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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  • 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 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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    • Didier Good job, Didier!

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      Didier Nice!  Great start.

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    • Didier Bravo!!👋

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    • Eric Phillips bravo

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      Didier So cool, thank you for keeping us updated with your progress!!!

      Talking about tuning: I'll do a live stream on Roland Dyens Vingt Lettres on FridayThose pieces are composed so that incorporates three main aspects than Roland felt have been neglected in previous etude cycles: reduction of squeaks, efficient damping aaaand .... drum roll .... tuning!

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      Didier very nice Didier 🙂

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    • Didier Well done Didier nice calm and composed 👏

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      Didier Good work 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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