Week 3: Waltzes and Whirls
Welcome to the Main Thread for the third week of "Song and Dance" practice challenge!
Choose a piece that is inspired or transcribed from a song or a dance. It could be a lively south-american danza, a passionate tango, a serene romantic lied, or a poignant aria transcribed for the guitar. You're welcome to explore pieces from unfamiliar composers or challenge yourself with a complex work.
Commit to daily practice and share your journey with the community. Aim to practice every day and upload at least two videos each week to illustrate your progress. This will not only help you stay committed and encouraged but will also allow you to share your musical voyage with our tonebase family.
Share your favorite piece or recording that embodies the theme of "Song and Dance." Your submission will serve as an inspiration to others and create a vibrant pool of potential pieces for other members to delve into.
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Sor – Andantino Op 32 No 1
Okay, this is a bit of a stretch in terms of fitting this challenge. I always like to be working on something by Sor. I just finished up Op 47, so now I’d like to move on to Op 32.
My musical goal in this opus will be to play the rhythms accurately, crisply, and gracefully. Each piece in this set of six little pieces seems to have some rhythmic challenges in it. In this Andantino, Sor does something very typical of his style. He adds these little flourishes to an otherwise very simple piece. Each flourish is a little bit different, and poses a separate technical challenge.
The score is attached if you care to follow along.
Since "Dances" are included in this challenge, here is Spanish Dance No. 10 by Granados. I've played No.5, but never No.10, so this was a nice opportunity to start learning it. This piece is not yet memorized, and I'm still working on it. Here is the status right now.
This transcription for guitar was done by Phillip de Fremery based on Segovia's performance/recording, and is included in the book entitled "Andres Segovia Transcripciones - Obras para guitarra - Vol.3". Segovia never published his own transcription.
I am still working on Canarios, but when I went to the LA Guitar Festival I heard one of the luthiers - Jack Sanders - performing it on his period-specific guitar and I just thought...that's how it's SUPPOSED to be done! The first video is of him playing part of that - reading from the early tablature. I then heard just about everybody else playing that song, and suddenly it doesn't seem so compelling to learn it. It is a crowd pleaser, though, so I will continue to work on it.
Another man that was at the festival was Christopher Parkening. His lesson book was the first lesson book I had for classical guitar, so it has a special place in my heart. There are two songs in the back of the book - or at least in the back of me edition from 1972 - one of which (Kemp's Jig) I have continued to play throughout my guitar career.
Here are the last two songs from that book; Italian Dance and Kemp's Jig...