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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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.
Sor Study in B Minor No.22 Op.35
I admit I hesitated to record this piece as it is one of my favorite Sor pieces along with Sor study in D Major Op.35 No.17 and I don't thunk I can play it good enough.
I didn't want to ruin its beauty of the piece but this is a recording of my progress learning it.
I first started to learn it around 6 months ago but I only keep coming to it from time to time.
Musically I need to get more convenient playing it so I can focus on improving the balance and shape the music better.
One of the challenges is to play the chords especially when having barres at time while pressing the ringing strings strong enough to avoid buzzing the notes.
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.