WEEK TWO Updates: Main Thread - Following the Path to Tárrega

Alright, welcome to WEEK TWO of the Main Thread for this challenge! 💪


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  • One thing you found easy:
  • One thing you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!
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  • (I think we posted the wrong link to week one…)

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      Paul Kennedy you are absolutely right, just corrected it! Thanks!

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  • Week two - I am going to venture over to Prelude No. 1.  I am still working on no. 5, my primary, which is steadily improving, but Prelude no. 1 is new to me and I love it.

    What I found easier by the end of week one with No. 5 is having all the notes and fingerings resolved and able to play through  the piece relatively smoothly.

    What I continue to struggle with (What I found difficult) is getting a smooth legato, but it is getting better.

    I do have a technical question on an unrelated piece (not to the challenge, just to my selection).  In Recuerdos de Alhambra:  Is there a technique, an exercise, or even a tutorial that works through the trills incorporated into the tremolo (for example in measure 11)?  Any suggestions will be helpful.

     

    Thank you

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    • Paul Kennedy Yes, those trills have always confounded me. My poor tremolo together with those trills have always led me to put this piece in the "maybe one day in the future" category.

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    • Eric Phillips I am glad it’s not just me…

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      Paul Kennedy we are learning the sames pieces but in opposite order..:-)

      there is a version of Rafael Aguirre performing Prelude 1, 2 and 5 on youtube. His Prelude 1 is one of the most beautiful version that I come across. 

       

      Good luck with your practice! 

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    • don thank you Don, same to you and I will check those out

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      Paul Kennedy I found this article a while back.  Micro study number 4 might help with those slurs.  I find them useful.  I still haven't perfected it though!! 

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      Paul Kennedy Awesome, thank you for that update and keep on working! I am sure that this video by Andrea de Vitis might help you with creating a more legato version of this piece!

      We have a tutorial on tonebase by Scott Tennant on Recuerdos, though I don't know if he's talking about the slurs though! 

      Without having played the piece, I adjust the tremolo pattern for that bar: If your tremolo is usually pami, the slur tremolo would be pmi with a trill on the last i!

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      Olalla Awesome, thank you, that looks intriguing!

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    • Martin  Thank you Martin, I will try your suggestion when I decide to go back to Recuerdos.  In the mean time, still working on Preludes  1 and 5

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      Paul Kennedy 💪💪💪

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  • week 2

    Think I've gotten a handle on Prelude 1. Will post a video update when I can. Gonna use this opportunity to learn another new piece. 

    Will try Prelude 5 since there are already 2 lessons on tonebase and Martin's live stream talks a great deal about this beautiful piece. 

     

    What I found easy: 

    It is something that you can play really slowly (but could also be the reason for being difficult). It has such beautiful melody that it gets stuck to your memory quickly making learning more enjoyable. 

     

    What I find difficult:

    Haven't really started to play but from the live streams and lessons, I suspect the rhythm, squeaking and legato will be a big challenge.

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      don Wonderful, that's a great collection of pieces! And you are absolute right, especially the 5th Prelude can be played really slow! As long the rhythm is intact, the piece keeps on breathing!

      I'll do a live stream tomorrow about Roland Dyens Vingt LettresDyens composed these pieces as etudes for reducing squeaks amongst other things, so it might be interesting for you!

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      Martin your live stream for this piece helps a lot! 

       

      Prelude 1:

      Made more changes to fingering but more or less done with it.

      Prelude 5:

      Easy:  There is a difficult shift in measure 4 but otherwise it is quick straightforward in the play through

      Hard: Playing it beautifully and legato. 

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      don Cool, thanks that you've been joining in! 🥳🧙‍♂️

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      don For that shift, I suspect you're talking about the shift between 2nd and 3rd chord in there. For this shift I actually keep the second finger and simply add the 4th finger in the 14th fret. That way, the 2nd finger is adding a lot more stability for the 4th and you reduce the amount of countermovements!

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      Martin thanks! This really helps a lot! 

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      don great to hear that!

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  • I'm not sure if this will work, but below I attached a "video" that only has audio for some reason. The video worked on my phone, but when I sent it to my laptop, somehow the visual did not work. Let me know if you cannot listen to it, and I will have to record it again.

    This is an update of my progress on Maria Gavota. It is improved over last week. The tempo is better (a bit faster). I still did not nail measure 41, but I came close. I did three takes and this was the best one.

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      Eric Phillips You can try to load it into Davinci Resolve (if you've peaked in the Recording Academy, you might know this piece of software) and re-export it with the youtube preset. It might be, that the file size is just too big for the forum, then you'd need to upload it i.e. as an unlisted video on youtube and simply share the link!

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      Eric Phillips Alright!

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  • (Take two)

    Here is an update to my playing of Maria Gavota. Overall, I'm happy with my progress. The tempo is a bit faster than last week, which is good. While I did not perfectly nail the challenging measure 41, I came pretty close.

    I think I'll work on this one a little bit more, and then maybe move on to Maria Tango, since I've never played it before at all. Tarrega named both pieces after his wife, I believe, so maybe they would sound good together.

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      Eric Phillips Very enjoyable playing.  I would like to try playing that one again.

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    • Eric Phillips it's shaping well and your playing is secure, it's rewarding to watch your progress 👍

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    • Eric Phillips It's sounding really good.  Great progress in such a short time.

      fyi - on that tricky slide high up on the neck, there are many players (including me), such as Segovia who don't slide on that note, but rather just play it directly.  That makes it easier and more secure; and in my opinion sounds better.  Give it a try and see what you think.  I will record this piece soon, so you can see if you like the sound of it...

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    • Barney Thanks, Barney! I did find a fingering of the measure that did not have the portamento up to A but just played it directly, and I found it a bit easier to play. I actually really like the sound of the portamento, however, and so decided to work on achieving it. I particularly like the way Andrea Gonzalez Caballero and Irina Kulikova play it (with absolutely no disrespect to Segovia). The portamento gives it an almost "gypsy" feel that I like. I'm not quite there yet, technically, but it's fun trying! I look forward to hearing you play it, especially after hearing your wonderful interpretation of Capricho Arabe.

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    • Eric Phillips very well played Eric! You will polish up that tricky bit in no time at all. A very solid performance!

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    • Debbie Thank you, Debbie!

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    • Eric Phillips I agree, and also feel the whole idea of this is to have fun and enjoy sharing with others who have the same interest (with no pressure, as you said).  Of course, different interpretations make it more interesting to listen to.  I've heard Caballero and Kulikova play it and like it as well (lots of staccato), but I find this piece to be very romantic with a singing, flowing melody line, so I try to play it that way.  That portamento sounds nice, but for me a bit too risky.

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    • Eric Phillips I love your grace notes execution, Eric! 

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    • Eric Phillips very nice pizzicato, Eric!

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    • Khiem Nguyen Thanks, Khiem. Those little things make this piece so much fun to play!

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    • Eric Phillips Maria is ever more beautiful👍👋

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Grazie mille, Giuseppe!

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      Eric Phillips Awesome, such a great job! We all know how hard it is to record a piece in one take (we've built a whole recording industry about that and a lot of people - including me - make a living by reducing that stress during a recording session through editing)! I very much look forward to your next submission, I really enjoy your progress with Tárrega's wonderful music!

      Ad congratulations to bar 41, very well executed! And thanks to Barney for your wonderful insights!

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    • Eric Phillips wonderful! Your movement within the positions are so fast, relaxed and clear. Well done, a great progress!   

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    • Eric Phillips Well done Eric! great performance loved your tight rhythm 👏

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    • Jaime Zaldua Thank you, Jaime!

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    • Eric Phillips nice Eric! it's great see you and hear you always more comfortable with the piece. You're doing a graet job 🙌

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  • I am playing Tárrega’s etude no1 at 60 bpm which is slower than written at 80 bpm but sounds better and easier  for me. Will post video later.

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      Vilio Celli Awesome! I am really surprised how well all of you guys are playing that etude, I am always struggling with that b major 7 chord!

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  • Hello challengers, I apologize for being late with my first submission but last week was kind of busy, as most of you probably. I practiced every day but instead of focusing on one advanced piece I opted for reading through a lot of easy and intermediate pieces, to better understand that fantastic music. As they shape and sound enough good I’ll try to record and submit some of them, so let’s start with two easy to read but harder to make them sound good, and I apologize for missed notes 😭.

    Martin I’ve been using the SRM1 ribbon stereo microphone for the following, totally different than the CM4!

     

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    • Beautiful shaping of both of those melodies, Blaise! Your tone and musicality are so wonderful.

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    • Eric Phillips thank you Eric!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Nice warm beautiful tone. I really enjoyed it!  The ribbon Mic sounds amazing - very natural for the Classical guitar sound.  Now I understand more why Segovia used ribbon mics for his recordings.  I also have a pair of CM4s--they are very good, but yes, quite different from the Ribbon.

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    • Barney thank you Barney, I never thought the ribbon stereo mic would make that huge difference, I'm amazed by its quality. This is my first attempt at using it and it won't be the last!

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    • Blaise Laflamme both are played very beautifully! Lovey tone and sensitivity. Shall I put a ribbon microphone on my wishlist? 🤔 

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    • Debbie thank you Debbie, to me that ribbon microphone is definitely a game changer, I had some expectations but never that much.

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    • Blaise Laflamme yes, I’m surprised by the clarity and natural tone. Which one do you have?

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    • Debbie I'm using the SRM1 from NoHype Audio, a well built and affordable microphone like the CM4 from Line Audio, and JP (the owner) is just awesome!

      Here's the quick setup I've been using for the recording session...

       

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    • Blaise Laflamme thanks for sharing your setup. So with one mic you’re recording a mono signal? Doesn’t seem to matter because it’s a great sound. I’ll add that mic to my wishlist for sure. I think your camera looks cool too. I’m just using an iPhone 8. Wouldn’t complain if I had the 12max but need to wait a year for the upgrade. 

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    • Debbie in fact it's a stereo setup, two fixed microphones (figure 8) one above the other, one pointing front-back and the other left-right. Yeah I found out that my DSLR camera gives a better image, while I totally forgot to set for this session, and is easier to use than my iPhone 10, but ideally I should use both to get two points of view. Yes the iPhone 12/Pro Max looks great but in a year you'll get the 13!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Oh now I see it! Stereo. How cool. Googled it but can’t find it anywhere? Secret contraband? I’ll be happy with the iPhone 13 😁 I discovered that if I’m not too lazy the front camera on the 8 is waaaay better than the rear camera. 

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    • Debbie hehe... no it should not be a secret... here's the link https://www.nohypeaudio.com/nhaproducts.htm 

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    • Blaise Laflamme wow Blaise! I really love your recordings, they are crystal clear! And the amount of reverb is just very right! Don't worry about a missed note. I always miss some notes though. I really like the energy of the Etude in Eminor. You have made a very professional looking title for your Lagrima video, a mordern look. I like the tempo of your LaGrima. It is so soulful with this tempo.

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    • Khiem Nguyen thank you Khiem for your comments. You're right I'm using just a bit of reverb and I should have taken the time to equalize the sound a bit, too much bass... but I was blown away by the microphone!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Very good and great sound and class👋👋

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Thank you Giuseppe!

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      Blaise Laflamme Uff, great! Yes, the mic sounds great, although I'd try to find a position where you get a little bit more top end! The sound is ultra warm, but it gets a little bit too mellow at times!

      But most importantly: You performance! I loved it! Not only are all of you guys really crushing the etude in e minor (I made a video update about that, please, tell me, how do you that jump to b major so effortlessly??), but your lagrima is truly mesmerizing! It's a piece that I've revisited so many times and I am still not really happy with my performance, but you create a wonderful calmness with that piece! Congratulations!

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      Debbie a ribbon is good to have on a wishlist, haha! I'll try to get a DIY-Kit by Bumblebee Audio and post some results once I decided to get it!

      Blaise Laflamme don't get me wrong, it sounds GREAT, but I thank with that mic (and in combination with the C4s) you can create recordings that compete with commercially available CDs! I am looking forward to many more submissions from you!

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    • Martin Martin, what do you mean exactly? How do you use multiple stereo microphones to record? I suppose I would just need an interface with more than two inputs. If I had a ribbon mic and the other mics I have - a Rode NT-1 and a pair of Rode NT-5’s could I get the same results as professional CD quality? Sorry you have not been hearing great recording from me this time. I have been short on time and syncing video to recording is more time consuming. And with this Córdoba guitar it doesn’t seem worth the trouble as it won’t sound great mic’d anyway. My Bernabe arrived next week and that will be a different story and definitely worth the trouble 😄

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      Debbie Yes, you would need an interface with more inputs! For a CD Recording I usually use at least 4 mics (or 2 Stereo Mics), but generally try to keep my mic count low! But with 4 mics you can capture the natural reverbance of a good sounding room and use two close up microphones to get the presence back that one might loose when recording from a farther distance!

      You could set up the Rode NT-5 as an ORTF Stereo system in approx 2-3m in order to have the airiness of a room/hall and use the Nt-1 as a close up Mono mic in order to increase the presence!

      I think Blaise Laflamme uses a field recorder which has 4 or 6 inputs, so that way he can record several stereo systems and mix them together in post production to geht a balance between the room sound and the close up!

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    • Martin oh that is very cool! But now I need to buy a new interface because I only have a Scarlett 2i2 😩 

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      Debbie I am as well a great sufferer of G.A.S., the Gear Acquirement Syndrome 🧙‍♂️🙈🥳

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    • Martin Hah! I have the reverse problem. I suffer from G.A.A., Gear Acquirement Aversion. My recording equipment is an iPhone7 (my first and only smart phone, purchased less than 1 year ago), and my guitar is the only classical guitar I've ever owned, purchased in 1989 (I traded in my electric). My wife says I'm cheap, but I call it thrifty!

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    • Eric Phillips Hey Eric,  I only have two guitars -  a Ramirez Classical and Fender Strat (Clapton model).  I didn't having microphones until Martin's recording course.  I broke down and got the CM4s, which sound much better than my iphone.  Most of the guitarists I know have many, many guitars.  Not sure how they afford it, and have space to store them, Ha Ha...

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    • Martin thank you Martin! Tarrega is not new to me but I've never really played his music, so far I'm really enjoying this challenge. 

      You're right about the microphone, as I said I was extremely excited by the immediate results and I was in a hurry to post something knowing my current week workload. I did a quick test including the CM4 and you're right, the range covered by both and mixed together is really impressive but I'm far from being a sound engineer like you then I need more time and experience to understand and manipulate the sound. I can't thank you enough about all the knowledge you're sharing and your dedication and patience with us.

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    • Martin Debbie  right, I'm using a Sound Devices MixPre-6 II and it has 4 ultra-low-noise Kashmir preamps but there is the MixPre-8 II with 8 preamps if you prefer. I was about to buy another audio interface, I currently have an ApolloTwin X connected to my computer, and a notebook to have a portable setup I could use anywhere. Then I figured out that I have no need to produce the final content on the spot and I prefer using a dedicated computer with a large monitor for post production.

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    • Blaise Laflamme  I like your sound and nice balance a lot, Blaise! Looking  forward to your next recordings👍

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    • Thomas thank you Thomas, I'm glad you like it 🙂

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      Eric Phillips  Barney Blaise Laflamme  Haha, not the worst thing to suffer from! I have 3 guitars at the moment, my beloved Paco Marin, an INCREDIBLY cheap Yamaha guitar for those open air background noise gigs and one Taylor Steelstring for my band. At one point I'd like to get a nice Telecaster and another high end classical guitar, but somehow I just end up with more microphones at the moment, haha!

      Blaise Laflamme Damn, those MixPre look really handy, I wonder if I can justify at some point to get a HQ field recorder, haha!

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    • Martin yes that's a well build and small device for what it does, it was recommended to me by a close friend, and also a lot of reading 😂. I'm sure you have a lot of great and better gear for multiple purposes, but in my case it was hard to beat for all the ease that it brings with the quality results and for the price.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Hey Blaise,  Are the Ribbon Mics extremely sensitive to the room acoustics, so that I would need to have a sound treated room (like a studio) for good results? 

      I don't have a room like that, so I use the CM4s with more direction to help with bad room reflections, and then I just add a bit of reverb to compensate.

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    • Barney I'm not a sound engineer but I would say yes but not like I thought it would have. Is it because of the blumlein configuration or figure 8 or ribbon, I don't know, but I feel it gives more space to the sound while being warmth, totally different than the OM1 where the room was more present than the sound of the guitare using my current setup. I haven't play that much with positioning this microphone for those videos, something I'll do next and with comparison and mix with the CM4, but you can compare my videos of the Composition Challenge with those here. I used the same setup with both microphones at roughly the same position about 18 to 24 inches.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks Blaise for your thoughts on the Ribbon mic.  Interested to see if Martin has anything further to add regarding using them in a non-professional setting.

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    • Barney for sure Martin  always has excellent advices!

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    • Blaise Laflamme very clear and beautiful tone Blaise, and also recording quality is wonderful. Well done!

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      Barney Blaise Laflamme Ribbon Mics are generally not so sensitive as due to their construction (air literally needs to move a ribbon of aluminum to induce voltage), that's why they are typically used in front of louder sound sources or - in our case - quite close! That's why we'd need a proper preamp which doesn't introduce additional noise!

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    • Martin right, AEA sells a great preamp for ribbons as I can see, but in my case I bought two FetHead, a high quality and phantom powered in-line preamplifier for ribbons.

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    • Martin Thanks Martin!  I guess Ribbon Mics and appropriately matched pre-amps is a whole new topic to address.  If I ever decide to try a decent ribbon Mic, I suppose my Scarlett 2i2 would not be sufficient to obtain the full benefit and quality sound from the Ribbons.

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    • Barney you'll need a cloudlifter like preamp, like the FetHead I have and it works pretty well, or a dedicated one like the AEA TRP2.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Super tender playing! Blaise so expressive I love it 👏

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    • Blaise Laflamme Got it.  Thanks Blaise!

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    • Jaime Zaldua Thank you Jamie!

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    • Blaise Laflamme wonderfull playing and recording quality, Blaise! It's the first time I hear you. Beautifull sound 👏  and thanks for the very instruccional information! 

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  • Blaise Laflamme Both Lagrima and the Etude were played beautifully.  Very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • I have been working on Capricho Arabe and Recuerdos de La Alhambra, both pieces I have played before but just thinking about submitting recordings has made feel like I don't know how to play them at all.  Perhaps I'll try submitting a recording of Adelita first and see if I can pull that off!  Practicing the pieces and recording them to a standard one is comfortable to submit  to this forum is proving to be a very worthwhile exercise.

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    • Olalla I agree with you... and Adelita is also next on my list 😁

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    • Olalla Remember, the goal is not to impress anybody in this forum, but just to learn and grow, and share our common love of the guitar and its music. There is no need to worry about reaching any "standard". Share any piece, or part of any piece, that brings you joy, and that will be a very welcome addition to the forum.

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    • Eric Phillips I agree with you, no need to impress or put pressure on ourselves, as you said in a beautiful way... as long as it brings you joy... I couldn't find a better way to express this, thanks Eric!

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      Eric Phillips I agree and aware there's no particular standard required which is great.  I was only referring to my own personal expectations of myself and my own playing. 

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    • Olalla Fair enough. I apologize if I mistook your hesitancy for apprehension.

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      Eric Phillips no worries at all. 

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    • Olalla I'm with you on this, I also have strong expectations of my playing towards my artistic views and internal hearing and it took me time to have the courage to share the results when one doesn't follow the other.

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      Olalla I second Eric Phillips , this forum is a place to motivate and inspire each other, the Community Challenge creates a common playground to do just that! While there is absolutely no requirement to post a video, everybody is very happy to listen to some music and see the progress that we make over the course of this challenge, and for that matter it's also absolutely fine to just post a snippet of a piece! 💪

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  • Hi, this is my first take of the A section of Capricho Arabe.  The techniques I've learn over the past few weeks are beginning to help as this was my first take video.  I decided to keep all the mistakes and hesitations in so I can see this as a reference - it will be interesting to see my progress in another two weeks.  Kind Regards Dennis

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    • Dennis Greensmith Well done, Dennis. A good start!

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    • Dennis Greensmith a very good start, Dennis!

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      Dennis Greensmith That's going really well!

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    • Dennis Greensmith Bravo!!!👋

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      Dennis Greensmith Great!!! After my concert tonight (yay, live concert!) I'll dig into some Capricho myself!

      I really enjoyed the contrasts you already implemented in the chords right before the main theme!

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    • Martin Thank you Martin - the main thing is I am really enjoying my new practise regime with all the help and tips from Tonebase. I'm even enjoying using the metronome again!. I set my self very small goals with no expectations in terms of performance - just trying to solve my problems and this works much better for me and my enjoyment. 

      Kind Regards Dennis

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      Dennis Greensmith 💪💪💪

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    • Dennis Greensmith That's so great, Dennis!

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    • Dennis Greensmith nice job Dennis 👍

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      Dennis Greensmith Great! I am thinking of a livestream about a mindful use of the metronome within your practice session, would that be something interests some of you? 

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    • Martin Hi Martin - that would be a great idea !! 🙂

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    • Dennis Greensmith very good Dennis, this piece is very challenging. 

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    • Dennis Greensmith you created a lovely atmosphere in that intro section. I’m looking forward to hear the next part in the major key. 👏

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    • Dennis Greensmith good job Dennis! keep it up 👍

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  • Dear all,

    thanks a lot for your videos, which are hugely inspirational for me. I kept on working on Lagrima, and started working on the second part. Thanks to your encouragements and advice, the first part started to be a bit more fluid. The shift movement is still too much from the hand and not enough from the elbow... (but I’ll work on that Martin!)

    one easy thing: tuning the guitar before I practice. With a tuner app of course. 🤔

    one thing I found difficult: well the second part is much more dynamic and complex than the first, so I am still trying to not stop for several seconds in the middle, looking for the next position....

    take care,

    didier

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  • I decided to record Recuerdos de La Alhambra.  It's one of my all time favourite pieces.  I started studying it in 2020 but I have discovered that it is quite challenging to play convincingly.  Sorry it's quite long because I played all the repeats.  I recorded this one on my flamenco guitar and classical guitar but felt that the flamenco guitar sounded slightly better somehow so that's the one I attached here.

    • One thing you found easy:  Nothing about it is easy! Well I suppose the chords aren't really that difficult if it weren't for all the tremolo...hahahaha
    • One thing you found difficult:  The slurs are quite difficult to pull off even after I have practiced them quite a bit.  I need to do a bit more targetted work there! I find I sometimes don't properly finish the tremolo before shifting.  It's challenging to keep a consistent tremolo througout and to get a nice warm tone.  I found the recordings difficult to listen to because the sound of the tremolo sounds quite harsh so not sure if the microphone is too close or it's just my playing!
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    • Olalla excellent well done!

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    • Olalla Brava, this is a great level👋👋

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    • Olalla This is amazing! Very musical and emotional. Thanks for posting it!

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    • Olalla I'm happy you ended up sharing this piece you were hesitant about, your playing is great.

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    • Olalla Wow!!  that was beautiful!  Such a difficult piece to perform well, so congratulations!

      Wondering if the "harshness" you mentioned is the Flamenco guitar ,which is more percussive and bright.  I would expect the sound on the Classical to be warmer with more sustain.  You may want to try again on that one...

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      Barney thanks Barney! I actually recorded it using the classical guitar as well but the flamenco guitar recording I felt sounded much nicer and even in tone. I probably need a third guitar just for Recuerdos de la Alhambra! Hahaha! I use Knobloch strings on my flamenco guitar which have carbon trebles. I think if at least the 1st string were nylon it would probably sustain more. I also need to make an adjustment when playing some classical  pieces on the flamenco one as sometimes I strike too hard and need to play a bit lighter especially around the sound hole and sul tasto. 

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      Olalla uff, amazing! Quite speechless there, tremolo was never my thing and I am always very envious of those you can create an even tremolo with pami! I always have problems with the a-m combination, which is why I play tremolo with p-m-i-a!

      How do you practice tremolo? Sometimes the harshness can come from too much staccato practice and I wonder, if that might be the case. Practicing staccato makes the hand feel very comfortable because we practice a lot of control, but my experience is that the flow of notes suffers a little bit from that! Just wondering what your tremolo approach is as I am by no means a tremolo expert!

      But you are absolutely right, the mic position can introduce certain frequencies that colors the timbre of your sound which we might percieve as harsh! I usually have the mic about 30cm over the bridge with an angle of about 30° to the right and slightly over the right hand, so that the hand is blocking the high frequency nail clicks!

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    • Olalla or maybe you need that third guitar, perhaps a nice Romanillos model, HaHa.  I once asked Guitar Salon International for the price of a beautiful Romanillos they advertised for sale.  Price: $50,000.I respectfully declined. 

      The first time I heard Recuerdos de la Alhambra was on John William's debut recording on Columbia records (vinyl).  It was the most beautiful sounding Tremolo- tone, evenness, balance, dynamics, etc--- truly flowing.  When I asked John after a concert "What strings do you use on your guitar?,  He whispered back  "La Bella".  Not sure if he was kidding...

      Tremolo is so hard to get right, and you are doing so great with it!!

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      Martin thanks Martin. It's still a work in progress. I am fairly new to recording myself but since I bought a new phone and a separate little microphone that plugs straight into phone I have no excuse any more. It does a pretty good job. The microphone was probably around 60 cm away. The lead from phone to microphone is pretty short so I can really get it any further away. 

       

      I don't do anything particularly mind blowing when practicing tremolo. I actually don't practice using staccato but have have a series of chords that I play starting from position to 12th playing bass notes with thumb and all trebles with tremolo. I usually start with pmi sequence then p a m i then p i a m i  (flamenco tremolo).  I vary up the speed starting slow then building up. I find I get a more even tone when the guitar in a more horizontal position.

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      Martin actually you might be interested to see that Ana vidovich plays recuerdos using only using p, i, m. She doesn't engage the 'a' finger at all in fact she just has it anchored most of the time. It sounds pretty good!

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    • Olalla Well done. I have started this piece as I play tremolo on other pieces.But this one is a challenge, the tremolo is the entire piece and maintaining it difficult, while getting the desired volume and articulation. You did very well. I hope I can acheive the same level this year.

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      Olalla I think this is fantastic! 👏🏻 

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      Thank you for your updates, I look forward to more of those!

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      Olalla Yes, I heard about that, that's my main excuse when someone asks when I show them my personal tremolo pattern, haha!

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    • Olalla wow, great! Congratulations! 

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    • Olalla wow - thank you for this beautiful music.

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    • Olalla An entrancing performance Olla! really beautiful 👏

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    • Olalla Dear Olalla, I like your interpretation very much. It is unbelievable how fast and even you can play tremolo ( I used the Youtube slowdown modus to watch exactly what you are doing 😅 ... ). Do you play "Flamenco guitar" ? What is you practice tip to speed up tremolo the way you play it ? Best Regards Olli

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    • Olalla Beautiful! Like Martin I'm not a huge expert on tremolo but I think you're doing very good 👏

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      Olli Hi Ollie, that's funny that you watched me in action in slow motion!🤣 Thanks for your lovely comments! Yes I am learning flamenco and in fact I have just travelled up by car for around 8 hours to attend a flamenco workshop on Sunday in Canberra run by flamenco guitarist Paco Lara. Hence my delay in responding. 

       

      I practice using a metronome everyday and usually run through a series of chords from 1st fret to 12th and start with m, i then a,m,i and finally i,a,m,i (flamenco tremolo) and then other times I start with flamenco tremolo first.  I just start slowly and then gradually build up to higher speeds. I think really getting even while playing super slow and building up is important but I am certainly no expert on tremolo.

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  • Here is my Lagrima, I have played it many times, but I am never satisfied🤔🙂

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  • Here is Maria Gavota, which needs some polishing in a few spots.

    On to the next piece --maybe an easy one, or more demanding one like Danza Mora.  Stay tuned...

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      Barney that was amazing! So beautifully played! I was actually looking at Danza Mora which I absolutely love and I can't even manage the first line yet! 

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    • Barney wow... great take on this piece... you rule!

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    • Olalla Thanks Olalla!!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thank you Blaise!!

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    • Barney Superb, Barney! A very different take, but I like it a lot. It was less rhythmic but much more lyrical. Your contrasts in tone color were outstanding. Great work!

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric!!

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    • Barney What can I say? You are a concert performer😊, very good👋👋

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      Barney Great! Your apoyando scales have a great power and that's contrasted by the shaping  superb execution of the main theme! You go for a more lyrical interpretation which I really like, although my impression of Maria is a litlle bit more naggy, haha! Very good job on this one, and as Guiseppe pointed out, maybe there's a small church where you can organize a little concert once we are allowed to do that stuff again! 💪🧙‍♂️

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Not quite,but it’s great fun. Thank you Giuseppe for you kind words.

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    • Martin Thank you Martin!  "Little concert"--HaHa!  I never played Classical guitar in public.  The last time I played guitar for an audience was when I was a teenager with my rock band at church dances and college sororities.  I find recording myself (thank you again for teaching me how!) has great benefit, including a little "stage fright" practice.  Sharing these clips and comments with our friends on Tonebase also is great fun, and helps a lot.

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    • Martin Hi Martin,  With your sound engineering knowledge, do you think this recording (Horrible quality, of course) of Francisco Tarrega playing Maria may be genuine?

      https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalguitar/comments/1x6ms6/newly_discovered_recording_of_francisco_tarrega/

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    • Barney bravo!!!

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    • Vilio Celli Thank you Vilio!!

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    • Barney Hey Barney, wow! Great piece, great sound and musical taste: Congratulations👍

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    • Thomas Thanks very much Thomas!!

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      Barney I think I'll pass on getting a Romanillos guitar!  It would be interesting though to try one.  You would really want to hear a huge difference! 

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      Barney I suffer greatly from stage fright and I only play in noisy environments. Hahaha! I am also finding recording myself of great benefit.

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    • Barney that was such a pleasure to listen to. Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing ❤️ 

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    • Debbie Thank you Debbie!!

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    • Barney Dear Barney, may I ask you, which Micros, Guitar and strings you use to get that beautiful recorded sound? I know, the fingers are the key😉, but maybe the equipment could help us a little bit ....!?

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    • Thomas Hi Thomas,  I'm using a 1964 Jose Ramirez (AM) Cedar guitar with RC Recital (MT) nylon strings.  The Mics are a pair of Line Audio CM4s  (ORTF) position driven by Scarlett2i2 interface.  I add a bit of ambiance with Nimbus Reverb.  No other editing or effects.

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      Barney Interesting, I will dive in a little bit! (I'll do a denoise and let it run through a digital footprint analyzer and see if it's maybe just a spotify recoring that got roughen up a bit, haha). I am not a specialist on wax cylinder recordings, but the technique was invented in the late 1870s and became commercially available 1889, so the timeline might add up there! Would be amazing, but then again, I don't how to verify that. Supposedly, this is recording was published in the volume 12 of "Segovia & His Contemporaries, Vol. 12: Tárrega, His Disciples & Their Students" by DOREMI publisher some years ago.

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    • Martin Wow, if it is real that would be amazing to give us a brief sound sample of "the guy" who started this on his Torres guitar.

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    • Barney Hey Barney, that must be an outstanding guitar! And your setup fits it perfectly👍🏻 Do you prefer ORTF over simply two parallel Mics? I use the Zoom H4, but soon I would like to purchase a pair of Mics; then I have to decide, how to place them….See you soon with our next recording!

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    • Thomas I am new to the recording process, so relied on Martin's recommendation for a quality microphone at reasonable cost; He also suggested the ORTF setup, so I went with that and have not yet tried other methods.  You guys are saying it sounds pretty good, so guess I'll stick with it for now.  The guitar is typical of the Ramirez sound for a Cedar top, but is weak on treble sustain (my opinion), and is a bit difficult to play. 

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    • Barney Beautiful  interpretation Barney 👏 loved it

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    • Jaime Zaldua Thank you Jaime!!

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    • Barney pretty nice, Barney! very musical, lyrical playing. Congratulations!Barney 

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  • Please tell me, how do you do execute the jump into b major 7 so effortlessly? 🙈 Struggling with etude in e minor!

    • One thing you found easy: Shaping the dynamics by following the harmonies! They create a natural flow of tension and relieve and it makes it really easy to follow along! 
    • One thing you found difficult: WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK!? 🧙‍♂️🤯🥳🙈
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    • Martin Sounds great and a thank you for your method of solving it. In England we always use this method of solving:

      1. look at the problem

      2. try to play it

      3. Have a cup of tea to think about it 

      4. go back to 1.

       

      :-)

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      Dennis Greensmith Haha, great advice! I'd like to add the step "sleep over it" somewhere in between as well 🤓👨‍⚕️

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    • Martin I think you're doing it without too much effort 😂... but as Yoda says... try not, do or do not, there is no try! 🤯

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    • Blaise Laflamme I love Yoda and Star Wars.  The music is awesome!  Just sent my son an SACD recording on Telarc, including John Williams music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.  Such a great film composer.  Wish someone published a medley of some John Wiliams film pieces for Intermediate/Advanced Classical guitar.

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    • Barney You're right, John Williams is an awesome film composer and conductor! Great gift to your son, he's lucky. I remember watching him on TV conducting the Boston Pops when I was a teenager and listening to Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the car, mixed with rock music ;) You sure nothing got published?

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    • Barney We have now worked both John Williams' (the guitarist and the film composer) into this one forum! Just an observation. 🙂

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    • Martin I enjoyed your video Martin. I like the commentary as you explain how you’re working out your process. It also makes the video more natural and relaxed and not like you’re trying to perform which I think is my problem. There’s the tendency to try to be so serious all the time and not have fun with the video. And as far as the piece goes I’ve never played it but can only imagine I would have the same challenge as you. I had surgery on my left hand a year and a half ago and those types of moves are tough for me. So I will remember your solution!

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      Barney Blaise Laflamme Rafael Aguirre plays the "Star Wars Suite"

       

      , sounds like a lot of fun!

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      Debbie thank you so much! Thankfully, I have my "tonebase livestream recording setup" always ready, I just need to switch on some buttons and I am ready to go, it helps a lot if there is no big drama in setting up everything in order to get ready! Glad you liked my honest review of a "simple" piece, haha!

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    • Martin wow... that Star Wars Suite is amazing... thanks for sharing!

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    • Martin Thanks .  I just found this one also:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXWKPosRFwc

      These are very cool, and fun to watch!

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  • Here’s a week 2 update,  Prlude No. 5 continues to improve slowly thanks to all the great tips and tutorials.  I am also reading through Prelude No. 1 which I am really enjoying.  What I am finding (relatively) easy with Prelude No.1:  Finding the notes and getting a sure fingering fixed.  What I find difficult:  getting the right balance of volume on the descending melody line from measures 9 - 11 (with slurs) and the ascending melody line in measures 13 - 15.  I have seen a few great comments that are helpful with the slurs however.

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    here is my try on the week two update.

    After Adelita and Lagrima I tried working on Marieta Mazurka and Pavana .... although "the journey is not over yet for me and these pieces", I thought I should post the "status quo"😉 I hope you like them and any advice would be welcome.

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    • Thomas Very musical, with good tone.  Great job!!

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    • Thomas Those were spectacular, Thomas! Both were great, but I particularly enjoyed Pavana as we don't hear that one so often. The B section is pretty challenging, but you pulled it off beautifully. I could listen to that all day!

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    • Thomas Bravo!!!👋

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    • Eric Phillips thanks a lot for the compliment that reddened me face😉. my wife and children are not really interested in classical guitar, so I have/had no audience in the past.....it is a great feeling to know that someone listens at

      least as long as this challenge may last; and in addition these listeners are great guitarists like you, Eric. Wow, thank you again!

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    • Thomas My wife and kids have no interest either, and get quite upset if I spend too much time practicing guitar. This forum is my only audience as well.

      I put your recording of Pavana on repeat this morning while I was working at my desk, and enjoyed every minute of it for a couple hours. It's just really beautiful music to me and I never tire of listening to it.

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    • Thomas great sound and playing Thomas! At first I haven't seen your post, the thread is becoming hard to navigate, and since there was no video I passed over without realizing it... sorry. That'd be great if you can post a video, I would like to see you play, I'm waiting for you next submission!

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    • Eric Phillips …it really seems that we live an equal life in that concern🙈🤣…and I am very thankful, that you like my recording of Pavana.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Hey Blaise, thanks a lot! I will try to record a new piece the next days and hope that it will work out fine🙏🏻Videos are not really my business yet, sorry….but maybe sometime in the future I will give it a try?! I am also looking forward to your next recording🎼!

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Grazie, Guiseppe!

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    • Thomas that'd be great if you manage to do it! Don't worry too much, my first attempt to recording audio and video was earlier this year in the Sor Challenge and I managed to slowly get better a bit each time. If you have a chance to watch Martin's Recording Course you'll get a lot of awesome tips, for me it was a gold mine!

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      Thomas Wonderful, I haven't heard to Pavana, so glad that you discovered that piece and shared your performance of it! 🥳

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  • Week two update. I am off to a very bad start this week practicing my piece. Just a lot of life stuff to take care of. I will have more time to practice this weekend but don’t expect I will make much headway with the lovely but challenging Capricho Arabe.

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    • Debbie No worries Debbie.   Do it at your own pace (with life interruptions) and enjoy the process.  It's a never ending journey for all of us, so let's cherish the time we have with that beautiful poetic guitar sound. and have fun with it!

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    • Debbie I second Barney  . If you don't get to it until after the challenge, just post it in a new challenge and we will all still love to hear you play!

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  • I decided to move on from Maria Gavota and give Maria Tango a whirl.

    What was easy: The re-tuning of two strings always made me avoid playing this piece from my Tarrega book, but it wasn't bad at all. Almost no notes on the re-tuned strings (5th and 6th) were fretted notes. It was such a fun piece to play!

    What was difficult: It's very rhythmic, which is not my strength. I was constantly playing the wrong bass notes and messing up the harmonies. The right-hand harmonics in the one measure were hard to pull off in tempo.

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    • Eric Phillips Nice Eric!!  Wow, what  a great job you do playing from score without looking much at the fretboard.  Sounds great, and you must have great nails for that terrific tone on the thirds.

      Not familiar with this piece, so what's also great about this Challenge--exposure to pieces we haven't heard before.  I really enjoyed this, thanks!!

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    • Eric Phillips Wow you learned it fast and already have a secure playing. Keep the the good work, you're doing pretty well. 👍👍

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    • Barney Thanks, Barney! I had never heard it before either. From what I’ve seen, it may not actually be written by Tarrega. Fun to play, regardless!

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thanks, Blaise! Technically it’s definitely in my comfort zone. I just find myself making dumb mistakes and messing up the tempo.

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    • Eric Phillips wow, this is so good. I love the way you you play it, with such energy and rhythm. If I may say one thing,  I would expect some more contrast in the repetitions of the theme. But, what a great job, Eric!

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    • Eric Phillips Bravo!!!👋

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    • joosje Thank you, Joosje! I agree 100% about it needing more contrast. I tried for some when it came back to G minor, but as usual, it needs more. I will definitely work on that.

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    • Giuseppe Gasparini Thank you, Giuseppe!

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    • Eric Phillips Great song Eric, great playing too!! You really learn very fast and I hope for you that you can hold that pace🎼👍🏻. Your playing brought that song to my „I have to learn, as soon as I have some time“-list. The only problem is the length of this list🙈…and that I am not very good in reading music🥴

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    • Thomas Thanks, Thomas. I am very thankful that my first guitar teacher, who did not teach me classical, did teach me how to read music. I'm glad you like the piece!

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    • Eric Phillips that was super Eric! If you have problems with rhythm it’s really not detected in this piece. You did a great job. Looks and sounds like a fun piece to play.

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    • Debbie Thanks, Debbie! It is really fun to play! I know I’m saying that a lot in this challenge, but it’s very true.

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      Eric Phillips Thats was cool!  A love a good Tango.  

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    • Olalla Thank you, Olalla!

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      Eric Phillips Awesome Eric! Such a spirited performance, great performance! Thank you for that submission!

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      loved the rasqeo tambora effect on the intro you gave me an idea🙏 

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    • Jaime Zaldua Thanks, Jaime. That’s my faker flamenco imitation!

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  • Here's my update for week 2:

    Adelita is coming along nicely. Still not ready to perform but I'm happy with the my progress in 2 weeks.

    The Easy: The pull offs in melody of the first section.  Well, maybe not yet easy but definitely easier.  I've been trying to apply Martin's advice of minimizing my left hand and wrist motion.

    The Hard: The ornaments on the melody in the second section.  I believe my difficulties here are similar to my issues with the pull offs in the first section. But I'm also having trouble with the timing and keeping the melody together when I add the ornaments.

    Here's my video:

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    • matt Great to see your progress, Matt! Congratulations👏I am sure, the ornaments will fit in in the near future👍🏻Finally I have to say, that you really have a very cool music room!!

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    • matt Coming along great, Matt! The B section is definitely harder than the A section. Maybe making up a few exercises based on the slurs in the piece could prove helpful.

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    • matt very nice progress Matt! It’s sounding great! Indeed, those ornaments in the second half should be left out until you’re completely stable before you add them. I see you play other styles of guitar as they are displayed around you. Nice collection! I do too. That is one of the reasons not keeping the framing of your left hand consistent can be a challenge. Playing other styles of guitar we it differently for different techniques, like bending a note for example. I have to be very conscious of this as well and videoing myself really helps.

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      matt It's sounding really good!  I also love your studio! 

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      matt Great!! Really enjoyed your progress on your wrist movement, good job! And as someone pointed out: great room, a lot of great company 🧙‍♂️🙈

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  • Update for week 2:

    I've continued with Adelita, and happy with my progress

    Easy: Section A... Feeling confident and enjoying playing this section, and working on dynamics

    Hard: Section B...I am struggling with ornaments in measure 12 and measure 14... I have played through without the ornaments in these 2 measures and I am now working on adding them,  and it's still a bit of a stretch in measure 12 ... I can relate to comments matt

    I have to go away for most of the coming week. I was hoping to make a start on Prelude 5, but really want to commit Adelita to memory and improve my playing of Section B ... I'll update again soon...  

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      margaret macarthur Awesome, thank you for your update! It's a very good feeling to really dig into a piece and really get to know it, so no rush with moving on to the next one! We are going to have a very interesting Livestream with Ashley (Ash) Lucero on Applied Analysis with Tárrega's Prelude 5, you should watch out for that!

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    • Martin Thanks Martin ... I've enjoyed playing Adelita and the challenge has certainly made me up my game -  I'm very pleased with my progress in playing Adelita.  I may just manage to start on Prelude 5 before end of 3 week challenge but I will continue with it and look out for the Tonebase teaches on prelude 5  

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  • I continued on Capriche Arabe this week. Unfortunately, my progress is not good enough to take a video and share it. I always make mistakes, even if I play slow. Sometimes I get angry, just as few minutes ago, which I played worse than previous day! 🤬 This piece really needs patience and time. Tomorrow I am going on a holiday, and I am not sure if I will take my guitar with me (I don't want to upset my boyfriend while pracitising guitar in the hotel room instead of relaxing at the beach, which I did before). Next weekend I will try again, maybe take an awful video, I don't know. 

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    • Gokce Turkmendag Personally, I’d take practicing guitar over sitting on a beach any day. I do hope you enjoy relaxing, though!

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    • Eric Phillips me too  🙂 Thank you!

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      Gokce Turkmendag Doh!  Don't be discouraged.  I started playing Capricho Arabe a few years ago and I find it to be one of the hardest pieces to pull off.  It has quite a few scary and tricky moments I find.  I love it so much and I find my emotions get in the way, hahahaha!   We are actually going on a road trip in a couple of days and I am definitely taking my guitar.  I can live without lots of things but NOT my guitar!! 🤣  I hope you have a relaxing holiday.  Perhaps you can try some mental guitar practice imagining your finger placements and hearing the music in your mind.  I do it some times.  It takes alot of focus!  Apparently it can be almost as good as really practice.😂

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      Gokce Turkmendag Thank you for your update! To be honest, I usually leave my guitar at home when I am on holiday 🙈🥳

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    • Eric Phillips I have done both, practing guitar while sitting on a beach. Best of both worlds!

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    • francis edwards The only problem is the guitar-shaped tan lines! 😀

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    • Gokce Turkmendag Dear Gokce, my wife is always telling me not to take the guitar into holidays.... but opening the trunk.....oops - yeah - there is my guitar !!!

      I wish you a nice time in holidays - with or without you  six-string-religion 😉

      Best Regards Olli

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  • Already towards the end of week 2! I have enjoyed so many great submissions from you guys. Really, beautiful music, for my short moments of relaxation. Now, finally, time for my first tecording.  Terrible 2 weeks. My nails and fingers are not yet back to normal.  

    I dare to post this one, while my m nail is damaged, might brake soon. I'll try to save it. I revised endecha and oremus. Played them before.

    Technically not difficult but it's all about phrasing and tone. Unfortunately my tone is not optimal., these days. But this is the best I could get for now. I hope to receive my new mics next week,  for better recordings.  

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    • joosje It’s always a joy to hear you play, Joosje! I’m sure that all you can hear is the notes that don’t sound right because of the bad nail, but I hear beautiful phrasing and a real connection to the music. Tarrega’s beautiful voice comes through loud and clear!

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    • joosje Very nice, especially the phrasing and the tone colour - shifts are extraordinary and tasteful. Thanks a lot for sharing, Joosje!

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    • joosje great take on those pieces Joosje! I like the intimate way you play them. I was myself looking at read through them too, so hard to find enough time these days :(

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      joosje That was beautiful.  The sound is good and I didn't notice any nail issues.  Your dyanmics and phrasing are wonderful.  I am inspired to try these myself.

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      joosje Thank you so much, glad you finally found time to submit your wonderful performance! Although I have never explored this piece to its fullest, it's one of my favourite pieces as the Tárrega captured the essence of the guitar's sonority in such a limited space of just a few bars! Thank you, you captured that wonderfully!

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    • Olalla you know, old guitarists’ trick: if you’re not 100% secure, mumble something about your nails….😄

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    • joosje This is your piece, very good👋👋

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      joosje joosje 🤣 I am actually having nail issues!

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    • joosje An inspirational performance thankyou so much 🙏

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    • joosje Dear Joosje, as always - the music comes from your heart ❤️. Don't care about some damaged nails ! It sounds beautiful - out of the guitar - directly into my soul ! I don't want to ask what happened to your healthy in the past, but I really hope you are on the way to recovery 🏋️‍♂️.

      Best Regards Olli

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    • joosje Beautiful Joosje! Congratualtions! 👏

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    • joosje That's really nice Joosje

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  • Hope your move went well!  ( I hate moving...).  This sounds beautiful, and really like your phrasing and dynamics. Please nurse your fingers and nails so you feel comfortable and  we can continue to enjoy your wonderful playing!!

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  • While walking my dog tonight, I decided to listen to a bunch of versions of Pavana on YouTube. So when I got home, I practiced it for about 30 minutes and thought, "Why not record it?" So here it is! I always liked this piece, but the B major key signature in the B section always kept me flipping past it in my book.

    What was easy: It was not as hard as I thought it might be. The many glissandos may turn people off, but I think they're fun to play and I find them very expressive. They certainly scream out TARREGA!

    What was difficult: The 3rd beat of measure 10 is a pretty difficult stretch, and certainly needs more work for me to get it. Any advice about making that stretch easier?

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