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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Sor - Andante Largo Op 5 No 5
I have been working on this spectacular piece of music for a little over a month now. Opus 5 is a collection of pieces described by Sor as 'Six Very Easy Little Pieces'. This may have been easy for Sor to play, but not for me!
This video is also a technological first for me. I recorded it in sections, and then edited the sections together in Davinci. It wasn't easy, but I think I did okay. Let me know what you think.
Coste - Leçon 24 from teh Sor-Coste Method
I had heard this before, but I was unaware that it came from the Sor-Coste method until I starting perusing it at David Krupka 's suggestion yesterday. It's just a perfect little intermediate-level piece, and I'm surprised that it didn't make it's way into one of the collections of studies published by Coste.
Coste - Barcarolle Op 51 No 14
I was going to move on from Coste, but someone suggested that I give this barcarolle a try from the same set of pieces I finished up in yesterday (Opus 51 Récréation de Guitariste). I'm so glad, because I adore this piece. It has so many interesting chord changes and mood shifts. It also has some melody lines in harmonics, which Coste doesn't seem to do much. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy playing it!
I’m taking this opportunity to familiarize myself with the Carulli pieces I never learned in the beginner book “A Modern Approach to Classical Guitar - Part One” by Charles Duncan.
Man, you can always learn something, even from the “simplest” of pieces! What I like about working on these pieces is that it gives you an opportunity to focus on so many more layers - instead of trying to just “hang on for dear life” to get the notes right.
What I found most challenging, especially from “Andante Grazioso”, was getting the right hand fingering right.
Also, because of so much repetition, it challenges you to come up with dynamic ways to keep it interesting.