Level 2 - List Of Pieces (+ Discussion Space)

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What to expect: 

Level 2 continues to introduce elementary musical and technical guitar concepts while staying in the lower positions on the guitar. 

Description:

While still focusing on elementary repertoire, level two lessons will challenge you to develop your confidence with both rest stroke and free stroke while introducing some more variations of arpeggios, the basics of slur technique, and partial barres. These lessons will also help you incorporate more dynamics into your playing and understand basic phrase structure.

Skills covered:

  • rest stroke, a.k.a. "apoyando" (right hand)
  • slurs with fingers 1-2 (left hand)
  • partial barres (left hand)
  • basic 4 note arpeggios (right hand)
  • dynamics

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    • Jesús Mostajo
    • Computer Engineer and enthusiastic guitarist
    • Jesus_Mostajo
    • 1 yr ago
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    Thanks for comeback the ToneBase levels, it is a help guideline to progress in our study.

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  • i’m new here . but been playing guitare a number of years and recently since september , went on with classical guitar .

    although after looking at the beginner classes on the website , i went on to check the courses for learning pieces . i find that the courses seem to lack pédagogie in the way that the focus from the teachers is mostly towards more elaborated elements ( phrasée etc) then the basic learning of the pieces themselves to start with . when i want to learn a piece i want to learn the basics, which is the fingering of the left and also the right hand . i want to go slow and to have someone showing this on videos that i va follow through a partition . but what i’m getting so far isn’t this, basically tonebase doesn’t seem to maximise the use of cameras to show both hands and what they are doing . for example i wanted to learn ADELITA and the teacher isn’t much showing the basic structure of the piece but more explaining principles you need to know AFTER you’ve went through the basics of getting around in playing it .. more or less , the piece tutorials seem to be oriented to guitarist having a good knowledge of the basics of the piece…

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    • Michel Deslauriers 

      Hi Michel,

      you bring up an interesting point here. I think you’re kind of right that the content here is not for absolute beginners and that you need to have some basis with the guitar and the musical langage. Fingerings by themselves do not define the music, they are used to mechanically organize the idea expressed by the musical material. Then the need to start from there to ensure you’re using fingerings towards a musical goal outlined by yourself or someone else. The content here can very well complement the teaching with a dedicated teacher. BTW, welcome to Tonebase, I hope to see you in our community activities!

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    • Michel Deslauriers That could also be an interesting idea to have community activities about «pieces», like a group masterclass, where you can interact with a teacher as a group or individually about the «piece», instead of having a 1-1 masterclass where the teacher helps you with a piece you perform. 

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 10 mths ago
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      Michel Deslauriers Hi Michel, thanks for dropping by! 

      In Eduardo Inestal's lesson on Tárrega's Adelita, you can download the exclusive tonebase edition, which contains left hand fingerings for pretty much every note. While the teacher might not name every fingering in the lesson, those fingerings are available for you to read and use.


      You are certainly right though that different courses on tonebase focus on different aspects of the pieces they teach.

      Some go into a lot of detail about specific fingerings and solutions for every measure of the piece (check out Alex Whittingham's 2-hour lesson on a 5-minute piece, which explains pretty much every fingering for every note of the piece).

      Other lessons are more focused on large topics, and those are taught from a more "zoomed out" perspective. There is currently no way to filter for detailed vs. big-picture lessons, but certain teachers definitely tend to teach in one way or the other. Check out lessons taught by a variety of teachers and you'll find the kind of lesson you prefer!

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    • Mircea hello well i’ve revised my opinion. on tonebase , which btw was suggested to me by my classical

      guitar teacher . Mircea i was amazed when i discovered and went through your 2d course beginner , in order to go through the basics that i had been taught before . you’re an incredible teacher Mircea . i’ll be sticking around with you guys !

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 10 mths ago
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      Michel Deslauriers Thank you for your kind words, Michel! Glad to hear.

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    • Mircea ive done quite a few online guitar classes and you’re  by far the best teacher i’ve seen. your teaching skills are impeccable and i do hope you get to do an intermediate class also in the same matter 

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    • Blaise Laflamme Thats a great idea. 

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    • Jacques farmer On the other hand I do not know if by Zoom, or another platform, it would be possible to do it and that would still be viable.

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  • hello 

    well this is as per tonebase a beginner piece ( adelita) . there’s no showing of the left hand , missing on the partition some fingering , no mention of important things as the pull offs to be done. basically goes off full length on explaining the icing of the cake even before the cake was baked … i find the same pattern in all the pieces i’ve seen so far and it’s a shame .. you’ve mentioned that this can be complemented with a teacher .. why would you then pay for this online class system if you need to pay also for another teacher .. this doesn’t make sense … if i pay to get online classes that’s what i want to have .. sadly , a site like <redacted> is way better in the sense of teaching . what’s funny. is that there’s one of the teachers here that also work for this other website and here teaching method there is better and clearer

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    • Michel Deslauriers well... you certainly know better than me what you're looking for and what seems to better fit your learning strategy. But speaking for me, as I said before, I can't imagine learning a piece through fingerings without understanding the music they express, and I would for sure pay for multiple sources of learning to diversify and enhance my skills, what I actually do! I hope you'll find some content you enjoy and benefit from. Also consider joining the next community challenge starting next week if you want to learn new music and get constructive interaction from the community.

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
      • David_Krupka
      • 11 mths ago
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      Michel Deslauriers I agree with what Blaise says about ToneBase not having many repertoire lessons aimed at inexperienced guitarists. I think the community here consists mainly of fairly experienced amateurs who have mastered the basics but want help with more advanced material. However, I have noticed that some of lessons here are of the kind you want. Check out in particular the 'courses' from Peter Graneis:

       

      https://app.tonebase.co/guitar/artists?tbModal=artistProfileModal&tbModalSlug=PeterGraneis

       

      Stephanie Jones, Sanel Redzic, and Emmanuel Sowicz have a similar style of presentation, although they introduce rather more challenging repertoire. I would guess some other teachers have a similar approach, so your best bet might be to watch a little bit of as many video-courses as you can, and see which might be useful. (Obviously not an ideal solution for the subscriber! Clearly, there is no uniform pedagogical approach at ToneBase - each teacher presents according to his own teaching philosophy.)

       

      As Blaise suggests, your best bet might be to join in one of the challenges, so you get feedback from the community. All you will get is the ideas/advice of fellow amateurs, but this is generally very useful. In fact, I would say this interactive aspect of ToneBase is its main strength. The upcoming 'Landslog' challenge is ideal, because the pieces in this diverse set range from quite easy to quite difficult - so no matter what level one plays at, there is bound to be something suitable. Another thing you can do is open a 'practice diary' and post examples of anything you happen to be learning. Again, you are bound to get some useful feedback from the community.

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  • i’ve been playing guitar for a few years now . the teaching found here in  the pieces section is more of a discussion on interpretation thant teaching you how to play them 

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  • well i’ve been a guitars for some years now like i’ve mentioned. i’ve done a college degree in music,  and when i started learning the guitar, i actually did it online for my first 2 years . I”m not a beginner ..  Now , when you learn a new piece,  whatever fingering you’ll end up with , ( still in regards with classical guitar interpretation mind you) you still need directions on how to play it, the phrasing , the particularities ( pull offs, legato , etc) BEFORE even playing the piece in full mode and discussing things that comes later in the learning process.  You need to learn to walk before running …   if i’m to pay a fairly amount of dollars for an online course system that claims to be for beginners to advance level, i’m expecting that i<laugh out loud be learning the pieces and not just seing videos of guitarist interpreting the pieces. In the courses i’ve seen so far , the video format isn’t oriented much to show all the details, for example, ADELITA piece only shows what happening with the right hand… 

     

    as for community groups and discussion yes it a plus but i will not be encline to pay top dollars for it as i can have the same on other social media platforms .. Suffice to say that  im disappointed in this platform.  I will not be considering it past the free trial 

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
      • David_Krupka
      • 11 mths ago
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      Michel Deslauriers I think you are right in saying that ToneBase does not offer what you are looking for. It's definitely not for everyone. It's worth remembering that just as there are different styles of teaching, there are also different styles of learning. For myself, I don't find the approach that you favour very useful. I like to decide for myself how a piece should be played. I definitely don't want to be told what finger goes where. To me, that's not teaching. But I appreciate that that is precisely what many people want. For me, ToneBase offers very good value for the cost. (Private lessons would be far more expensive.) But needless to say, if nothing here appeals to you, then it's over-priced! I hope you manage to find something somewhere that suits your needs.

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    • David Krupka Agreed, David. I discovered there were a lot of sources that teach you how to play guitar but very few like Tonebase that teach you how to play music. Getting direct access to a couple of GFA winners among others this year has been a big plus, too. 

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      • David Krupka
      • Amateur guitarist/lutenist
      • David_Krupka
      • 11 mths ago
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      Steve Price Having had the opportunity to ask someone like Nigel North (a player I've admired for years!) a direct question, and have it answered in a personalized video-response was worth the price of admission on its own! (I just wish I'd asked a better question ,,,) And it's been fascinating to hear interviews with such a variety of virtuoso players. (I even find I've warmed up to certain performers because I found them to be so engaging in conversation!) I agree with what you say about the focus here on learning 'music' as opposed to learning a particular instrument. As a matter of fact, I joined for this reason alone - I spend far more time playing lute than guitar, but the general ideas I encounter here are entirely relevant to what I want to learn. (Nonetheless, I continue to urge the ToneBase directors to produce more material for the guitar's close relatives!)

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    • David Krupka totally agree with what you’re saying here.

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    • Steve Price you’re right, what a difference between learning to play music vs guitar.

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    • David
    • David.39
    • 10 mths ago
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    This is a request to have a ToneBase Edition of Pujol's Etudes covered in the Rene Izquierdo lesson (Etudes No 1, 6, and 13, El Abejorro). There is a workbook, but not the accompanying edition. 

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      • MirceaTeam
      • Head of Guitar
      • Mircea
      • 10 mths ago
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      David Hi David! Unfortunately, the music of Emilio Pujol is under copyright. Legally, we are not allowed to offer a downloadable edition of these scores, since we are not the rights holders. These works can be bought from a variety of places online, in both physical and digital form. A quick google search will reveal plenty of options.

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  • I played contemporary guitar many years ago (Martin D35 acoustic and  Rick Turner Electric (rotating pick-up), and created contemporary songs as a part of my recording group.  However, I never had any professional guitar lessons.  I studied a bit of Classical guitar for about one (1) year recently, but the teacher never reviewed lessons nor taught basic technique.  I now have a classical guitar teacher who I discussed this with and he is teaching me technique such as finger independence, etc. (Scott Tennant's "Pumping Nylon") and I am teaching myself with assistance of other online classical lessons such things as posture and string pressure.  I play an Ovation 1612 Custom Balladeer as my true interest is "Fingerpicking" style due to the genre of music I truly am interested in, i.e., "Nothing Else Matters" and "Every Breath You Take," to name a few.  I have in my active repertoire (still polishing) "Allegro - (M. Giuliani)" "Nostalgique (Didier Doguet - French Classical) and Melancholia (stripped easy version from first teacher).   I began learning a few bars of "Asturias-Leyendo" beginning in the 7th position, and utilize it only for technique practice.   I know a number of Segovia scales, understand triplets and arpeggios (M. Giuliani - work in progress), utilize a metronome at times during practice, and prefer reading music (utilizing tabs only for position).  I HAVE A DISTANCE TO CONTINUE and think ToneBase is one of the best online sites available for learning music.  My largest interest in the classical guitar genre is technique.  "If you learn classical, you can play any genre." ~ Oscar Peterson.  Looking forward.  Rhett

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