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. 🎧

↓ Happy Sharing! ↓

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  • Here is a study by Antonio Lauro entitled, "La Catira," The study is in three sections:  I. Accordes, II. Arpegios, III. Tremelo.  The following is the second section, Arpegios.  La Catira was published in 1985 by Guitar Solo Publications in San Francisco.  

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    • Barney Thanks, Barney.  Hopefully, i will be able to add two additional studies in week four of the challenge.  

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      Dale Needles Great Dale!  I'll look out for them.

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      Dale Needles Very nice Dale. It looks and sounds like a really beautiful study. One thing that I noticed, which kind of surprised me, is that it seems like you are playing close to the bridge with your right hand, yet the tone is remarkably mellow and full. I think if I played that close to the bridge it would be really bright and thin sounding. Great work! 

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    Here is a quick single take of this popular Brouwer Etude #7 I did recently for the Tonebase Slurs TWI.

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    • Barney Great job, Barney! It looked and sounded fluid, controlled, and relaxed.

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      Eric Phillips Thanks Eric!  Arturo was certainly emphasizing relaxation for Slurs...

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    • Barney Excellent, Barney.  

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      Dale Needles Thanks Dale!

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      Barney that was really well played Barney. Good sound quality too!

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      Derek Thanks Derek!

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    • Barney great job, Barney.

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      joosje Thanks Joosje!

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      Barney Fantastic Barney! It looks like you were playing apoyando throughout. Was that the case? Nice work! 

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      Steve Pederson Thanks Steve!  Yes, I used combination of apoyando (mostly)  and tirando as needed to shape the sound.

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  • This is the first part of the etude I have been working on. I learned about this etude from the TWI with Arturo Castro. I am hoping to finish the etude before the end of the challenge. 

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    • Raul Guzman Vidal Good job, Raul! The first four measures of the section are very strong. In the second four measures, though, try to make sure that your rhythm is even (don't play the slurs faster than the other notes). You're halfway there, and I look forward to hearing your progress!

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      Another nice Carcassi piece. Well done, keep working on it and share your progress.

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    • Eric Phillips Thank you for valuable feedback. Now that I can play the first four measures I will focus the practice in the second four measures. 

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    • Andre Bernier Thank you. Indeed it is a beautiful piece that is fun to learn. 

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      Raul Guzman Vidal Really great start on this Raul! Keep it up! I’m curious what kind of guitar you have. I was trying to make out the name through the sound hole, but I can’t quite tell. 

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