Week 3: Melodic Meanderings!

Welcome to the Main Thread for the third week of "Etude Extravaganza" practice challenge! 

  1. Choose an etude from a composer that captures your interest. It could be a soothing Sor etude, a technical Giuliani masterpiece, a Carcassi finger exercise, a harmonically rich Brouwer composition, or a rhythmically challenging Villa-Lobos piece. You're encouraged to experiment with pieces from composers you're not accustomed to or push your boundaries with a technically demanding work. 🎼
  2. Commit to regular practice and share your journey with the community. Aim to practice daily and upload at least two videos per week to showcase your progress. This will not only aid in keeping you dedicated and motivated but also enables you to share your musical journey with our tonebase family. 🎥
  3. Share your favorite etude or recording that epitomizes the concept of "Etude Extravaganza." Your submission will serve as inspiration for others and construct a vibrant repertoire of potential pieces for fellow members to explore. 🎧

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  • Ernesto García de León – El Río Op 50 No 19

    Here is final recording of this study. So much fun to play!

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    • Eric Phillips I just posted a comment in week 2 on this study. In any case, I like it very much and it is sounding even better. 

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      • don
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      Eric Phillips there is something addictive a bout this piece that you like it more the more you listen to it. Sounds likes a fun piece too. 

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    • don Yes, very addictive!

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    • Eric Phillips Fun!  Nice playing!  That’s a real iron pumper, especially for 3&4.

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    • Marilyn Blodget Yes, it seems like something from Pumping Nylon. I have to say, it doesn’t really tire my hand out a lot to play it, like Cavatina would.

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    • Eric Phillips it’s preparing you!

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    • Eric Phillips very interesting study and looks like you play this effortlessly! I need to dig a little deeper into these studies, they seem really interesting.

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    • Eric Phillips Nice study....I hever heard it before, It looks tiryng with so many slurs....bravo

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    • JUAN ALONSO I thought it would be tiring too, but I haven’t found it to be so. My hand gets much more fatigued by many barres.

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      • Barney
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      Eric Phillips These Ernesto Garcia de Leon look really beneficial, and you do an excellent job on El Rio.  Thanks for reminding us about these; they look worth exploring, and yes, Kanengiser Tonebase lessons are also a great source for guidance on these.  Thanks for sharing!

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  • Sor's Etude in B Minor, Op. 35 No. 22, was one of the first Sor etudes I learned.  I've always enjoyed it.  One of the techniques I used to bring out the melody was damping the repeating 4th string F#  on the first beat of the following measure.

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      Marilyn Blodget It was also one of the first Etudes I learned.   Nicely played Marilyn !  It's beautiful, and for many years I used it as a gentle warmup ( at the suggestion of my first teacher)to get the fingers moving.  In this piece, I would also mix light rest strokes for certain melody accents long  with free strokes.  We never get tired of this one...

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    • Barney Agreed!

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  • Oops!  Here's For Study in B Minor.

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    • Marilyn Blodget Beautiful, Marilyn! I was wondering if you had forgotten to post a video. Great idea to dampen the F#. Very effective.

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    • Eric Phillips Thanks Eric.  

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    • Marilyn Blodget Beautiful dolce tone, Marilyn. Such a lovely and well played Estudio. 

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    • Marilyn Blodget very well done Marilyn! I've never played the 2nd part repeat as far as I can remember 😅

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    • Blaise Laflamme My Segovia edition does have repeat signs on the b section.  I like having a second go on that.  It’s too pretty to be so short.

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      Marilyn Blodget Very nice Marilyn, well done. Bravo 👍

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    • Marilyn Blodget beatiffully played, bravo

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    • Andre Bernier Thanks Andre.

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    • JUAN ALONSO Thank you Juan!

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      • don
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      Marilyn Blodget beautiful! I love this piece. Thank you for sharing!

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