Home Country Hero Mini Challenge
Our musical journey continues! This month, we’re venturing into a challenge that pays homage to our roots. As each of us possesses a unique musical heritage, what better way to celebrate than by diving deep into the melodies that have shaped our cultures, identities, and histories? Let's embark on the "Home Country Hero Challenge" together and weave a tapestry of diverse soundscapes.
We invite you to record and upload a video of yourself performing a piece by a composer from your home country or your heritage. Dive deep into the traditions, styles, and stories that these compositions bring to the fore and enlighten us on how they resonate with your own cultural connection. Feel free to share a composition from another country than your own, if you have something that you deeply connect with!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Record a video of yourself performing your chosen piece from your home country. Upload your video to your preferred platform (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). Share the link to your video in the comments section below. Along with your performance, narrate a short backstory of the composer and the significance of the piece in your culture.
Bonus Points: Share a link to a performance of your chosen piece by a renowned guitarist from your country!
INTERACT AND ENGAGE:
Let's travel the world through our strings! Engage with your fellow tonebuddies by leaving comments, offering constructive feedback, and expressing appreciation for their cultural revelations. Let’s connect deeper, not just through music but through our shared human stories.
While there's no tangible prize, the reward lies in the bridges we build, the knowledge we share, and the connections we foster with guitarists worldwide. You might just find yourself inspired by a faraway land!
READY, SET, EXPLORE!
We're keen to embark on this global musical voyage with you, uncovering hidden gems and rediscovering national treasures. Let's celebrate the diversity and richness that each of our musical heritages brings to the global guitar community.
HAPPY PLUCKING, TONEBUDDIES!
Bogdanovic Monk-A-Ning - Final
I recorded this right after the HVL Etude #5. I made 2 takes and I think this was the better of the 2. I was so fried from all the Etude recordings I decided to leave it at this one. For the most part I am pretty happy with it. The stumples were kept to a minimum.
This will probably be my last submission as we are leaving on Monday for a month in Spain, Portugal and a bit of France.
Little white boat:
A really short piece but long story. Everyone here in Singapore learn to sing this in nursery. It was one of my favorite. Back in 2001-2 I accompanied my friend and attended my very first classical guitar recital by Kazuhito Yamashita and he played his arrangement of this piece. I remembered coming out of the recital in awe and wondered how did he managed to create so many different tones with just one hand.
I regretted not getting his CD then as many years later when I finally caught the classical guitar bug and remembered his performance of this piece again, his CD was already out of print and there are no arrangement of it that can be found So all that's left of that was just a vague memory of awe and wonder.
Couple of months back I found an arrangement of this on guitardelcamp, it is far from what I remembered Yamashita played but it is good enough to bring back fond memories. I never really played it before but it is easy enough to play through.
There is another twist, I discovered then that this piece was originally written in 1925 in Korea and it is not a lullaby for children. A man wrote this for his sister who had gone mad after losing her husband (in a war I think). His sister would stared blankly into the night skies and the lyrics of the piece was him wondering what she saw. So the lullaby that I loved so much has such morbid meaning.
It took me a while to decide if these pieces from the renaissance would fit here. I made a quick recording of these songs that were probably well known to generations of Dutch families over the 16th/17th century. Two lute composers made the arrangements.
Susanneken, arranged by Joachim van den Hove,, Antwerp 1567 – The Hague, 1620, musician, teacher, composer based in Leiden (my home town).
Slaep Soete Slaep, arranged by Nicolaas Vallet, Corbeny (near Paris) ca. 1583 – Amsterdam?, ca. 1645?, worked mostly in Amsterdam.
A composer with real international impact was Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Deventer 1562 - Amsterdam 1621, organ player, composer, musical director. Famous for his psalm improvisations. I found an arrangement for guitar of his Psalm V.