WEEK TWO Updates: Main Thread - Following the Path to Tárrega
Alright, welcome to WEEK TWO of the Main Thread for this challenge!
Where is the Week 1 thread?
Find the Week 1 thread here!
Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!)
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
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.
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:
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...
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.
- One thing you found easy: Nothing
- One thing you found difficult: Everything