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 Allegro Op 44 No 7
This summer on my YT channel, I'm doing something called the Summer of Sor Studies. Every Wednesday and Saturday, I am making a video of a Sor study I haven't played before. This was my video for this past Saturday, so I figured it would be alright to share it here as well.
This one is really fun to play. We don't hear very often from Sor's Opus 44, but I'm really enjoying it.
Carcassi Etude No.1 Op.60
This is Etude No.1 by Matteo Carcassi, one of the most joyful etudes to play, I started to learn it almost a year ago and I always love to warm up with it.
What I like of this etude:
- it is a good practice for the lift hand keeping my four fingers always in a square shape near the strings, so all fingers are ready to play almost immediately as they are already near the fret.
- it is a good exercise for right hand strings crossing especially while alternating i and m, it was challenging at first to not make mistakes but it is getting better with time.
The challenges I faced playing it:
- In order to increase the tempo I need to synchronize both hands, sometimes I cut the note earlier so I am still practicing to keep pressing for full duration especially with the arpeggio part.
- The arpeggios are more difficult than the scaly part especially when I try to keep playing with the same tempo, still I need to practice more to play clear notes.