Week 1: In the Salons of 19th Century Paris! ☕

Welcome to the Main Thread for the first week of the "Around the 19th Century Guitar World" challenge! 

Pick a piece from the 19th century and feel free to share it! Tell us what you love about it, how long you've been playing it, what you're struggling with! Let us into your practice room 🖖

 


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  • Carulli - Andante Op 320 No 1

    This is from a set of six andantes by Carulli (see the score attached below). They are a bit more interesting and challenging than the beginner level pieces of Carulli we commonly hear played. I am working on this one as well as number 2 right now, and I'd say they are at an intermediate technical level. I've been working on them for about a week now, starting around when this challenge was announced.

    Here are some of the tricky spots for me:

    • Measures 8 and 17 have scalar passages that need a good sense of flowing but directional rubato.
    • Measures 14 and 16 have these really big ascending arpeggios that need to be played staccato. I don't play staccato too often, and I struggle with articulating it consistently. The arpeggios do end quite high on the fretboard, and I often miss the top note.
    • Measures 26-29 have some tricky chord voicings that are rather dense in the bass strings, and it is difficult for me to keep them legato and avoid string squeak.

    By the way, I decided to carry over one aspect of the previous month's challenge by playing this in one take. There are mistakes, but I actually find it freeing to let go of them and just let it be. It makes me think about the musical expression more, instead of just saying over and over again in my head, "Don't make a mistake!"

    • Eric Phillips thanks for sharing this Andante from Carulli, very interesting. Looks like a great set of 6 pieces, I didn't know about them and totally different than his famous studies.

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    • Blaise Laflamme Yes, I find them so much more interesting. You should try number 3. It's too difficult for me, but I'm sure you could play it beautifully.

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    • Eric Phillips I have a lot of things on my plate at the moment but I'll take a look at the score, but according to your take on #1 and #2 they are beautiful, as your playing.

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  • Carulli - Andante Op 320 No 1 (July 9 update)

    This morning I made a slightly improved take of the piece above.

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    • Eric Phillips so soft and romantic!!!

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz Thank you, Stefanie.

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      Eric Phillips Great, Eric. As I mentioned to Sultan, I don't know Carulli's music, so this is new to me.Thanks.

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    • Jack Stewart I’m finding quite a few pieces by him that I like. I usually associate him with somewhat bland beginner pieces, but there is more to him than that.

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      Eric Phillips I know he has some wonderful arrangements for duets (I really like his arrangement of Beethoven's 2nd piano sonata, op. 2.2, 1st and 3rd movements for guitar duet.) But I never considered his solo works. 

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    • Jack Stewart I haven't heard the Beethoven. I'll have to check it out.

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      Eric Phillips Stanley Yates has 2 recordings of Carulli duets and 2 vol. of the scores. I have the first vol. with transcriptions of Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Rossini.

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  • Hey everyone! Also here are the scores I shared in the livestream yesterday in case you want to try them too! Happy practicing!

    • Hannah Murphy Talk about a treasure trove! The only one I hadn't heard before is the Coste, so I may give that a try.

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      Hannah Murphy Thanks Hannah!

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    • Hannah Murphy Thank you for sharing them Hannah :)

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    • Hannah Murphy Thank you for sharing them here.

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  • Carulli - Etude No.5, Op.241

     

    This is one of the beginner Carulli etudes I learned last year which is short and relatively easy but also sound good. It was a part of the etudes presented by Hannah during yesterday's stream so I got excited to review and play it.

     

    One of the challenges of this etude is to make musical varieties especially as it has many repetitions. I tried to experiment a little with the dynamics and make my right hand moving free so I can change the colors.

    Moving my right hand freely while playing was a challenge at first but this was a good etude to learn this skill especially as it requires some balance to play the chords and it was not very demanding on the left hand.

    Another challenge was to make nice warm tones especially with the high E string so I was experimenting different stroke angles.

     

    My next is going to be Carcassi etudes No.1 and No.3 as I started to learn them last year but I need to prepare myself to perform them.

     

    Thank you,

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    • SULTAN BAMUKHIER feels like coming home! so nice played!

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    • SULTAN BAMUKHIER Very good, Sultan! When I play for others, I often like to start with this piece. It gives me a lot of confidence, and allows me to start by concentrating on making good music rather than "virtuosity".

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    • SULTAN BAMUKHIER beautiful playing! I can tell you've been playing this for a while, you have so many clear and considered ideas. Like I was saying in the livestream, this piece has a lot of repeats so there's plenty of room for artistic expression to shine through!

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      SULTAN BAMUKHIER That was well done, Sultan. Thanks for sharing this.

      I know the name Carulli but I don't know his music.

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    • Stefanie Mosburger-Dalz Thank you Stefanie

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    • Eric Phillips It is indeed a beautiful piece to start with, thank you

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    • Hannah Murphy Thank you Hannah for guidance and support ^^

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    • SULTAN BAMUKHIER Well done Sultan! As Eric said this can be a very good piece to start playing for others and put you in your «zone»..

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