arcas was who discovered Tarrega and fostered his early epoque. Arcas had a very prolific carrer and likewise Tarrega he made many adaptations of famous Operas/pieces to Guitar. This one is a famous Zarzuela adaptation( Zarzuela is the genuine spanish opera with talks and songs, with scripts about the popular life in the XIXs)...I hope you enjoy it

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    • JUAN ALONSO Very nice, Juan! It seems to me that Arcas was one of the earliest Spanish guitarists/composers who had what we now consider the "Spanish sound" to his music.

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      • Santi
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      JUAN ALONSO well done, Juan!. It seems to me that Arcas is not as known as it deserves being one of the fathers of the Spanish guitar in the XIX century. As you mentioned, it is said that Tarrega was deeply shocked when he was a child and listened to Arcas playing and he decided to dedicate his whole life to the guitar.

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    • JUAN ALONSO Really nice, Juan. Such a great early example of that "Spanish" sound. Really interesting and very well played. 

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      • Steve Pederson
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      JUAN ALONSO Great stuff Juan! A history lesson and a wonderful performance to boot! Thanks for sharing this! I'm curious what kind of guitar you're playing. It seems the label looks a little familiar, but I can't tell who it is. 

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    • Steve Pederson thanks to you...I´m playing a Prudencio Sanz guitar, he is a spanish maker ...good guitars at a good price ;-)

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