READ ME FIRST: Rules & FAQ for the Tárrega Repertoire Challenge!

Hello everyone, for our next Repertoire Challenge we are going to enter the wonderful world of Francisco Tárrega's music! 🥇 Together we will explore "the father of the classical guitar"! 🎸🎶


THREE WEEKS OF TÁRREGA'S MUSIC

Download the Music: The Tarréga Collection (←click here for the sheet music)


The What:

  • We are going to be learning some of Tárrega's most famous and beautiful pieces!
  • The aim is to practice them every day and post progress updates twice a week.
  • You choose how many pieces you work on, but you commit to practicing them regularly.
  • A watch party featuring your submissions will take part at the end (date below!)

The When:

  • Challenge start:  Monday, May 31st 
  • Practice days:  Monday, May 31st - Monday, June 21st (21 days)
  • Watch party: Monday, June 21st  (← link coming soon!)

The How:

  1. Start by practicing a piece of your choice. Feel free to check out these suggested selections!
  2. After 2-3 days, go to our Biweekly Updates thread and post about one thing you found easy, and one thing you found hard
  3. If you are comfortable with it, add a video or audio of yourself performing it. This is optional, but it will allow you to share your progress with others!

After you post an update:

  • When you feel ready, move on to another piece by Tárrega.
  • Repeat steps 1-3 from above every day of the challenge.
  • There is no limit on long you can spend on each etude! Do whatever feels comfortable, as long as you keep practicing one of them every day.

The Why:

  • Because we want to challenge ourselves to practice every day
  • Because learning together is more fun than learning alone
  • Because we get to share our progress with others (whether video or just text)
  • Because new music is wonderful and these pieces were written especially for us!
  • Because we want to meet our fellow tonebase community members

The Fun Part:

  • At the end of our practice challenge, we will be hosting another Watch Party on tonebase LIVE! This will feature user submissions, community awards and shoutouts!
  • This is planned for Monday 21st at 11 am Pacific (14 pm Eastern, 7 pm London, 8 pm CET)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I join the challenge if I wasn't there on May 31st?

Yes! Just make sure you keep practicing every day and updating us twice a week.

Do I have to go through all the pieces?

Absolutely not. You are free to go practice as few or as many as you wish. Even spending the entire three weeks on a single etude would be very valuable!

I have a question, who do I ask?

Feel free to use this thread to ask any questions you might have about this challenge! If you would prefer to ask something in a more confidential setting, please use my email: [email protected]

Can I get some guidance on these pieces?

Yes! Some of these etudes are featured in dedicated tonebase lessons, and one was featured in a livestream. Here are the links:

Can I do more than one piece per day?

Of course! As always, this challenge is for you - do with it what you wish. As long as you 1) practice every day; 2) keep track of your progress; 3) share your progress with others - you are fully participating! Of course I won't be mad if this is too easy for you 😉

↓ Reply with other questions below ↓

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  • Looking forward to this one!

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      • martin.3
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      Eric Me, too!!! So much looking forward to get the sweetest of sounds out of my guitar for this one and to see many wonderful submissions!

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  • Very promising. So many great pieces here... I’m really looking forward. I m not sure if I can participate, since I’m moving houses to Belgium next week and won’t have much time to practice. But it is so tempting...

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    • joosje I hope your move goes well, Joosje. If nothing else, listen to some Tarrega on the drive!

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    • joosje I lived in the little town of Lens; just a few kilometers from Mons, Belgium.  I hope you are a beer drinker!  Best beer in the world, (and I am a brewer).  I am sure you will love Belgium.

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    • Paul Kennedy great! I know I will, lived there before, and, yes, I drink beer

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      • martin.3
      • 3 mths ago
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      joosje All the best for your big move! 🛺The Challenge will go on for three weeks, it's no problem if you miss out on the beginning and I would definitely look forward to a submission from you 💃

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  • Sounds fun! Just wondering if you can play pieces you have attempted before or if the idea is that you need to play pieces you haven't tried before.  I would like to participate but I don't think the watch party will work for me as it will 4.00 am on Sunday in Melbourne but I will also be away on a short trip from about the 18th June.  Can I still participate?

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      Olalla You can keep on working  on pieces you already started or learn something new! Goal of the challenge is to update your progress twice a week and motivate and inspire each other! 🥇🎸
      I will do a mix, I will refine pieces I have been already playing but intend to work on new pieces by Tárrega as well!

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  • Looking forward to this

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      • martin.3
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      Paul Kennedy me to! 💪🎸

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  • Ok cool... I've never played Tarrega music, just sight reading some stuff over the years, so this is a great way to start!

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      Blaise Laflamme Yes! I have neglected most of his works for a long time as well, I'll plan to discover some pieces for my concert repertoire as well! 🕺

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  • great idea! Tárrega is the father of the modern guitar.

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      • 3 mths ago
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      Vilio Celli Yes, all of his music have this immediate grandeur quality to it, Tárrega really understood the sonority of the guitar! 🎸

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  • It´s gonna be my first challenge, I´ll do my best😄 thanks for these great platform.

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      • martin.3
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      Alfonso Yeah, let's do that! Excited for your progress updates!!! 💪🕺

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  • There is also a course for Carpricho Arabe by Tariq Harb on Tonebase. I watched it last summer, tried a bit, but could not finish it. Now it is an opportunity to start again. It may be hard for me, but this is a challenge and I want to try it, even in a slower tempo. 

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    • Gokce Turkmendag Tariq is great, he's teaching in Montreal near where I live. You should also take a look at his Youtube channel, he did a Legnani challenge for himself and recording all 36 caprices, great stuff! For myself I'll start with the easy stuff and see after the challenge for advanced work, to help me familiarize with Tarrega style, because that musical period has never been so attractive to me in the past.

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    • Blaise Laflamme I agree, I like his courses. Maybe you can meet him one day 😊 Tarrega's music sometimes feels too much romantic for me. 

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      Gokce Turkmendag Wonderful! I have never really played Capricho Arabe as well, maybe I'll dive a little bit into it during the challenge!

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  • I so love Tárrega!  I've been practicing Capricho Arab and am anxious to be intentional with my practice instead of just "playing" around. 

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      Chris That's a wonderful piece to focus on!

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  • Has anyone received the link to the live stream? [nevermind: just figured out there is no live stream. Just the forum to post comments] 🙄

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    • Philip same here, have been looking for the event link for 5 minutes and just figured out 😂

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    • Gokce Turkmendag 🙏

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    • Gokce Turkmendag I have been looking too :-(

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    • Gokce Turkmendag today is Monday - there should be a live stream.... or maybe I don't understand something :-(

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    • Marek Tabisz I thought the same way, I hope we are not missing something 🙏

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    • Gokce Turkmendag I feel a bit disappointed  🤨

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    • Gokce Turkmendag I've been out today and just got back. All the way home I've been thinking that I was going to miss the start of the livestream. Kept trying to find the link and then I realised that there isn't a livestream :-)

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      • martin.3
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      Philip Gokce Turkmendag Marek Tabisz

      So sorry to hear that, but yes, this challenge is like the Sor Challenge without accompanying live streams (only the Watch Party), perhaps we should have made that clearer! Would you guys prefer for upcoming challenges to have them paired with live streams?

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    • Martin not necessarily, but maybe a short kick off session would be nice. 

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      • martin.3
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      Gokce Turkmendag Good to know, we'll keep that in mind!

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  • Where is link to the livestream??

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    • Barney no link, just the forum 😉

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      Barney Exactly what Philip said, this Challenge is - like the Sor Challenge - without accompanying live streams, sorry if that wasn't clear!

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  • If we need guidance on pieces not listed above, what do you suggest?

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  • Thanks Philip!  I was hoping to get some feedback for improving and solving any technical problems, but I guess that’s not the purpose of this challenge. It seems more about acquainting/revisiting Tarrega’s repertoire.  That’s great!

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  • I'm a little late to the party but I'm going to give this challenge a shot! I need the inspiration and deadline to keep me focused and motivated.

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      matt Yes, that's the spirit!!! Looking forward to your submissions!!!

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  • I think I will give this a try.  Thinking about Pavane, Maria and maybe Capriccio Arabe.

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